The 4s ran out against Western this weekend for one of the most eagerly anticipated games of the season. The intense rivalry between Western and Kelburne may be slightly less obvious these days, but both teams were definitely still up for what should have proven to be a close encounter by two quality sides pressing for the league title. Unfortunately it was not going to be Kelburnes day.
With the 2s watching on (after destroying Stirling Uni,) the 4s got off to the worst possible start. With the 4s not gaining any serious ball possession, a quick Western attack saw a goal against the 4s within the first few minutes. Immediately it looked like the ?burne had some fragilities at the back that needed sorting. After giving away possession in the middle of the park again, Kelburne again conceded, with only five minutes gone it looked like Kelburne were in for a long day. The frustration was evident on the 4s faces as they saw a win rapidly falling out of their grasp. It seemed like Kelburne were not completely out of it however, a couple of attacks down the wings from Kelburne gave some hope to the 4s. It seemed as if Kelburne were beginning to remember how to play hockey. They were duly rewarded when Mark Fulton, fast becoming a guaranteed ?goal a game? player, received the ball and had a clear run into the ?D.? With options in the ?D,? Fulton fooled the goalkeeper completely with a dummied pass across the goal which allowed him to slip the ball in at the near post. It seemed as if Kelburne were still in with a chance. No more goals were scored in the first half by either side, even though plenty opportunities presented themselves.
At half time, Kelburne discussed the need for cover from the midfield, as Western were repeatedly overloading the Kelburne ?D,? leaving the 4s defence exposed. Unfortunately, the half time chat didn?t seem to sink in as Western scored their third, by overrunning the 4s in a counter attack move. They then scored another from a short corner, finally sealing an almost certain loss for the 4s. The 4s created some chances, but it was Western who were in control. In the dying seconds, Ally Reid, the Western centre back, bombed forward and scored Westerns fifth. Obviously Kelburne still hadn?t clocked on that they had to defend as soon as they lost the ball, instead of sauntering back to as Western players ran past in attack.
Overall a disappointing performance from a Kelburne side that should be able to play much better hockey. The only message from this game, is the the 4s seriously need to consider if they want to win the league. Turning up at the weekends is clearly not going to win any silverware, the 4s will need to start training soon if they stand any chance this season.