At the end of the match I asked their captain how many shots they thought they’d had in the first half – they thought 7. We therefore agreed that being 5-0 up at half-time was quite clinical! We were certainly slow to start and losing two breakaway goals showed how quick (and clinical) they were. We put together some really tidy passages of play, particularly down the right, but every time we started to get some momentum they seemed to score again. They were very controlled in possession and kept their shape well, something we need to work on. If an option wasn’t on forward, they were happy to turn out and recycle the ball. Our shape change in the second half made us much more competitive and we spent much more time attacking their D. Two tap-ins in rapid succession killed off our mini-resurgence but we did get our consolation when Kian drove into the right-hand side of the D and squared the ball towards Curtis which the defender deflected up and towards the goal where Curtis was to finish off. Just in case it was “last goal wins”, Gloucester squeezed another short-range effort in at the end. Man of the Match for mesmerising dribbling down the right was Ryan.
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