A disappointing start to the season saw a young Ellistown And Ibstock Utd (EIBS) lose out to 10 men Kimberley Miners Welfare (KMW).
The day did not start well as our centre forward tweaked an hamstring before the game.
A bright start saw EIBS control play and push KMW onto the back foot. Our inability to create chances during this phase would prove crucial. Our approach play was excellent but the final ball or wrong options let us down as we approached the penalty box.
KMW took the lead with there 1st chance and what a goal it was, a cross from the left was bicycle kicked in by Adam Hassall.
KMW 1-0 EIBS 16 mins
The goal give KMW confidence as they started to take control the game and were pushing EIBS back. We had our moments but we never tested the KMW goalkeeper.
We were given a lifeline on 35 mins when KMW fall back Adam Morley was sent off for kicking. This gave us 55 mins to re-group and get back into the game.
It was KMW regrouped and continued to attack as were struggling to cope with the wide men and a pacey striker.
We fought like tigers but you knew we were tiring and it was crucial we kept KMW to a single goal for the reminder of the half.
Mission completed as the whistle went for half time with the score.
KMW 1-0 EIBS HT
The 2nd half was one way traffic as EIBS tired and KMW exploited the gaps we were leaving over the field.
If the 1st goal was class, the 2nd goal was lucky as on 53 minutes Scott Bailey drove down the by-line, cut into the penalty box and drilled a cross that hit David Leak and the ball flashed into the net.
KMW 2-0 EIBS 53 mins
We tried to get back into the game but KMW had everything under control. This was not going to be our day.
The 3rd came on the 70th min as Jarrod Westcarr drove into the box and curled a shot into the bottom corner of the net.
The 4th came straight after KMW missed a penalty as Adam Hassell back heeled a cross into the goal.
KMW 4-0 EIBS 80 mins
Great defending and poor finishing ensured there were no further goals and the referee blew the final whistle with the score.
KMW 4-0 EIBS FT
A disappointing start to the season. A bright 1st half confirms we have a team with potential but a lack of pre-season games means we are behind other teams in terms of fitness and training.
We are a young team and we will improve and we should look forward to playing Holbrook Sports next Saturday.