As it had been a disappointing result at the weekend everyone was a bit down and thinking we were out of the running for promotion so training was not as good as usual. We just had a little game and it was slightly frustrating because no one was really trying and we were all feeling pretty sorry for ourselves.
We trained again on Wednesday and the tempo had definitely picked up, we looked sharp in a passing drill and went into a tight 4 v 4 game with 1-touch, 2-touch passing. For the first time since I’d arrived here we looked like a team that could pass a few together!
Away from the football I only have two complaints:
1. Some unknown person on my floor is stealing my food from the fridge in the kitchen, but if they do it again they’ve got a nasty surprise waiting because, lets just say, the food’s gone off.
2. The old bag from downstairs is not just content playing music at all hours, she’s now bought herself a karaoke set and she aint got no angelic voice!
On the Thursday we trained with Ostersund, a team from the league above, and although we only played 1 game, the standard was much higher than that of Ange… even though the pitch wasn’t. It took a while to get used to the pitch and the pace, but as soon as I did, I felt comfortable and started playing well.
We had a light session on the Friday because of the game and again we trained well with a passing and moving session and keep-ball.
That night the old bag didn’t stop playing her music until 4 in the morning – not ideal preparation for the game – but I had a long shower and some scrambled egg on toast and I was good as new.
Game Day: Ange IF v Lucksta
We were playing the top team in the league Lucksta who were a long ball playing team. I started and I played centre-half, I didn’t have a lot to do but I made tackles and headers when needed. We weren’t playing that well but neither were they and we went in at half time 0 – 0.
In the second half we dominated, we passed the ball much better but our strikers were not working as hard as the rest of the team and we found little luck up front. The goal came from the most unlikely person – Luke the ‘keeper – in the last 5 minutes! He took a free kick just inside our half, the defender completely missed it and the ball bounced over their keeper and that’s how it finished 1 – 0 to us!
It was a valuable win and one that keeps us in with a shout of the title but we must win our last two games and see what happens with the other teams around the top.