Saturday 1st March 2014
Wolverhampton 2 – 0 Erdington and Saltley
Dermot; Alex, Callum, Leyton; Ramello, Amari, Ethan, Michael; Tyrese Sub: George
Man of the Match: Dermot
After watching The Ton lose 2-0 I played in a charity 5-a-side tournament and my team lost in the semi-final. My faith in football was at an all time low but then I went to watch the Villa. We scored 4 goals and for a brief 15 minute spell, actually looked like a real football team. If Villa can score 4 goals and win a match then it proves that every team has it’s good days, as well as it’s bad days. Even though Villa won, they’re still ultimately a rubbish team and I say that based on the fact that I watch them every week! Likewise, just because The Ton lost, it doesn’t make us a bad team. We’ve had a great season that has seen us lift two pieces of silverware and should be immensely proud of our efforts. There is still so much more to come from this team and the sky is the limit for The Ton of 2013/2014.
Football can teach us lessons which we can transfer to other walks of life. It teaches us about teamwork, effort, determination, bravery and the need to pick yourself up and get on with life when things go against us. On Saturday Wolverhampton deserved everything that they got. They showed great hunger and desire from the first whistle to the very last. Wolves were first to every ball and snapped at our heels every time we were on the ball.
After scoring an early penalty Wolves doubled their lead early on in the game. The Ton created a number of chances and on another day could have scored enough goals to salvage something from the game. However, this wouldn’t have been fair on Wolverhampton. Defeat is never something you want to experience but when it happens you have to take positives away and learn from it. In two weeks time we are playing Dudley and Brierley Hill in the quarter final of the Burton Shield (West Midlands FA Cup) and this is a great opportunity to show exactly what we’ve learned from this defeat. Both Tonn and I are convinced that we’ll bounce back stronger from this blow and become a better team for it. This defeat could be a huge blessing in disguise and we look forward to the next few games.
A special mention should go to Dermot who was immense throughout the game, constantly trying to motivate his players, like all good captains do. If only he could have scored after racing up-field for a last minute corner! Well done captain!
Enjoy the next couple of weeks boys and roll on Dudley! Let’s make sure that we show the same passion, hunger and determination in that match that Wolves showed against us yesterday.
Today’s result doesn’t disguise the fact that Villa are poor. Yesterday’s result can’t disguise the fact that The Ton are still a class team!
Up The Ton!