Well, perhaps ‘catastrophe’ is a bit strong, but losing 0-1 to Canvey Island – a team desperately struggling for league survival – was a huge disappointment for the sizeable crew of Hamlet fans who made the journey to far flung Essex.
Your faithful reporter was unable to attend on account of still being up from the Brixton Bowie party the night before, but Max was on hand to take some snaps, and there was plenty of chat on the Hamlet forum.
Scroll down for photos of the action and some less than chuffed comments:
On the forum, PF added his thoughts about the game:
Really frustrating! I can just about take subbing your sub, but then sending him on loan when your main striker pulled a hamstring is just plain stupid. Gav should’ve counted to 10, by all means give him a rollocking a make him clean everyones boots.
But really send him to one club that we really hate, was that on purpose to wind up the fans. It’s a bit like when your mad angry with someone and you type that really arsey email and then hit send when you should’ve put it in your draft ask someone elses opinion and then hit delete!
We should be walking this league and at times it feels like Gav is more interested in proving a point rather than thinking about what’s in the best interest of the club which is getting points!!!
Keen to see what those who were at the game have to report – see that their ‘keeper was man of the match, so sounds like we had chances, but didn’t take them.
That said, whilst it’s always impossible to draw exact comparisons, let’s have a go.
We go to Canvey, a team second from bottom of the league. In the lead up we let one of our only strikers who is fit to play (he started for Leatherhead) move out on loan, without replacing him. We’re left with a striker who hasn’t scored for months, and no-one of a similar quality on the bench to replace him if need be (where were the Charlton youngsters, by the way? And who is Panuche Camara?).
Leiston go to Burgess Hill, a team in the bottom third of the league. They’ve recently strengthened up front by letting a player go and replacing him immediately to supplement one of the league’s top-scorers. They win 6-0, top-scorer scores four, new striker scores one.
As I say, not an exact science, but surely the moral of the story is you make the team stronger before you make the team weaker, no matter what your personal feelings on the matter are?
Now admittedly Gavin might have something up his sleeve in terms of a replacement, and long term letting Carr go out might prove to be the right move to make – time will tell on that.
But three points are three points, and if we’re going to get anything out of this season, we can’t take anything for granted. Feels like we might have done that today.
Their keeper did make some good saves but most of the shots were straight at him.
We had two attempts in the first half that should have been buried in the back of the net.
Not sure what else to say about the match other than disappointed to let a late goal in again. Especially when it was one of a few chances they had all game.
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