Vics' winless start to the season continues

 

Alex Byrne scored Vics' only goal in the 3 -1 defeat to Spalding United. Spalding took the lead early on with a curling shot from the edge of the area which crashed off the post and into the path of Nathan Whitehead who slotted home with a side footer into the bottom corner.  Vics' came close to an equaliser with a 25 yard free kick from Alex Byrne, which was heading into the top corner; but was well saved by the Spalding keeper.  Bradley Wells scored the second for Spalding, from a scramble inside the box follwing a corner-kick. Alex Byrne scored from a cross-come shot after 71 minutes to get Vics' back in the game, curling the ball home from the right wing. Vics' pressed for an equaliser but were caught with a swift counter attack in injury time when substitute Jonathan Lockie broke clear of the Vics' defence, rounded Mason Spingthorpe and placed the ball into the empty net.

 

Open the Box half time draw. The Box was unopened so the prize fund will roll over to the next match with a decreasing number of keys to select from.

 

  Manager Adam Lakeland's verdict -

 

I thought the players started the game well and in the opening five minutes we were camped in their half, had a couple of corners, crosses and half chances. Then with their first entry into the final third, Andrew Wright; who the players were warned beforehand was a right footer playing off the left, cuts inside and delivers a ball into the box which Mason (Sprimngthorpe) leaves as he thinks its going out for a goal-kick and as a result of this our players trust his judgement, stop and it comes back off the post into the box and Nathan Whitehead reacts first to slot home. Its a really poor decision by Mason which has again cost us and from here, due to the current run of results we’re having, a few of our lads heads go down and they have something to fight for. The second goal is again unavoidable. Three of our players compete for one ball at the back post and in doing so leave Bradley Wells free to score off the second phase which I must say was an excellent finish.
 
Once the second goal went in they were happy to play with everyone behind the ball and were very well organised and extremely difficult to break down. At half-time we asked the players to try to play quicker, use the sides more, pick up more second ball off Dan Cockerline and most importantly try to score the next goal and get back into the game which we did. We were by far the superior team in terms of possession, territory, final third entries and put a number of balls into their area and had a lot of set plays but I would have to be honest and say that for all of our good play we didn’t create anywhere near enough clear cut opportunities. What did please me was how the players reacted second half and I hope people can see this. At 0-2 down and with the start to the season we’ve had it would have been easier for the lads to down tools, roll over and lose convincingly but they didn’t give up, they fought till the end and the third goal was a result of us throwing everything at it to get a draw and in doing that you run the risk of conceding a third which is what happened in the dying stages.
 
We know we have to improve and we need to bring in a few new players to make us stronger. Individually theres a few in our dressing room not doing enough and they have been told that they need to do better. I do see positive signs in that we have been competitive in our first three league games against good opposition and we have scored in all of those games. The biggest problem we are having is that we are conceding too many goals and individual errors are costing us in every game, we must cut these out. Matty Regan came through 90 minutes today which is a positive and although he wont be 100% for a handful of games yet he is an excellent player for us to have back as is Simon (Lakeland) who got through 65 minutes today as well. We need to be a bit more streetwise at both ends of the pitch and I am working around the clock to bring in one or two new faces in the coming week which may also mean one or two going out as well.