13 September 2018
MATCH PREVIEW: U23s v Hastings United
Development Squad in action tonight
Both the Hornets’ senior and development sides suffered disappointment last night, with the first team going down 3-1 at Bracknell Town and the U23s slipping to a 5-1 loss at Ramsgate. It was a particularly frustrating night for Bryan O’Toole, who saw Obed Molopo gave his side take an early lead on the Kent coast and go on to dominate the first half only to ship four second half goals. “We should have been four or five nil up, we were that dominant” he said. “For thirty-eight minutes they didn’t have a shot on goal but then we gave away a cheap free-kick that gave them their equaliser. Jamie Craddock ran the show for us so we weren’t helped when he was on the end of an horrendous tackle that should have been a red card that even the Ramsgate manager apologised to us for. He had to come off after about thirty seconds of the second half and, a minute later, we went 2-1 down. Their third goal we simply didn’t close them down quick enough and the fourth was from a routine cross into the box that we didn’t deal with. We were down to ten men by the time they scored their fifth but by that time at least seven or eight of the players seemed to have thrown in the towel.
We always try to take some positives out of the game, whatever the result, and I would mention our full-backs, Aaron Ammah and Jake Hull, who were fantastic. We also looked a lot fitter than we did against Lewes but its very frustrating to be sitting here with two defeats to our name when I believe we’ve been good enough to have won both games.”