Shrivenham Development co-manager Wayne Petrie believes Saturday’s 3-1 defeat against one of the Division 2 West's better sides is a step in the right direction for his young prospects.
Shrivvy’s Development side have lost both of their incredibly tough opening two fixtures, but had chances to shine against their hosts at the Save On Tyre’s Stadium on Saturday afternoon when the two sides met in the uhlsport Hellenic League 2 West.
“There were some positives from that even though it was a three-one loss,” Petrie said following the match. “My Man of the Match was the keeper – he made some cracking saves, but performance wise we’ve just got to take it under our belts – it was another game.”
A battling first-half display saw Shrivenham more than match their hosts until moments before the whistle when Jordan Clark gave the hosts a 1-0 lead after a minor defensive lapse but the home sides experience began to pay off after the intermission. Two further goals from Jamie Sheppard and Billy Aldrich made for a comfortable score-line before Zac Skinner got himself on the score sheet for the second successive game shortly before the game was due to end and while it wasn’t the thrashing they had endured at the hands of Faringdon Town a week earlier, Petrie was in reflective mood about the sides improved performance.
“There are some that know that they’ve under-performed from how they can, and preseason we were knocking it [the ball] about a little better which we could have done today,” he continued. “We defended quite well with players out there like Tyger Hall – he’s normally a winger and he played that wing-back position perfectly today, so credit to him.”
Had it not been for one or two errors, the side could have been sitting pretty with a point and nobody could have denied they deserved it, however although Highworth Town Reserves didn’t play to the ability that saw them trounce Shortwood United Development 13-1 away from home the previous game, Petrie believed experience carried them through.
“The difference between the two teams was probably because they’ve been together much longer – this is our second competitive game really and they’re probably one of the favourites to win the league,” he added. “When we came out 1-0 down, we could probably have gone two-one up in the second half, but it’s getting there. It’s good to see Zac got one in at the end, but it could have been much tighter. We’ve faced two good teams so far and we’re only getting better.”
Looking ahead to the sides planned double-header against Swindon Robins which begins with a trip to Beversbrook Sports Facility next Saturday afternoon before they arrive at Barrington Park the following week , Petrie concluded: “A lot of the team who played today have got a game on Thursday [U18s FA Youth Cup vs Cirencester Town U18s], so we’ll be looking at rotation as that’s what we’re trying to do." There’s a couple of players I want to bring in next week but at the moment, we’re trying to work on stopping leaking goals – that’s out biggest thing at the moment.”
You can watch all the goals from the game courtesy of yoursportswindon.co.uk.