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Reserve Match and JCR

South Bank Hank

Nov 4, 2003
Some random thoughts in no particular order....

Well firstly - our new signing.
In a word, SUPERB.

Jamal CR has the no less skill than Freddy with the ability to beat a player and get to the line, a cracking and accurate shot and fantastic crossing skills. Quite simply, he ran the show today and will be a MASSIVE addition to our squad this season. ALthough short and prone to gold boots, he seems to have more tricks about him than any player we've seen since Ricky Otto - although I hope he'll be more selective when using them in a League fixture. Over the top? Maybe, but he certainly has something about him.

Other observations (and purely my opinion), Jay Smith exudes class but still seems short of match fitness. Benno doesn't seem entirely up-for-it in reserve games - and Freddy, while showing patches of excellence, just doesn't seem to want to know at the moment. Again, maybe just because reserve team games don't do it for him. I think it is guaranteed that he'll be on the bench against Tranmere (at least on this performance).

The centre-backs did very well today - although they weren't put under pressure. Oli is very short, but won his fair share of headers and reads the game well. Can't remember the name of the guy with the red hair, but he seemed very capable.

Ademeno/Ademena? and Ming don't look like they'll be challenging the first team any time soon.

The goals: 1st one was an excellent 30-35 yard drive from JCR who had drifted into the centre. Second was a cooly taken header (Bentley?) from an excellent JCR cross after he beat his man on the wing and sent it flying in.

Had it not been such a warm day, there would still have been plenty to warm the ****les.

Thoroughly enjoyable game.