Finchampstead FC throw caution to the windBy Adam Lee
March 28, 2012
Finchampstead manager Jon Laugharne revealed that a more gung-ho attitude paid dividends against Letcombe on Saturday.
Leading 4-3 with 20 minutes to go, rather than trying to defend their lead, Finch decided to go on the offensive and continue to take the game to their visitors.
As a result, they spent the remaining few minutes camped in the Letcombe half, and only a number of stunning saves from visiting keeper Danny Joyce meant the score remained as it was.
And Laugharne said it was a pre-planned tactic that stemmed from being stung when in similar circumstances earlier this season.
“We changed things up slightly when they scored,” he said.
“When your’re holding on and holding on, sometimes you panic, so we intentionally went for the fifth and it worked in our favour - we limited them and credit to the players for that.
“We have been in many games this season where we have deserved to win, and have been leading, but ended up drawing because we tried to hold on to what we had.
“We’re a bit more confident now, though.
“It should have been a bit more comfortable it was, but their goalkeeper played really well.
“We created so many chances and on another day we would have scored double what we ended up with.”
Finch are without a game for the next three Saturdays, but have midweek matches throughout that period, starting with Rayners Lane away next Tuesday (7.45pm kick-off).
Laugharne is confident that Neil Griffiths, Richard Evans, Steve Ryan and Sam Dunne will be back available for that game.