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HELLENIC LEAGUE: New College boss admits his side were second best
NEW College manager Rob Hopkins admitted his young team were not at their best in the 2-0 defeat to Lydney at the Webb’s Wood Stadium.
The students were sunk by a goal in each half from Richard Kear and James Morse, with Joey Hiscock coming closest to a College goal when he hit the woodwork with a first-half free kick.
From the outset it had the makings of a huge task given that Lydney had already racked up four Hellenic League Division One West wins out of five, and Hopkins conceded that his side had never troubled the Gloucestershire outfit.
“Other than when we hit the post we didn’t look like we were going to score at all,” he said.
“They were better than us in the final third and the defensive third, and we lacked a bit of quality in key areas all-round.
“They are a good side with some experienced players and although we had the better of midfield in terms of possession, they were the better side in front of goal and defensively.
“I don’t think we really tested them.
“The fact we weren’t really happy meant they didn’t have to play as well as they can to beat us.
“It was a shame we didn’t play better because it could have been a lot closer.
“I’d imagine that Lydney, Tytherington, Fairford and Shortwood reserves are going to be the top four teams in the league.
“We’ve got Tytherington next weekend so we’ll be tested again and we’re going to end up playing what could be the top four by the end of October.”
Elsewhere, Purton suffered a mammoth second-half collapse as they were trounced 6-1 at Clanfield.
Craig Mays and Steve Olphert gave the hosts a 2-0 advantage at the break, but Ash Gooch replied after the resumption.
However, Purton’s hopes of gaining a positive result were shortlived as goals from Mays, Ollie Oswin (2) and Joe Wood wrapped up a straightforward home win.
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