Handsworth Parramore now have 13 games of the NCEL Premier Division season left to gain 14 points on the league leaders if they are to mount a promotion challenge, after their 5-3 defeat to Albion Sports at Sandy Lane yesterday. (Main photograph by Ken Allsebrook)
Joint manager Jon Froggatt was upset following the full time whilstle, “Very disappointing performance yesterday as we have worked really hard the last 2 weeks to get two hard fought victories away from home, then we return to our home ground and we expected us to win the game.
“We asked the lads to start the game on the front foot, dictate the pace and really take the game to Albion, however it was us that found ourselves 3-0 after only 20 or so minutes.
“Some very poor decision making, not following our runners allowed them to cut us open at will. It was very frustrating to watch as recently we have looked a lot more solid defensively. We then started to play the way we expect, match them physically and got the ball in behind their defence.
“We lost our right back through injury so we had to change our shape and approach to the game. This seemed to work as two-quick goals got us back in the game going in to half time.
The second half we really came out of the traps the way in which we should have started the game, dictated the game and deservedly got back to 3-3 then we were thinking there’s only us to win the game.
We had chances to go in front but it wasn’t to be, we gave a silly foul away on the edge of our box and from the resulting free kick the ball was only parried and we were second to react and gave a penalty away which was scored. We chased the game and pushed higher up the pitch to get a fourth goal but we got caught again late on and their lad has sealed the win for them.
“Fair play to them they deserved it on the day as we were no where near at our best. Bad day at the office but we will put this behind us. No point dwelling on this too much, hopefully we can get a reaction this week.
“It just seems to be 2 steps forward and 1 step back at the moment, we need to settle as a squad and realise each other’s strengths and play more as a team. It’s going to take time to gel as a team, we are seeing glimpses both in training and in games, we have to be more consistent. Between now and the end of the season this will be the aim and we will see where it takes us from there on.”