Thursday 9th March 2017 1pm
IPCC 3-1 Birkbeck
Match reporter: Chris Baker
It was a case of Deja vu for BBK FC as they slipped to another agonising defeat at the Coram’s Fields.
It had all started so brightly for the Blue Fury in the first half. Setting about their opposition with vim and vigour in the early exchanges.
Birkbeck had created a plethora of early chances through their high pressing game and it was no surprise when they eventually went ahead. Paul Majewski latching onto Chris Baker’s flighted through ball before knocking the ball home with his left foot.
Further goals for BBK FC seemed an inevitable but the boys in blue were to come against a goalkeeper in inspired form; even if he was a little unsure of where his area was to begin.
The IPCC ‘keeper made a string of excellent saves as his goal was peppered with shots from all angles. The best two were spectacular reflex saves from Baker and Majewski respectively.
Birkbeck couldn’t find a second goal before half-time that would’ve reinforced their control and dominance over proceedings. So it was 0-1 at the interval.
The second half started in a similar fashion and the boys in blue were almost rewarded with a goal for their efforts. Baker pinged a ball out to the right wing to Rob Carter who delivered a teasing cross towards Majewski. The IPCC managed to just about bundle the ball clear but only as far as the waiting Matt Boyd who dragged his left shot just wide of the post. Nevermind, the Birkbeck lads must have thought.
They were, however, made to pay almost instantly for their prolificacy in front of goal. The IPCC swept forward with a hopeful long punt up field which caught out the unfortunate Krish in defence and they made it 1-1.
A report of daylight robbery was almost filed with the IPCC after the equaliser but worse was to follow for the Blue Fury.
It’s fair to say that Birkbeck got pretty ragged after being pegged back and lost their shape but they could do very little about IPCC’s second goal which was one of genuine quality.
A simply outrageously good cross from the right wing, that totally dissected the BBK FC goalkeeper and defence was expertly turned in on the volley at the far post.
The lads in blue could scarcely believe what had happened but managed to regroup sufficiently to press for an equaliser with Sam Keenan making several lung busting marauding runs forward from deep. But whenever the IPCC back line was breached they couldn’t find a way past a goalkeeper that was surely having the game of his life. The ball seemed be magnetically drawn towards his gloves. Not even offering up any rebounds opportunities.
As Birkbeck pressed for an equaliser they left themselves exposed to the counter attack and but for an excellent save from Jack Cain IPCC could’ve found themselves well and truly out of sight.
As it was BBK FC huffed and puffed in vain in search of an equaliser but were then picked off on the break to end the match as a contest.
In the dying embers of the game Birkbeck continued to play in a positive fashion but couldn’t turn one of their numerous shots on target into a goal.
The Blue Fury will be deeply disappointed with how this very winnable game got away from them. If their results are to improve they must tighten up at the back and cut out the individual errors that are costly them so dearly at the moment. While becoming more ruthless and clinical in front of goal. The good news is they won’t have to play against the IPCC stopper every week.
If the boys in blue can sharpen up in both penalty areas then better results are surely just around the corner; as their play in the mid third of the pitch is decent and the lads always look comfortable in possession.
Next fixture: Birkbeck FC vs Warners
Thursday 30th March 1-2pm, Coram Fields.
BBK FC: Cain (GK); Jayes (Krish), Keenan, Alex; Carter, Baker, Boyd (c); Majewski (1).