Oakwood boss Mark Gilbert praises defence in defeat to AFC Varndeanians

DM16136660a.jpg Oakwood FC manager Mark Gilbert. Photo by Derek Martin SUS-160822-172821008
DM16136660a.jpg Oakwood FC manager Mark Gilbert. Photo by Derek Martin SUS-160822-172821008

Oakwood manager Mark Gilbert was not critical of his side, despite their routine 3-0 defeat by second-placed Varndeanians.

A 15th minute goal by Oliver Stevenson was added to in the second half with goals by Andrew Pearson and Matt Waterman.

He said: “We didn’t expect a lot out of the game as all their players are quality.

“The first half we did well and had four or fives shots.

“They scored a goal with a scissor-kick which looped into the top corner and we were disappointed to go in to half-time at 1-0 after that type of goal.

“In the second half we came out not awake, Varndeanians scored two more goals.

“We put a shift in and 3-0 against them is quite respectable.

“Our centre-backs Shane Saunders and Sam Gallagher and goalkeeper Jack Stratton performed well.

“We were without Gerald Manville who was celebrating his wife’s birthday in New York.”

Oakwood return to Tinsley Lane this Saturday, December 8 when they host 15th-placed Worthing United.

Oakwood: Stratton, Saurombe, Ayanlaya-Daniel, Shane Saunders, Gallagher, Agate, Gilbert, Routley, Nourse, Olabiyi, Touray

Attendance: 20

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