Tuesday, 23 August 2011

Nonthaburi FC 1 Bangkok Christian College 1 - report

It was the proverbial game of two halves as Nonthauri produced an exciting display of football after the break in this match to clinch one point and come agonisingly close to snatching a win.

The first half was not encouraging for the home side as BCC produced an organised and disciplined display of good teamwork and movement, scoring a very impressive - even if there was a deflection - goal about thirty minutes in. Eka were without Prasop, Sathit and Janewit who is now on loan at CRU. It showed.

The second 45 minutes was a very different tale as Eka came out fighting, producing excellent overlaps on both wings and some sharp diagonal passes to open up the BCC back line. Time and time again it looked like the goal would come, only for the last touch to go begging, or a late scramble from the visitors to hold out.

The goal finally came from number 28 in the dying minutes of the action, much to the delight of the large home crowd. Nonthaburi are now promoting themselves with local posters like this one and the effect is starting to show, crowds are a little bigger and the noise greater than ever. That effect seemed to give the players the spark they needed.

Credit to both sides for putting on a good game of football in this one. For Eka, it really is the same old story: the better side, more of the play over 90 minutes but screaming out for a sharp predator or a tall, heavy target man in the penalty box.

Still there are many positives to take - exciting and good football in the second half, an all round display of hard work and team spirit, good performances from players covering injured or suspended players and the nucleus of a good squad. If we can hold on to Prasop, Korawut, Sathit, Reece, Grant, get Janewit back from loan (or replace him) and keep one of our two very good goalkeepers then we only need to fill in the obvious attacking void in the side to make a damn good push for promotion next year. The spirit is clear to see in players and fans alike.

Man of the match:
Number 14, Chatpet who worked hard down the wing and showed excellent awareness for every attacking move. Another player who caught the eye was 19, Passakorn who produced a hard-working show replacing Janewit at centre-back.

Next game is away to Thanyaburi next weekend.

Tuesday, 9 August 2011

Globex FC 1 Nonthaburi FC 1

Nonthaburi came from behind to snatch a point against a Globlex side that were, in reality, there for the taking.

The first half was another case of “different game, same story” as Eka had more possession and more chances against the meekly supported home side but could not finish the openings. The absence of Sathit - who watched from the stands, presumably injured or suspended - was noticeable..

We were punished for those rued chances after the break when Globlex scored from a cross to produce the first decibel of sound from home fans. It looked to be a worst case scenario for Eka but the goal seemed to light a fuse and before long Korawut leveled with a close-range finish. For the rest of the game Eka looked more dangerous and a low cross from Ryan Reece was millimeters away from the foot of Korawut who could not have missed. Final score 1-1.

Man of the match: Ryan Reece who is finding more space and causing defenders more problems with every game. He also reads the game quickly and has excellent timing on overlaps.

One point from a possible six then, and that is probably the final nail in our promotion push. We can take heart from an improved overall performance in the last few weeks and we must still look to finish as strongly as possible. If we can hold the current squad together and get just two new signings that we really should have made in mid-season: a poacher and a big, hefty target man, then we can look to top the table next season.

(I've never seen the screaming girl at a game before and hopefully won't again)

Thursday, 4 August 2011

North Bangkok 3 Nonthaburi 0

Eka's form continued its bizarre fluctuation on Wednesday night as the side sunk to a  heavy away defeat. The chance to quickly put the memory to rest can be snatched this Sunday with a second successive away game, this time at Globlex FC.

Monday, 1 August 2011

Nonthaburi 2 Kasebundit FC 1

Ryan Reece and Korawut rounded off a great day for Eka with two well-deserved second-half goals that were enough to finish off a persistent Kasembundit FC.

The first half was essentially "different game, same story" with the home side enjoying the lion's share of possession but not finding the net. However Ryan Reece and Sathit Sriutai were finding holes down both flanks and Reece's perseverance paid off after the break when his forced his way past two challenges to slot home. Kasembundit equalised with a chipped shot over the keeper's head but the lead was restored quickly after a pinpoint cross by Sathit found Korawut who headed home. The visitors refused to give up and the final minutes were a shaky affair, but Eka held out and took the points they deserved. By using the width of the pitch and playing smart diagonal passes, we opened up the opposition and looked dangerous and confident. Man of the match for me was Sathit Sriutai who always looks dangerous and reads the game so well.

After the match, players and fans enjoyed a party at a nearby hotel. Sadly I was unable to attend but everyone involved reported a fun night.

Results elsewhere mean that we're now just four points away from second place and the play-off. What a difference a week makes!

The club is now promoting itself to the locals
Fans and players enjoyed the club party 1
Fans and players enjoyed the club party 2