Matt reflects on defeat at Faversham on Saturday
I am more upbeat than expected to be losing 3-0 I suppose as the age of yesterday's squad was possibly our youngest to date and the starting XI contained one player over 21.
I would hazard a guess that it’s the youngest squad and team at this level of football in the country and players like Will Thomas, who marked someone of the ilk of Carl Rook, will only learn and be better for the experience next season.
These players for large parts controlled possession without having a cutting edge but stuck to their task and kept our identity throughout and that is a credit to them.
Don’t forget we played a team still fighting to get in the play-offs for the second season running.
I have previously said we have one eye on next year and building this group at this stage of the season will be difficult but I hope our supporters can see the players are learning and they have tremendous focus and commitment.
Last week they travelled to Worthing for a friendly, trained on Thursday and played on Saturday always adopting a bright enthusiastic approach. I commend them for this as their attitude to learning is immense, so although we lost the future looks extremely bright and I for one am excited by that.
Young side well beaten
FAVERSHAM 3, EAST GRINSTEAD TOWN 0
Much-changed Wasps fielded one of the youngest teams in their history but were no match for a Faversham side making a late run for the play-offs and boasting one of the best home records in the Ryman League.
Wasps had just one player aged over 21 in their starting XI in Drew Cooney while 19-year-old Will Thomas took the captain’s armband following Chris Haigh’s departure to St Albans.
His replacement in goal, Dagenham & Redbridge loanee, Joe Carter was one of four new signings in the squad. Jimmy Shepherd started at right back, Ollie Gill in midfield with Robin Deen coming on as a substitute.
The need to bed in new faces was another factor in an often disjointed display while a capricious wind on the East Kent coast and dry, bobbly pitch hardly encouraged the passing football Grinstead like to play.
They fell behind in the seventh minute when Matt Bourne was left unmarked to volley a corner past Carter, who had no chance.
Tashi Kwayie tested Will Godmon at the other end but Faversham were in control all over the pitch. More experienced and physical opponents are the sort of teams which have caused Grinstead problems all season and they went 2-0 behind on 22 minutes when a ball in from the left was only parried by Carter and Liam King swooped to score from the rebound.
King nearly made it three but fired wide after a mistake by Cooney while at the other end Charlie Harris, Wasps best player on the day, was off target with two efforts from distance and a free kick.
Carter put the game to bed two minutes into the second half, beating Carter after controlling a free kick but the keeper made a superb save in the 51st minute to push over George Monger’s shot.
Harris was Wasps best hope of a goal, meeting a cross from Alex Gaggin but volleying straight at Monger who saved at the second attempt.
Faversham eased off in the closing stages as the game petered out, the destination of the three points having long been settled.
Wasps: Joe Carter, Jimmy Shepherd, Joey Taylor, Will Hoare, Drew Cooney, Will Thomas, Dan Hogan (sub: Oshaye Giraud-Hutchinson 83), Ollie Gill, Tashi Kwayie (Marcus Elliott 57), Charlie Harris, Alex Gaggin (Robin Deen 57) Unused sub: Jake McIntyre.
Action from Saturday's 3-0 defeat at Faversham.
Top: Jimmy Sheppard in action on his debut and, above, Alex Gaggin takes on the home defence
Photos by Stuart Gibson
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