After a great finish towards the end of last season which included a 14 match unbeaten run, the season opening match was very much of a keep yourself grounded affair, away to Bulwell Forest Sky. Bulwell Forest Sky proved to be a well organised and disciplined team who we would lock horns with again later on in our friendly league fixtures.
Following the meet and greet formalities the game was underway and possession swung like a pendulum between the teams within the first 15 to 20 minute period of the game with the hosts enjoying a higher percentage of the chances that were created. Manny Johnson narrowly missed putting the visitors ahead with a shot that flashed wide, just past the left hand post. Jacob Murden had an opportunity on the left hand side of the area however the shot was pulled wide of the near post. Isaac Suttle created a chance cutting in from the left hand wing, for his shot, on target from distance, to be charged down.
Later on into the half the ROR defence and their goalkeeper George Beech who pulled off some timely saves were worked the harder of the two teams. Nevertheless the ROR stuck to their task and were doing enough defensively to maintain the parity. Just before halftime with 25 minutes on the clock the deadlock was broken. There was a Bulwell Forest Sky breakaway down the Radcliffe Olympic right hand side and the ball was calmly placed into the bottom right hand corner of the goal. (1-0 HT)
Some of the signs were promising from the first half and with the difference between the sides being the solitary goal, then ROR were still in the running to get something out of the game. Better communication and an improvement in working as a team were discussed at half time to help improve ROR chances of getting back into the game.
At the resumption of the second half the ROR did not start too well, opportunities were not being created and Bulwell Forest Sky posed more of a constant threat to the ROR goal. In the 43rd minute the hosts extended their lead when the ball was crossed into the box from the right hand side of the ROR defence. The ball bounced over the keeper to enter the net by the far post.
With ROR struggling to maintain their shape, three more goals followed in quick succession. The 51st minute goal was created when a Bulwell Forest Sky player ran in off the ROR left hand side unoppossed and slotted the ball into bottom right hand corner.
A Bulwell Forest Sky player received the ball on the left hand side of the ROR defence and ran through unchallenged before hitting the ball with the outside of his right foot into the far corner.
In the last minute of the game the ball was played over from the edge of the box on the ROR left to the right hand side of the box for the ball to be volleyed in at the near post.
A lot of credit should be given to the Bulwell Forest Sky players for a fantastic display of teamwork and skill throughout the game. Although the score line suggests that the ROR were well beaten, some basic elements were lacking during the game that were ever present during their successful run of matches last term.
The match left the coaches in no doubt what aspects needed to be worked on to get the ROR season back on track for the start of the forthcoming league campaign.