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ROYALS REVIEW: Just not our day

PUBLISHED: 13:00 07 May 2010 | UPDATED: 17:18 06 July 2010

IT has been a disappointing end to the season.

Last Saturday we gave three lads a chance, and gave it a good go from the start against Ely - and to be honest we did not perform too badly despite the 3-1 defeat.

ROYALS REVIEW

IT has been a disappointing end to the season.

Last Saturday we gave three lads a chance, and gave it a good go from the start against Ely - and to be honest we did not perform too badly despite the 3-1 defeat.

Monday was on everyone's minds and considering Needham fielded a complete reserve side two days ahead of the final the effort was there, but it was too close to the final.

After we went 3-1 down we threw everything bar the kitchen sink at them for 40 minutes during incessant pressure in the second half, where we performed better.

Before the league cup final (on Monday) we told the lads that although Needham had won the previous four games our performance in the second half of the Suffolk Premier Cup semi final and the whole of last Wednesday's league game where we should have come away with something, the key was to close them down and pressure the ball.

By giving them no time on the ball and getting in their faces we felt we could put them under pressure and eventually come out on top.

And to be honest, I though we played really well on Monday. We could have been at least 4-1 up at half time and the sending off and resultant penalty were the key moments of the game.

If Woody had struck that penalty in (instead of it clipping the bar and going over) - like he has done all season - it would've been much harder for them as they would have had to come out more with ten men.

We were well on top for the last 15 minutes of the first half in particular and we predominantly had most of the play in the second half but we didn't seem to break them down enough.

The longer the game went on, we seemed to tire and they looked fitter - but there's lots of reasons for this, including they were fresher after the weekend off.

I think we always looked dangerous and with the pace in our side we thought one ball over the top would catch them out, but they broke away in extra time and made it 2-1 just before the end of the first period. A couple of shots just rolled past the post in the final period and then you realise its not going to be your day!

But we have had a fantastic season and there was nothing between us again in this game with Needham - which shows we can certainly compete with the best teams in this league.

We are in the top four sides in the division, and with Needham going up and CRC possibly going up as well the aim is to now improve our league position next season.

At the start of the season, if anyone would've said to us would you take fourth in the league anjd the furthest you'd ever reached in all the cups well we'd have taken that!

Now we need to add one or maybe two players to the squad of 16 players we have got to maintain the challenge with 18/19 players. We will be looking to bring in one or two players if possible and we're looking forward to next season now. Stewart and I would like to thank all the players for their commitment this year, we've thoroughly enjoyed our time as managers and we'd also like to thank all the supporters that have backed us and especially Barrie Atkins for all his hard work this year.

Mark Boggis was speaking to Jon Reynolds

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