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Individual errors prove costly


ROOS FC suffered a demoralising home defeat on Saturday, losing 4-3 to Hull United Reserves, having looked by far the better side over the 90 minutes, with individual errors proving their undoing.

Manager Les Sennett had a strong squad to choose from and following the previous week’s impressive 3-0 victory, he was reluctant to change things, meaning captain Dan Smith, Sam Huteson and Jack Bristow formed a formidable bench.

In the reverse fixture back in October, Roos lost 6-2 and arrived with just 10 players and lost Bob-EldonSmith to injury after just two minutes. Goalkeeper Max Watling-Precious was a second-half casualty and in the end, the Hull United goalkeeping coach volunteered to go in goal for Roos and proceeded to ship in four goals in 20 forgettable minutes!

Hull United Reserves were more than beatable that day but with an astonishing squad of 68 players signed on and 43 of them having already played in their 12 league fixtures this season, it came as no surprise that only three of Saturday’s starting 11 played in the reverse fixture, and Saturday’s side were vastly superior to the one seen back in October.

Just three minutes in, the in-form Liam Murrey found Matty Carrick on the left and his dangerous-looking cross was cleared for a corner by former Roos player Jamie Altoft.

Roos were on top and Carrick was narrowly wide with one decent effort before Eldon-Smith had a shot deflected over the bar after an excellent move involving Lucas Sneddon and Murrey.

However, on six minutes, the visitors took the lead. A poor defensive header from Dec Precious presented the ball at the feet of the imposing Osahon Oswahe who rifled the ball into the top corner for 1-0.

Roos came back well, Eldon-Smith trying his luck from 25 yards, but it was comfortable for Joseph Keenan in the United goal.

An awful tackle by Will Ketley on Connor McKinley presented Roos with a good opportunity to get level but form a pin-point Carrick cross, Cam Maplebeck’s free header from close range went over the bar.

Another poor challenge by John Longthorne on Sneddon eventually led to another Roos corner and from another excellent cross, Murrey headed the ball wide.

Another Precious error on 22 minutes went unpunished but three minutes later Eldon-Smith found Ash McKinley in space but from just 12 yards out, his shot was straight at the keeper.

Roos were playing much the better football, but they were rocked on the half-hour as Hull United doubled their lead. Having lost the ball cheaply in a dangerous area, Roos were short on cover and although Watling-Precious made a decent save, the rebound fell perfectly for Luke Walker who took his time before firing the ball home for 2-0.

Roos were still trying to play football leading up to half-time and after a rare Jack Todd error had gone unpunished on 42 minutes, the home team’s spirits were visibly lifted on the stroke of half-time with a brilliant individual effort.

Maplebeck, who was struggling with a knee injury, embarked on an outstanding run that took him past four or five players and as he entered the penalty area, he drilled the ball into the bottom corner, the perfect tonic for a half-time debate.

Sadly, Maplebeck lasted 10 seconds of the second period and was replaced by Smith. On 47 minutes another crude tackle gave Roos an opportunity 25 yards out and Sneddon’s curling shot was narrowly wide.The heavy challenges continued to come thick and fast and a cynical foul on Eldon-Smith presented the hosts with another opportunity, this time Sneddon hitting the target, only for Keenan to make an excellent save low down.

From the subsequent corner, Todd arrived for a free header but like Maplebeck before him, he too headed over the crossbar.On 58 minutes Billy South committed a shocking tackle on Ash McKinley and although referee Mike Robinson was continually awarding free-kicks, he was taking no action, keeping his cards firmly in his pocket.

Roos were all over their opponents and goals were imminent. Ben Littleproud fed Ash McKinley with a lovely-weighted pass, but he was denied by Keenan before a superb team move came to nothing as Smith’s shot sailed high and wide.

With 61 minutes on the clock it was 2-2. A superb flowing move carved Hull United apart and as the ball was fed into Murrey, he steered the ball home for his 14th goal in 12 league games.Huteson replaced Carrick and after Sneddon had seen a decent volley from 25 yards out saved by Keenan, the substitute supplied a killer pass across goal on 65 minutes for Murrey to add his second, putting Roos 3-2 ahead.

Hull United offered nothing in response and Huteson should have done better with a first time shot from a wellworked free-kick following the umpteenth foul outside the Hull penalty area. With 20 minutes left Bristow replaced the struggling Todd, which resulted in Smith dropping in at centre-half. With 18 minutes left Roos should have wrapped the game up but from another excellent Huteson cross, Bristow volleyed over the bar from six yards.

Despite totally dominating the game at this point, Roos were pegged back on 73 minutes. The reliable Smith made the initial error and as a cross came in, WatlingPrecious let the ball slip from his grasp and Oswahe was on hand to flick the loose ball home for 3-3.

Altoft’s poor challenge gave Roos another opportunity to regain the lead but the subsequent free-kick was blocked and on 77 minutes Huteson charged into the penalty area and was clearly fouled, but he stayed on his feet and was able to find Bristow with a cut-back pass, but the all-important finish was the only thing missing.

Had he gone over it would have been a cast-iron penalty and Roos would pay the price. With both sides pressing for a winner, Hull United went back in front on 85 minutes. Another unforced error from Smith presented Oswahe with the chance to complete his hat-trick in only his third game of the season and he was able to dribble his way around Watling-Precious before rolling the ball into the net for 4-3.

Roos deserved a point at least but it wasn’t to be. On 87 minutes Sneddon’s goal-bound shot took a wicked deflection and cannoned back off the post and a minute later Ash McKinley fired over from close range when it looked easier to score than miss.

Bristow was denied at the death as he latched on to a great through ball; Keenan racing out to gather the ball at his feet.

This defeat rather sums up Roos’ season so far as this was a game they probably should have won. The side have no game this coming Saturday and will return to action on January 19 with an away trip to face Hessle Rangers Juniors.

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