Coming into the fixture we all understood the scoreboard may not be in our favour by the final siren, however collectively we felt we could gather several positives that may help our push to win a flag later in the year. Debut games for the Demons were handed out to Alex Smith, Declan Murphy & Hinson Li who played key roles throughout the afternoon.
We went into the game looking to create stoppages, tackle effectively & generate one percenters knowing that if we were able to place this perceived pressure onto the West London Wildcats then we would have built a benchmark for future games. It was from the very first siren that the effort and hunt of the Wandsworth Demons was on show. Jeff Davies and Jonas Manley ensured the contest was tight and at every opportunity placed their body on the line leading into the first break, which saw the score at 2.1 13 to 0.0 0 for the Wildcats.
It was obvious that the Wildcats did not expect these difficulties around the ground and it was the great defense by Liam O’Dowd, Thibault Renard and the first gamer Declan Murphy that was really beginning to frustrate the Prem opposition. It was in this quarter that the Wildcats’ midfield begun to get clean possession from stoppages in turn allowed their forwards to get into open spaces. Although the scoreboard begun to tick in this quarter it was efforts by Tom Eastick that begun to slow the game down and lock the ball into stoppage situations.
The second half was no different to the first half with the Demons concentrating on continuing their effort till the final siren. The only difference in the instructions given at half time is that we felt we could begin to get on the scoreboard which is exactly what the lads went out to do. The squeeze in this quarter allowed us to have opportunities and it was Bryce Mulcahy who went around the corner for the Demons first goal of the afternoon. Bryce soon found his second goal in the final term and the even after a loss the boys all came off the field with their heads held up high, but more importantly with smiles beaming on their face.