Bank Holiday Monday saw Cables comprehensively beaten at NPL Premier League side Witton Albion in their latest pre-season friendly. In what was clearly their toughest test so far, Craig Davies and his coaching staff will have learnt a lot about where this Cables side is, and what needs to be improved with two weeks to go until the start of the season.
Although Cables created the first real chance of the game when Matty Hamilton curled a shot wide on five minutes, it was the home side who dominated the majority of the opening half and took the lead on 23 minutes after the drinks break. A cross from the left was met at the back post by Witton winger Scott Bakkor who headed home from close range.
Bakkor then won a penalty for the home side on 34 minutes when Rodrigo Schmitdinger brought down the Albion winger inside the box. James Foley duly converted the spot kick to make it 2-0 to the hosts at half time.
The second half saw the introduction of former Cables midfielder Josh Gregory for Witton as the home side continued to dominate the game.
The game was effectively over as a contest on 72 minutes when Albion scored their third goal, Tom Owens looping a shot over everyone and into the Cables goal.
MJ Monaghan created Cables’ best chance of the game when his determination won the ball and then his shot was deflected narrowly wide.
That was however, as good as it got for a Cables side that, it must be said, was missing a number of first choice players through injury.