RAF Regiment Footballers Reflect After 'Very Difficult' Night

Assistant Manager Sergeant Dave Jennings spoke to Forces News after his team's 16-0 loss away to Hallam FC.

The RAF Regiment football team were thrashed 16-0 in their first fixture in a year, a match their assistant manager called a "good eye-opener". 

Sergeant Dave Jennings said the loss to Hallam FC in Sheffield was a very tough night for the players.

"It was difficult obviously," he said.

"Very difficult.

"Straight from the off, you could tell that they’re a team that trains twice a week at least, plays every week and had a good couple of games underneath them already.

"This is our first game since September last year in the Combat Cup so to get the guys together and play at this level was a big ask.

"We needed a game and it was a good eye-opener for us."

Hallam FC play at the oldest football ground in the world at Sandygate.

The Forces side were missing a few players due to work commitments but that's a regular occurrence for the team, according to the coach.

He said: "There was a couple of debutants as well. We had a good few players unavailable as you can imagine with ops going on.

"We’re always going to be deficient players and we were today.

"The lads that played gave it everything they could and there’s a lot of takeaways."

Improving a player's mental state following a heavy loss is a difficult part of a coach's job and Sgt Jennings explained how the team bounce back from this.

He said: "We get them back in. We don’t play every week so next month, we’ll get another game and go from there.

"We’ll forget this one. We’ll forget this one scoreline.

"We know what we can take away from it and the guys know what they need to do to pick it up from the next game.

"Their heads will be in it next time. They won’t think about this."