Highs and Lows
A mixed performance but three more points
The half term holidays are always tricky with absences and so it was with only 12 players that we went over to Chilcompton Sports for our league game. We had Luca on the bench as cover, but the starting 11 were expecting to have to play the full match. Chilcompton were strong opponents and we had previously beaten them in a close game at our home ground.
We lined up with a 4-3-3 with Toby in goal behind a back four of Dex, Josh, Emmanuel and Max. Elijah was in to anchor the midfield behind Kyran and Flynn with Harry, Joel and Mike up front. The game started with lots of nice passing, the 4G surface making it easier for both teams to play good football. Our defence was strong from the outset and there were few chances for Chilcompton during the first half. Our midfield controlled possession and we started to carve out the chances. Our opener came from a through ball to the right from Elijah that went beyond Harry. As the ball was going through to their keeper, Mike continued to chase and was rewarded as the ball broke free for him to turn the ball into an empty net. Our lead was soon doubled as some neat approach play saw Mike lay the ball off to Kyran on the edge of the area and his shot caught the Chilcompton keeper off his line to double our lead. Better was to come as we went three clear before the end of the half. More tidy interplay saw Mike and Joel combine before Harry struck home a sweet effort from 25 years out.
The half time talk focused on keeping the game tight and not allowing Chilcompton any chances in the game. Unfortunately this is becoming a bit of a bad habit as we gave away a couple of soft goals early on allowing Chilcompton to bring the score back to 3-2. We managed to regain control and the midfield of Elijah, Flynn and Kyran provided more chances four our front line. It was a combination of Elijah and Harry that provided our fourth and fifth goals either side of another Chilcompton goal giving us a 5-3 victory. The first half definitely was the better of the two on reflection! Still three points against good quality opponents should always be well received.
Man of the Match: Harry Selwyn – a well taken hat-trick making the difference between the teams on the day.