Another new fixture to the sporting calendar saw the 1st XI travel to Christ’s Hospital and look to get back to winning ways after a couple of hard fought draws.
Although there was not any standing water on the pitch the recent rain fall had left the surface extremely slippery so slowing down and keeping the ball under control was proving difficult in the opening exchanges. Both teams looked dangerous on the break but neither could find a way through some tight defending and alert goal keeping. After a period of constant pressure we broke the deadlock through Beau, who latched onto a wonderful through ball from Bradley, to side foot passed the keeper. We were soon 2 goals to the good as another Bradley through ball gave Daniel T the opportunity to utilise his speed, outpace the defence and finish hard and low. The game was quickly moving out of Christ’s reach and a third goal before half time gave us a commanding lead; a second for Daniel T and his tenth of the season so far. The lead allowed me to try a couple of positional changes and use the squad to it’s full potential and in doing so test the adaptability of the players.
The game continued in a similar fashion as the first half with both sides creating chances after some nice interchanges. Zac C and Elliott were solid throughout the game and knew that with Zac R behind them they had strong reinforcement. The combinations of Zevon, Peter, Daniel P and Daniel W in the full back slots gave us different attacking options out wide and kept the opposition guessing. Beau now moved into a more central attacking role and made an instant impact by lobbing the ‘keeper to score his second of the game and also his tenth of the season; there seems to be a little “healthy” competition going on between him and Daniel T. Oliver was having a great game in midfield and got his rewards by scoring his first goal for the 1st XI with a glorious “shinner” at the front post to make it 5-0. Christ’s scored a deserved, late conciliation goal but it was too little, too late by this point.
A thoroughly deserved win for the 1st XI and with only 2 matches remaining our current standing is 4 wins, 2 draws and 1 loss which make for excellent reading.
Well done indeed! MA