A much depleted squad took to the very narrow home pitch with Nobby making his league debut, we were missing a number of regular players:-
Colin – Hernia
George – flown south for the winter
Rob Lynn – Back – old police injury (fell off a special branch) knee injured in last game
Toony – Gout (say no more).
And although all the above were sorely missed nevertheless we were to put in a strong all round performance.
Our opponents had familiar faces in their all red strip but the Strollers were quick to take control and pressed the home team back at every opportunity, we marked well, not giving them any space and then some crisp passing opened the defence up on a number of occasions. Les was a right handful up front and completed a first half hat trick to put us firmly in control, Nobby defended well, Gordon controlled the middle and assisted a couple of the goals, Chris harried his opponent on to the back foot and Mike led the line linking up play well. Lawrence was hardly troubled in the half but did make one fine finger tip save. So a very good first half the only disappointment was that we didn’t score more goals.
Unfortunately we had a funny few minutes just after the second half got underway which culminated in a defensive error letting the home side back in to the game. Although we tried to stay calm a little bit of panic set in as we lost a bit of composure. Luckily we have Lawrence, one save in particular as a shot came in, he saved with his foot flicking the ball high in to the air and dropping in to his grateful arms. We managed to keep out the dangerous Woodnesborough centre forward and gradually took control again. Nobby was to set up the fourth goal with a defence splitting pass for Les to tuck away and complete a comfortable victory. We had chances to score another couple of goals but it was not to be, we can’t be disappointed with that though as it was probably one of our best performances away from home on a pitch size we are not too familiar with.
The game was played in a much better spirit than our visit earlier in the season and was well controlled by the neutral referee Frankie Epsom.
Not many games left for us now before the season ends and we will keep pushing to move up the league table.