Bookham 1 Chiddingfold 2 (League)
21st November 2004
‘Always a good game against your lot …’
A tense, gripping encounter against a team very much like
us – a high-achieving village side who try to play good football in a
In truth it should have been much more comfortable for us.
In the very first minute Tom combined well with Jon Bn, and Eddie went close.
The pressure was all from us as Jon Bn next put over a great cross which Will
scuffed agonisingly wide.
Then Jon Bn let fly a superb shot from all of 25 yards and
he finally put us ahead with the most casual of lobs from practically the
half-way line and his back to goal! 1-0.
Joint Man of the
Match Scott was a tricky nightmare for Bookham on the right of midfield and
Mike in goal was granite solid – he pulled off one terrific reflex save to
push the ball round for a corner.
We weren’t looking that secure in defence though, in
spite of another barnstorming performance from joint Man of the Match Jon Br and luckily for us a Bookham goal was
(rightly) disallowed for offside after poor defending let them in.
Next Richard and
Scott had a good build up wasted with a poor final touch, but we needed Mike to
push another shot over the bar to keep us just ahead at half-time.
Sure enough a defensive mix-up allowed Bookham to equalise,
1-1, but we were creating so many chances, we really should have been three or
four up at this point.
At last Rupert found himself one-on-one with the keeper, kept his composure and got us back in front, but the last ten minutes were nerve-wracking to watch and, as Bookham kept pressing forward, Mike had to pull of yet another sharp push round the post to enable us to hang on to a hard won three points.