New Haw Boys 3 Chiddingfold 2 (League)
16th January 2005
‘I don’t think we’ll get into the Premier now …’
A real Christmas hangover of a result, the most frustrating
of the season so far, against a team we would normally expect to beat
The boys were clearly out of sorts after the lay-off,
showing hesitancy early on during several New Haw attacks. We weren’t helped
by the very high sun in our eyes and the tiny, bouncy, heavily sloping pitch –
but then it was the same for the opposition and it hasn’t stopped us getting a
The chaps did start to probe New Haw and were unlucky not
to go ahead during a spell of good pressure notable for a couple of dodgy
offside decisions. Mike in goal proved himself alert when called upon and Scott
was brilliant in a one-on-one with the New Haw keeper, who did exceptionally
well to save.
Despite not firing on all cylinders, the supporters always
felt we had the better team, and towards the end of the half New Haw were
rocking back on their heels when, a minute before the half-time whistle, the
boys had a collective brainstorm. stood right off a New Haw attack and conceded
a really terrible goal.
After a brisk talking-to by the manager, the boys trooped
out for the second half – only to go 2-0 down in the first five minutes. The
supporters were starting to get really worried now but the chaps gritted their
teeth and pressed forward. Man of the
Match Theo worked his socks off
and a good spell of pressure followed, in which the New Haw keeper
singlehandedly kept his team ahead, but inevitably we finally scored, when
Rupert made no mistake, 2-1.
Not long afterwards, to immense relief on the touchline,
Rupert battled through again and laid the ball off for Jon Bn to slot in. 2-2,
and the supporters waited for the avalanche. Which should have happened, given
the pressure and the chances we were creating.
But didn’t. Instead, New Haw got a corner and scored with
a sensational, but completely free, header. 3-2 to them, and a curiously passive
response from the boys.