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 comfortably.

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 result before 

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.

Mike in goal pushed brilliantly round the post and Jon Bn broke clear on goal, only for the keeper to make a fantastic save at the death, but the truth was we didn’t really deserve anything more out of the game. Bad day at the office.