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Chiddingfold 7 Claygate 0 (League)
16th October 2005
‘Not bad considering I didn’t get to bed
until 4 o’clock this morning’
Much more like it. Claygate
actually started the stronger and for the first ten minutes the boys had to be
alert. But once they settled down they started to create chances for themselves
and grew in confidence. Tom D, back in his midfield general role, ran the show,
and got in an early warning to Claygate with a super lay-off, picking up the
return pass and crossing beautifully. Tom B was at his menacing best wide on the
right and just put the ball over the bar on about twenty minutes after a defence
splitting pass from the first Tom.
In defence Daryl ‘Dazza’
launched himself into an immaculately timed diving tackle and at the other end
Scott shot agonisingly wide when through on goal.
The chaps were now well on top
and it was no surprise when Kirk took an exquisite free kick from wide on the
left, which looped over the despairing goalkeeper and into the net – luckily
touching the keeper’s fingers on the way in (it was an indirect kick!).
Just before half-time the
Claygate manager had ‘a quiet word’ with his opposite number about our
supposedly robust tackling and the referee’s (L. Cozens-Smith) lack of
response to it. Your manager duly noted their comments and passed them on to
Lionel but, really, if you want to know about robust tackling, ask Shepperton
(see report for 30th Oct).
Merrily on into the second
half, and Mike in goal had to be quick off his line, but the chaps went 2-0 up
after about ten minutes, when Scott broke through and made no mistake. Shortly
afterwards he chipped quite brilliantly over the keeper, 3-0, and the Claygate
heads started to drop.
Tom D made it four –
unfortunately missed by the manager, who was attending to Kirk’s suspected
broken nose - and the chaps were starting to enjoy themselves now. Next came
some terrific linking play, at the end of which Man
of the Match Anthony M stormed into the Claygate area, and oh so casually
flicked the ball into the path of Will, who smacked it into the roof of the net.
Great goal and cue ecstasy amongst the supporters.
Claygate weren’t ready to
throw in the towel yet though, and Mike still had to come quickly and bravely
off his line, but there was only ever going to be one result, especially after
Will went on one of his battling runs, hit the post and the ball bounced out
into the path of the marauding Anthony to make no mistake, 6-0.