Take me Home
Hersham Harriers 5 Chiddingfold 3 (League)
23rd October 2005
‘WelI ….. if I’m honest ….. I could
actually have pulled back from kicking him but ..… I didn’t.’
explaining why he thought he might have been booked
An exciting match against one
of the title challengers, and one which we could have won with a little more
composure in front of goal.
Things looked good in the
opening period. The boys pressed forward and in the first five minutes Jamie and
joint Man of the Match Scott created
two excellent attacks between them. Hersham came back and put us under some
pressure but we defended determinedly with Mike in goal his usual brave, solid
Then, in ten minutes of
madness, the chaps fell apart, conceding three soft goals. Hersham put us under
more pressure, the defence panicked, refused every opportunity to clear the ball
cleanly, and it was 1-0. Cue volley of outraged invective from the manager.
Shortly afterwards, with Hersham’s tails up, we again gave them all the time
and space they needed, were completely static at the back, failed to clear the
ball, 2-0. Cue apoplexy, steam coming out of his ears and sky high blood
pressure from the manager. A few minutes later, utter confusion in the box
gifted Hersham the third goal, 3-0. Cue stream of Anglo-Saxon fury from the
manager (for which he unreservedly apologises) and his gently being led away,
foaming at the mouth, by his ever reliable assistant Lionel.
By the time he had calmed down
a bit, and his straightjacket had been removed, the boys were beginning to play
much more like their usual selves.
We pushed Kirk up into the
midfield, and moved sweeper Theo up into the back line, which forced Hersham to
battle it out in midfield and took the pressure off the back four. Before long,
this paid dividends; a superb through ball from Kirk, put Scott through on goal
and he made no mistake, 3-1. Not long before half-time Tom B, who had been
highly effective raiding down the right wing, lobbed brilliantly over the
defence, Scott got to the ball first but was immediately closed down by two
defenders. Undeterred he battled his way through them and into the box, then
slipped it past the keeper. 3-2 and starting to look very interesting.
Well marshalled by captain Jon
B and Theo in the centre, Josh was like a rock at right back and joint Man of the Match Daryl, up against some very large attackers, was
equally playing out of his skin. Hassie, Jamie and Dan were working hard in
midfield and Tom B and Scott always threatened up front.
Then, on the stroke of
half-time, a beautifully weighted corner from Kirk was met at the far post by
Scott, who headed agonisingly onto the upright. An inch the right way and we
would have been level.
On into the second half and, in
the first five minutes, Jon B headed just over. Steve was on by now and put in a
succession of dangerous crosses and corners. Frustratingly though, it was
Hersham who poached another goal, in the process catching Mike’s knee, which
swelled up badly enough for him to have to come off. This was the turning point
of the match. Theo took over in goal for the first time in a couple of years and
did brilliantly, but at the expense of our outfield shape and cohesion.
Nevertheless we instantly hit
back, Scott lobbing the keeper but the ball just going wide. Theo saved well
with his feet, then excellent Steve pressure on the right created space for Josh
to also lob just over.
Unfortunately Hersham made it
5-2 with a lucky, scrambled goal, then one of their strikers was booked for yet
another aggressive tackle on an unmoved Daz.
Still threatening, Scott and
Jamie combined well together to set up the best opportunity of the match, but
the ball somehow stayed out. Next Dan’s name went into the book for a nothingy
tackle (You sure? See above. Ed) and from the resulting free kick on the
edge of our area, Theo pulled off a marvellous save, pushing the goalbound ball
round the post.
At last we got the goal we
deserved. A superb ball from Steve found Tom, who went on a mazy run and laid it
off for Scott to round a couple of defenders and slot home, 5-3.