Scorers: Croft (2), Potter (2), Wolfman
The 8’s travelled to Crouch End for what was expected to be a feisty encounter and this one certainly had its fair share of goals, horrific injuries and glorious misses!!
Once we had finally figured out which pitch we were on, the game got under way with a few alterations to the formation, with David Potter moving into a central role next to Jack Parsons and James Broome, who was making his first start of the season.
The opening minutes of the game were slightly frantic with a few misplaced passes, despite being given plenty of time on the ball by the ageing legs of the Vampires side. Anyway, after a few words from Captain Jack, we began to settle and took control of the game.
Our first chance came after a break down the left hand side saw George Waldrum rampaging into the box with Wolfman galavanting down the right hand side screaming for the ball across goal. George spotted the pass but failed to spot the keeper sprinting off his line and the 2 went down after clashing knee to knee. Wolfman sportingly knocked the ball out of play rather than go for goal (Or so he claimed). Serious injuries were sustained to both players requiring an ambulance and we all wish George a speedy recovery.
The loss of George meant Will Weaver had to come on for his first taste of action in 5 months (Or indeed any form of exercise). Then against the run of play, the Vamps managed to break into the box and after some scrappy play and dubious defending, they had the ball in the net. The 8’s responded well and Dave Potter equalized with an unstoppable drive that gave the keeper no chance, then another good move saw Crofty put Wolfman through on goal who coolly slotted home from a tight angle for 2-1. From then on, it was onwards and upwards.
Time and time again the creativity from the likes of Potter, Parsons and Broome created chances and Crofts link up play was excellent. The Vampires ageing back line stuck to their game plan of trying to play offside but couldn’t cope with the movement we had on the flanks. It therefore wasn’t long before we added to the tally. Wolfman found himself 2 on 1 with Crofty charging into the box. A cool cross saw Croft produce an emphatic finish on the half volley.
A similar move saw Potter finish from a tight angle for his second after more good work and a cross from Wolfman. The pick of the goals was Peter Croft’s belter from about 25 yards out which curled and dipped beyond their keeper.
On the whole, our backline didn’t have much to do but mentions must go to Emlyn Robbins, who produced a string of well timed blocks to keep the Vampires at bay, and Will Dudmish, who had an excellent game at full back. There was still numerous mistakes which need to be ironed out but it was 3 satisfying points in the bag.
MoM goes to Pete Croft for 2 excellent goals as well some excellently weighted and timed through balls. He was closely followed by Sam Wolfman who scored one, set up two, and was always a threat. Parsons again did a great job keeping things ticking in midfield and keeping everyone on their toes.
And the 8’s go marching on…..
Match Report – Sam Wolfman.