Scorers: Kadua, Hillier, Hubbard, Shaw-Morris
A strong performance by the Reserves as they blitzed Bank of England, with the score line being extremely flattering to the opposition.
As is usual at Bank of England, the pitch was nice, the sun was shining and they were a thoroughly nice bunch of chaps. They were also all very tall, so for the first 10 minutes we decided to play in to their hands launching everything.
After this, we got the ball down and started popping the ball around. Bank couldn’t get a touch. On the few occasions they did get some possession their lone front man was generally well marshalled by Skips and Simmo.
We took the lead when an excellent passing move involving marathon runner Hancock and marathon eater Dan O saw the ball worked wide to Nana who banged it in across the keeper to nestle in the bottom corner. 2 in 2 for Nana who is proving a real threat out wide.
Imagine our surprise that despite our general domination we found ourselves 2-1 down shortly after. Their first came when Fabb, Simmo and skipper all decided to fall over rather than make a tackle, allowing Toby to run the ball to the bye line and pull back for Hugo to tap in. Classic Pro-Evo goal our downfall. The next goal was 4 yards offside. It was actually a really good defensive line but the striker was able to run through and toe punt past the suitably furious Stimp.
It took us 90 seconds to equalize – a period of sustained pressure resulted in a ball lofted in to the area that the Keeper bottled so Matt Hillier was able to beat him to it and toe poke in. 2-2 at the turn.
For the 2nd week running the Gaffer gave us a stern talking to – our passing had not been crisp enough and we were a bit lax in our approach. With a flea in our ear we went out and tore in to Bank. For the first 5 or so minutes of the half they could not get the ball from us, and could not get out of their half. Frazer hit an absolute bozzler from 30 yards that hit the bar. Dan wilding and Fabb were linking up to join attacks with Stimp a relative spectator, apart from the occasional pin point accurate pass, like Danny Murphy in his FFC pomp.
We retook the lead when Les tied the winger in knots for Mikey to have time to turn and side foot in the corner. We made it 4 when Frazer managed to score with about his 54th attempt of the game. It could have been many more but for profligate finishing and good saves by the keeper.
MOTM – O’Leary – makes us tick in the centre.
Team: Simpson, Wilding, McLoughlin, Simpson, Fabb, O’Leary, Hancock, Hillier (Harvey), Kadua (Hubbard), Manu, Shaw-Morris.