Alexandra Palace Reserves 5 – Broomfield Reserves 1

AFA Intermediate Cup | October 27, 2012

Scorers: Hubbard 2, Wilding 1, Webb 2

New legislation introduced the fantastic news of rolling subs to cup matches. Unfortunately we kicked off with 10 players so couldn’t make use of it. How we can’t get 11 players at home at kick off is a shambles. Good work from Jeats and Keith to get replacments for late cry offs meant that Sam and Reese made their 2s debuts and slotted in upfront and centreback respectively.

We found ourselves 1 down after 2 mins due to a sloppy start (again!). But even with 10 men we soon got hold of the game and things improved further when Les turned up. Richy H volleyed a Mike Hubbard free kick towards the bottom corner only to see their ‘well built’ keeper pull off the save of the match and turn it round the post. Sam came close a number of times but couldn’t force a goal. Eventually, Mike H broke through the deadlock by poking in from close range. Jason, who didn’t have much to do between the sticks, made a great save at 1-1 to keep us in the game and set us up for the win. We went two up when Sam slotted in after the keeper parried away a shot, and then Mike got our third after Nana tormented their right back.

After scoring a couple of goals Mike found the time to wind up the oppo engaging in a war of words with half of their defence. It was Les however who took the brunt of their frustration when, after casually lobbing the ball at the back of one defender, found himself on the receiving end of a left arm shot to the face. Les rocked back but was unharmed and the Broomfield player got his bag and left before the ref could get the red card out. 3-1 at half time.

We added two more in the second half via Wilding and Webb but we should’ve scored another 10. With the numerical advantage we went silly and at times played four up top leaving Broomfield to come back at us. We closed the game out without too much trouble but better teams might have caused us more problems. With players coming back from injury the 2s have a very competitive squad and should look to kick on from here.

MOM: Les for taking a punch like a true champ and Matt for having a cracking game at Left back.

Team: J Smith, Fabb, Jeats, Reese, Matt, Les, Rich, Sly, Nana, Dan W, Sam, Mike H

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