Scorers: Doddimead, Ekunno, Goodwin & og x 2
Building on a strong performance the previous week despite two make-shift keepers (thanks go to Glassar & Edge for volunteering), we knew this weekend would present more of a challenge.
This showed in the first 10 where we struggled to string passes together, get our heads up and use the inevitable space the main AP pitch offers. Fortunately we started to get in gear, Doddimead & Glassar defending from the front to cause errors up top eventually leading to a miss kick from their makeshift keeper bouncing off Doddy who calmly had no idea about his 8 yard finish, 1-0 AP in top fashion. Unfortunately the downside of this pressure was a mazey run from our cavalier captain into their box ended by a crunching challenge and the end of his appearance 25 minutes in.
The team unperturbed with Alex Reynolds (utility man) slotting into his first of three roles for the afternoon swapped the ball in the middle of the park until with neither proving clinical until Tom Goodwin like the proverbial salmon took a leap and smashed a corner back into the back of the net for a second. First half almost over on came David (2.5 goals a game) Ekunno to calmly knock home a third and take us into the break with healthy lead.
The second half initially continued to be a barrage of pressure from AP leading to an own goal through consistent pressure from our forwards & wingers. As quickly as things started optimistically they began to turn and it was then our turn to dig in for a significant portion of the second half. Mike heading off injured we were now down to a re shuffled 11 with our seventh defensive member of the day Doddimead taking position at center back. At times EBOGS looks like they would get back in the game but a couple of fantastic saves from Farhad kept the scoreline perhaps more generous than reality.
The last 15 minutes we looked tired and plighted by injuries so it was good to see players still chasing back to get behind the ball and defending to the end, however an inevitable single goal crept in from EBOGs in the final minutes where the game was really out of reach.
All in all Parsons & Dando never look over run by their 3 men in central midfield which was a credit to them both but the man of the match has to be Joe Robinson. Consistently marshaled the changing back four putting in crucial challenges and faultlessly clearing his lines including a dramatic overhead sliding clearance off the line.
Looking forward to building on a very promising start to the season with the fives.