Alexandra Park 7s 5 – St James Reserves 4

Associate Member Challenge | March 7, 2015

Scorers: H.Rodrigues(3), Curran, W.Dudmish

Finally! After three weeks of no games due to the great British weather we had one! A friendly against St James’ 2s. With a massive top of the table clash coming the following week against Old Parks this was a great way to get some much needed match practice in beforehand. We decided to try something new by lining up in a 3-5-2 formation- the following 30 mins in which we played with it ensured we don’t again. 3-0 down including a great header by Tom White to beat stand in keeper Charlie at the far post. Such a shame it was an own goal, as it was a contender for goal of the season. However, we’ll let him off for it as he’d only git back on the day from a weeks skiing.

After going three down it was clear we had to revert back to our usual 4-5-1, the immediate effect could be seen. We started to dominate the game by keeping possession of the ball which allowed for more chances to be created. Harry Rodrigues was the player to take those chances by grabbing two nice goals before the half to bring us in at 3-2. At halftime we all agreed to write off the first 30 and play our game to how we usually have this season. The second half started as the first finished and within five minutes were level after a great team goal. A foul followed in the box for which the Ref awarded a spot kick & a straight red to their captain which seemed slightly harsh. Up stepped Will to slot the ball into the left hand corner much to the relieve of Richard Gibbs who had taken postion behind the goal expecting him to blaze it high into the local wildlife. The lead didn’t last though, as Charlie played a superb one two with their centre forward, the return of which was into our net. We dominated the last 20 minutes of the game and again restored the lead through Jack Curran scoring from 30 yards out. Final score 5-4. Special mention to both Charlie Lefever-Jones who donned the gloves in this game to help with the keeper situation & Harry Rodrigues who’s been in great form of late at a key stage in our season. Roll on next week to a vital clash vs Old parks which which could help both the 6s and ourselves in the fight for promotion.

MoM: H.Rodrigues

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