Scorers: Wilson, Kenga(2), Caudrot
Opening fixture of the 2015/16 season for the 4s at a freshly mown New River against a strong Old Parks side.
The first 20 mins of the first half were fairly cagey with the sides feeling each other out. The first real chance fell to Old Parks following a neat through ball which saw their striker through on goal but Emmott made a smart save at his near post. W e were having a bit of luck down the wings with Daio and Caudrot who created a couple of shooting chances for themselves which tested the Old P arks keeper. About 30 mins in we took the lead from a free kick about 25 yards out which W ilson hit to the back post and with everyone missing the ball it sailing into the bottom corner: 1-0. We came close to doubling our lead just before half time following a corner that was narrowly cleared over by an Old Parks defender. A solid first half in which we gave little away and created the better of the chances.
Second half we looked to continue where we had left off but it was Old Parks who took the initiative looking to go more direct with balls over the top. It was from one of these that they drew level about 10 mins in when McGlogan misjudged the flight of the ball allowing their striker through to hit a diagonal shot to equalize. Old P arks were reinvigorated and pushed men forward but White seemed to take their goal as a personal affront and after winning a tackle on the edge of our box he took off towards the Parks goal. After evading two desperate tackles he laid the ball off to Kenga on the edge of the Parks area to give him a simple finish: 2-1. The match was opening up and Old Parks got their second following a fine bit of individual skill by their winger who dribbled past a couple of defenders into the AP penalty area before applying the finish.
Last season this may have been the time when the 4’s heads dropped but there was a sense that we were having the better of it and stuck to our game plan continuing to pass the ball around nicely and close Parks down as a unit when out of possession. Our pressing paid off when we got a free kick, rather fortunately it must be said, on the edge of the Parks box. Caudrot, who had an excellent game, stepped up and fired a rocket into the opposite bottom corner which the Parks keeper could only stand and admire: 3-2. Parks heads dropped slightly as we looked to retain possession and keep the ball. With a couple of minutes to go Caudrot picked up the ball on the left, and with shouts of “keep it, keep it” ringing out, hit a cross field ball into the area which K enga volleyed first time to get his brace and close the game off.
Squad: Emmott, McGlogan, C.Smith, Fabb, Malcolm, White, Wilson, Charles, N.Jones, Daio, Caudrot, Tolcher, Kenga