Scorers: Dodimead(2 – jug avoidance yet again), Kenga (2), Lazaro
Our final game of the season and a “home” game at Muswell Hill playing fields with an 11am meet meant the plan of leaving the clean orange kit at the club while we wore white last week back fired.
So it was an early start to go pick up the kit but we made it to the right place, on time, ready to play in the glorious sunshine. We started with 3-5-2 being end of the season and that and battled hard against a good Winchmore hill side. They were predictably getting space down the wings but we out thought them in midfield with Watson, McCley and Forbes linking up well. Winchmore hill got forward well at times but Stobie, McGlogan and (a return to his best) Robinson shut them out time again. They were restricted to long shots which is Andy Sievewright’s bread and butter. Kenga and Dodimead were working hard up top but you could tell Dodimead wasn’t used to playing in a two and it took 15-20 mins to gel. After this point, though, they terrorised Winchmore defence with runs in behind and chasing everything down.
We went one up before half time with a through ball from Doyle started a breakaway that left our two strikers clean through. Elion carried the ball until he was 6 yards out with a tight angle when he squared it for Dodi to very calm trap, wait for a few seconds then slot past the defender on the line. Lazaro and Taylor came on and fitted in seamlessly and we took full control. We got a second when Elion was sent through and this time drew the keeper out and slotted home himself. He then got a second by smashing one in from a tight angle (I think). Dodi arrived at the back post to knock in the 4th from an Elion cross that was drilled in and Felipe got the 5th with a lovely lofted finish after getting to the ball before the keeper. They did have a few attacks but #joesface and Pat’s last ditch, on the turn, 30 yard heel flick pass snuffed them out.
We could and should have scored more and was a really good performance and way to end the season. Especially as they had wiped the floor with us earlier on in the season and the 10 goal swing took us above them on goal difference to the very respectably position of 5th in our first season in this division.
Another huge positive from the day was the clean sheet, this was especially important as it was Andy Sievewright’s last game at AP after many years and many more clean sheets. This is only my second season playing with Andy but he has been an absolute rock and kept more clean sheets in the those 2 seasons than all the other keepers I played with combined for the other 7 years I’ve been at the club. He will be a huge loss and we wish him all the best. 2017 tour to Suffolk?”