Results are the officially recorded memories of football matches but rarely tell the whole story. Last week we played pretty well, had a little misfortune and lost 2-0. This week we played a little better (i.e. very well) against similarly challenging opposition and won 5-0 and the misfortune was theirs. Charlemont welcomed us to Churchfields where they are newly re-installed and where decent facilities a firm flat pitch and Andy’s insistent good humour offered a good start to a good day! Disappointed that we’d dropped three points and having only Mark as a sub we set up to attack with debutant Connor Ford coming in to play off Christie in a 4-1-3-2 formation. He had a terrific debut in a really good team performance.
We started strongly and confidently, passing the ball and wanting to create. Brad was man-of-the-match today, terrorising their full back and twice putting in dangerous crosses before we took the lead when Connor cleverly played in Christie for a cool finish. By now we were really looking something like with Matt dominant at the back, Ben driving the midfield and our forwards ‘marauading’. Mid-way through the half this pressure paid again when Brad and Connor caused chaos in their box and when the goalkeeper cleared only to Christie 20 yards out, his lofted drive found an unguarded net. Brad also shaved a post just before the game was changed when one of their lads was red-carded for something he’d said.
Now Charlemont had come back from 2-0 last season but this probably put paid to that, though it was our dominance rather than the numbers that was most apparent. We in fact had a ropey ten minutes and only came back to in when the excellent Joe saw his cross slip though the keeper’s hands for 3-0. Second half we were dominating the ball and making it very hard for them. Brad added a deserved and good quality 4th and Clive a fifth while they worked hard and Jamie Holder continued to show what a quality player he is! From our point of view the sending off didn’t really help, particularly at this stage of the season. I suspect without it the score would have been similar though the game would have been very different!
Good luck to Andy and his boys!