By Andy Mullis
On a day of rain, rain and more rain to kick off proceedings, it was honours even in the first half. Clarendon’s early attempt to impose themselves was more than met by our Chawn Hill lads, who, through the first quarter, were incisive in the tackle and passed the ball well. A slick Chawn move led to a penalty: a tame effort, was easily saved by the Clarendon keeper low to his right. Chawn soon thought they had another penalty claim as the lively no.11 Ollie broke through on goal, but a corner was given. Another dangerous move led to Ollie failing to connect cleanly, with space to shoot in the box.
But as the half went on, Clarendon wrested back more of the play. They created one or two half-chances, prompted by their eye-catching no.19, who hit the bar with an effort from just outside the box. Yet Chawn remained solid and organised.
The second half, however, became a different affair. The powerful Clarendon side began and continued to dominate. We struggled to link up our play, harried by Clarendon, who moved forward with a purpose. The rub of the green in the conditions went with them to a degree, as they won more 50/50s and second balls. Suddenly Chawn began to look vulnerable at the back.
A valiant attempt at a saving tackle by our captain Dan Knight resulted in a well taken Clarendon penalty that sent the keeper Pete Miller the wrong way. Two fairly soft goals followed quite quickly, but they did reflect Clarendon’s stranglehold on the half.
It was a bit hard on Chawn, given our first half display, but, nearer the end, our attack couldn’t fashion anything of note against the Clarendon defensive line, which pushed up to play an effective off side trap. So, nil three the score line. Well done Clarendon, who continue to be a strong force in the league under the guidance of Roger.