After last weeks 1-1 draw we entered our fourth home game on the bounce hoping to get back to winning but as with all games in Division One we knew it would not be easy against last seasons beaten cup finalists.
The game started off pretty evenly with both sides playing some lovely free flowing football, Zion’s big number 9 caused problems with the ball to his feet has he held up play well and ran into the channels tirelessly and proved to be a constant thorn in the side to our somewhat makeshift back 4. Our defence stood strong and dealt with the early tests Zion gave them which was good to see especially without our captain Si, Matty playing his first game for the team and Webby playing only his second game at centre back.
We began to take control of the game as our midfield enforcers Jack and Nick were winning pretty much everything and not allowing Zion to get past our midfield leaving Zion camped in their own half albeit for the occasional lump up field to the aforementioned number 9.
We applied enormous pressure on their backline who did well to keep us at bay for the majority until the stroke of half time where some lovely one touch passing involving Tino, Craig, Loz and Fidell resulted in their centre half fouling Craig inside the box and the ref giving the resulting penalty kick, up stepped Nick who gave the keeper no chance placing his shot into the bottom corner and scoring his first goal this season.
Half time 1-0.
Always a dangerous scoreline we wanted to get the safety net of a second and continued to press Zion high up the pitch straight from the restart but credit to them they dropped players behind the ball in numbers and defended well once more leaving us with very few clear cut chances to extend our lead. Has the half drew on we could sense our second goal was coming but we had a scare when a miss hit clearance from keeper Carl on the edge of his area fell to the Zion striker who bought it down and placed his shot over Carl but was thwarted by the superb Jona who had dropped back to chest the ball down on the line before making the clearance and maintaining our lead.
Has the hour mark approached Loz was struggling for breathe after a collision with a Zion defender and the return of Falconer (after missing him last week) was exactly what we needed as he drew defenders in leaving others more room to exploit. With the game ebbing out we continued to bombard the Zion goal but to no avail, we then survived another scare when it appeared their tricky little midfielder (who had now been pushed higher up the pitch) seemed to be through on goal until once again Jona saved the day with a fantastic last ditch tackle. ‘Last ten boys come on’ rang around the pitch as the Zion team were eager to grab an equaliser and we were searching for our second to ease the nerves, luckily for us it was the latter that occurred! A fantastic counter attacking run from Tino who must have taken at least 6 players out the game marauded from our half into the 18 yard box, unselfishly square to Pete who made no mistake in lifting the ball over the onrushing keeper to settle our nerves and get us back to winning ways 2-0. Securing things up we then gave a debut to newly signed Sean who solidified our central core for the remaining minutes. Full time 2-0 and a fantastic result for us.
Chawn Hill up next for us in what will be another tricky fixture, we were beginning to think the fixtures secretary had forgotten to give us any away fixtures, only joking Neil!! (edit by Fix Sec: Next Home match November 28th !!! Neil 🙂 )