After a brilliant win in the cup last week, and with a full squad available for that game, it was back to square one today with no fewer than 5 changes being enforced due to unavailability or injury. SO with this in mind we knew it was going to be a tough test today against Chawn.
The game started well with Chawn enjoying much of the possession for the first 5 or so minutes, and they early pressure was rewarded when a corner was whipped in only to find the head of one of our defenders who was unlucky to head it into to our own top corner for an own goal. 0-1. This seemed to give us a little bit of a lift and we knew we had to start getting the ball down and play our own game. We were awarded a corner shortly after, the corner was sent in to the six yard area where it found Walker who tapped home to make the scores level. 1-1. Feeling we deserved the equaliser we were growing in confidence and all but a couple of moments which required good defending by us Chawn were struggling to cope when we played football. This was rewarded shortly after when we grabbed a second mid way through the first half to take the lead after Chawns clearance bounced back off their own player to score an unfortunate own goal. 2-1. We knew we could press for more and the half carried on much the same with us in complete control, this was the case as we added a third right before half time when Cliff was through on goal, unselfishly trying to square it to Ryan, after an interception from the defence the ball bounced back to Cliff who then slotted home to make it 3-1 at the interval. Apart from the opening 5 or so minutes we were very happy with the first half domination.
The second half started slowly for both teams but it was the Chawn who seemed more up for it and we started to get complacent and lose a bit of shape. Chawn grabbed a deserved goal back firing low after we failed to clear the second ball to make it 3-2. This gave Chawn a lift and they were beginning to dominate and we struggled to get a foothold back in the game. The scores were level when Chawn made it 3-3 out numbering us in attack and slotting the ball home from close range. 3-3. This was no more than Chawn deserved, we were shocked at this. Chawn then completed their turnaround with a 4th goal to take the lead 3-4. AS has been the case this season and in particular this year we don’t know when we are beaten, this was the case again as some great passing moves by our midfield were once again causing the Chawn defence and midfield to panic and struggle with us. Our persistence paid off when a great through ball found Ryan who found the net once again to continue his great scoring run since returning for us this year, with a great finish into the bottom corner giving the keeper no chance.
Chawn were attacking once again thinking we would be happy with a point after coming from behind late on, this was not the case as we kept attacking too. An attack from Chawn down the middle was cleared by our defence, just a hopefully clearance which found its way through the Chawn defence and allowed Dean (who was quality all game) to get on the end of it to calmly lob the keeper to make it 5-4 to us.
Credit to Chawn for their comeback and it made the game an excellent advert for the league as both teams carried on attacking till the end. This extended our unbeaten run this season and winning all 5 games we have played also extending our personal unbeaten run against Chawn, having not lost to them since our change in management 3 years ago.