BBFC 4-0 Robertsbridge
“A superb all round performance against our bogey side. So pleased for the lads”
You could sense the buzz of excitement & anticipation in the team – raring to play competitive football after 3 weeks off. Everyone had either trained with the Club over the Christmas & New Year period, or had done their own personal fitness. It paid off big time as we mastered the soft & muddy conditions brilliantly. Our work-rate & mental focus throughout was first class. Robertsbridge did start the first 5 minutes well, but we scored on our first attack. Great work from Ben Kempner – who tirelessly went up & down the left flank for 90 minutes – & Aaron Davies – who gave a tremendous attacking & defending performance when needed – led to an attack where the ball was switched to the right hand side of the box for Josh Elliot to smash home a superb strike. There were two occasions in the first half when stray or weak passes put us under pressure to create half chances for our opponents, but we dictated play & our robust & calm back four of Ben K, Richard Tich ChambersKieran Mayhew & Rhys Bennett gave us so much confidence that they were never going to be beaten. They played football from the back in sticky conditions – which was remarkable.
Even the enforced withdrawal of the very effective Josh Elliot due to a shoulder injury didn’t put us off our stride. Ashley Vora came on & carried on where Josh had left off. We had to be patient in the second half as Robertsbridge pushed for an equaliser. We started to defend too deep & gave away some potentially dangerous free-kicks. But again our defence was up to the task & Shaun Utting made some tremendous second half saves to ensure we we never in danger of being caught. We defended well as a team from the front to back. We were compact with the terrific midfield trio of skipper Jamie CrouchAdam Robinson & Matt Ward always being in the right place at the right time, & winning their personal battles with their oppos. Gary Thompsett put in a massive shift for us up front linking play well but without the personal reward he deserved. But it wasn’t until the 70th minute that we scored our second – a perfectly taken corner by Ashley Vorawas met by Aaron Davies‘ bullet header. Great stuff. 1 minute later, clever sub Kyle Macleod assisted Jamie Crouch to reach double figures for the season. This gave me the opportunity to give Elliot Waller more game experience – something I know I need to do more of with the faithful & skillful youngsters who train with us regularly. We had further chances by the R’bridge keeper made some superb saves. On 89 minutes Jamie Crouchdelivered another well placed free-kick into the back of the net. Big thanks to Ray Pennels & Dave Weeks plus Robert too for their team-work. Very much appreciated. Thank you for a very positive football experience all round today. Keep fit, keep available, keep winning with us.Onto Northiam next week.