Battle were at home this week, a ‘home’ that hasn’t seen the firsts play there since before Christmas! A formidable squad took to the field for Battle and the return of Tommy Saunders, Glen Carrick, Adam Staplehurst and Adam Higgins Gooch would certainly help in the tough contest against Sedlescombe Rangers.
The first 10 minutes saw both sides creating opportunities with a danger man of theirs continuously striking the right wing with the ever strong Loates and Staplehurst keeping him at bay, until one moment saw a mix up and the ball shot by their winger narrowly missing Battle’s goal – a let off.
After this Battle raised the tempo; the majority of the football played in Sedlescombe’s half and wave after wave of Battle attack finally saw the deadlock broken in the 22’ minute with Glen Carrick following into the 6 yard box to smash it home 1-0.
Battle continued their dominance with Ollie Norris, Higgins-Gooch and Dean Boyd causing havoc. Sedlescombe played some nice football until a pass, slightly short of its man, was endlessly hunted down by Loates and a quick burst of passes saw the ball break for Boyd who slotted it home in 33’ minute. The barrage continued with every ball Sedlescombe tried to make into Battle’s half neatly mopped up by Battle’s defence of Ollie Jeffs, Ian Rafati and Sam Loughman. Dale Vinall was the link man, doing his usual, providing passes across the field. No more than a few minutes later saw Sedlescombe’s centre back make a mistake to be pounced upon by Boyd who, like always, placed it home, 3-0 a great first half for the home team.
The second half started off with Battle 20% off the pace than what we had seen. Sedlescombe showed more fight and a few chances would have seen the back of the net if not for Jake Rudwick keeping. Similarly, chances up the other end were squandered.
With approximately half hour left to play Josh Reuter was brought on to provide an outlet for Battle, and a fine job he provided. Shortly after, Tommy Saunders came on, a pleasant sight after a recent injury has kept him out for 3 weeks, to solidify the defence.
As Sedlescombe pushed, gaps started appearing; the ball was retained well by Battle and a strong tackle saw the ball break for Dean Boyd who won it passed the keeper and tapped it home for his Hat-trick and the game finishing 4-0.
Caretaker manager Tommy Saunders commented ‘A professional and mature display by the boys in orange today with every player showing their own character on the pitch to secure the win’.
MOTM – Hat-trick man Dean Boyd.