Match Day 2: 25 September 2022
The opening game saw a very decent win against a potential title rival. The key feature of the win was excellent crossing and wide play. The demand now from the managers will be to ensure higher work ethic, in order to be more defensively solid, and to retain ball possession. Today’s opponents are smarting from a heavy match day 1 defeat and will be keen to make amends for their poor performance. Town need to start quickly and with determination to earn the right to impose their football. They need to press high, together and quickly to take advantage of any nerves in the away side. Do this and Town are more than capable of securing a second win.
Town were on the front foot from the off. Scott hit the post having latched on to a delicious curled pass from Joe. George found space and clipped a good strike just over. A flying header from George was tipped around the post. Tigers’ only chance of note was from a direct kick from the keeper. The striker got in behind and forced a strong handed save from Cookie. It was not long until the first goal went in and then the flood gates opened.
1-0: Town won several corners and from one that was not cleared Scott’s shot squirmed in under the keeper.
2-0: Josh extended the lead after excellent play from Ads. The Town full back beat the right defender and squared the ball to Josh whose effort found the side netting, off a slight deflection.
3-0: Buddy drilled in a corner and George tried the same flying header to add the third
4-0: From another Town corner, Joe juggled the ball on the edge of the box and unleashed a volleyed sidewinder that the keeper could do nothing about.
5-0: Joe turned provider for Josiah. He fed the ball in between the defenders and Josiah drew the keeper before executing a lovely reverse finish
6-0: Darren found himself in space on the left and clipped a nice cross. Dean cushioned a left foot volley into the bottom corner.
7-0: Town kept their foot on the gas and continued to dominate possession. Superb one touch football from Dean released Scott. He fizzed a cross and the Kempston defender sliced into the roof of his own net.
8-0: Dean spread the play, wide left. Darren was again in acres of space. The winger cut inside and side footed calmly home.
9-0: George sprayed another lovely pass wide. Darren’s shot hit the post and Josiah converted a tap in.
10-0: Ben and Buddy exchanged quick passes. Josiah curved his run into space and crossed. George side footed home, unmarked in the middle.
11-0: A deeper corner to the back post was kept alive. Sam clipped a cross in and Josiah’s bullet header secured his hat trick.
12-0: Jayden won the ball and played it centrally to Ben. He attacked the centre halves, sized up the options and slid in Joe to run in and score.
Town were given time and space on the ball and used that ruthlessly. The football was flowing, controlled and there were disciplined performances all over the pitch. Some of the passing was a joy to behold as the boys played the game the simple way - through the thirds and phases. George was given the freedom of the park and his range and style of passing was a pleasure to watch. Twelve goals and none conceded: this was a statement to the rest of the league. While tougher tests lie in wait, the team can enjoy this weekend. On to the next challenge.
Goals: Darren (1), Dean (1), George (2), Joe (2), Josh (1), Josiah (3), Owen Goal (1), Scott (1)
Assists: Addison (1), Ben (1), Buddy (1), Darren (2), Dean (1), Joe (1), Josiah (1), Sam (1), Scott (1)