RESERVES HAVE A FIRST HALF TO FORGET
Suburban Football League - Premier Division
The reserves made the long trip to Kent to play Corinthian Football Club.
It was a familiar territory for some of the lads who showed the proverbial back-to-the-wall away game 1-0 win performance last season.
Corinthian had played a 3-3 draw with Cray Valley in their first league game. Their opponents had beaten another strong side in Tonbridge Angels 4-0 earlier so we knew what we were up against this time around.
They kicked off the first half and quickly showed a prelude of what was to come by controlling possession quite well.
Uxbridge Reserves coped for few minutes and the movement of their front three and occasional late runs in-behind our back four caused us few problems.
Their bench and few fans enjoying the rare nice UK weather urged their team on at every opportunity; obviously a spring in their step.
We began asserting ourselves slightly more with some good tackles, interception and by getting our passing rhythm to click intermittently.
Dwain Williams and Omar Hassan began getting on the ball a few times and releasing Jack Hatcher down the right and Gursewak Jagden down the left. However, it was Corey George Coley who threatened to 'nick' the ball of their Centre-back, that, could have put him in a 1 v 1 situation with the goalkeeper.
Corinthian cranked up their game a notch, in the 13 minute, with a couple of passes ending in a long pass latched onto by their striker Charlie Clover, who made a timely run in-behind, he did cut back inside and whipped the ball into the left side of Max Cole: a very difficult ball to stop.
Exactly 13 minutes later, another long pass was played into nearly the same spot and Jack Hatcher quickly rushed to deal with the danger and rightly so, but was unfortunately adjudged to have made significant contact in the box. They scored from the penalty spot to make it 2-0 after 21 minutes. Five minutes later, an innocuous challenge resulted in a free kick which ended in a third goal.
We created few chances going forward and had to re-group and re-strategize at half time. We made few tactical changes and introduced Stewart Marissa, who was outstanding for the youth team last season and vitally, had a superb second half performance. Captain Jack Hatcher ( who played very well at Right-Wing) was the tactical casualty and as a true team player and captain, he urged the lads to go out there and fight in his absence. Well done Jack!
Whatever happened in the changing room worked a treat, as we dominated possession and created four very good chances, three of which should've been converted [ had Ethan Gillespie, Corey George Coley, Omar Hassan and Gursewak Jagden ] been slightly clinical the scoreline would've been different.
Corinthian sensed a new Uxbridge and began flying into some crunching tackles. How their player failed to get a red card after a late and dangerous tackle from behind was probably the gods smiling on them!. Some of the play throw the thirds from Uxbridge was impressive for an away side. Both teams hit the post and bar in the second half and clearly the fans, the match officials were enjoying the game and the commentaries from both benches was just hilarious. It was that sort of game were emotions ran high but were kept in check.
The courteous handshake went ahead beautifully and that is what the game is all about after the final whistle.
The reserves can only work hard and bounce back to face Woking FC on 26th August for a 3pm kick off.
Yours in Football