1st XI - Report
Date: Saturday 3rd September 2011 - Kick Off: 15:00
The Combined Counties Football League - Division 1
Back down to Earth
Combined Counties Division One
On a day when everyone was hoping to open up the league campaign at the new ground with another win to keep up the 100% start to the season, it was a clinical Eversley side that easily took the points from a Westfield side that was as bad, as it had been so good in the previous 5 wins!
With a squad now devoid of any recognised center backs due to Mark Tyler’s flight home from holiday being cancelled and then severely delayed, it was another makeshift middle pairing of Lee Allum and Jamie Doble that took to the field in what, following the excellent win at Staines Lammas in similar circumstances, was still a lineup that was more than confident of getting the result.
For the opening third of the half it was Westfield who took the game to Eversley and looked more than comfortable. That was until a free kick to Westfield was taken quickly by Doble intending to play it wide to right back Hegarty. Instead Doble only found the lighting quick Eversley winger who was down the line in a flash and with the back line totally caught out, his cross to the far post was controlled by the No 8 who had plenty of time and space to finish beyond Mike Brawley.
Things got worse 5 mins later when Allum tried to turn Baker on the edge of the box instead of clearing; the ball was lost and quickly crossed to the near post where the No 8 slid in front of his marker to poke over the line for the second gift wrapped goal of the day!
What was needed now was a period of time for Westfield to get these errors out of their minds and back to playing the sort of cohesive football that had seen them keep 3 consecutive clean sheets. Instead a third error was to give Eversley their third chance of the day and when Andy King was beaten uncharacteristically easily, the ball was pulled back to the edge of the box and with no one shutting down the space the No 8 finished emphatically across Brawley and in off the far post to complete his hat-trick! So far Eversley hadn’t created too much themselves yet were 3-0 up with some clinical shooting and finishing that was to carry on for the remainder of the match.
The rest of the half continued in the same vein, with Westfield not playing their usual good football. Their one good chance fell to Matt Edwards who connected well with a corner only to see his header flash just over the bar. Other half chances fell, but with no anticipation from supporting players, these came and went without too much bother for the Eversley back line. The returning Damien Panter was causing plenty of problems when he got the ball into feet and ran at the defence, unfortunately this wasn’t happening enough for his or the managements liking!
A fourth goal was added by Baker when a cross was deflected into his path and he finished neatly at the near post. A fifth could have been added if it wasn’t for the first of several good saves from Brawley that stopped the ball enough for the covering Hegarty to clear. The half came to a close with Eversley having converted 4 of the 6 chances that came their way.
The second half started brightly for Westfield, but their hunt for a quick response didn’t reap any rewards and it was Eversley who scored their fifth and final goal around 10 mins in when Baker twisted and turned before getting his shot away which once again was unfortunately deflected past a wrong footed Brawley.
The game then carried on in the same vein with Eversley more often than not hitting the target with their efforts only to find Brawley making some great blocks. Some chances did fall to Westfield with Jason Finegan seeing a well hit lob acrobatically tipped away by the keeper and the same player also struck a great free kick inches wide with the keeper beaten.
The final whistle finally came, to bring to an end what was a disappointing day for all concerned. Yes, the squad has been stretched in the last few games, but hopefully this type of uncharacteristic performance won’t be repeated again this season, and we will get back to winning ways against Frimley Green in the next league match on Sat 17th Sept.
Finally credit must still go to Eversley who, despite being given more than a helping hand in a No of the goals, still finished their chances off emphatically to take all 3 points!!
With a number of players returning this week, Next up is Bookham in what will hopefully be the start of a good run in the FA Vase