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Wednesday, 31 January 2018

1st XI Football v The Elms (A)

Minutes one to ten were pretty even and Jonty made some good saves as The Elms found themselves with space and time in our box. The boys seemed to settle after that and started making some passes stick in wide areas. Freddie looked good value at full back and held strong in the tackle after seeing his beloved Newport County hold Spurs 1-1 in the fourth round of the FA Cup at the weekend. We used Ed as a wide outlet and it was pleasing to see him trying his luck against the full back, beat his man and find the bottom corner.

0-1 became 1-1 in record time though as The Elms striker found himself one-on-one against Jonty. It was tricky to take control of midfield with Max, Hector and Henry outsized and outmuscled but the deadlock was broken just before half time. Max found a way through two players; showing determination to cut and chop until close enough to fire a shot into the bottom corner! Phew.

Wary of having been pegged back from a similar position, the team shaped up for the second period determined to keep pressing and making opportunities. Harvey started to find some space wide on the left while Ben, Douglas and Will showed more confidence in their decision making at the back. The passing started to flow on the good surface (due to fertilizer, suggested a member of the crowd) and Harry helped create opportunities for Miguel and Hector, who duly obliged and added to their tallies.

Without question, the stand-out individual moment belonged to Hector. Enjoying some possession on the edge of the box, Hector went direct, ducking and diving past a couple of defenders and looking certain to score but upended by a late tackle. The Elms keeper made himself big and stopped the resulting pen but Hector found time to score another a few minutes before time. The Abberley defence conceded just before the whistle, but this was a pleasing team performance. Full time: The Elms 2 – 5 Abberley.

Michael Raven

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