Saturday 26th September 2009
Elizabeth Jaques Cup
By Paul Parsons
Players turning up late and no match balls……………..but it was the opposition rather than us this week!
A baking hot day allowed our play to shine through as we took control of this cup game in the first half. A superb display from our midfield of Steve Kendall, Richard Tapsfield, James Behagg and Adam Steward made it easy for the rest of the team today. Their combined effort to close down the opposition, challenge for first and second balls as well as take on players and make attacking runs epitomised the potential of the third team this season. All votes were given to the midfield this week and Richard pipped James by the odd vote for MOM with a first half hat-trick.
The first half was all about winning the ball in midfield, switching the ball to the flanks, where Steve and Adam took players on and created space down the wings for Richard and the front two of Kane and Simon to run in on goal and shoot. At 3-0 in the first half, it quickly became 4-0 in the second, as Simon Davies got his third goal in as many games by powering into the box and meeting a perfectly timed cross by Adam to quickly put the game out of reach for Elite. Edd then changed the front two and gave them a rest after so much running and hard work. John Ware came on and created plenty, but was not rewarded, which was frustrating for all concerned, he could have had another hat-trick in the second half. However it shows the depth of the squad with 3 regulars missing and due back next week.
The back four had little to do but win every header that got past James (which means none!) and sweep the ball back up front when needed to create excellent counter attack opportunities. Elite never gave up and offered a spirited game throughout. They created a couple of half chances and got a consolation goal late in the half. However our wing backs of Marvin Sinclair and Ben Dutton pushed Elite back into their own third of the pitch time and again. James held well with Paul Parsons and Mark Smith never really being troubled, they were more than capable of diverting any trouble away or Sam in goal was able to collect without fuss.
A game at home in the league this week, let’s get some points on the board.