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Mongooses Outstanding in 4-3 Win


13th November 2019

By Matt Sabben-Clare

Mongooses 4 – 3 Sanderstead Cats

This was probably the best team performance so far from the Mongooses, a gritty 4-3 away win against a well-organised Sanderstead side, in torrential rain.

Sanderstead had bolstered their team with a couple of strong players at centre-mid and centre-back, and we had to adapt our game-plan quickly to work the ball around them.

Not for the first time this season, we found ourselves 1-0 down quite early in the game. Despite getting one back, by the break we were trailing 3-1 and staring down the barrel.

We channelled our inner mongoose in the second half, scrapping for everything, marking tightly and looking increasingly dangerous on the counter-attack.

Man of the match, Dirk Smeed, stepped up with a vital hat-trick, taking his chances clinically from the back of the D. Meanwhile, at the other end, goal-keeper Fynn T put in an outstanding display, to keep repeated late forays from Sanderstead at bay.

It was a pretty even game and we showed spirit and tenacity to come away with a win.

Particular thanks to our 4-person second umpire in the form of Dave P, Dirk, Stuart and Greg, filling in seamlessly at short notice.

Player of the match: Dirk Smeed

Goalscorers: Dirk Smeed (3), Dave Pinder