Magnets 5 - 1 Richmond Rogues (H)
By Mark Waller
Scorers: Wingfield (2), Jackson, Michael, Green
Billed as the club’s ‘match of the week’, this fixture pitted us (top of the league) against local rivals, Richmond, struggling at the bottom of the table.
Our customary slow start saw Richmond threatening our goal several times in the early stages. But, for a change, we took the lead when a slip to the left found Jacko in space with only the keeper to beat, which he managed on the second attempt after the GK’s initial save.
Richmond were not bowed and continued to threaten, belying their lowly league position with some good pressure, which eventually paid off when they equalised. In what was a topsy-turvy first half, we were soon back on the attack and took the lead when Luke poked in a rebound off the GK following a PC. So, despite not playing to the best of our abilities we at least went into half-time 2-1 up.
The second half was much more like it. Playing with renewed confidence we took the game to Richmond, leaving them to rely on their two most skilful players to try and make a breakthrough. The defence stood firm and we responded with some good counterattacks.
At last our quick passing and use of the wide channels saw us create some excellent opportunities. A move down the left saw Andy somehow score from an acute angle into the top of the net. He followed this up with a tap-in from a rebound off a saved first time shot from the top of the circle.
Then came our true moment of glory. A pass from deep in our half turned into a sublime move involving Mark, Luke and Steve, which culminated in Steve slotting the ball home to secure a 5-1 win and cap a dominant second half performance. It was an excellent team goal and showed what we can do when we put our minds to it.
So, six wins from six matches and we remain comfortably at the top of the table. Next up is a friendly against a Wimbledon 040/O50s side, keen to see the standard of play before they possibly commit to our league next season. Then, in our last league game of the year, we travel down to face Bromley & Beckenham, hoping to maintain our 100% record.
Many thanks to Ray and Powders for umpiring. Despite the usual rumblings and complaints from grumpy old men they kept the lid on any potential flareups and the game was played in a good spirit for the most part.