Follands Sport v Christchurch Saturday 8th March 2014

SYDENHAMS PREMIER LEAGUE (WESSEX)

FOLLANDS SPORT v CHRISTCHURCH

MATCH RESULT: 4 – 0

1. BEN FIELD
2. LIAM DONACHY
3. DAN STEER
4. PETER TAYLOR
5. JAMES BAKER
6. MARCUS CULLEN
7. MARK SMITH (CAPT)
8. MARC FAIRBROTHER
9. CHUCK DIBIGBO
10. SAM CARTER
11. JOSH HANRATTY

SUBS USED:

15. JAMES BURDEN
12. CONNOR DOE
14. MATT HEAD

In view of the two heavy defeats suffered by Church in their past two away games manager Michael Cuffie made wholesale changes to his starting eleven but unfortunately it was the same old story with his team playing neat possession football but lacking in the final third.

The first half was the story of two headers with the first resulting in a brilliant save and the second the opening goal. The first 30 minutes were even with neither keeper being threatened but on 28 minutes a Mark Smith free kick was headed towards goal by Sam Carter but the home custodian made a superb save and then shortly after a Follands free kick was headed home by their giant of a centre half.

The second period started with the home side making an early substitution with the result that the player netted a hat trick inside 35 minutes. The first on the hour mark was a neat finish when he was put through on goal but two minutes after there followed the incident which had a major affect on the result. The ball was in the hands of the home keeper when there was some pushing and shoving between him and Carter resulting in the referee booking both players but instead of re-starting the game with a bounce ball he gave the ball back to the keeper to clear. This clearly incensed Church skipper Smith whose comments resulted in a straight red card!! The third goal came on 75 minutes from a route one move and the fourth after 86 minutes but the strange thing is that apart from the goals youngster Ben Field did not really have a save to make!

One bright point from the game was the introduction of James Burden who played 35 minutes after his long lay-off through injury and showed some neat touches.

An interesting week to come with the Russell Cotes Cup semi-final and a must win home game against Downton who are below us in the table.

Donners