Fawley v Christchurch Wednesday 12th March 2014




GOAL SCORERS: Chuk Dibigbo, Alex Caples, Olly Hazel

The first fifteen minutes was a bit of a settling down period for both teams on a drying and lumpy pitch. Church passed the ball around but neither side created any really clear cut chances. Church started to get a bit more on top and some nice passing moves developed as well as some reasonable pressing high up the pitch.
After 22 mins a slick combination move led to Dibigbo opening the scoring rolling the ball in to the far corner. Classic Christchurch move! After this Church started to dominate a little more by passing well combined with Fawley not really clicking and letting some loose passes go straight to us. On 33 minutes a great cushion header from Homan started an attacking move that led to Caples beating the keeper to the ball and delivering a cool finish. We later had a goal ruled out for offside with the ball already in the net. Church were looking good but a lack of concentration possibly combined with thinking we would win easily close to half time led to a corner appearing to go almost straight in. This should be taken as a lesson in concentration and never consider the game to be over!
William came off at half time feeling the worse for wear to be replaced by Hazel and shortly after half time Valencia came off for Da Silva who went to right wing. Whilst Fawley didn’t pass the ball as well as Church they did hang in there for the 90 minutes and competed. Stamp made a couple of rampaging runs from full back and with a slightly better touch could have scored a superb goal but the shot led to a free kick. Cotton and Taylor were excellent at centre backs and really limited Fawley’s chances. Church had another goal ruled out for offside from a free kick before Hazel struck a sweet shot across the goal from a full 20 yards that whizzed in to the net, marvelous!
The game then became a little more stretched and some good through balls for the strikers including Tickner Dibigbo and Da Silva didn’t quite come off but would have done on another day.

Connor Way, Ryan Stamp, Peter Taylor, Jordan Cotton, Jorge Valencia, Jack Homan, Mikel Selles, William Ohameje, Chuk Dibigbo, Alex Caples, Ryan Davison, Ricardo Da Silva, Russell Tickner, Olly Hazel, – Alex Mackie, Jack Smith