Sydenhams Football League (Wessex)
Saturday 23 February 2019
Christchurch put on an impressive defensive display to hold Horndean, who started the game in second position in the league table, to a creditable draw. Ollie tried a different formation which worked well to keep high-flying Horndean at bay.
After both sides had tried various approaches to find a way through the opposing defences, Christchurch took the lead after 5 minutes when a through ball by Nick Swann found ASH POPE unmarked and he calmly shot past the Horndean goalkeeper into the top corner of the net. Christchurch then had a corner on the right taken by Pope which found Keiran Douglas, but his header was just wide of the post. Either side of this, Horndean had chances which either went over the bar or were safely gathered by Max Frampton in the Christchurch goal. Further forays by Horndean were safely dealt with by the home defence with Douglas in commanding form. On one occasion, the ball was sent forward by Douglas, but found a Horndean defender who, bizarrely, attempted a back pass to his goalkeeper but only succeeded in lobbing the ball over the goalie’s head towards goal, but the ball rebounded from the post back into play! A few minutes later, Horndean crossed the ball from left to right and then back into the centre where one of their players was unmarked and he shot past Frampton into goal to level the scores at 1-1 at the break.
The second half followed a similar pattern to the first with good approach work by both teams being dealt with safely by the defences. From a Christchurch free kick in midfield, Pope found Douglas but his header was just wide of the post. This was followed by a Horndean free kick just outside the area, but this was hit too hard and sailed harmlessly past the far post. In the 6th minute of added time, Horndean almost grabbed the points when, from another free kick, there was a melee in the goalmouth from where the ball could have gone anywhere, but it was eventually cleared upfield to leave the final score at 1-1, to give both sides a well-earned and fully deserved point each.
Christchurch – Frampton, Wright, Howe, Cormack, Douglas, Haynes D, Swann, Rogers, Pope (Satterley J 89), Wildish (Bishop 70), Kirkham. Unused sub – Satterley B