1st Xl lose their winning streak
By Paul Linaker
“A novel is like a sausage (roll). You might like the final taste but you don't want to see how it was made.”
Sutton Valence made the arduous journey up to the ‘Big Smoke’ on Saturday 10th November to face the second in the table challenge of New Beccs. Short on a few regulars, perhaps due to having to reverse the fixture to ‘away’ due to an Open Day at Sutton Valence School, the team were at least content in the knowledge that front marksman and team talisman, Alex ‘Crouch’ Stamp, would be leading the front line to a certain victory. After losing the warm up and probably still jet lagged from the journey up all the south London road humps, the team continued this lethargy into the game, going a rather disappointing three goals down after the first 35 minutes. A result of weak turn-over ball and some strong spade action in front of goal from their opponents.
Calmness personified at half time, ‘the village’ were safe in the knowledge that with a raising of their intensity and a focus on making opportunities count, they could still get something out of this game, and be able to walk off the pitch and enjoy the world-renowned delicacies of the New Beccs tea, safe in the knowledge they had given it all. Consequently, with pitch forks sharpened, they upped their anti and cattle prodded their opponents on to the back foot, dominating possession, with numerous short corners and ‘D’ based opportunities. Alas, still pushing to the last, they were outscored 3-1 at the final whistle, with a consolation strike from Marcus Bawden all they had to show for their efforts. A decent second half, but not one to write home about.
Chomping down on the haut cuisine of the meat free ‘sludge’ sausage roll, they know they will need to do better if they are to maintain their title challenge and push for Europe.
MOM: Charlie Humphrey
DOD: Alex Stamp
Goal: Marcus Bawden
Team: Stewart Young, Chris Johnson, Russell Blanchard, Steve Parker, Angel, Marcus Bawden, Fred McVarish, Jack Davies, Chris Stille, Alex Stamp, Rob Cockayne, Charlie Humphrey
Umpire: Lewis Mitchell
Next week the 1st Xl are away against Gravesham & Wellcome 1st Xl, currently at the bottom of the table.
Match Report by Chris Johnson.