1st Xl solid win over Ash
Retain pole position by one point over new challengers K Sports 1st Xl
From the start, it was clear Valence had all the possession and therefore controlled the tempo of the game, though with Kirkham, Turnill and Stamp failing to hit the ‘barn door sized’ goal for the first 30 minutes. Eventually Kevin Kirkham slotted home from a P Flick and Ash continued under pressure for the remaining minutes of the first half, with Andy Turnill driving home a great assist off Fred McVarish just before the whistle.
Second half saw the flood gates open as, firstly, Alex Stamp ‘chairman of the backboard preservation society’ finished off a great team move in the opening minutes. This was followed by a second goal from Andy Turnill, and then three minutes later by a second also from Alex Stamp. Unlike Fred McVarish’s bed sheets, Valence walked away with a clean sheet and 5 goals to their name.
MoM: James Stanford
Honourable mentions to Andy Turnill and Brett Angel
DoD: Alex Stamp
Goals: Kirkham (33-PF); Turnill (35, 57); Stamp (39, 60);
Team: Stewart Young; Russell Blanchard; James Stanford; Alex Hodges; Fred McVarish; Charlie Humphrey; Marcus Bawden Jack Davies; Brett Angel; Andy Turnill; Kevin Kirkham; Alex Stamp.
Umpire: Lewis Mitchell
Match tea: Chilli con Sausage and soapy Doombar
Next week the 1st Xl have a top of the table, and local derby, clash at home against K Sports (Cobdown) 1st Xl, currently just one point behind in the League and with a better goal difference.
Match Report by Marcus Bawden.