Short handed Vets lose in Surrey
Purley 6 shooters down Sutton
Purley Vets 6 : 1 Sutton Valence Vets (Paul Linaker)
Sutton Valence Vets’ continuing shortage of players, added to by half-term absences, had threatened to lead to the cancellation of this game, but good liaison with Purley managed to ensure that extra players could be made available to allow the game to proceed. Three of the four supplied, including Ross Jacobs, who has played before for Sutton Valence, arrived from another game about half an hour after the match should have started, but that made the numbers up to two full teams. The loaned keeper had played in goal in their previous match, but that had been his first outing. His appearance for Valence was to prove more testing.
Purley team included two ‘youngsters’ up front and two centre-halves who very effectively delivered the ball to these players who used their skill and then speed to get round the Valence defence. Whilst Valence recognised these tactics it was only in the second half when already three, or was it four, goals down that their efforts to block this approach began to have more success. In the meantime Valence had their own opportunities, making good use of the three outfield loaned players to challenge the Purley defence. From these outings there were three or four good chances to score that just failed to be converted and a number of short corners won, which again failed to result in a goal. Meanwhile Purley were also missing chances at the other end though they scored a couple more. Valence midfield and defence Geoff Bell, Mike Nettle, Julian Mills and particularly Andy McVarish and Nigel Bardsley really worked their socks off in the second half, and the efforts resulted in better control of Purley’s efforts. This began to show in the ‘exhortations’ from their key half towards his own players about their poor positioning or efforts.
In the closing stages of the game a final short corner for Valence produced an unusually inaccurate hit-out from Paul Linaker which by-passed Nigel Bardsley, the usual target, but was collected by Ross Jacobs and hit back into the dee where Linaker was perfectly placed to clip the ball past the quickly approaching keeper to avoid the whitewash.
Team: Nigel Bardsley; Geoff Bell; Andy McVarish (Capt); Mike Nettle; Julian Mills; Paul Linaker; Charles Worsfold plus four loaned players.
Umpire: Stuart Weedon
Next week Sutton Valence Vets are playing Chelmsford Evergreeens at home at the Prep School at 11.30.