Mohicans Last Longer
Vets Borrow Four and Lose by Three
On a dull but mild January day, Sutton Valence Vets turned up at Wallington with just 7 players. Fortunately the match was able to go ahead because regular opponents Kenley were without a fixture and had provided an additional four players, including the essential goalkeeper, to make up the numbers.
The grass pitch was in reasonable condition but still posed problems with ball control for the Valence players. The Wallington team seemed to suffer no such difficulties and were soon mounting dangerous attacks, with the advantage of the slope in their favour. The Valence defence struggled but managed to keep the Wallington forwards out with sterling work from Mike Nettle, Hamish Dow, the loaned Kenley back and particularly the keeper, Gavin Harris. However, the sustained pressure led eventually to the inevitable Wallington goal and at half-time the home team were one up.
Now playing down the slope, Valence opened up some opportunities in the second half, but frustratingly were unable to beat the Wallington keeper who efficiently stopped everything that came his way. Unfortunately some scoring opportunities were missed, and it was the Wallington forwards who settled the game with two more goals, both from short corners, to make the final score 3-0.
Valence Vets were grateful to the Kenley players who enabled the game to go ahead and to Wallington for a good competitive game, and of course for the excellent curry after the game.
Man of the match – Mike Nettle
Team Mike Nettle, Paul Linaker, Julian Mills, Hamish Dow, Julian Mills, Stuart Bates, Charlie Worsfold and 4 players loaned by Kenley , Gavin Harris (keeper), Denham Earl, Stuart Earl, Ilain Bainusevich
Umpire: Stuart Weedon