Vets deserve their win against weakened opponents
By Paul Linaker
Tigers travel despite low turnout
Teddington Tigers, formidable opposition in recent seasons, have numbers problems this season, particularly so in raising a team for this game at Sutton Valence, but gamely decided to go ahead and make the journey with only 7 players and an umpire, on the understanding that Valence would be able to loan them players. Paul Linaker, Charles Worsfold and Reuben Fielding volunteered, which meant that most of the game was played with 10 a side. The weather was unseasonably warm and sunny and everyone was relieved to have a game after last week’s cancellation.
Whilst Valence were slow to get organised, Teddington made the running in the first quarter of the game and
took advantage of confusion in the Valence dee to go one up after 15 minutes. Thereafter the Valence trio of Nigel Bardsley, Julian Mills and newcomer John Dinnis started to get control of the midfield and opened up scoring opportunities in the opposition dee. From one of these attacks Andy McVarish’s pass found Lyndon Davies who despatched the ball into the goal via a Teddington defender to even the scores at 1-1. A few minutes later, Davies scored a second goal to put Valence in the lead. Further attacks were successfully resisted with great work from the padless Teddington ‘kicking-back’ to keep the score at 2-1 at halftime.
After the traditional interval refreshments, the game continued in the same good-natured manner. Valence continued to have the better of the main period of play, with Julian Mills putting in much good work, but although opportunities presented themselves, goals seemed hard to come by. Teddington’s kicking-back continued to frustrate the home team’s efforts and it was only in the final 10 minutes or so that Teddington managed some more meaningful attacks into the Valence dee that could have evened the score. The final whistle came with no further scores and the result 2-1 to Valence was a welcome first win of the season.
Sutton Valence much appreciated Teddington’s decision to travel with only 7 players, which resulted in an enjoyable game for all. Valence welcomed Jim Thomas back on the pitch for the first time after his serious health problems of last year. Whilst speed was not yet part of his portfolio, he was certainly a danger in the goal-mouth area.
MOM: Julian Mills
Goal scorers: Lyndon Davies (2)
Team: Dave Britton, Andy McVarish, Mike Nettle, Rupert Humphrey, Julian Mills, Paul Linaker, Lyndon Davies,
Bob Sagrott, Nigel Bardsley, Charles Worsfold, John Dinnis, Reuben Fielding, Jim Thomas.
Umpire: Nick Willson
Next week the Vets are at home to Chelmsford Evergreens on the Prep School astro at 13.00.
Match Report by Nick Willson