Lost on the way, but not on the pitch…
By Paul Linaker
Kenley find short route to goal
Some of the Kenley players were delayed getting to Sutton Valence, two of them until half-time, but the numbers were able to be evened up by loans from Sutton Valence. Despite, or because of this, the early pressure came more from Kenley, who made numerous sorties into the Valence half, getting close to or into the D on several of them. The Valence defence managed to weather this pressure and then the game became more even with the Valence midfield taking more control and bringing the forwards into play.
This led to a short corner, pushed out by Clive Baxter and crisply converted by Rupert Humphrey. This lead then seemed to improve the home team’s confidence and they quickly doubled the score through a repeat short corner routine. Kenley decided they needed to up their game to get back on terms and were able to convert through an excellent shot from open play. Half-time 2 : 1 to the home side.
The second half saw Kenley able to use their late arrivals’ fresh legs, as Andrew McVarish replaced Hamish Dow in the Valence defence – both only playing half a game due to recovering from injuries. The second half opened like the first, with Kenley providing the most pressure, with some good linking and breakthroughs. Somewhat against this run of play Valence scored again, a super shot from open play by Clive Baxter. But this 3 : 1 lead disappeared rapidly as Kenley converted chances into two more quick goals. Now at 3 : 3 the pressure to respond was on Sutton Valence, but some careless passing seemed to keep giving the ball, and the opportunities, back to Kenley who, in another purple patch scored twice more to seemingly put the game out of reach. Despite this Valence kept pushing and there were moments, including near misses from Lyndon Davies, Clive Baxter and Paul Linaker, but no further conversions. Having been ahead convincingly in the first half, it just seemed like it was Valence Vets who lost their way in the second half.
Team: Dave Britton, Andrew Wishart, Hamish Dow, Andrew McVarish, Mike Nettle, Bob Sagrott, Clive Baxter, Julian Mills, Lyndon Davies, Stuart Bates, Rupert Humphrey, Paul Linaker.
Umpire: Iain Simmons
Valence’s Finlay Wishart and Rob Harrison ‘subbed’ very effectively for Kenley.
Next week, the Vets are again at home on the Prep School astro at 11.15 against Wallington Vets.