Men 3's (2) v Westhampstead (2)
Wise cracks West Hampstead
A great first result for us, this was probably the best the 3's have played for quite some time, some first game rustiness was punctuated with some good possession and nice transfers going on in defence and midfield. We soaked up some pressure, applied a bit of our own and were rewarded by a fantastic goal after about 10 mins with Wise and Tonks going through the defence with a series of one twos and Wise slotting it into an empty net
The game was end to end throughout in the hot sunshine and some tiredness in defence lead to several players just staring at a loose ball in the D before the unmarked man on the far post leveled things up. Some iffy injecting led to Sonning facing three short corners with three men and, whilst we cleared those, the sheer concentration and a nice reverse stick shot meant we were suddenly behind 5 mins in to the second half.
We then had our best period of play, without threatening too much, and never having to use our new short corner routines but it looked like it was going to be all for nothing until Wise came up with the goods again (I was on the bench so I don't really know what happened). Hamstead came back at us and nearly sealed it at the death but it shaved the outside of the post
Jacob and new boys Alex & Joe showed some great touches so I was really happy with the performance, especially after being 2-1 down with about 10 left to go
MOTM Debut performance from Alex
DOTD Sam - something to do with gymnastics and a stick - blame Elliot, the only one that voted