It would take an age to go through all the goals in detail, but Norsemen found themselves a goal down within 2 minutes, Gav's dodgy groin not allowing him to catch the forward who had got the wrong side of him - the home team's number 14 finishing well. A few minutes later Norse were level with the best goal of the match - some intricate football led Chris to release Khaneil in the box, who selflessly squared to Leroy who finished as you'd expect. The teams then each earned and scored debatable penalties, Os slotting into the side netting for the away side. Two lapses at the back for Norsemen saw two quick goals for Carshalton to put them 4-2 ahead. 5 mins before half time Chris scored with a great strike from 25 yards to reduce the deficit - the call from the sideline was to keep it tight until half time. This was ignored as Matt Rogers hit a 20 yard screamer with his left foot over the keeper into the top corner - unfortunately it was over JJ for a spectacular own goal. Half-time Carshalton 5-3 Norsemen.
At half time the gaffer stressed the need to cut out the sloppy defending and trust each other with the ball. We knew if we got the next goal we'd be right back in it. The away side started the second half well and for the next 15 minutes were the better side, barely letting Carshalton out of their half and playing some good football, although to be fair to the home side they defended well and restricted us to long range efforts. 2 goals in 2 minutes effectively ended the game as a contest. Gav was now really struggling with his groin and shouldn't really have been on the pitch anymore, and couldn't stop his man winning two headers to complete his hat-trick. A last minute strike from Leroy which was fumbled into the net by the keeper was nothing more than a consolation.
A tough first weekend for Norsemen - the players who made themselves available and travelled all worked hard, but too many square pegs in round holes made it difficult. We need more commitment from the squad to ensure we're not in the same position again this season.