Norsemen started with a high tempo and were largely camped in Southgate's half for the first 20 minutes. Chances were created frequently, but a combination of poor finishing and the linesman's flag saw the match stay goalless. The breakthrough came when Murray and Lewis worked a short corner, leaving the former to deliver into the box for the lively Clifford to slam home for his 3rd goal in 2 games. However the goal led to the home side becoming a bit complacent, and this allowed Southgate back into the game. A great save from Michael kept Norsemen in the lead, only for a mix up in defence to gift the away side a chance that the keeper could do nothing about. 1-1 at half time.
The second half was complete domination from the blue giants, Ossie kept things tight at the back,Michael Warburton kept the tempo up in the middle and Olly and EJ created chance up front, with the latter finishing off a well-worked move for the winner. A pleasing result, however when the real business starts on Sat 14th September, Norsemen will have to be a lot more clinical to get off to a winning start.
Next Fixture: Carshalton v Norsemen (A) on Saturday 14th September 2013, 15.00 KO, SAL Senior Div 2.