Thankful for a large squad of talented footballers and despite a number of injuries, we travelled to HSBC with continued high expectations. The squad is getting to the size that missing away games or training could have a serious effect on game time which can only be a good thing. The boys that stepped up fitted in to our team as if they had been playing all season and with good numbers at training it can only improve our performances for the rest of the season.
George Barton cheekily said our performance was like Barca! Not quite but on the best pitch we have played on this season we were able to play some entertaining one touch football on the ground which was a joy to watch. Gavin Suddell suffering from foot & mouth (the mind boggles with what kind of company he is mixing with) had a number of opportunities which could have got him to the top of the Ian Charles Top Goal scoring Chart, but alas will stay near the bottom below our centre backs. He did score a couple, one in each half but had to take him off because the cars in the car park were getting too damaged! His first goal was assisted by Matt Roles and the second by Jake Lawrence who had another impressive game breaking up the opponents attacks before they started. The other goal in the first half came from a sweet strike by Matt Roles assisted by Laurence Connolly which rocketed into the bottom corner of the net.
There were a number of good performances, George Barton who has played all the position along the back had a great game and was in the frame for man of the match until he started shooting and taking free kicks, resulting for a throw in. I have already mentioned boys stepping in, but they should be acknowledged! Louis Burlton, Austin Gash and Callum Robery all made the trip at short notice and helped us get the points. This gives us the confidence that we have the depth in the club which is very healthy place to be in. Archie Lloyd is looking sharper every game and his brother Alfie is consistently giving the opposition headaches in the numerous positions he has played in. However my man of the match goes to Jake Lawrence who marginally beat Chris Morgan for totally dominating the midfield not allowing any possession for our opponents and redistributing to his own players which was only wasted when passing to Gavin!