Carshalton 1 - 6 Norsemen
What a trek! Left Norsemen at 11.00am and got home after 7.00pm, but it was all worth it in the end. Our best football played so far in the first half scoring 4 goals which should have been more. No disrespect to our opposition, but we played high tempo one touch football that had them chasing shadows. I forgot I was the manager for a while and just enjoyed the spectacle! The first goal came early in the game from Gavin Suddell being put through by Matt Roles yet again for Gavin to go round the keeper and slot into an empty net. The second was the goal of the game again by Gavin Suddell assisted by Laurence Connolly who looked like he delayed the pass too long only for Gavin to take it wide and chip the keeper. This killed the opposition and we were now rampant having many chances before Gavin completed his hat trick after yet another through ball from Matt Roles. Matt Roles wasn’t finished yet this half as he grabbed a free kick opportunity from the right side of the pitch and smashed it inside the near post. The goalkeeper got a hand on it but the shot was to accurate and strong.
The time flew by, unlike the trip back to Norsemen. As usual it is very hard to reproduce the same standard of football in the second half when the game is already wrapped up. Despite all the clichés I could not get them to double the score. However we were not finished yet, The opposition were trying to stop the free flowing football with a few fouls and there which led to a penalty midway through the second half. Up steps Matt Roles who is desperately trying to catch Gavin in the top goal scoring table and slots the ball home. Not to be out done Chris Morgan grabbed the ball on the next free kick and curled the ball into the corner and the ball went in off the post leaving there hapless keeper no chance.
From here on it got a bit messy with everyone trying to get in on the action. Eight forwards and two defenders was never the recipe for a clean sheet. What happened to the discipline to get a clean sheet? Where was our CDM? What are the fines for messing up a clean sheet? I think a dart might be in order! What other way is there to learn? Carshalton got there conciliation goal and thought it was Christmas already.
Jokes and darts aside, it was our best display so far and was difficult to pick a man of the match because there was so many good displays. In the end it was between our Hat trick hero and Matt Roles who scored two and made two adding to his large tally of assists for the season. In the end having dropped Gavin off at the station and only Matt & Laurence in the car I was told by Matt that he was the man of the match, and because he had to sit in the car for over 2 hours driving through the centre of London I relented. Matt roles gets it this week or I would never hear the last of it!
Gary Harrowell, First XI Manager
Another great performance on the road from the boys possibly playing some of our best football we have produced so far this season.
However, stinker of the day does go to manager Gary for again using his awful car sat nav. Lucky for some, not Laurence or matt, it was on the way home and not to the match this time. After speaking about Christmas so fondly in his match report, it makes you wonder if he did do it on purpose as I know he had told me personally he was itching to see the Harrods Christmas lights. A big night out for Gal.
So in fact the only squad member to receive a dart this week is Gary, for again using his awful car sat nav, dropping matt and Laurence home closer to the 8 o'clock mark with them missing out on valuable beer time back at the club a good 1 and half hours after the rest of the team.
Jack Robery, Club Captain