There was a buzz of anticipation at the Leg ‘O Mutton last Saturday as the home fixture with Croydon FC gave us a chance to exert revenge for the narrow 5 – 4 defeat in Pre-season.
The game started at a good pace with the ball being stroked across the park on the slick surface. It was not long before Croydon took the lead with a great finish past Vlad who was left helpless in goal.
The goal gave our boys the jolt they need to spark some life in to the performance and the persistence paid off with Seyoum breaking through the Croydon defence with a piece of individual brilliance and finished with ease.
Both teams continued at a ferocious pace and this time we took the lead again from Seyoum with another moment of magic and again found the back of the net with a venomous finish. We continued with great pressure and some good passing play through the thirds of the pitch. However the game evened out and Croydon also found some gaps to play in themselves and levelled the game before half-time.
The half ended 2 – 2 with both teams having an even share of the game so far.
The second half began with the boys showing greater purpose in possession and defensively a lot tighter and Croydon were having a lot less joy.
We progressed well and had some close chances but nothing came of it!
Our break came when Seyoum again got himself in the mix and shimmied his marker leaving his opposite number no other option but to take him down resulting in a free-kick in a promising position on the edge of the box. The ball was then whipped in and Harry Cobb connected with a booming header.
The game ended 3 – 2 to us and it was an absolutely fantastic team performance. Well done boys!