Match Report - 28 Mar 2010, Maclay Football Club White beat Acorn Raiders
Maclay White continued their impressive run.
The day didn’t start well, having travelled 5 miles towards Hemel there were some mutterings from the back of the car. I’ve forgotten my glasses. “Can you see without them Josh?” “ Who said that?” came the reply. We returned to collect the glasses and at the time no one knew how important that journey would prove to be.
Finally arriving at the ground with 10 minutes to spare, the team got ready for another competitive match.
A quick start for Maclay saw them score, with Dominic Prince tapping in from a good cross from Josh Roberts. Acorn quickly replied with a well struck free kick from outside the box. A second goal came quickly again with Roberts chipping over the top with a perfectly weighted pass for Josh Wilton to run onto, scoring calmly past the keeper. Acorn replied within 5 minutes with another excellent strike giving William Smith no opportunity again. The battle continued and one of the best passing moves of the season saw Matthew Hopkins and Josh Roberts combine on the right, the ball went over and it was 3 – 2 with a great strike from Josh Wilton.
Half time and Maclay had dominated with the wind behind them. Midfield with Matthew Hopkins dominating the aerial battle and Karl Bonney winning the vast majority of ball in midfield.
The second half saw Dominic Prince score another excellent goal following a sublime through pass from Karl Bonney. Acorn struck back again very quickly and visions of a previous 4- 4 draw came to mind. It was going to be a challenge with Acorn coming down the hill with the wind behind. The back four of Joey, Stan, Alex and Joe looked solid. Maclay continued to fight on and two more well taken goals both from Josh Wilton following on from a parry from the keeper and another well struck low drive into the corner brought his tally to four. “How long to go?” was the question from the Maclay parents. Acorn continued to push but there didn’t seem to be a way through the back four. The Acorn striker eventually gave up realising that he wasn’t going to get past Joey Rennison. When the ball did get to William Smith some well taken goal kicks and good midfield positional play meant that the ball spent a considerable time in the Acorn half. Full time saw a 6-3 victory. What impressed me that this was a real team effort. All worked back to help the defence and the speed of the break was impressive. Charlie Dyson combined well with Dominic Prince on the left wing, having come up from the Blue team just before the transfer deadline. Man of the match however was Joey Rennison for his outstanding tackling and calm clearances from defence. Josh WILTON please bring your glasses to the next game.
Acorn Raiders 3 - 6 Maclay Football Club White ()