Mens 3s v Tunbridge Wells

Match date: 12/10/19
Opposition: Tunbridge Wells
Home or away: Home
Result: 6-1
Scorers: Josh Slater (1), Leon Jackson (2), Boris Wowczuk (1), Henry Darley (1), Tom Merry (1)
Man/ Woman of the Match Jeff Pitcher
Match Reporter Jon McIver

Second game of the season and New Beccs 3rd XI continued their impressive start to the season. Tunbridge Wells were the opposition and they were far more skilled and energetic than Burnt Ash were the week before. We only had the bare 11 players due to some poor availability and late drop outs but most of the team were the same as the week before and were raring to go.

We started the game slowly as we always tend to do, but started to dominate from the 5th minute or so. However TW took the lead against the run of play as their goal hanging right forward was left unmarked in the corner and he slid the ball to the top of the D for their young midfielder to score. Still our heads didn't drop and the defence started to talk a lot more to avoid a repeat of any further break away goals. Midway through the first half Leon scored his first from a cross from the left, and towards the end of the half New Beccs's superb short corner routine lead to Leon passing to Henry for his first goal of the season.

The half time team talk sorted out a few issues and focused on the opposition's penchant for playing down the middle. TW came out reinvigorated with 2 new substitutes and played a different type of game. However every time they attacked we tended to go down the other end and score, which seemed to deflate them in the driving rain. Strangely their goal hanger who had caused so many issues in the first half swapped wings and became effectively anonymous. Leon scored his second a few minutes into the second half and that was followed by 3 more from Tom, Boris (with his trade mark top left of the D drive) and finally Josh picking up yet another Leon pass in the D.

The defence held firm in spite of almost 3 times the number of attacks in the second half compared to the first, and Jeff Pitcher playing his first game in 6 months grew in confidence against a wilting opposition.

Man of the match was Jeff for some resolute defending and amusing advice on how to play the game to his team mates.