Mens 2s v Marden Russets Men’s 4s

Match date: 18/01/20
Opposition: Marden Russets Men's 4s
Home or away: Home
Result: 6-1
Scorers: Phil Smith (1), Martin Telling (2) Chris Baker (1) Steve Lipscombe (1) Sameer (1)
Man/ Woman of the Match Ed Lipscombe
Match Reporter Steve Lipscombe

Six very good goals to see off a strong Marden team on New Beccs' return from the Christmas break. Phil Smith opened the scoring after just a few minutes with a superb solo effort, taking the ball to the by-line on the right of goal and working his way past the defence to finish over the keeper into the top left-hand corner. However, Marden equalised shortly afterwards and the rest of the half continued in scrappy fashion although Martin Telling dived impressively at the far post to divert Richard Skipper's strong ball in from the left to regain the advantage. In truth New Beccs were second best in the first period, second to 50:50 balls and misplacing passes. However, things changed almost immediately after the restart and it felt like every player simulaneously refound their pre-Christmas familiarity with the rest of the team. Ed Lipscombe was terrorising the Marden defence with his electric pace down the right wing, while the rock-solid defence of Ray George, Chris Baker, Adrian Darley and a new slimline Rob Cain, was almost impregnable. Dickie Carver was orchestrating the midfield which was releasing a rolling and increasingly lethal-looking strikeforce of Tim Orman, Phil and Martin. About ten minutes into the half, the tension broke. Chris's short-corner strike came off the keeper's pads and Steve Lipscombe returning from a three-month injury lay-off nicked the ball on the reverse side avoided a defender's tackle as he adjusted his position and passed the ball sharply into the net, just before going off injured again. The fight seemed to drain from the opposition. Chris was more successful with a subsequent corner, placing the ball out of the keeper's reach to make it 4-1. Martin made another terrific close-range diverted finish and was unlucky not to get his hat-trick as Sameer got the last touch on Martin's strike to make it 6-1 (Martin claims it was going in anyway). An impressive second 35 minutes and the range of goals and scorers is encouraging. Ed's man of the match display was a premier performance of pace, positioning and passing, highlighted by his Usain Bolt run for a lost cause in the dying embers of the game almost resulting in the goal of the century.