Gillingham Anchorians Mens 3rd Xl

Match date: 01/02/20
Opposition: Gillingham Anchorians Mens 3rd Xl
Home or away: Home
Result: 7-0
Scorers: Martin Telling (1) Chris Baker (2) Phil Smith (2) Chris Jeffs (2)
Man/ Woman of the Match Capt Phil Smith
Match Reporter Steve Lipscombe

A different side to the one New Beccs beat 2-0 in the away fixture. The scoreline flattered the opposition, who if it hadn't been for the heroics of their keeper could have shipped another half-dozen goals or more. The scoring opened after eight minutes when Phil Smith slapped the ball on the reverse side and Martin Telling had the final touch before it crossed the line. There were a few minutes of sloppy passing by Beccs until Chris Jeffs got a second goal on 12 minutes. This was a well worked effort; Sameer made a short pass to Martin, wide right near the half way line. Martin played a one-two with Phil and drove to the by-line, where he picked out Chris Jeffs near the P-spot. Chris finished with his second attempt. A bit of complacency slipped in to Beccs' play, Gillingham's talented young central midfielder was left unmarked and he created three chances in as many minutes, forcing Rob Byrne into a smart save to stop his deflected effort on goal. Scenting more chances, Beccs poured forward and after Martin had the ball cleverly picked off his stick by the keeper who he had just rounded, Phil netted from the top of the D on the right hand side. Then on 23 minutes, Sameer smashed the ball into the D for Phil to deflect in for his second and Becc's fourth. Chris Jeffs got his second with a powerful shot from a tight angle on the right into the side netting and then narrowly missed his third when his reverse drive went just past the post. Tim Orman made a great move along the byline and rounded the keeper only to have two efforts stopped by defenders on the line (he claims illegally and believes he should have had a P-flick). More chances came and went before the break, with Chris J and Martin both again coming close. In the second half Beccs were all attack but Gillingham had reorganised to good effect, leaving a striker up high and playing aerials to him over the midfield. Martin had a goal disallowed because the ball had entered the D from a free hit without travelling five yards and he put a second chnace past the post. So it was then that Gillingham held out until Beccs got their first short corner of the game deep into the second half; the ball was slipped by Dan Bishop to Chris Baker who finished with a controlled strike just to the right of the stopper. A second corner followed shortly after and the same routine failed to find the net and Chris Jeffs missed another reverse effort. A third short for Beccs yielded the final goal of the afternoon with a big hit from Chris Baker direct from the injection, and Tim then went just wide with a trademark reverse hit from the left of the D. As usual the New Beccs defence (featuring Dan Bishop, Chris Baker, Ray 'Silver Fox' George and the new slimline, extra speedy, Rob Cain), was rock solid. Dickie Carver was on the piste this eweek but Sameer stood in more than ably as the midfield playmaker. Bexley lost again this week, so next week's six-pointer against K-Sports (two points ahead of Beccs at the top of the table) could be the title-decider