FINANCE could consider themselves dreadfully unlucky not to have picked up a point at Shalford Park last Saturday. They trailed 1-4 after just 22 minutes, but played themselves back into the game with two goals early in the second half to make it 3-4.
As luck would have it. Weysiders finished with a flourish to run out comfortable 6-3 winners.
The game was just seven minutes old when Weysiders took the lead following a left-wing cross from Kevin Simmons. New signing Malcolm Denham controlled the ball quickly before sliding it under the diving goalkeeper.
Two minutes later Weysiders leaped into a 2-0 lead; a corner from Simmons was met at the far post by Tim Davison, who headed powerfully into the net.
Finance pulled a goal back before Weysiders again opened tip a two-goal lead. Tim Davison hit a long, high free-kick into the Finance box from the halfway line. The Finance centre-half, who was running backwards, could only head the ball over his own stranded goalkeeper and into the unguarded goal.
Weysiders’ fourth goal was not long in coming. Tim Burgess’s looping pass found Denham unmarked on the right-wing, he carried the ball a few paces before chipping over the goalkeeper’s head.
For the rest of the first half and the first 15 minutes of the second Finance played with great skill and determination, but they were unable to turn their authority into goals until the 52nd minute. Tim Davison, in attempting to hook the ball clear of the Weysiders’ box, succeeded only in blasting the ball off a Finance forward and into his own goal.
Finance were back for a third goal six minutes later following a great left-wing move and at this stage Weysiders were looking just a little out of touch. Their great flow of passes between defence and forwards had seemingly been stemmed by the aggressive Finance midfield.
However, an out of the blue goal from Simmons settled the issue and a Colin Sharp goal were enough to see Weysiders home by 6-3.
The hard, dry pitch proved to be ideal for forward play. Both clubs contributed evenly to a fine game which Weysiders had made theirs with four goals in 15 early minutes.