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11/10/2014: Albury 3, Weysiders Reserves 1
(Guildford & Woking Alliance League Division 5)

Weysiders Reserves struggle against a poor Albury side

Weysiders Reserves suffered a second defeat within the space of a week against a poor Albury side who had yet to win a game this season.

With Weysiders first team struggling for players, the call came late on Friday to donate some of our players to the first team cause. Player availability every week is a major issue for both the Weysiders firsts and reserves, so if you want to play competitive football, then please do all you can to make yourself available every week.

Despite Weysiders Reserves begin weakened, the manager still believed that the players, who were available, were still good enough to get a result away at Albury. The threat of a £2 late fine meant that all the players arrived on time, except Jim “Hendrix” Norton who said he had a flat tyre, so was going to be late.

The pitch at Albury is not great, and makes Pitch 5 at Shalford Park look like Wembley, but as we know, football is about desire and teamwork, which is something that Albury had in abundance.

Albury appears to be an affluent place, but judging by the state of the pitch, changing rooms and the match ball (yes, they only had one match ball), the recession is really cutting deep. The match ball was not one of those light HiTec PVC coated balls, oh no NOT this ball, it was like a sponge that sucked up the water after the heavy downpour and hurt your foot every time you kicked it. Marian Radu best described it in the City club after the game; he described it as a “STONE”.

The first-half was a dull affair with very few opportunities being created at either end. Nevertheless, with 10 minutes to go to half-time Albury had their first corner of the game, which resulted in a goal from eight yards out, it was an absolute bullet of a header giving no chance to Weysiders keeper Mark “the Cat” Stephen or Russ Minns on the front post . At half-time, it was 1-0 to Albury.

Despite being asked to show more composure and commitment in the second half, Weysiders Reserves soon found themselves 2-0 behind after some sloppy play lead to Albury forward having a free shot at goal giving the Weysiders keeper no chance.

The weather began to deteriorate and after a long downpour Weysiders finally began to get a foothold in the game, with both Carlos “Faulty Towers MANUELLLLL!!!” Megias Jimenez and Marian Radu both working hard and getting stuck in.

With 15 to go Carlos won his battle on the right hand edge of the Albury area and hit a hopeful high ball towards the back post, which was inch perfect and Albury keeper could only push the ball into the roof of the net. (2-1 )

However, the two-goal deficit was soon restored, when the Albury winger put in a perfect cross, that flew into the top far corner, a cross I’m sure he could not do 99 times out of 100. It was 3-1 and that is how it finished.

If Weysiders thought the afternoon could not get any worse, they were wrong as the Albury changing rooms only had four working showers and to cap it all the water was cold.

Man of the Match for Weysiders was Carlos Megias Jimenez, who worked hard all afternoon and score our goal.

Next week is the Junior County Cup game at home against Burpham Reserves, who are Division 2 of the Guildford and Woking Alliance league, so we will again have our work cut out.


Goals Age
Start Mark Stephen 0 51
Start Dominic Facey 0 23
Start Sam Peters 0 23
Start Jack Shaw 0 27
Start Russell Minns 0 20
Start Jim Norton 0 26
Start Carlos Megias  1 24
Start Niklas Redhead 0 27
Start Rinku Saran 0 29
Start Guy Chapman 0 22
Start Chris Murch 0 25
Sub Liam Cox 0 22
Sub Scott Mahoney 0 23
Sub Marian Radu 0 35
Manager: Mark Stephen (Reserve Team Manager) 50