Match number: 2496
Weysiders Reserves suffered their first defeat of the season against a much improved Brooklands Seniors Reserves, a team that the Weysiders had previously beaten 9-2 in a pre-season friendly. That said the fact Brooklands Seniors first team did not have a game on Saturday certainly had a bearing on the result.
So far this season Weysiders Reserves have not been able to field the same starting XI as the previous week and this is something that manager Mark Stephen needs to look at, because the key to playing well is having players available every week, week-in week-out - that is the only way for players to understand how their team mates play. Therefore, the players should make every effort to make themselves available EVERY WEEK.
The game was played on a wet pitch following the morning’s downpour, and that did not at all appear to suit the Weysiders game and a number of players found themselves slipping to the ground when all they needed to do was control the ball, the worst offender being Mike “Hollywood ball” McDonnell who appeared to spend more on his jacksie than with the ball at his feet.
Despite the wet conditions the Weysiders first half performance was not too bad and they were rewarded for their work when Jim “Thunderbolt” Norton, rounded off a neat passing move involving Dom De Piano and Chris “15 goals this Season” Murch. With Murch laying back a lovely ball for Norton to strike home his second goal in a week, from the edge of the area. Brooklands did not create too much in the early stages, but just before half-time, they made a number of substitutions and started to cause the Weysiders problems, but the score remained 1-0 at the interval.
During the break Weysiders Reserves talked about improving their first touch, keeping things tight and playing the way they were facing. But within five minutes of the restart the scores were level as Weysiders failed, on at least half-a-dozen occasions to successfully clear the ball from the edge of the box, the ball finally falling to a Brooklands player who, with plenty of time, was able to pass the ball into the Weysiders net, past the outstretched arms of Weysiders goalkeeper Mark “The fat cat” Stephen.
Five minutes later, in almost a repeat of the first goal, the Weysiders defenders swung everything at the ball except the kitchen sink, all failing to make contact with the ball. Again this resulted in the same Brooklands player scoring his second goal of the game, as, with no pressure on the ball, he was able to pass the ball into the far corner of the Weysiders goal. A further twenty minutes passed by with Weysiders trying to get back into the game, but without any real penetration, Matt “Kojak” Hockin being responsible for passing the ball into touch on a couple of occasions, when a through-ball to substitute Alex “where has that man been until now” MacDonnell was by far the simpler option.
With 15 minutes to go the Brooklands winger found himself out wide on the left with Rinku Saran up close to him. The winger slipped passed Rinku and struck a rasping shot into the top corner passed the outstretched hand of the “Fat cat” Stephen to make it 3-1.
The scoreline definitely flattered Brooklands Seniors but Weysiders were not finished, and with five minutes remaining, Alex “where has that man been until now” Macdonnell, gathered the ball out wide on the left and forced his way past two onrushing defenders, towards the edge of the Brooklands penalty area and took aim. With his shot bobbling along the ground, the Brooklands goalkeeper just had to dive to his left to safely gather the ball. However, just as the keeper’s hands reached the ball, MacDonnell’s shot bobbled one more time and the keeper somehow managed to push the ball into the bottom corner of his own net, with the ball just rolling over the line before the covering defender was able to clear it.
The game finished 3-2 to Brooklands Seniors Reserves and First Team.