Prior to this season, since leaving Portsmouth in June 2014, I’ve only played one 11-a-side game of football, which was a pre-season friendly for Wells Hall back in that summer. Today we faced that side, albeit a very different looking one to what I remember, at Cornard United’s ground
Playing at a “proper” ground (Cornard are in the Thurlow Nunn league) is a different experience from the wind-swept playing fields of Haverhill on which I played my last match two weeks ago.
We were always expected to win today. Wells Hall are, shall I say, a much more “experienced” team than us and I for one was confident we could continue our fine start to the season in this one.
The first half was an incredibly quiet one for me personally, as we controlled the game and created many chances, limiting Wells Hall to aimless through balls which I was able to easily collect. The only blip was a slight misjudgement of a floated cross, which went over my head and, fortunately, out of play for a goal kick. Other than that, my kicking was consistent and I was pleased with the little that I had to do.
We went in at half time 2-0 up, but in truth it should’ve been much more than that. A succession of dodgey offside calls and a few spurned chances had held us back from going in at the break 4 or 5 up.
The second half was even quieter than the first. I think must’ve collected two, maybe three through balls and kicked only once or twice. In the end we went on to win 3-0, but the scoreline really didn’t show our dominance. We sit top of the league on goal difference as it stands and it is widely expected to come down to a straight fight between ourselves and BLG United for the title. Next week we host Stoke By Clare who, before today also had a 100% record (at the time of writing their result from today has not been submitted).