So after various discussions with Eastcote we managed to get the fixture played, after the school we were due to play at, cancelled the fixture earlier in the day. So many thanks to Eastcote for making it happen.
It was a top of the table clash with Eastcote only 3 points behind, with a game in hand. So all was to play for and we were keen not to repeat the defeat of the opening fixture of the season. Eastcote started very strongly and we were second to most tackles and camped in our 25 for the first 10 minutes. Having soaked up the pressure we began to work our way into the game and created a few short corners from which we scored the first goal with a neat deflection from Rob with an assist by Boots. Boots nearly followed this up with a short corner strike, which just missed the top of the backboard. Lawrence came off his line to smother a couple of chances but generally we restricted Eastcote to attempted defections from balls hit into the D.
Our midfield quartet worked really hard throughout the game to restrict the talented midfield of Eascote and it was a relief to see their central midfielder move to sweeper in the second half. We probably created the better chances overall with more attacking intent in the final third, and Boots had the ball in the back of the net but was given a short corner instead, following an earlier stick tackle. Surely a penalty stroke? Robbie who has continued to improve in confidence had a good strike saved. The next goal would be crucial. With 15 minutes to go Gary was given a yellow for 'intimidation' as the Eastcote payer stood in front of the ball, football style trying to prevent a quick break. Maybe it would be better if he hit the ball next time. Playing with 10 men galvanised the effort with Tom coming on and filling in at centre midfield. We survived a close shave at a short corner and then managed to find the net with a well worked short corner ourselves, clinically finished by Boots.
It wasn't a pretty game and and our distribution from the back was generally poor, with the main culprit being the skipper who had a shocker - so thanks to all those who pulled us through the game. More composure needed but Eastcote are a decent side and put us under pressure for periods of the game. A clean sheet reflects well on the team ethic.
MOM Tom Forrester, who worked really hard, tackled, created and dug deep when we only had 10 men. There were reports that his arms were aloft when we notched the second!