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Falcons return to winning ways with a 4-0 win away at Winchester

18 November 2017

Falcons 4 - 0 Winchester Wanderers

In anticipation of a rain swept trip to Winchester instead Falcons were treated to a sight of the Men's 1st team in full flow as they secured top spot. This proved an inspiration as the happy coincidence of following the youth showed the experience take the game immediately to Winchester with inter passing between Warner, Dunnill and Sumser, Winchester immediately had their whole team behind the ball.

Chances soon came and Griffiths, Sumser and White tested the goal keeper before the pace of White on the left drew the goal keeper and his shot fell nicely to Griffiths who slotted home from 3 inches.

At this stage the light was still good enough for the passing and movement to create space through the middle as Heinrich, Bowden, Billington and Blomley provided the deep distribution options to open up a packed Winchester defence. Despite some robust tacking Dunnill drove into the right channel and when linking with Kaluza the ball found Griffiths who secured his brace from 6 inches. Two goals from less than a foot demonstrating his sniffer instincts.

The second half saw a continuing pattern as Sumser constantly pressed wide on the right and Dunnill ghosted in to make it 3-0. Sobey and Potter provided the options on right and left as Hawks sought to retain their control on the game under the fading light and flood lights which possibly may need a light bulb change. 

Warner finished the game, after several willing volunteers to strike short corners, had not produced any conversion after a variety of differing attempts . Warner slammed his shot which left the Winchester defender no chance, even after taking a slight deflection, the ball crashed into the back board.

The Falcons had enjoyed a good day with wins for the 1st team and themselves on the Winchester pitch, 9 goals between them, excellent hospitality and curry back at the IBM club-house and passing and movement for all to enjoy! There was also a flawless performance from Wilsdon in goal, keeping a clean sheet and demonstrating his excellent concentration despite leaving his credit card with Mrs W who was visiting Winchester shopping centre! 

The rain, which held off during the game, would arrive with a vengeance on the trip North home and although not impacting on the mood, did mirror the visibility 'experienced late in the game under the Winchester flood lights!


Richard Wilsdon, David Blomley, Rory Bowden, Dick Heinrich, Chris Billington, Russell Warner, John Kaluza, Phil Dunnill, David White, Ian Sobey, Steve Griffiths, Charles Potter, Andy Sumser

Player of the match: Andy Sumser


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