Falcons return to form and smash 8 past Windsor Vets
17 November 2018, 15:00, Banbury Road North (Near)
Falcons 8 - 1 Windsor Vets
That's more like it from the Falcons!
Falcons returned to winning ways against Windsor on Saturday but old habits seemed hard to shake. Windsor arrived with a full team contrary to expectation, so Falcons who had been prepared to help bolster their numbers actually started with a squad of 13 for this rare home on another unseasonally warm Saturday.
Once again, as has been the trend this season, Falcons started well but unusually they turned this early dominance into a lead with midfielder Burrell crashing through numerous tackle attempts from the half way line before running into the D, creating an angle (shout out to Ed the coach for his advice last Wednesday) and flicking the ball beyond the keeper. Could they build on this lead for once, well a missed short corner and a couple of failed attacks meant it didn't look like it and when mid-way through the first half a defensive error let the ball pass straight through to the Windsor centre forward, who was as surprised as anyone to actually receive the ball unmarked in the D - the inevitable equaliser came calling. Deja vu and some nervous moments followed, but unlike recent weeks when Falcons have failed to regain the early momentum this week they weren't to be undone. The defence of Bowden, Blomley, Billington and Jones (spoiling the alliteration) feeding a midfield trio of Warner, Sumser and Burrell were all dominant and kept applying pressure which through poor tackling and finding feet in the D ultimately led to further short corners.
Smith returning after a few weeks away had clearly spent his time well in having his stick zeroed in and it was clearly money well spent when he scored twice from the next three corners and the team were able to go in 3-1 up at half time. The skipper pushed for more of the same in the second half and that's exactly what he got. With Windsor needing to push forward, an early attempted pass out of defence was intercepted by Burrell and he ran into the left side of the D, drawing the panicked defence toward him - a deft reverse stick hit across three oncoming defenders found Smith alone by the penalty spot and he didn't hesitate in completing his hat-trick. Falcons were buoyant and weren't holding back, another attack from Sumser led to another short corner and even an off target strike from Smith was turned in by Griffiths for 5-1.
With Warner sitting in front of defence breaking down any and all attacks, Burrell and Sumser were finding more and more space and with Smith taking a well earned rest were working well with Griffiths who had moved to centre forward as well as Potter and Breen on the flanks. Yet another attack saw a shot on goal stopped by a foot on the line and the resultant flick gave Griffiths the chance to add his second goal. Keeping up the momentum and with Windsor struggling to come to terms with the strength and movement of the rejuvenated Falcons team, Sumser then got just rewards for his efforts with a great strike from the top of the D making it 7-1.
Having witnessed the ladies 2nd XI win 8-1, Falcons weren't to be outdone and Griffiths completed his hat-trick when an outstanding midfield worked another pass around the defence and found him alone in the D, he was able to take the ball around the goalkeeper before slotting home for our own 8-1 win!