The Falcons squad are an experienced bunch and have experienced most scenarios when looking towards tough fixtures away to teams on a run of form.
However it is fair to say that the portents were clear as the midweek email correspondence (and text when it comes to Mr Kaluza) were mostly about injury and last minute fitness checks with an increasing feeling that the trip to Epsom may present somewhat of a challenge on stretched resources.
It was hoped that on the day the sun would break through and all would be well. The addition of Mike Henman to the squad suggested this might be the case.
With the allotted start time looming Warner looked around and could only count 5 bodies. Despite warnings of traffic due to the England v Australia match at Twickenham the M25 was relatively benign and much head scratching was taking place as resources appeared further diluted.
It then transpired that 2 cars were unable to located the new pitch within the building site as the sign saying HOCKEY PITCH HERE and the large arrow were printed in the wrong font.
However the 2 missing cars did finally appear in the mist and the umpires were patient. It prevented the normal Falcons 30 minute warm up and shuttle run routine to prepare for the match which impacted significantly on the opening salvos.
A game then took place where quite a few of the Epsom players were determined to play well and gave no time for the Falcons to consider the merits of the new pitch and the potential location of the new club house away from the development and under some nice trees.
Falcons lost the first half and Jones and Doggett battled hard.
Falcons lost the second half, but less than the first half and Griffiths scored by playing a one two with the goal keepers pads and then sliding his shot home.
As Epsom tired in the last 2 minutes, Falcons were able to take control of the game but inconveniently the umpire then blew the whistle.
Congratulations to Epsom and we look forward to hosting you in the New Year.