With the prospect of nine confirmed players, another late arrival and one possible calling in on his way back from London, it looked liked the away trip to Windsor sitting one place below Falcons might be an uphill struggle! So it was a pleasant surprise when eleven players arrived 40 minutes early for a full warm-up and pre-match briefing (OK a light stretch and rousing team talk)!!
The game got underway and immediately it was clear that this was a very different Windsor side to the team that lost 8-1 at BRN, Windsor dominated the early possession and a vocal support encouraged them forward! A defence seeing the return of Mark Robinson (newly proud grandfather), Dave Blomley (skiing) and Chris Billington (England O/60's tournament) with only Heinrich from the previous weeks ten goal haul - managed to hold them at bay and after ten minutes Falcons began to find their own rhythm.
A midfield trio of Sumser, Burrell and Bowden began to intercept more of the ball and use the space to release the forwards Doggett, Finlayson, White and another returning stalwart Crampton-Smith. It was an end to end game and our midfield trio were having to put in the miles, but it paid off when another Windsor attack was thwarted and a move down the right flank was well turned in by Sumser.
Falcons tails were up and when Burrell was fouled just outside the D with players looking for a whistle, Falcons kept the ball moving and when it found its way to Finlayson he finished with aplomb and made it 2-0. Shortly afterward Falcons lost Blomley to a recurrence of a skiing injury (let that be a lesson for all you ageing skiers!) and Sumser had to revert to fullback with a slightly hungover Doggett dropping into midfield. At this point things also got a little testy and both sides found themselves reduced to ten men for separate green card incidents, but it stayed 2-0 until the half-time whistle with Wilsdon in goal having to actually make some saves this week and earn his match-fee.
The half-time team talk was all about keeping our shape and focus, not diving in to tackles and channelling the very capable Windsor midfield where we wanted them and the second half saw a very disciplined performance from the team marshalled by Burrell and Heinrich, multiple Windsor attacks were thwarted through effectively channelling and poor pass selection but the game remained very open with Windsor able to rotate their squad but with Falcons running on the bare eleven. Falcons strived to add to their tally but contrived to over complicate putting the ball in the goal and the game remained 2-0.
Scorers: Sumser, Finlayson
The team look forward to facing Epsom at home next weekend and to try and exert revenge on the team considered best in the league despite them only sitting in second place!