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In 2nd v 3rd Falcons fly and swoop to bag a win against Epsom 4-1

09 March 2019, 13:30, Banbury Road North (Near)

Falcons 4 - 1 Epsom Vagabonds

Falcons were looking forward to the re-match with Epsom where the fixture always presents a tough challenge on the pitch, and bonhomie in the bar afterwards. With Epsom 2nd in the league, and having played superbly at home for the win before Christmas, 3rd placed Falcons hit the ground running.

Falcons immediately asserted themselves on the game through the movement of Finlayson, Dunnill and Sumser up front and chances were aplenty. However, stubborn defence, good goal keeping and some less than clinical finishing prevented the opening goal. This might easily have created frustration, but Falcons kept their concentration and maintained their level of intensity .However, it required Dick ,the Dutchman, Heinrich to show how it should be done.

As Warner and Bowden combined in the left channel the ball was fed through and Heinrich appeared from nowhere as the spare man. Ghosting forward from his central defensive role the surprised Epsom defence saw him drive the ball past the hapless goal-keeper to break the dead-lock.

Despite the odd foray on the break, where Epsom used the pace of their fast moving Carlos up front, Falcons were in the ascendancy and firmly in control of the game. Burrell and Finlayson combined well throughout and with the support of Sumser and Dunnill the Epsom defence had no choice other than to concede a couple of short corners.

The second corner was despatched crisply by Finlayson, who then secured his brace with a well taken flick, following quick movement and passing to make it 3-0. He may well have secured a first half hat trick however as another great move saw his flick from close range saved superbly by the Epsom goal-keeper.

The half continued in the same pattern and the back four of Robinson, Heinrich, Jones and Billington well transferring the ball at will to exploit the movement ahead of them. Adding the pace of Whitey and the disguised trickery of Crampton-Smith, further pressure was exerted but inexplicably Falcons could not add any further goals in the first half.

Despite several golden chances in front of goal and in a couple of cases with the goal gaping, the score remained at 3-0.

Naturally the half time team talk was simply more of the same and to maintain a clean sheet. Once again the words of Warner appeared to fall on deaf ears as possession was carelessly turned over. The Epson centre half, who had battled throughout, was not going to let the opportunity slip. He was given the space to drive forward and as he found an Epsom forward the Falcon's defence were caught on the back foot and were forced to give up a short corner. This was duly despatched into the bottom left hand corner to make it 3-1.

Falcons were then expecting the onslaught but remained confident that the back four would cope with the challenge. However the game transformed into attack against defence as Epsom took deep defensive positions, a virtual half court press and few meaningful forays into the Falcons half. The occasional run on the break by the pace of their centre forward was controlled. Falcons were able to move the ball at will but the game became less cohesive as space was at a premium and the final quarter of the pitch congested.

Finally, Falcons were able to return to a 3 goal cushion as Whitey's persistence and pace on the left found Burrell who finished his chance smartly. Ad the game continued in the same pattern, Whitey, Finlayson and Sumser probed for space but passes from midfield were made difficult in the crowded opposition 25 and no further goals could be secured.

The calm presence of Heinrich had remained a feature of the game throughout and as the final whistle blew for a deserved and satisfying win, his man of the match award was a deserved addition to his well taken goal originally opening the goal account for the Falcons..

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