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Where was the sunshine!

28 September 2019, 15:30

Falcons 3 - 0 Winchester Wanderers

Falcons second league match was away to Winchester and the contrast in weather compared to the scorcher for last weeks 10-3 victory couldn't have been starker, but the rain on the way to the match fortunately did give way to overcast playing conditions on what was still a surprisingly dry pitch.

A few forced changes in the line-up didn't stop Hawks starting strongly, but the Winchester goalkeeper was on form and thwarting all early attempts on his goal.  Falcons continued to dominate but even several well worked short corners by Burrell and Doggett were again rebuffed by the in form home team keeper.

However, the fourth short corner despite being well saved rebounded out to club legend John 'H' Kaluza who took control and flicked the ball beyond the flat footed defence from the top of the D.

Up the other end Chris Billington, Mark Robinson and Steve Jones were breaking down any attacks Winchester managed to build but inevitably the attack did break through once, only to be met by Wilsdon in goal who was in no mood to concede a goal with a fine save to his right.

Shortly before half time a move started at the back by Warner, playing an attacking half role this week was worked beautifully up the pitch with Sumser and Doggett and which led to the right-sided trio finding Burrell advancing from centre midfield on the edge of the D who took one touch before flicking the ball into the far corner beyond the despairing Winchester goalie.

Half-time came with the score at 2-0 and the team talk was all around not letting Winchester back into the game and to learn the lessons of the week before by starting strongly.

The second half got underway with Winchester obviously having been encouraged that all was not lost at 2-0 down and an early attack was again thwarted by Wilsdon in goal and that served as the catalyst for the Falcons to regain control of the game. Griffiths was finding space on the right and Dunnill, Potter and Kaluza were all working well down the left, but the third goal which last seasons captain Warner had rightly said was so critical at half-time, was being elusive.

Hawks continued to dominate play and possession and as everyone tired, Burrell again found the ball at his feet on the edge of the D and a goal-ward shot (well maybe heading at the post) was deftly turned in by Dunnill to give the breathing space the team needed.

The remainder of the game was played end to end but with few chances, Wilsdon made another fine clearance and Billington excelled in dealing with a string of attacking play by the Winchester midfield and forwards. With light fading the game was brought to a close and Falcons were happy to retire and enjoy the notoriously fine curry put on by the hosts and even more so with their second win under their belts.

The team now go into a run of tough fixtures which includes Guildford, Trojans and last years league champions Woking.

MOM: Dunnill

Falcons: Wilsdon, Warner, Jones, Robinson, Billington, Kaluza, Sumser, Burrell, Doggett, Potter, Dunnill, Griffiths


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