Three out of Three ain’t bad nor are twenty goals in as many games! Last weekend saw Falcons host Guildford in what was expected to be our strongest test so far and with last years champions away in the next game, Falcons sent out a strong squad including returning players Chris Hutton and David Blomley and they even loaned out Charles Potter to the opposition who arrived with ten men (Thanks Charles and we all thought you had a good game keeping Russ on his toes!).
Playing on the top pitch at BRN Falcons got off to a bright start using the full width of the pitch and moving the ball around well, but after a third of the first half no goals had materialised and the team were questioning the approach. Then the first of several short corners was won – Burrell injected to Finlayson who dispatched the ball beyond the Guildford keeper which set the tone for Falcons to abandon their width and movement!!
In spite of this, five minutes later Andy Sumser got away a shot that Steve Griffiths managed to deflect goalward with enough power that a few minutes later it crossed the line!! 😊
Falcons tried intermittently to play the wide faster flowing hockey but were making hard work of converting the possession they were enjoying, but shortly before half-time Burrell sent a through-ball into space for Finlayson to run onto and he was able to dispatch the ball beyond the goalie (no mention of an overhit pass and scuffed shot!)… Half Time 3-0 to Falcons.
The team talk all revolved around keeping the width and making the ball do the work – words that probably echo around the under 8’s discussions on a Sunday, so a word for all the coaches out there – scream it at them and maybe by the time they retire they’ll remember it!!!
The second half got on track the same way the first half did with another short corner this time injected to Sumser who hit a cracking shot just above the diving goalkeeper for 4-0. Guildford themselves rallied and enjoyed slightly more possession and were rewarded with a goal following an initial save by Wilsdon giving the scoreline at this point a hint more respectability as far as they were concerned at 4-1.
By this stage the Falcons age advantage and bench rotation benefits began to show, Dunnill was enjoying more possession in his move from wing to centre forward and with Steve Griffiths were bringing the midfield second phase more into the game, it was no real surprise therefore when Andy Sumser again found himself in the D and slipped a pass square of the defence and goalie for Mark White to tap in from 6 inches for 5-1.
Falcons continued to dominate play with both Heinrich and Jones able to shift the defence into a high backline, with Chris Billington almost joining in as an extra midfielder and it was no surprise when Andy Sumser added a sixth and then cheekily he managed to put a stick on a fantastic shot from Phil Dunnill that was goalbound to seal his hat-trick and the last goal of the game making a 7-1 victory in game week 3.
Thanks to Jacqui Barlow and Hugh Bentley for umpiring!
MoM: Phil Dunnill (we still think the last goal was really his!)
Squad: Wilsdon, Warner, Billington, Jones, Heinrich, Sumser, Burrell, Hutton, Finlayson, Dunnill, Griffiths, Mark White, Kaluza, Blomley.
Next game: Woking away 13:30PB