After some lengthy traffic delays that made it feel like a home game, the team arrived at Windsor in time to see the M6’s lose against a fast counter attacking Windsor side and a significant number of our opposition watching and seeming up for a battle!
This is a notoriously tricky fixture with Windsor always fielding a strong team and having some decent players in their squad and so it proved. Windsor set out their stall early – to defend and frustrate and no matter what the Falcons threw at them it was rebuffed including a couple of short corners. Falcons had started with a narrow attacking formation with David White given free-reign to use his fitness and create space, but against a back 5 or was it 6, this proved less than fruitful, so Buzz changed back to a more traditional 4-3-3 toward the end of a half that ended 0-0.
The team talk was about making more of the possession and now that we had changed the formation, to exploit the width. This proved to have done the trick with Dave Sellers meeting a well worked move and striking the ball through a packed circle into the corner of the goal. Better was to come with Dunlo then converting a short corner and the Falcons looked set fair to win the game and add a few more goals. Windsor had other ideas and a fast counter attack found their handful of a forward break into our circle and despatch their first and reduce Falcons lead to just one goal.
Nerves set in, Falcons felt the need to drop deeper, despite Hutts superb marshalling which was a feature of the whole game, we invited Windsor onto us briefly and they squandered a couple of chances and Wilsdon repelled another. Then Mark White took it upon himself to calm the nerves by excellently cracking in a shot from the left side of the circle.
The visitors took control to see the game out, the defence of Jonesey, Blommers and Billers together with Field Marshall Hutts locked up the back, Buzz, Duracell (Sumser), Sellers and White in rotation pushed higher and up front Whitey, Dunlo and Groff kep the home sides defence and midfeld too busy to mount further attacks. The game ended 3-1 with a very high percentage possession for the Falcons and both sides retired to the local for pizza, chips and a well earnt and hard fought beer.
Thanks to Geoff Paver for umpiring excellently!!
Next week we are home to Southampton at 15:00.