Falcons made the journey south for an evening game under floodlights with temperatures dropping toward freezing. The warm up was much needed and the team were surprised to see a number of England Masters lining up for the opposition who were languishing in mid table, but in Billers, Dunlo and Groff we have our own internationals to give opposition equal pause for thought!
The game started well for Falcons who were moving the ball around well although untypically a little slowly at times – maybe the dark, cold and a sand based pitch was to blame?!
After ten minutes of good possession Dunlo hit a speculative shot goalward that in a replica of Dunlo’s goal from a fortnight earlier Mark White gave the deftest of touches to wrong foot the defence and goalie and give Falcons a deserved 1-0 lead. Nine minutes later it was Dunlo’s turn to deflect a through ball from inside the circle to make it 2-0 and a lead that Falcons would take into half-time, despite Trojans making a spirited effort toward the end of the half.
The half-time team talk was much more constructive than the previous week and with words of encouragement Falcons continued the second in a similar way to the first, enjoying significant possession and using the speed of Doggett and Whitey (David) and skill of Dunlo and Griffiths to good effect up front. At the back Wilsdon, Billers, Blommers and Heinrich were coping well with the occasional attack from Trojans and when they did get passed Wilsdon in goal they found Jonesy keen to keep a cleansheet on the goal line to clear to safety.
In the midfield a new trio of Whitey (of the Mark variety), Hutts and Buzz were being kept busy by Trojans 4-man midfield but they were still managing to control play and bring others into the game, but any thoughts of taking it easy ahead of a cup game tomorrow for all three had long since been dismissed!
The game was finally put beyond doubt when Dunlo came deep to receive a ball, Buzz went on an overlap and when Dunlo then pushed the ball beyond the last defender Buzz was able to compose himself change the angle and flick the ball underneath the diving goalie.
Trojans tried in vane to to get a foothold in the game and never gave up, but Falcons saw the match out for a 3-0 victory.