Falcons faced South Berks at home on Saturday with the team third from bottom, fresh from having beaten third placed Epsom the previous week. South Berks are a highly experienced but I hope they won’t mind us saying slightly older veterans team and the age and fitness of the Falcons team was all too apparent.
Falcons started the game at a good pace and moved the ball around the pitch before making incisive attacks into the circle where todays skipper instructions were to gain something when doing so. The first few attacks all resulted in short corners and with Buzz injecting to Dog it was clear time would be had to get shots away, the first was off target but the second slipped to Mark White resulted in an excellent finish by him for 1-0. At the next corner Dog decided to take the shot on again and this time put the ball firmly into the right corner for 2-0.
Falcons were dominating possession with Dutch and Jonesy comfortable in moving the play from side to side with Andy Sumser playing a Right Half role and Blommers in the left replacing the injured Billers the defence were able to join the midfield in making some great triangles and joining in the attacking plays. Hutts in the midfield with Dave Sellers and Buzz were orchestrating the attacks and keeping the opposition penned in their own half when they tried to play out and it wasn’t long before some open play started by Hutts and moved into the circle by Sellers found Dog forward of the penalty spot and able to flick the ball into the side of the goal for 3-0.
With ten minutes of the first half remaining Dave Sellers picked the ball up 23 yards out from Andy Sumser and dribbled his way through the throng of midfield and defenders and hit a sweet reverse shot beyond the goalie for 4-0. Continuing to attack and shortly before the half-time whistle Falcons won another short corner and again Dog was able to pick his spot and this time slam the ball into the left corner for his hat-trick and a half time 5-0 lead.
Everything was going to plan, the team talk was short and oranges plentiful (thanks Dog!)…
Falcons took their foot off the gas a little in the second half but continued to dominate play, even seeing Blommers and Dutch making forays into the oppositions circle. Dave “Whitey” White, Charles Potter and Mark Smith were enjoying the attacking opportunities and so it was no surprise that after a Mark White and Dog one-two, Charles Potter was found unmarked in the circle and was comfortably able to finish a slick move for 6-0.
Wilsdon in the Falcons goal was pretty much a spectator, although he did stop a deflected long pass from going off for a long corner, which was subsequently easily cleared, so he can’t complain he had nothing to do!! Dog spent the second half trying to avoid buying a second jug by missing the target or trying to go through the goalie so the scoreboard wasn’t ticking over as quickly as in the first half, but nothing could be done when Buzz found Whitey in the circle and with good first time control he then unleashed an excellent shot to make it 7-0 which is where the game finished.
Both teams were in good spirits in the bar afterward with many discussion about ways to equal out the age differential in future seasons without any real conclusion. We bade South Berks farewell and wished them all a very happy Christmas and look forward to visiting them in 2020.
Top of the league Woking were held to a draw by Haslemere Vets, so the gap at the top was closed to just 1 point as a result with all to play for over the second half of the season…
MoM: Dave Sellers, with honourable mentions for Andy Sumser, Dog (2nd jug avoider) and Jonesy
Thanks to Clive Jones for the photos and facebook humour!! :)