After a three week winter break, Falcons returned to action away to Haslemere Veterans. The team were without Mahon and Doggett but any ring rust failed to surface as the team dominated possession from the start of the game.
Haslemere had called up a couple of players from other teams in the club and their midfield looked a strong proposition but our own midfield of Warner, Hutton and Burrell were more than a match for the skilful opponents.
Up front Dunnill supported by both Whiteys (of the Mark and David variety) was causing the defence trouble and won several short corners. The first injection by Burrell was on the mark but cleared by the defence, the second went to the second castle of Dunnill (OK it was miss-hit!), who slipped it right to Mark White who eagerly dispatched the ball for a 1-0 lead. Further attacking play led to many more short corners, the third injection from Buzz was back on target and a deceptive shot from Warner (OK he miss-hit it this time) that came back to Buzz was deflected in for a 2-0 lead.
At the back Wilsdon in goal fronted by Blomley, Billington, Jones and Heinrich were defending solidly and giving the team the platform to continue attacking, Dutch Heinrich especially deserves a mention for stepping out to add strength and tactical awareness in dealing with the new Haslemere midfield. Another attack down the left started by Billington saw Buzz play a lovely one-two with Dunlo and move into the left side of the circle, when Warner called out for the ball as he was unmarked in the centre of the circle Buzz saw the goalie shift inside preparing for the pass and shot, but instead Buzz crashed the ball into a now big gap at the near post for 3-0.
Potter and Griffiths rotated on for Falcons up front and fresh legs added impetus as the game moved toward half-time and Groff was able to add a fourth goal with some great skill at the far post.
The half-time team talk was merely to keep doing what we had been, play and tactics were working well, with the only warning being not to get complacent...
The second half continued much the same as the first and at times Falcons ball retention was outstanding, one such move saw the ball worked from back to front, with some crisp and accurate passing (which isn't always the case with the old boys!) finding Potter in the circle who got a shot away underneath the diving goalkeeper for a 5-0 lead.
Dunlo up front had been in excellent form, he may need a new stick as his took a bit of a battering and clearly Falcons need to do more to deliver a higher conversion rate percentage at short corners, so no surprise when Dunlo was able to complete the scoring with a good shot from a narrow angle that the goalie could only deflect into his own goal.
6-0 and the Falcons cemented their place at the top of the WSFA table with nearest rivals Woking, the only team to take points off Falcons this year failing to win themselves. The team now face Windsor at home next Saturday in what is always a tight fought battle...
MoM Phil Dunnill with honourable mentions for Dutch Heinrich and Buzz