Falcons made the journey to Southampton on Saturday in the knowledge they are closing in on the league title, but need to keep their focus and the momentum from games gone by.
When you have only lost one game, teams tend to setup a little more defensively minded (well either that or start fielding 'other' players)... and the way to try and counter this is to start fast. A message the Falcons took very literally on Saturday when they found themselves 2-0 up in the first few minutes.
The first goal was a well worked move through midfield with Buzz finding Mark White at the top of the circle who passed inside to Charles Potter who in turn was able to slip the ball beyond the goalie and his defence. The second only a couple of minutes later was by Steve Griffiths who found himself on the right hand side of the circle and when his air shot was deemed not dangerous by Southamptons umpire, he composed himself to slot away the second effort.
Things looked positive, I'm sure players started thinking about how many we might score and that is where I think the subconscious mind drops the work-rate, even by small percentages, but enough to make a difference. Southampton had a little more possession although still struggled to break into the Falcons circle where Jones together with Blomley, Billington and Hutton were coping well with whatever the home side could throw at them.
Midway through the half Falcons decided it was time to add to the tally and another short burst saw a further 2 goals added to the total. After good midfield and build up play by Warner, Doggett and David White - Mark White comfortably finished well and then Steve Griffiths set himself up for a hat-trick when another Mark White shot, this time off target was deflected into the net. Steve went on to have several more opportunities that he failed to convert in a blatant jug avoidance routine - still to be punished!
Half-time was 4-0 with a rally call of no complacency and to keep doing what we had been
Southampton clearly had other ideas and packed the defence further, leaving just the one player up who never really stood a chance against the fab-four! Breesy in goal once again for the vacationing Wilsdon counted 4 attempts all game, none of which were on target!
Falcons had plenty of possession but found circle penetration harder and when achieved, with so many bodies in the vicinity the typical outcome was either a short corner or yet another defender in the way! Short corners again weren't converted, which is a cause for concern, but as long as we keep scoring in open play we'll take it! Unfortunately there were to be no more goals of any variety, but a 4-0 win keeps the Falcons at the top of the league and a step closer to the title.
Thanks to Geoff Paver for umpiring for us!
Next week is a home fixture against Trojans but with a few absentees - just to keep things interesting!