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Well that's one way to win the league??

14 March 2020, 15:00, Banbury Road North (Near)

Falcons 6 - 1 Trojans Men's Vets I

With games running down and a nine point lead at the top of the Wessex Supervets Fixtures Alliance table, this was to be another step closer to winning the league.

Trojans arrived and clearly had other ideas with the first half being played out without any goals.  Falcons enjoyed plenty of possession but failed to convert many opportunities.  The half-time talk was about being composed and the chances would continue to present themselves, we needed to stop trying to force things in search of that opening goal.

The second half began much the same with good possession and it wasn't long before Nigel Doggett converted another failed short-corner routine.  Falcons thought the flood-gates might now open but lost possession (no names mentioned - club captain) in midfield was punished when Trojans moved the ball quickly to their forwards who converted with aplomb.

Was this a sign, were the wheels coming off? No - normal service was to be resumed shortly thereafter when Phil Dunnill worked the ball down the left and found Doggett in the circle who converted to restore a one goal advantage.  Falcons continued to push with renewed vigour, a good move led to Charles Potter driving into the circle and pushing the ball towards goal underneath a despairing goalie where Dunnill in poacher mode, ensured the ball crossed the line.

Continuing in poaching mode, Dunnill then picked up a saved Warner short corner strike and flicked the ball beyond the goalkeeper and his defenders - tails were up!  Russ Warner then struck home a short corner for 5-0 (despite telling Buzz it was coming back to him - AGAIN!!) and then Mark White who had enjoyed some good circle penetration throughout the second half added a sixth, fluffing his initial shot and then topping another which managed to beat the unsuspecting goalkeeper.

The win and a defeat for nearest rivals Woking, coupled with the subsequent suspension of hockey leaves Falcons top of the WSFA by 12 points with 2 league games to play and 2 postponed fixtures to try and fit in.  In all likelihood this will be it, the Falcons will be awarded the league, but it does all feel very flat.

MoM was Nigel Doggett with honourable mentions for Steve Jones, Chris Hutton and Buzz.  But if this is to be the last game - then it is about the entire squad:

Richard Wilsdon; Paul Brees; David Blomley; Chris Billington; David Wells; Dave Sellers; Mark Robinson; Steve Jones; Dick Heinrich; Paul Dunleavy; Gary Mahon; Chris Hutton; Russ Warner; Colin Burrell; Mark White; David White; Nigel Doggett; Phil Dunnill; Andy Sumser; Steve Griffiths; John Kaluza; Charles Potter; Simon Dawson; James Finlayson - and if I've missed anyone out I apologise

Without such a big squad we could not have kept up the momentum we have - thanks to everyone of you for your contributions - big or small.  Congratulations on an outstanding league performance!!

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