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Jan 30, 2016

30 January 2016: Camberley Town U 17 0 Ashridge Park Royals U 17 5

After torrential rain had lead to the postponement of an entire schedule at St Crispins, we were surprised and delighted to find such the pitch in such excellent condition at Camberley.  The pitch seems quite long and narrow, and it was necessary to adapt our tactics accordingly.

The first half was played mainly in the Camberley half, but a combination of excellent goalkeeping, resilient defending, and bad luck kept the ball out of the Camberley goal. Charlie had 3 attempts in the first 5 minutes, we had several corners, and Ted came close to opening Ashridge’s account with a diving header from Owen’s cross on 18 minutes.

The longer the game went on, the more obvious it was that something special would be needed if we were to score against the determined opponents, Fortunately that moment came on 38 minutes with a 25 yard shot by Luke into the top corner.  

The game continued in a similar vein in the 2nd half with Ashridge taking the game to the home team.  The victory was sealed with a flurry of goals between the 55th and 65th minute, with Luke scoring a carbon copy of his goal in the first half,  Alex added another after a through ball by Ted, and then Ted helped himself to 2 goals in the 63rd and 65th minute after assists from Callum and Ben respectively.

Overall this was a well deserved victory in a sporting match against a team that was determined to defend in numbers and make the game very difficult for us. We were very pleased to have yet another clean sheet, meaning we have conceded only one goal in the past 4 games.  Next up, a home match against Caversham Trents before we take a week off, prior to the visit to table-toppers Reading Rangers.