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Sep 26, 2015

Elstead Sharks 0 Ashridge Park Royals 17

What a glorious late Summer morning for this our maiden trip to Elstead in the picturesque Surrey countryside.

Ashridge started with no little promise, taking the game to the hosts, and carving out several opportunities. Ironically the opening goal came as the result of a counter-attack after Elstead’s first foray into the Ashridge half.  On 16 minutes Dan launched one of his defence-splitting passes, which releasee Ted who calmly lobbed the on rushing keeper. 
The home team came close to an equaliser after an Ashridge foul throw (!) enabled the home team to attack the area only for the shot to flash wide of the post.  
On 22 minutes, more magic from Danm who created a chance on the eegde of the box. His shot was poised for the top corner before the keeper scrambled it away for a corner.  justice was done when Dan netted from the corner after Ted’s shot was partially cleared.  Ted made it 3-0, converting George’s cross on 28 minutes after an excellent build-up.  The following minute Dane scored again after an assist from Ted after an excellent pass from Luke.
On 33 minutes an unplayable Ted took the ball down the left, refused to go down when scythed by the defender and then bamboozled the keeper beating him at his near post to complete a hat trick.
Alex joined the fray and scored on 37 minutes, set up by Luke, and then on the stroke of half time Ted converted after good work between Alex and Luke. 7-0 at half time
Ashridge added 3 in the first 4 minutes of the half, Ben C scoring with a shot from 25 yards, set up by George, and then Alex converted his hat-trick with assist from Owen and then Ben C.
The remaining scoring was as follows:
56 mins 0-11 Ted (Ted assist)
58 mins 0-12 Alex (Alex assist)
61 mins 0-13 Dom (Ted assist)
70 mins 0-14 Alex (James assist)
72 mins 0-15 dom (James assist)
88 mins 0-16 Alex (Dom assist)
89 mins 0-17 James (James assist)
In spite of the scoreline, the game never degenerated into fiasco, as the home team showed great bravery and a willingness to continue in their own individual battles.   Ashridge kept the ball well and finished in a clinical fashion.
Next up the magic of the Cup as we travel to Bracknell Cavaliers