RYMAN PREMIER DIVISION
Att : 833
Sutton United – 1 [Winston 39]
Gravesend & Northfleet – 1 [Powell 85]
Two things you don’t generally get in April. Firstly, the mighty U’s sittining top of the table and secondly, it should’nt be THIS fucking COLD!
Rain we expect at this time of year. Sub-Arctic temperatures and wind? Less so. Amazingly, despite the weather, 800 odd other people have chosen to freeze their arses off as well, which is nice. Anyway, enough of the weather, back to the footy.
So. Here we are. 6 games to play, 4 points clear after Saturday’s tonking of Aylesbury and about to use up the recently much touted ‘Game in Hand’. Our visitors had tried put a bloody great dent in our title hopes a couple of weeks ago with a 2-1 win at their place, so with revenge in mind and a nice fat 7 point lead to take into the last 5 games the reward for a win, the boys aim to claim their prize.
U’s instantly take the game to our guests, looking for an early breakthrough. But try as we might, we can’t put the finishing touch to some good moves. Naz is unfortunately the main culprit, missing two good chances. The worst was a shot from 8 yards, which he somehow guided the wrong side of the post after a cracking run by our new hero, Sammy Winston. Winston himself had a couple of chances, with the portly Kent ‘keeper denying him on both occasions. Just when it seems as though there’s to be no reward for our efforts, the goal we so desperately want arrives.
Steve Watson plays the ball through the ‘Fleet’ defence, who all stop and appeal loudly for offside against Winston. The linesmans flag stays firmly by his side and Sammy happily slips the ball into the corner of the net from about 12 yards. About bloody time! More Sutton pressure fails to produce anything else before the break & we nip into the bar to warm up convinced that a second goal is needed.
Unfortunately, our second half performance leaves a lot to be desired. Gravesend step up a gear and we deal with it in a less than admirable fashion. We panic. Big Style. Our passing becomes more & more erratic and the midfield which had dominated so much in the first 45 minutes goes missing completely, which only serves to give the visitors even more of a hold on the game. Naz misses 2 half chances and Dave Harlow’s curling free kick is clawed out from under the bar by the ‘keeper.
Then with only 5 minutes to play, the moment we’ve been dreading happens. A free kick is given away about 25 yards out and as our entire defence stands watching, it’s taken quickly and the Gravesend forward nips into the box and slides the ball past the stranded Howells. Bollocks.
The U’s try desperately but ultimately fail to rescue the 2 points they’d just been mugged of, so we move 5 clear of the Ducks with 5 to go.
I still say 7 would have been nicer…
Man of The Match : Sammy Winston
Entertainment Value : 7. Good first half. Shame about the second.