Progress Up The Table Is Order of Day For Chiswick
West Middlesex Sunday Football League Premier Division - Chiswick Albion 2 Draytonians 2
The Albion kept their six-match unbeaten League run going with a 2-2 draw against champions elect Draytonians at King George’s field, Ham. Drays need four points to be sure of the title. The only realistic challengers left are Barnes Albion who are also the Middlesex County Premier Champions.
Drays though can consider themselves lucky to get a point against the Albion who put in a spirited performance against the odds. Major line-up changes once again, but this did not hinder the Albion and Drays were on the back foot early on. A decent match was in prospect as Drays good team spirit forced them into the game.
The Albion took the lead after Adam White had teed up Chris Hughes, although his shot was pushed away by the keeper for a corner. With Albion’s height advantage, Adam White swung in a corner that Ognjen Soskic headed against the crossbar. The ball fell kindly to Anthony Weekes who buried the ball for a deserved lead. Drays produced a good move that lead to a fine shot from the edge of the box. Albion’s keeper Robert Dawson tipped the ball over the bar and the danger passed. Drays levelled on the stroke of half-time when Albion’s ‘Man of the Match’ Matty Wozniak allowed a call from Dawson to distract him. A nippy Drays midfielder scrambled in a very fortunate equaliser.
The Albion were catching Drays back line flat footed with a long ball game usually not contemplated, but it was doing the trick against a static defence.
A controversial decision at the restart cancelled out what looked like a perfectly good goal by Liam O’Neill. Never mind the Albion’s confidence was high. Drays though are not top of the table by accident and thankfully Albion’s back four was up to the challenge. Drays took the lead when another mistake was punished. Liam O’Neill then missed a chance in front of goal, but the ball hit a divot and made it difficult to get a decent contact.
The Albion still looked as though they could find an equaliser. This eventually arrived from a short corner involving Adam and Liam White. Younger brother Adam rolled the ball to Liam who returned the ball with a better angle to shoot. The ‘Cidermans’ somewhat cross-cum-shot beat the despairing keeper and dropped into the top corner. A winner either way was on the cards but a draw seemed the perfect answer to Albion’s early season critics. A run of four wins and two draws in this division, is no mean feat.
Good luck to Draytonians and a win over Acton will give them the title for the second season running. For the Albion, progress up the table is the order of the day.
Albion Team: Dawson, White B, Soskic O, Wozniak M, Weekes, Soskic V, O’Neill, White L, Flynn, Hughes, White A
Man of the Match: Matthew Wozniak
Champagne Moment of the Match: Adam and Liam White’s short corner routine that levelled the game.
Referee Paul Andrews (Feltham)
Match Report: Mark White
April 28, 2009