Old Meads Bounce Back From Disastrous Cup Defeat
Amateur Football Combination Premier Division - Parkfield 2 Old Meadonians 6
Old Meadonians bounced back from last week’s disastrous cup defeat to keep pressure up in the run in to the A.F.C. premiership, leaving hosts Parkfield battered, bemused and bewildered from their backlash at Hatch End on Saturday. Meads now have three games in hand on league leaders Parmiterians to give them an edge on the pack.
The first half saw Meads seemingly determined to follow the same pattern of play as in last week’s fruitless pursuit of goals. Their excellent approach work gave them a bridgehead which they were unable to capitalise on. The sum total of return for forty five minutes endeavour, three missed golden chances, was always going to encourage their opponents and indeed was an ill omen which threatened to come to pass.
Within five minutes of the restart, however, temporary relief came from an unlikely sauce as Kevin Quinn, relishing in his new role at the back, fortunately forgot his place to get forward and react quickly to head in the rebound when fellow full back Luke Graham’s shot came down off the bar. Ten minutes later the clouds gathered as the hosts were two-one up when a corner was headed in and then a deflection looped the ball over stranded keeper Gary Robinson. Cue a veritable goal rush; on the hour captain Will Gerrish volleyed a superb equaliser from just inside the box, Jack Costello’s twenty yard drive snatched back the lead and striker Colin Hawkins’ beavering was rewarded with a tap in, all in a frenetic ten minutes. Peter Eguae then decided not to be left out and in a five minute burst hit the post, the bar and then got number five.
Finally Costello’s trusty right foot ended the spree. Luke Graham and Colin Hawkins shared the MoM award with Will Gerrish just behind. A major plus was the addition of second team youngster, Misha Mantel, to the squad as he came off the bench to put in a promising half hour stint.
Team: Robinson, Graham, McCombe, Pointer, Quinn, Costello Gerrish, Thompson, Glover, (Mantel), Hawkins, (A. Jones), Eguae.
March 23, 2011