The Firsts welcomed league leaders Tattingstone to Carlton Park yesterday. The squad took on a different look to recent matches due to the Reserves having a cup quarter final at Walsham and players being cup tied. Pricey also made changes to the formation and tactics with two holding midfielders and pace on the wings.
Tattingstone started the game comfortable in possession which we allowed them in their own half. However, apart from a few long range efforts they did not trouble us and we started to grow into the match. In fact we had the best early chance when Witness lobbed the keeper but the ball fell just wide. After 15 minutes Sharman had the ball in the net but was ruled offside. 3 minutes later Sharman was bundled over in the box following a cross by Kyle. Sharman stepped up to make it 1-0 from the penalty spot.
5 minutes later Hunter stole the ball, played a one-two with Sharman, then crossed the ball for Sharman to head past the keeper. 2-0.
Tattingstone then had a dominant spell of possession creating a few half chances, but on the whole we defended well and soaked up the pressure. After 40 minutes Witness won the ball and crossed for Mower to finish from close range and it remained 3-0 until half time.
Having been kept outside and receiving a rollicking from the manager, Tattingstone tried to up the tempo in the second half. However we continued to soak up the pressure and created chances on the break. Not long into the half Witness played a ball down the right for Sharman who ran past the defender and slotted a low drive into the far corner, 4-0. Sharman then had a couple of further chances and Jordy missed narrowly from close range.
On 70 minutes Josh came on and almost scored with his first touch. Shortly after Josh was brought down when through on goal but unfortunately the keeper saved Mower’s penalty.
On 75 minutes Tattingstone pulled a goal back after a deflection fell at the strikers feet. 10 minutes later they hit the post from close range. With 3 minutes left Sharman’s cross hit the keeper and went in to make it 5-1. There was still time for Witness to put a chance narrowly wide before the ref blew for full time and a final result of 5-1.
A fantastic result against the league leaders. Whilst our opponents dominated possession during parts of the match we held our shape and, with pace up front and in wide areas, caused them problems all game. This was a great team effort with everyone doing their jobs and playing their part.
The Reserves unfortunately lost their cup quarter final at Walsham A 5-2 after extra time. A great effort but not to be.
Next week the Firsts have another tough fixture v third placed Bramford Road whilst the Reserves travel to Bacton A.