The Firsts welcomed Thurston to a windy Carlton Park aiming to do the double over our opponents having beaten them 4-1 in the reverse fixture earlier in the season. With Pricey away it fell to Jack and Shaun to take the team.
The first chance fell to Thurston with their striker missing the target from 6 yards out following a cross. We then took the lead after 8 minutes when a through ball by Sean was calmly finished by Charlie to make it 1-0. Immediately after, Kev kept us in the lead saving a one v one against their striker. 20 mins into the game Stevie cleared off line after Kev came out to tackle the striker, but 5 minutes later we allowed our opponents to equalise after two successive errors let the striker in to score.
We soon regained the lead through Stevie who received a throw in and his cross caught the wind, drifting in over the keepers head. It remained 2-1 at half time.
Early in the second half we allowed our opponents to equalise again when a clearance by Harry hit Stevie, and the rebound hit the post falling to their striker to pass into net, 2-2.
Again we restored our lead soon after when a free kick by Hunter just inside their half drifted over the hapless keeper and into the net. Then
15 minutes into the half Kyle was adjudged to have handled and Thurston slotted home the penalty, 3-3.
Straight from the resulting kick off good play on the left by Isaac and Witness led to a pass inside to Charlie who played the ball onto Sean to rifle into the top corner from 25 yards, 4-3.
Five minutes later Thurston almost equalised again when they hit the bar, but soon after we extended our lead. Witness was fouled on left side of the penalty area and the free kick by Hunter was finished at back post by Stevie, 5-3.
The remainder of the match played out with little to note aside from a smart save by Kev from a volley right on full time. Final score 5-3.
In summary it was a game that was affected by the wind, but also with the ball in the air for much of the game there was little football played. We always looked like we could step up a gear whenever they pulled us back and once we went two goals clear we were not really troubled. We now have back to back wins scoring nine goals in the process, but also conceding six, and we are closing in on the top six in the league.
Next week the Firsts are away to AFC Yourshirts and the Reserves finally have a match at home to Old Newton.