Egham Town 4 Aylesbury FC 1
Lacklustre FC capitulate as the Sarnies wrap up the three points
Report by Dan Legg
Davis Haule’s Aylesbury FC side arrived at the Runnymede stadium with renewed vigour following a valiant performance against Tier 3 side Leiston in the FA Cup a week prior. After a solid start, the Moles embarked on a downward spiral in the second half.
The first five minutes hadn’t produced any action of note – I confess that is a guess – I turned up slightly late today, apologies for that. Blame the traffic.
Obviously, the Moles had been waiting for my arrival before kicking into gear. As in the 7th minute Aston Goss rinsed his man for pace along the right touchline before delivering a powerful cross which Brian Haule connected with but couldn’t beat the keeper on this occasion.
Egham responded a minute later when Louis Stead tried his luck from distance after spotting James Weatherill off his line. The FC keeper did well to scramble back and parry the ball over the bar for a corner.
This proved to be merely a hiccup for the Moles as two minutes later the man of the moment Jonny Montgomery opened the scoring. Some great trickery from Aston Goss beat his man, before unloaded a venomous strike at Patrick Ohman which was too hot for him to handle, the rebound fell to Montgomery who buried the ball in the net.
The Moles pressed for a second goal before half time – with most of the play going through Aston Goss, however, the killer ball FC desired just wouldn’t come.
Egham may well have gone in at the break with a goal themselves – star man Brendan Matthew had a powerful header well saved by Weatherill. Whilst Craig Carby almost headed into his own net after he misjudged a Callum Webb cross from the right-hand side.
Half Time: Egham Town 0 Aylesbury FC 1
The second half was a whole different ball game – if you pardon the pun. Whatever the Egham Town manager had to say to his players at half time evidently worked, as FC’s disciplined defence on show in the first half went AWOL in the second period. The first of Egham’s goals came in the 56th minute where a simple over the top ball beat the Moles’ offside trap, which gave Ryan Debattista the opportunity to saunter through on goal, round the onrushing Weatherill and give Egham their equaliser.
The dynamics of the game could well have changed in the 61st minute after Lewis Cole appeared to elbow Joe Fitzgerald – the view wasn’t shared by the referee, and instead on 65 minutes the Sarnies took the lead. A Ryan Phillips cross to the back post wasn’t dealt with and the unmarked fox in the box Brendan Matthew headed home.
With seven minutes to play the Moles really didn’t look like troubling the Egham Town goalkeeper, with Shane Almond’s free kick barely stinging Ohman’s palms. Somewhat predictably Egham got a third – again poor defending from a cross – this time a deep free kick from Louis Stead on this occasion found Mitchel Wiseman at the back post all alone to head home. Déjà vu.
The final nail in the FC coffin was hammered in three minutes from time – Ryan Debattista getting his second of the day – as FC defenders all left the ball to one another, Debattista pounced and slotted past the helpless James Weatherill.
Brian Haule did have an opportunity deep into injury time to at least restore some credibility to the score line after James Weatherill’s goal kick made it all the way to the Egham penalty area but his low right footed shot whistled wide of the far post.
A second half performance as dismal as today’s weather conditions. Should pray for heavier traffic next time around.