Blues share points in Boxing Day derby
A late Casuals equaliser meant the Blues drew 2-2 in Elmbridge derby!
Met’s first visit to Casuals’ impressive new home and 3G surface produced a new ground record attendance of 327 something to cheer as both teams played open attacking football. Two early misses by Jack Mazzone and Ollie Robinson were offset when Casuals, main danger man Roberts also spurned an early chance. A further chance for Max Blackmore also went adrift as it was pushed over for a corner by Gerrar, the busier of the two keepers.
However, on 20 minutes Met got reward for their enterprising play when Mazzone disposessed Hicks and ran on to score past the on coming keeper for 1-0. The pace of the game saw further opportunities for both sides as the play changed from end to end and it was Walton who were rewarded when Williams fumbled a close range shot to allow Bennett to score from a very tight angle to put the scores level. But on 45 minutes Ollie Robinson got everything right as he powered in a header from an Ollie Knight cross to send the Met in 2-1 up at half time.
The second half continued in the same vein and on 47 minutes the home side would have been level but for a wonderful headed save by Ollie Robinson. But gradually the Met began to dominate and restricted Casuals to playing their passing game within their own half such was their control of the game. A series of close calls and near misses left the Met unable to secure the game with an almost inevitable outcome when Roberts levelled the score in the 2nd minute of added time with a splendid shot from the edge of the area to give the home side a share of the spoils.