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Metropolitan Police
Cray Wanderers
H Newton (8', 44'), T Pink (18'), R James (39'), T Bird (41'), C Collins (55'), N Neita (84')
Full time
Sat 1 Mar 15:00 - The Ryman Football League - Premier Division Attendance 151

Met in Seventh Heaven

Met Police blasted seven goals past Cray Wanderers. Pictured is man of the match Howard Newton.Thanks to Chris Bushe who took the album pictures.

Met in Seventh Heaven
We welcomed Cray Wanderers to Imber Court with the Met team eager to reverse the 4-1 defeat they suffered at Cray earlier this season. Cray had two former Met favourites in their squad as Jordan Bird started & Nathan Simpson was on the bench. Met manager Jim Cooper missed this game due to a holiday but the side was left in the more than capable hands of Gavin Macpherson & Phil Cramp. They were boosted in the morning when Charlie Collins recovered from illness & Tom Bird together with Steve Sutherland were both passed fit. Tyrone Smith was still too ill to be considered but pre match plans were disrupted when Nigel Neita was late getting to the ground. This meant a late change to the starting line up with James Aldred starting the game & Nigel taking his place on the bench once he negotiated the traffic.
We were pleased to be hosting the Surrey FA respect programme at this fixture and club mascots led the home side out in dressed in Respect T shirts with advertising around the ground. The Blues started off where they finished against Enfield by putting together several good moves in the opening minutes. They took just 8 minutes to open the scoring with Tyrone Pink holding the ball up well & then sending Howard Newton away down the Met right flank and he cut inside & unleashed a low right foot shot across the keeper & into the far corner of the net. One person who was very happy was our chairman’s grandson as he was holding the golden goal ticket for the 8th minute & had just made £20.00!
The Met increased their lead after 18 minutes when James Aldred won the ball in midfield & passed it on to Tyrone Pink who broke towards the penalty area. When most of us thought he should shoot Tyrone turned to his left and squared the ball out to Tom Bird who was making a great run down the left flank. Tom controlled the ball well and sent a great cross to the far post where Tyrone Pink had continued his run and headed home.
Cray then had their best chance of the half when Jordan Bird sent a long ball through that split the Met defence & fell to Tyrone Berry some 20 yards out. Stuart Searle was quickly out to close down the angle & Tyrone Berry shot narrowly wide with only Stuart to beat. The Met third goal came after 39 minutes when a corner was not dealt with by the Cray defence. The ball bounced forwards & backwards in the penalty area with Steve Sutherland having something like twenty touches in the box before the ball eventually rebounded to Ryan James. He side stepped a hefty challenge on the edge of the box & commendably stayed on his feet as he pulled back his left foot and angled an accurate shot into the bottom corner.
Cray were now reeling from the Met onslaught and the fourth goal quickly followed and arguably the pick of the bunch. A free kick for the Blues some 25 yards out and Tom Bird stepped up to cleverly lift a left foot shot up and over the wall & into the top corner. Reminiscent of the great Gianfranco Zola in his heyday & a goal to grace any game at any level of football. The Cray keeper barely moved as the ball nestled into the net & a quality finish to make it something like four goals in four games for Tom!
The Met closed the half out and probably the game with the fifth goal after 44 minutes and another great move down our right flank. Elliot Taylor broke out of defence with the ball & linked up well with Howard Newton with a neat give & go before returning it to Howard Newton. In a carbon copy of the opener, H cut into the box and struck another unstoppable shot across the keeper and into the bottom far corner of the net.

Half Time Met Police 5 Cray Wanderers 0
The game was effectively over as a contest after a scintillating first half from the Met and the second half lacked a competitive edge to it. Tyrone Pink continued to pose a threat with his pace up front for the Blues and Jordan Hibbert was at the heart of every move the Met started.
Charlie Collins joined the score sheet after 55 minutes with one of his easiest finishes of the season from two yards out & the sort of distance coach Phil Cramp used to be so deadly from. Ryan James used his strength to win the ball on the edge of the Cray area and clipped a pass over the top to Tyrone Pink on the left. He moved to the bye line and crossed for Charlie Collins to side foot home into an open goal from all of two yards out. Great reward for Charlie who left Tuesdays game feeling very unwell & only started to improve on the morning of this game.
Cray continued to try hard and as the Met switched off they created some chances. Stuart Searle was doing his best to keep the clean sheet intact and it needed a great reflex save whilst he was on the ground to keep out a goal bound effort. Stuart Searle again made a stunning save in the 76th minute when a long range shot noticeably moved in the air from left to right to left again before he tipped it over the bar.
Inevitably Cray did manage to score as the Met started to coast to the final whistle and a through ball was not defended at all and Moses Ashkodi went through on goal and slotted past Stuart Searle giving the Met keeper no chance at all. Gavin rightly jumped to his feet & demanded more effort from his side and they answered with the seventh goal & our biggest League win for many seasons. Elliot Taylor again breaking out from defence with a great run down the right flank & then a perfectly timed through ball to Nigel Neita. He may have been late arriving at the game but he cut inside with the ball and then curled an exquisite shot into the top corner of the net to make it 7-1.
Luckily there were only six minutes to go as our club historian started to regale me with tales of our highest scoring games & biggest ever victories. The referees whistle woke me from my slumber & put an end to a dismal game for our visitors. Football clichés do say `the table does not lie` but take nothing from the performance from the Met in this game as they played some excellent football and at times were unplayable. A great display was topped off by an impressive second appearance by Nigel Neita and a debut for Stefan Gaisie as second half substitutes.
Having been criticised for my choice of mom for the Enfield game by the lovely Joyce I sought the advice from our dressing room & team bath after the game for the choice. An almost unanimous decision gave it to Howard Newton although Tom Bird was very close but the casting vote went to club captain Steve Sutherland. If Joyce disagrees with that one she can take it up with Steve!


Met Police
1. Stuart Searle 2. Elliott Taylor 3. Tom Bird 4. Will Salmon 5. Steve Sutherland 6. Jordan Hibbert 7. Howard Newton 8. Ryan James 9. Charlie Collins 10. James Aldred 11. Tyrone Pink
Subs: 12. Nigel Neita (replaced 7 – 62 minutes) 14. Dan Sintim 15. Ricardo Joseph (replaced 5 – 72 mins) 16 Stefan Gaisie (replaced 9 – 62 minutes) 17. Dave Smalley

Tom Bird

Assist

Tom Bird
Howard Newton

Player of the Match

Howard Newton

Key moments

8:00
Goal Howard Newton scores for Metropolitan Police
18:00
Goal Tyrone Pink scores for Metropolitan Police
39:00
Goal Ryan James scores for Metropolitan Police
41:00
Goal Tom Bird scores for Metropolitan Police
44:00
Goal Howard Newton scores for Metropolitan Police
55:00
Goal Charlie Collins scores for Metropolitan Police
84:00
Goal Nigel Neita scores for Metropolitan Police

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As it happened

  • Metropolitan Police
  • Cray Wanderers
  • 0
  • Howard Newton Goal 8:00'
  • Tyrone Pink Assist 8:00'
  • Tom Bird Assist 18:00'
  • Tyrone Pink Goal 18:00'
  • Ryan James Goal 39:00'
  • Steve Sutherland Assist 39:00'
  • Tom Bird Goal 41:00'
  • Elliot Taylor Assist 44:00'
  • Howard Newton Goal 44:00'
  • Charlie Collins Goal 55:00'
  • Tyrone Pink Assist 55:00'
  • Charlie Collins Sub Off 62:00'
  • Howard Newton Sub Off 62:00'
  • Nigel Neita Sub On 62:00'
  • Stefan Gaisie Sub On 62:00'
  • Ricardo Joseph Sub On 72:00'
  • Steve Sutherland Sub Off 72:00'
  • Elliot Taylor Assist 84:00'
  • Nigel Neita Goal 84:00'

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# Team Pl Pts
15. Bury Town 46 60
16. Lewes 46 59
17. Metropolitan Police 46 58
18. Harrow Borough 46 58
19. Enfield Town 46 51
20. East Thurrock United 46 49
21. Wingate & Finchley 46 49

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