With five players from the Sandhurst defeat unavailable, Darren Salmon
was forced into wholesale changes. Rob McCarry
dropped into right back, with Jameish Holait
back into centre half, there were also starts for Max Bajeux
and Ade Oshilada, whilst Jay Holden
was back to help the club out of a whole.
It has to be said, Valley turned in probably their best performance of the season. McCarry fired wide from distance on 3 minutes, and Jay Holden
's dangerous low cross was well taken by Badshot keeper Foster.
Our backline was in good form, and any Badshot attack was well dealt with by the dominant Holait and Luke Harmsworth
Jay was denied on 17 minutes by a good Foster save, following an excellent Oshilada ball, and shortly after he crashed an effort against the crossbar.
Valley were well in control, but that has been seen a lot this season, only for them to capitulate as chances go begging, and you sensed it might happen again, especially when Badshot's Mariner was left with a free header from a corner.
Fears were allay on the half hour though when Oshilada again found Jay and he crashed the ball home.
Jay and Oshilada went close to increasing the lead as the half ended, but Valley had to be content with going in at the break 1-0 to the good.
Early efforts in the second from Jay and Arnold Okrior
went begging, but fortunately Holait and the defence were in excellent form, and Badshot were unable to create any chances.
Valley increased their lead on the hour mark, when a Jonjo Earl
shot found its way through to Jay and he crashed the ball home.
Badshot Lea then had their best spell of the game but again were unable to make any headway.
With 20 minutes remaining victory was sealed when Earl played the ball forward, Jay reached the ball before Foster and rolled it to Liam who fired home.
Okrior then missed a sitter minutes later, but Valley were able to comfortably see out the game.
So, whilst the Holden's will rightly claim the plaudits with their three goals, special mention must be made to the backline, who restricted Badshot Lea to just one effort on goal, and ensuring Leigh Bowden
had a much needed easy afternoon. Both full backs, Grant and McCarry constantly denied Badshot Lea any space on the flanks, whilst Holait and Harmsworth dominated everything in the air.
Team: Leigh Bowden
; Rob McCarry
, Bradley Grant
, Luke Harmsworth
(C), Jameish Holait
; Jonjo Earl
, Adewale Oshilada
(Marvin Roberts), Max Bajeux
); Liam Holden
, Jay Holden
), Arnold Okrior