The Menace topple league leaders
Peckham Town put in a strong performance to secure a comfortable 3-0 home win over the league leaders, as persistent rain made conditions difficult at the Menace Arena.
Town were pleased to welcome back talented midfielder Ali Amisu to the starting line-up for his start for over a month following his recovery from injury. Peckham started the game quickly and had the visitors on the back foot early, but the Monarchs produced one or two close opportunities for themselves. Despite chances at both ends, the first half ended goalless.
Town switched from 4-3-3 to a 4-4-2 for the second half. Adrian Butler had aggravated his groin in the first half, and was replaced by tricky winger Kevin Dance. This change provided more width and stretched the resilient visitors defence
It was the returning goal-scoring midfielder who was central to the Menace opening the scoring. Amisu was dragged down inside the box, and he stepped up to take the resulting spot kick. The outstretched Staplehurst keeper managed to make the save, but failed to hold on, and Herve Mbongue was on hand to turn the ball home.
The Menace scored two quick goals to secure the three points late in the game. Klajdi Cani has been in red hot form for the Menace since arriving from Billericay Town in the middle of October, so it was of no surprise when the in-form striker got his name on the scoreboard. Town won a free-kick 25 yards from goal, and the resulting shot from Cani left the visiting custodian stranded, and in turn stretched Cani’s personal tally to thirteen goals in seven appearances. A third goal swiftly arrived following a passage of one touch football - Cani received the ball in the middle of the park and he turned provided as he moved the ball forward to the advancing Meta down the left hand side of the pitch. Meta moved the ball inside the full back and slot the ball home at the near post from 10 yards out – his fifth goal in three games. The final whistle arrived shortly after to send the Menace support home happy.
Head Coach Mary Phillip, said "The manager decided to make a change to our formation and starting line-up. It paid off, and I was pleased how the team followed the game plan from start to finish. Despite the opposition being a good side, I was always comfortable that we would get the result."
Peckham are on the road for the next two games, as they travel to Margate Sports in the last 16 of the League Cup on 15 December and then face Otford United on the last Saturday before Christmas. Town fans don’t need to be starved of football at home though, as the women’s team take on Comet’s LFC at the Menace Area on Sunday 16 December at 2pm. It’s free entry and the bar will be open as usual.
Peckham Town (4-3-3): Larry McArdle; Adam Tarrant, Adrian Butler, Drew Newton, Hady Traore; Alfie Ball, Lukman Mojeed (c), Ali Amisu; Herve Mbongue (1), Kladji Cani (1), Nicky Meta (1). Subs: Gerald Akosa Amaniamping and Kevin Dance; Unused subs: Yaya Barry, Youssef Bouimane and Hiram Laud – Anderson.