RPV 0 Cobham 1
Game ruined by pitch
CCL Div 1 Sat 13th Jan 3pm K.O.
RPV 0 Cobham 1
Terrible pitch conditions to play in. Felt sorry for the players.
Very muddy in places and soft underfoot.
The players did well considering but were often losing footing
and slipping particularly in the clubhouse quarter of the pitch.
Same for both sides I suppose and it is January but I remember in the 1st half of the
October away game v Cobham we passed them to bits on a good pitch.
Great to see Simon Moore starting for us again.
Jordan Holmes played at Right Back. Marcus Dowdeswell played well at CB.
Seanan Mckillop looked the best player on the pitch.
Cobham defended very well, especially their captain centre back No.5 Martin Weighill.
Thought Jack Williamson didn't have many options to pass when in possession
Cobham scored from a goal mouth scramble when a clearance rebounded off Cobham's James Robertson from about 3 yards into our net on 15 minutes.
Cobham hit the bar early in the 2nd half (Toby Mbu) and had a long range goal disallowed for
offside in the 1st half.
We really went for the equaliser in the 2nd half but couldn't break through despite
great effort from the Vale players, the closest we came was when we
had the ball cleared off the line in the 2nd half.
Max Agostini and Sam Jordan came on as 2nd half subs on 60 & 80 minutes.
Late in the 2nd half Cobham hit the underside of our bar from close range,
the ball rebounded into the goal line, ref rules not over the line, Cobham dispute
The decision vehemently.
Below is the match report from Cobham's website:
The afternoon begun with a well observed minutes silence from both teams in memory of Ken Reed, former Chairman, Secretary, Manager and many other hats during his time at Cobham, often having to run the club alone during periods of low support and finances. One of footballs big characters who will be missed by many people who have been paying tribute to the Sutton Common Rovers Secretary.
The game itself was not much of a football match in truth, both sides failing to get any good passing going on a surface which was as soft as you could get this time of year and something that of course the home side have no control over, unlike the rest of the ground which is getting increasingly smarter and more professional due to the hard work of their volunteers.
It was on 15 minutes that Cobham won a first ball in the opposition box which bounced around like a ping pong ball before James Robertson managed to stab it home for his second goal in as many games since returning to the club.
Toby Mbu managed to hit a post, and there were several openings for the Hammers which closed up as quick as they opened each time due to the home sides resolute defending.
RPV best chance came deep in to the second half when their striker managed to beat Lee Norman only to see the ever reliable Harry Walker clear off the line.
Harry Walkers match reel didn't end there and although RPV have made many improvements to the ground, VAR is still some way off and after a precise Chris Davis cross was met by Walker 6 yards out, his effort was pushed on to the bar and then looked for all the world it was over the line as it came down but the officials were unsure and of course if they don't see it they can't give it, so 1-0 it stayed and a well earned 3 points for Cobham. [i]