First's on fire as they pick up the points
The first team turned in one of their best performances of the season on Saturday when they defeated Knaphill 4-0 at the Borough Sports Ground.
SCR started at a blistering pace and could have been 2-0 up inside the opening five minutes. In the opening minute a Jordan Johnson-Palmer ball into the box saw Adam Allen challenge Knaphill keeper Richard Shelley and as the ball popped loose, Michael Campbell could only fire wide of the right hand post. Two minutes later and Joe Mead released Campbell, and with only Shelley to beat, he dragged his shot wide of the right hand post.
At this stage it was all SCR, and on nine minutes, good play again by Johnson-Palmer saw him find Campbell, he squared to Allen, who bought a save out of Shelley low to his left. A minute later and Keano Robinson and Matty Auletta linked up well on the right, and a low Auletta cross was just too far in front of the forwards.
Knaphill showed their first real attacking intent on 12 minutes, when a good run by Josh Coke saw him find Jimmy Norman, and he in turn almost threaded the ball through to Charlie Postance but Owen Davies stepped in to make the clearance.
The visitors went close on the quarter hour, when a long clearance by Shelley was only half cleared by Davies to Postance, who played a wide ball to Coke and his cross-shot sent Craig Bradshaw sprawling across the face of goal, as the ball went just wide of the left hand post.
Davies then left Bradshaw short on a back pass, and the big keeper just reached the ball ahead of Postance. Knaphill were now enjoying their best spell of the half, and Postance and Scott Costello did well on the right, with a low driven cross by Costello going across our six yard box, with no Knaphill player able to turn it home.
A deep free kick by Timmy Taylor on 17 minutes was headed goalwards by Jamie Doble and deflected behind for a corner by Allen, and this saw the start of four corners in quick succession for the visitors.
Given we had been dominant and not scored, it was somewhat ironic that we opened the scoring after a long spell of Knaphill pressure. Bradshaw gathered a low Jack Collins cross and released the ball quickly to Allen, he burst forward, held the ball up and squared to Campbell who fired low beyond Shelley to the keepers right from 20 yards for 1-0.
After the goal we seemed content to let Knaphill have the ball in their own half, where they were unable to cause us too many problems, and we pinched the ball off them on 27 minutes, and the ball was quickly moved out to Allen, he looked set to go one on one with Shelley, but waited for support and found Auletta, who glided passed a couple of defenders and fired low beyond Shelley to his right for 2-0.
We nearly gifted Knaphill a way back into the game on the half hour, when Mead and Jeff Addo-Dankwa were caught over-playing and we were relieved when Addo-Dankwa was able to recover, win back possession and a free kick after a foul.
Knaphill made a change on 36 minutes, when Collins went down injured and was replaced by Ross Cheek, but we continued to dominate and on 42 minutes, only a good save by Shelley prevented Campbell's attempted lob from making it 3-0. At the other end and Davies blocked a strike by Rob Kersley, and as half time approached a long ball by Doble found Postance but he dragged his shot well wide and Norman found his way into the book after nudging Davies over the hordings. SCR went into the break with a two goal lead.
It was a slow start to the second half, with little action in the opening five minutes, although at times we were guilty of over-playing and both Robinson and Addo-Dankwa were forced into a couple of tidy interceptions.
Liam Holden and Campbell almost created a chance, but Chris Paterson did well to intercept, then at the other end Bradshaw was out quickly to gather Norman's pass that had been heading towards Postance. Just shy of the hour and Postance almost got in but Davies did well to clear his lines
Darren Salmon made his first change on 58 minutes, withdrawing Robinson and handing a debut to Jay Jones. Postance, Norman and Costello linked up superbly and from a whipped in Costello cross Coke fired home, but the flag went up for offside, and we breathed a collective sigh of relief. Bradshaw then saved well at Postance's feet after good work by Norman.
Auletta did well on 63 minutes to get beyond Taylor and Paterson but his low cross was turned behind for a corner by Doble.
It was 3-0 on 67 minutes as Campbell broke the offside trap, and rather than shooting himself unselfishly squared to debutant Jones who tapped home from close range. Knaphill made their second change just after the goal, with Norman being replaced by Joey Wealthyland.
Taylor found Postance, with Davies and Mead eventually clearing for a corner, Taylor took it and Paterson planted a free header wide of the right hand post.
Campbell made it 4-0 on 74 minutes when he latched onto a tremendous through ball by Johnson-Palmer and calmly chipped the advancing Shelley. At the other end and Davies did superbly to prevent Wealthyland from getting a shot on goal.
Salmon made his final two changes with fifteen minutes remaining, replacing man of the match Campbell and Mead with Josh Greenleaf and Danny Fernandez. On 78 minutes Jones and Greenleaf combined with Greenleaf bringing a decent save out of Shelley. Ten minutes from time, and a quick break involving Jones and Greenleaf saw them find Fernandez and his curled effort went just wide of the right hand post.
A minute later and Auletta bamboozled both Taylor and Paterson before forcing Shelley into a good save with his feet. Five minutes from time and Connor Close played a great ball to Kersley, who saw his low cross turned away by Aaron Bogle. Back at the other end and Fernandez found Greenleaf, who sped beyond Paterson, tried to square to Fernandez but Doble did just enough to clear.
Postance headed against Davies and out for a corner as we moved into injury time, Postance then fired a ball towards Wealthyland which Bogle cleared only as far as Kersley and his shot was deflected over by Davies. The last action saw a cross-shot by Doble hit the post and get turned over by Postance from a matter of inches.
An excellent all round performance, but one with still room for improvement.