Opening day league woes continue
The First team slumped to a disappointing defeat in their opening league game of the season
Darren Salmon made several changes to the side that had beaten Canterbury City, with Matt Tanton replacing the unavailable Anson Cousins, whilst Andrew White, Marlon Rodney and Francois Gabbidon, replaced Matt Auletta, Liam Holden and Jordan Gallagher (the first two dropping to the bench).
It was a subdued start to the game, with neither side offering much in the opening exchanges. Camberley had looked threatening with a couple of long throws by Chris Ellis, but these were well dealt with by Craig Bradshaw and Craig Hastings.
We had the opening chance of the game on seven minutes, when a long clearance caused problems for Camberley's Ellis and Andrew Charsley and allowed Andrew White a chance on goal, but he was denied by an excellent save by Kallum Lunn in the Camberley goal, and Matt Farrell's attempt to find Francois Gabbidon on the follow up was just out of reach of the forward.
Rodney fizzed an effort over the bar on ten minutes, having capitalised on more miscommunications in the Camberley backline but that was about it as far as entertainment went at either end of the pitch in the opening 25 minutes.
SCR should have taken the lead on 27 minutes, when a threaded ball by wide found Matt Ferdinando and his fierce goalbound strike was somehow turned over the bar by the Camberley backline.
Back at the other end, and a mistake by Rory Lewis let in Adam Liddle but his shot was superbly turned onto the post by Bradshaw, and the visitors were starting to get on top.
Five minutes before the break and Camberley could/should have taken the lead, a deep cross by Josh Wood found Phil Moore but his volley, under pressure from James Taylor, went high over the bar. At the other end and Ferdinando played in a dangerous cross which Lunn did well to defend, Rodney's follow up was blocked by Lunn and as the ball burst free White went down on the edge of the area following a collision with Mark Jordan, and with SCR baying for a spot kick, the free kick was awarded to Camberley.
Lewis then did just enough to stop Marcus Cousins from getting a shot away and half time came with the game scoreless.
Camberley took the lead early in the second half, when neat interplay on the edge of the SCR area set Josh Wood free, and as Bradshaw came out he slid the ball beyond the keeper to give Camberley the lead.
Camberley continued to hold the ascendancy, and were pinning us in our area courtesy of the long Ellis throws, and it was as a result of one of these that they increased their lead on the hour. We defended three throws fairly successfully, but the final one went out for a corner. From the delivery White was adjudged to have pulled down a Camberley player and subsequently booked for his protests. From the spot kick Cousins struck as good a penalty as you will see, giving Bradshaw no chance, and making it 2-0.
We made a double change on 70 minutes, with Rodney and White replaced by Matt Auletta and Jay Jones, as we looked to find a way back into the game. Gabbidon should have reduced the arrears on 73 minutes when a tremendous ball by Lewis picked him out in the area, but a poor first touch saw the ball trickle harmlessly back to Lunn.
Salmon made his final change with 15 minutes remaining, introducing Liam Holden in place of Gabbidon. Holden almost made an impact early on, when he held off Ellis, found Auletta and his cross was inches out of the reach of Jones.
Camberley sealed the win in 83 minutes when Tanton was unable to get a header back to Bradshaw allowing Wood to nip in and roll home the loose ball, giving the visitors all three points.
There was still time for SCR to score the goal of the game, when Holden crashed one home from 20 yards, but it was too little too late, and you have to say Camberley were fully deserving of all three points and we went slipped to our third opening day defeat in a row.