The Reserves coasted to victory on a day when all six sides won, making it a historic day for the Club and an expensive one for the Chairman!
Sadly however, this match is unlikely to be recorded as one of the highlights in the annals of West Wickham FC!
It's not that our players weren't trying to make it an entertaining spectacle but more that this was such a one-sided affair that as the game wore on, most of the squad and the Wickham faithful almost lost the will to live!
From the kick off we were instantly putting pressure on the Finchleians defence, with wave after wave of attacks and after only 13 minutes, top scorer Dan Haines
added to his tally and gave us an early lead.
Only five minutes later and we had doubled our lead when some decent approach play led to James Parker
cleverly lobbing the goalkeeper to find an empty net.
Time and again Wickham attacked down the flanks, particularly the right, with Michael Parker
and Dave Adams
combining well and getting forward in support of the front two.
Finchleians simply had little answer to Wickham's overall dominance, particularly in midfield, where Man of the Match Greg Brown
, ably supported by the ever consistent Neil Owlett
, totally controlled the play and after 32 minutes, this time attacking down the left, we increased our lead through Mark Pettyfer
, who is now beginning to develop a rich vein of form.
As half time approached, the home spectators were incredulous as to why the score wasn't at least double and our profligacy in front of goal is something that we really must overcome if we are serious about winning honours this season.
During the interval, the skipper and I tried to raise motivation levels but within minutes of the restart it was clear that with little resistance offered by the opposition, some of our players were struggling to maintain interest.
Even though our dominance remained clear for all to see, we were failing to press home our advantage with an appropriate number of goals.
After only a quarter of an hour, the Manager decided it was time to try to 'shake things up' and over the next 13 minutes, made all three substitutions, with Sam Kemp
replacing Mike Parker at right back (60), Matt Fitch
taking over from Dave Adams
on the right side of midfield(67) and Ben Scarborough
slotting into the back four in place of Richard John
These changes had limited success, as we tended now to press forward more purposefully and on 79 minutes, Matt Fitch
opened his account for the Club with a fine shot from 25 yards into the top left hand corner, to extend our lead, at last, to 4-0.
The final stages were barely memorable and even the referee had become bored and brought the proceedings to an end at least 90 seconds early!!
However, a win's a win and nobody can doubt that it was well deserved.
Nevertheless, our next opponents will offer a much sterner test and we will have to be at our best, for the whole ninety minutes, if we are to stand any chance of maintaining our 100% record.