A new season, a new kit, some new players and I'm pleased to say plenty of familiar ones were present as we kicked off our new season away to Storrington. Their chairman, who also acts as groundsman, has done a good job on the pitch and the club has a tidy set up.
We had high expectations as pre-season had gone well and by half time manager Kev Keehan was fairly satisfied with our performance as we were well worth the 1-0 lead thanks to a well taken goal by Matt Waterman. New signing Lol Edwards fitted into the back four while Alfie on the left and Matt Ford up front were also making their debuts.
It's fair to say the V's dominated the play first half with some fluent passing football with Brad Murray particularly linking up play and we created several chances that on another day would have made the scoreline more comfortable, but as we know, football is more than 45 minutes.
Storrington came out in the second half revived and much improved with more movement and a quicker passing game. However, our defence stood firm and despite having the lions share of possession Storrington were creating few chances but the 1-0 scoreline was keeping everyone on edge.
The V's started to lose some discipline, which with the new sin bin in place was ominous, and so it proved as Brad Murray went into the sin bin, later followed by Scott Packer who also went on the naughty step for a moment of tourette's.
The turning point of the match was a good penalty save by Bradders after Ollie Blackman brought down the Storrington forward on the edge of the area. This at last seemed to spur the V's to play with a higher tempo and we began pass the ball more fluently which culminated in a move, finished with aplomb, by the ever reliable Matt Waterman for his brace.
It was a very positive start if not perfect but a relief to get the three points on the board.