Flackwell Heath 6-2 Dynamos
Team: Edward; Luca, George, Ellis, Callum; Kai, Jake, Conor, Owen, Max, Dorian, Charlie; Alfie, Aiden
So a cold, early morning start in Flackwell Heath against the early season leaders. We were expecting a very tough battle and that is exactly what we got...!
Yet another big and physical team to play against so Mike called for the 5 in the middle to take control, defenders to put in a shift and hopefully the strikers to score a couple of goals.
Dynamos were straight on it from the start with Kai looking lively and winning a corner. He hit the corner into the mixer and Alfie reacted first but hit his shot wide of the mark. Great start.
Another corner a minute later with Owen and Kai combining well, this time the corner was cleared. Dynamos were on top.
5 minutes in and Charlie was fouled, he got up, dusted himself down and hit the free kick which eluded all apart from the keeper who made a smart save.
Flackwell were a decent team and they opened up the Dynamos defence moments later but Edward was equal to the shot, making a quality save to keep the scores level.
8 minutes and Aiden battled down the left and won a throw in, Ellis then made a trademark long throw finding Alfie who wriggled free of his marker and smashed it low and hard past the keeper....1-0 Dynamos !!!
Dynamos looked lively and Kai was again getting joy down the right with a long run and cross which was just cleared before Max got a shot away.
Next up was a lovely move from Dynamos...Aiden got hold of a ball out from Ellis. He controlled and squared the ball to Max, he in turn found Owen who hit a lovely shot but the keeper saved.
Moments later Flackwell got though the middle with a direct ball and the attacker rounded Edward and scored. 1-1. Great game so far...
16 minutes and some strong work from Owen in the middle allowed room for Max to hit a great volley goal bound, but it whistled wide of the mark.
19 minutes on the clock and Luca cleared to Owen. He controlled well, side stepped a player and played a ball through to Alfie. Alfie beat his marker to the ball, steadied himself and hit a lovely shot, beating the keeper with ease. 2-1 Dynamos.
Flackwell then rallied well and created a number of chances. Edward saved a couple of firm shots. Callum was on hand to thwart a number of attacks and Luca was in another personal battle with their big number 9. Callum even managed a goal line clearance when Edward was beaten. Half Time 2-1 Dynamos.
Dynamos came out strong at the start of the second half with Owen again creating a chance for Alfie. His shot was again well saved by their excellent keeper.
Max then went on a long run and managed to get a shot away under pressure but it was wide of the mark. Flackwell then started to get a foothold in the game.
45 minutes and a last gasp stretch from Charlie saw him block a shot which was on target, then Owen had a couple of great clearances as Flackwell pressed forward.
Dynamos midfield were struggling to get hold of the ball and Flackwell were growing in confidence by the minute. Then it looked as though Flackwell would get the equaliser...some good work from them and the attacker beat Edward, only to find Luca on the line with a great goal line clearance...Dynamos goal was living a charmed existence.
In a rare move forward Conor and Aiden cleared their lines and Owen was clear of his marker, a first time shot was wide of the mark, but a glimmer of hope...
50 minutes and Dynamos were still leading...another shot from Flackwell which Edward just tipped over...great save. Then the sucker punch as Flackwell finally got a goal as their No.9 smashed home when through on goal. 2-2.
Flackwell then piled on the pressure as Dynamos struggled to cope with the pace. Callum, Owen and Luca were all working their socks off to stop anymore goals, blocking and tackling as much as they could.
59 minutes and a draw would be a superb result...this time Luca made a crunching tackle on the opposition but he came off worse with a sore leg after that.
Could Dynamos hang on....you all know the answer to that....
63 minutes...3-2 Flackwell
65 minutes...4-2 Flackwell
68 minutes...5-2 Flackwell
70 minutes...6-2 Flackwell
Final Score...6-2 Flackwell...!
Personally I think Mike hit the nail on the head as of 50 minutes of football, we were in the match. Flackwell were certainly a strong team and probably deserved the victory...however, a number of our players were not on their game today and we can work on that, and fitness, in the coming weeks.
That said...credit where due...Edward had a great game and saved some excellent shots. Luca was a rock at the back and was enjoying his battle out there and Callum was strong all game and full of running. Dorian and Aiden both showed good composure and battled hard. Alfie....well....2 more goals and looked awesome going forward, well done. For me though...final mention to our new midfielder, Owen. Excellent match, fought hard, got tackles in, passed well and and all round great match!!! Keep going lads !