Report by Steve Price
A year ago Chi welcomed Wick as the opposition in our first competitive game at the High School running out 11 - 1 winners, and here, in the County Cup, Chi again won by a comfortable 10 goal margin. With player availability adversely affected by injuries Chi were down to the bare 11 for the match but among the many positives was seeing Daley, Martin and Price returning to fitness and completing the full game. It was a beautiful morning, the pitch was in good shape, so ideal conditions for football.
From the off it was clear that Chi were going to dominate possession. Dynamos harried and battled but chances were created and with a bit more composure Chi would have been in the lead. As it was, it was nearly quarter of an hour before Gallop broke the deadlock, dancing in to the box before flicking the ball with the outside of his right foot past the 'keeper. Price was positioning himself centrally and level with the last man of the visitors' defence and it was about to pay off in a 10 minute spell which saw him slot a hat-trick, all the goals variations on a theme with him powering clear of the defence before shooting past the advancing goalie. With 26 minutes gone and 4 goals to the good the match was now effectively over as a contest.
It wasn't long before White made it 5 with a clinical low drive, having cut in from the left flank. Gallop made it 6 with a shot reminiscent of Daley's free kick in last week's match; shooting from distance with the sun behind him the shot dipped over the 'keeper and in. Dynamos have had a successful start to the season and they clearly have quality when allowed to play. This was evident as we moved to the close of the half. Chi's intensity and concentration had perhaps dropped and they were duly punished, the Wick player coming inside from the right and firing past Thorn's dive. It was a wake up call but moving quickly to the other end Bennetts showed it was nothing to be alarmed about demonstrating good balance for a half-volleyed shot and a great finish. 7 - 1 and time for the oranges.
Chi were playing without subs so the only change of note at the break was to move Daley inside and Bennetts out to the right. Within 5 minutes Bennetts had exploited his position, Price drifted wide and attacked, he picked out Martin in the box who in turn set up the captain who produced a neat finish. Chi's performance was being built on a solid defensive display, Robinson and Simmons were providing the central reassurance and Brennan and Fellick flanked them. The full backs were pushing forward whenever possible, both looking to overlap the midfield whenever the opportunity allowed. Chi won a corner, Bennetts whipped it over and Fellick attacked nodding it in from the 6-yard box. Playing for pride Wick's response was positive winning a free kick 25 yards out. Taken direct the player banged a great finish toward the top corner giving Thorn no chance.
The tenth Chi goal came as a result of simple football done well, Bennetts lobbing the 'keeper for a deserved hat-trick. Fellick then conjured one of the goals of the game picking his way through a couple of challenges on the right of the box and then rifling the ball home. Thorn had been alert throughout the game and not for the first time raced out to clear a probing ball. Moving quickly to the Wick end Gallop sent Price free and he applied the tidy finish to seal the progress to the next round. All in all a good morning's work - Wick deserve credit for playing positively and keeping going, while Chi can look forward to the next round. Well done lads.
Team: Thorn (GK), Brennan, Robinson, Simmons, Fellick, Daley, Gallop, Bennetts (c), Martin, White, Price.
Man of the Match: Fellick