Warlingham â€˜Aâ€™ 6 â€“ 4 South Godstone Reserves
Saturday 3rd October 2009
Warlingham came into this game with probably their strongest team of the season so far with the luxury of 2 substitutes having had a bare 11 for the previous two matches.
Warlingham won the toss and decided to play with the wind behind them for the first half, which proved a good decision with the Wars having a host of chances within the opening 30 minutes. It took a while to hit the back of the net but the scoring was finally opened by Conor Back with a neat finish.
Despite all the chances, South Godstone equalised with their first opportunity of the game after a mazy run from midfield which really should have been stopped. However rather than their heads going down, Warlingham responded with a couple more goals before half time. The first of these was a wonderful van Basten like strike from Kevin Badcock that went in off the far post, which more than made up for his disappointment at having hit the post with a fine free kick earlier in the half. Lee Cupit then scored the third before half-time to send Warlingham into the break 3-1 up.
Warlingham knew that the second half would prove more difficult playing against the wind and this wasnâ€™t helped by their two central midfielders, Richard Wadsworth and Crunch, departing with injuries. That being said, Richard Wadsworth managed to score before leaving the field.
South Godstone kept Warlingham alert by pulling the score back to 4-3 before 2 more goals from Kevin Badcock to complete his hat-trick. South Godstone scored another with the last kick of the game to make the final score 6-4.
All of the Warlingham players can be proud of their performances from Coops in goal for his first appearance in a couple of years with a couple of excellent one on one saves to the two Dan's in the heart of the defence. The Hood brothers in their respective full back roles were in good form and the midfield were strong throughout.
It was great to get the first win of the season and to score six goals in the process. The team is now confident that they can build on this for the remainder of the season starting at Woodcote OB next week.