A Well Deserved 3 Points!
Reigate Sala 2 – 4 Warlingham ‘A’
Saturday 24th October 2009
Warlingham “A” team were boosted by having Steve Powell and Rossi available from the reserves following their respective returns from injury.
The match was to be played on a large pitch in excellent condition and the Wars were looking forward to being able to exploit the extra width offered to them against a team who also hadn’t had the best start to the season.
Warlingham started the game well with lots of communication and Andy Wadsworth retuning to the side as skipper at the heart of defence alongside his brother, Richard. Calum Hood was pushed into an advanced role on the right of midfield having played recent games as a full back.
The A team got their first goal from a corner with a nice header from Richard Wadsworth after the ball had gone across the six yard box without being cut out by the opposition defence. This gave the team the confidence that they needed and they began to knock the ball around. The second goal came before half-time with a tidy finish from Connor Back, who was yet another player who had missed the last match. Much credit should also go to Keith Williams who pulled off an excellent save from a header at a corner to deny the home team.
Warlingham went into the break 2-0 up and knew that the next goal of the match was going to be crucial, which if in our favour would let us relax slightly but could turn the game around if it went against us. Unfortunately, the next goal was to be scored by Reigate but the response from the team was great and it was not long until we got another.
A fantastic run down the left wing from Lee Cupit who was playing today at full back was finished with a cross into the box. Kevin Badcock put pressure on the defender and it appeared that the ball went into the back of the net off the Reigate player’s knee but it was very keenly claimed by Kevin, as is the nature of all good centre forwards.
Kevin was returning from illness and was replaced on the hour mark but managed to hit the bar before departing the field with a shot that had left the keeper stranded. Not long afterwards, Warlingham were awarded a penalty after the referee, who did not have the most consistent of games, judged there to be a handball by the defender after strong appeals by our players.
Rossi confidently strode up to take the penalty and after a long delay following some gamesmanship by the keeper and a very, very lengthy lecture from the referee, he tucked the ball into the bottom right hand corner of the net.
Reigate pulled a goal back to keep the Wars on their toes right up until the end even though we may have had another following a cheeky flick from Elliott Silk from a Steve Powell free kick that hit the bar.
Overall it was a very good, strong team performance and it was a great feeling to get the three points as Warlingham ran out 4-2 winners before going into cup week next Saturday.