I knew the Reserves were going to gel properly at some point, and after weeks of struggling to integrate so many new faces, it all came together as we comprehensively dismantled a struggling Ambassadors side.
Several changes from the previous Saturday, and lots of key players missing, meant that I approached the game a little concerned about how we might fare.
We took 5-10 minutes to get our footing, but when Zack Sanderson smashed one home from 25 yards we started to take total control of the game. At the back, George Gasson again looked assured and I seemed to have re-found my passing radar.
There were so many goals yesterday that I have forgot the exact order (so correct me if I am wrong!) but our 2nd goal came - I think - through George Gasson's header from Zack Sanderson's corner. Ryan then slotted home from 6.4 millimetres, after Liam Briscoe elected not to shoot and instead to square it despite being 7.4 millimetres from the goal himself. 3-0 up at half time did not flatter us at all, and our dominance of possession - both territorial and ball - was utterly comprehensive.
The second half started in similar vein, and we continued to slice Ambassadors open mercilessly. Ryan Ashley finished cooly from close range, before rounding the keeper shortly after and slotting home to complete his hat-trick and put us 5-0 up. Ambassadors got one back, but we struck back soon after. Dominic Gasson played an incredible through ball from inside his own half, and Charlie Davies - now playing as a striker - showed lightning pace to find himself with only the keeper to beat. On his weaker left foot, Charlie finished like he has been playing adult football for 15 years and was casually notching his 200th career goal. That this was his first goal in adult football made the sheer composure of his finish seriously impressive. What a prospect this kid is.
Match Report by Reserve Team Player Manager Sam Mellor