Men’s 2nd XI vs Sittingbourne (Old Bordeniens) 1’s (Home) | 06 Nov 21

Won 5-2

Scorers: Paddy Brookson, Luke Kennedy, Jamie Miller-Hastings, Josh Prebble, Josh Prebble

MoM: Josh Prebble

DoD: Chris Slade

A pleasant day at Polo Farm greeted a new look 2nd XI who with their first loss of the season last week and stalwarts Dunny and Faz unavailable had to regroup quickly if they wanted to bounce back. Couch Lumley had been busy in the Thursday evening transfer market bringing in 5 players for their first 2nd XI game of the season to ensure we could field our most competitive team which included 2 x arrivals from the 1’s, 2 from the Grims and a league debut for Nathan Sumner. After re-capping our game plan in the changing rooms we all marched out to start our warm up when Dan Colquhoun realised he’d forgotten his shin pads, he was “due some new ones anyway” so a quick stop at the club shop was in order.

In the opening 5/10 minutes we controlled possession and looked very much the better team but really struggled through the following period when we didn’t have the ball. Old Bords were physical and quickly pounced on our uncharacteristicly poor off the ball shape. Then with a few 1-2’s worked their way into our D to finish from close range which was a wake up call. The shock of conceedind seemed to snap us back into life a bit as we competed more for the remainder of the half.

Half time the message from Coach Lumley was clear, be patient and stick to our press shape, we don’t need to chase the game just yet.
With the advice still ringing loudly in our ears it immediately started paying dividends as the opposition found it much more difficult to play between our lines. Our first short corner of the second half and up stepped our hat trick debutant Jamie Miller-Hastings who’s hamstring has kept him sidelined since opening day. Dragging against one of his old clubs clearly geed him up as he powers it’s down the middle with everything he has nearly taking the keepers hand off in the process. At 1-1 the team had renewed vigor and thanks to Butch’s excellent display in a new defensive midfield role and Paul Crane’s excellent distribution we were now in the ascendancy. Another well won shortie and with our previous converter now on the sideline nursing his hamstring up stepped Alex Laslett. A perfect injection from Colquhoun and stop from Jamie Tritton was followed up by a great right post tip in from Josh Prebble.

The opposition were getting a bit frantic now and pressing us high to try and change the game but staying focused and sticking to our shape led to a high turnover with Prebble setting Laslett away down the inside left channel with a neat reverse, Laslett bore down on the opposition goal drawing the keeper and slipping a neat ball past him and the last defender for Paddy to cooly finish into an empty goal on his reverse. The opposition continued to press us high and won a rare short corner which was expertly saved on the line by Lloydy and saved again by Eddie, however unfortunately, at the third attempt the ball found the back of the net.

Again the opposition continued to press feeling the wind in their sail’s a bit now but it was our patience to hold our press shape and structure that continued to shine through. Another turnover from our press led to a very well worked play down the right hand side, releasing a bending baseline banana run and pass across goal neatly deflected in by Luke Kennedy. Very shortly after the restart Prebble pinched the ball off of their right half and began sprinting towards goal, as support arrived he finished confidently into the far back board on his reverse to raptures of applause from the home crowd.

Squad: 1. E. Rowney, C. Lloyd-Hughes (c), P. Crane, H. McDonald, L. Zilmer, E. Butcher, L. Kennedy, D. Colquhoun, N. Sumner, J. Tritton, J. Miller-Hastings, C. Slade, A. Laslett, P. Brookson, J. Prebble