Category: Football

Another brace for Tom

Another couple of goals from Tom Neale, and a half time rocket from the Gaffer, saw us complete the league double over the Knappers.

We put together a pretty lack luster display in the first half and we went into the break a goal down, courtesy of a super strike from Knaphill’s Jimmy Norman. We did create a couple of half chances but in all honesty didn’t pose much of a threat at all.

That all changed in the second half however following a half time “pep” talk from the gaffer. Ross Cheethams introduction gave us more of an attacking threat and within 4 minutes of the restart we were level when Levi King tapped home from close in.

We now looked a lot more balanced and we started to put our hosts under increasing pressure. With 10 minutes remaining we took the lead when Tom Neale took advantage of some indecisive defending by the Knaphill back line. 5 minutes later the points were wrapped up when Tom lobbed the keeper for his 18th goal in 21 starts. Not a bad return for a player that Epsom & Ewell “didn’t need”.

The result sees us go into 2nd position in the league once again. We will be looking to stay there when we entertain Badshot Lea this Saturday

Skipper leaves it late at the Abbey

A late headed equaliser from skipper Adam Baigent extended our unbeaten run, in the league, to 4 games.

In truth it wasn’t the best of games. Our hosts played a high intensity game and, whilst our boys matched the tempo, it meant that there wasn’t a lot of time for anybody to put their foot on the ball and didn’t allow much in the way of quality football.

Terry Buss made a return in goal for us but he wasn’t able to do much about the opening goal on the half hour mark. An Abbey attack lead to the ball bouncing about in our area. After a couple of blocks the ball finally fell to Hartlebury who finished from 5 yards out to give our hosts a lead that they took into the break.

In an effort to create more chances Rufus replaced Mick Vincent with Ross Cheetham but, with the game still being played at a frenetic pace, chances were still few and far between for either side. With 30 to go the Boss then brought on Levi King for Jack Buckle and we finally started to apply some pressure. Our hosts were proving to be very resolute however, protecting their goal with some good old fashioned defending, and allowing us very few clear chances.

Just as our sizable travelling support were beginning to give up hope Steve Loveridge swung a ball into the area and the skipper met it with a very nice header to give the Rangers keeper no chance. With only a couple of minutes to go we had left it late but we will take the point after what proved to be a difficult fixture.

We have another difficult fixture Tuesday evening when we travel to Hampton & Richmond to take on “The Beavers” in the semi-final of the Middlesex Senior Cup. It’s a big ask of our boys but it should be a good evening. 7.45 kick off, admission £7 and £4 concessions. You support will be, as ever, most welcome.

Record breaking week…..

Two wins in a week saw us move up into second place in the table. This may just be a short term thing if Westfield take advantage of their games in hand, but it is still quite an achievement by Rufus and the boys. Our current points, 62 from 32 games, is also our best ever Premier division tally, 3 ahead of the number amassed by “The Dogs” side in the 2011/12 season.

Our first win, on Tuesday night, was against bottom of the table Badshot Lea. The damage was done in the 1st half. A very sound team performance on a very boggy pitch saw us take a comfortable 4 goal lead into the break. Our goals scored by Jessie Atiase, Adam Baigent and Tom Neale (2). With the job done, and the result assured, our performance was understandably more subdued in the 2nd 45 mins but Tom did manage to complete his hat trick, making his season tally 15.

Saturday we completed the season double over one of our bogey sides, Guildford City. An unfortunate mistake from Bobby in goal meant that we fell behind after just 10 minutes but once Jermaine Queensborough equalised in the 35th minute we never looked like losing the game. Our winner, in the 73rd minute, was scored by a boomerang boy. Rossie Cheetham recently returned to the club after taking “a bit of a layoff” and his goal was a typical Choo Choo goal, racing onto a short back pass, rounding the keeper, and slotting home. Welcome back Ross.

All in all a good week. Saturday we travel to Abbey Rangers and on Tuesday we take on our lofty neighbours, Hampton & Richmond, in the semi final of the Middlesex Senior Cup. Your support will be most welcome at either, or both, games.

Athan spoils New Year at Orchard

Our opening game of 2017 was all over inside 20 minutes.

Athan Smith-Josepth started the year in very sprightly form, and that was very unfortunate for the Bedfont & Feltham right back who Ath skipped round twice in the opening 15 minutes. Both times he provided a cross which meant the easiest of finishes for Levi King (13 minutes) and Tom Neale (15 minutes) and the easiest of starts for us.

5 minutes later and the game really was over. Dillers broke down our left wing and aimed a low cross towards the advancing Tom Neale. The B&F centre half had to get something onto the ball and, unfortunately for him, the ball fired past his own keeper to give us an unassailable lead. 3 nil into the break.

The second half was a pretty dead affair although we still had the lions share of the ball, and the chances. Bobby was a virtual spectator in our goal and indeed had very little to do all the game.

We scored our 4th goal with 20 minutes to goal and it was a little bit special. Jessie Atiase who had replaced Ade just 10 minutes earlier smashed an unstoppable shot over the B&F keepers head from the edge of the box. A very nice goal.

This was a victory that the boys deserved for the effort they have put in recently. A much tougher test for us on Saturday when Westfield visit the Ranch.

Tommy guns down Spelly

A big win over local rivals Spelthorne, but I don’t think anybody would have seen it coming at half time.

The game started with us very much on top but unable to convert a number of chances created in the first 20 minutes or so. After the initial flourish by ourselves the game settled down and become much more even, with chances few and far between. Goal less at half time.

Not sure what Tom Neale had for refreshments during the break but he started the 2nd period a new man. Tom has only been with the club since the end of October, but he has already made an impression with his eye for a goal. Today he took it to a new level.

With 51 minutes gone Tom put us in front, 7 minutes later and he had completed his hat trick, the 3rd goal an absolute cracker. The game was well out of Spelly’s reach now and it was now surprised that we added to our lead. It was also no surprise that it was Tom who scored, this time with a header.

With the game petering out, and with most of our supporters retiring to the bar for a pint of gloat, Louis Angol was brought down in the box. The ever reliable Jack Buckle stepped up to score our 5th, and to make our day complete. Happy Days.

The boys have a nice rest before our next game. We entertain AFC Hayes on the 27th December. Kick off is at 1pm. See you there.

Tom steals from the Abbey

Our first ever meeting with newly promoted Abbey Rangers eventually ended in a win for us.

Both sides must have been feeling the cold as the game was played at a high pace with both sides swapping attacks and creating chances.

Lawrie Shennan made his first start for a looonnggg time, replacing the injured Levi King. Whilst Lawrie seemed to, understandably, lack match fitness his strike partner Tom Neale was full of energy and created a number of chances which we didn’t honestly get close to converting in the first half. Nil each at the break.

We started the second half much brighter. Cyril had replaced the now injured Lawrie and our attack looked all the sharper. Two minutes in Jessie Atiase, who had a good game all round, danced past a defender and rounded the keeper only to miss the tap in due to the fact he used the wrong foot. 2 minutes later another of our attacks lead to the ball bouncing loose and Tom reacted first to prod home from close distance. A lead we deserved simply on the opening 5 minutes of the second half.

2 minutes after our goal Tom squared the ball to Cyril who somehow missed a gaping goal, a la De Bruyne, a miss that could have proved costly as Abbey weren’t in the mood to give up and came searching for an equaliser. Our ever reliable defense were coping fairly comfortably when Jerome Queensborough went down following a nothing challenge. When he finally got up it was with a dislocated shoulder. It looked painful and he will be a big miss while he gets better.

After the prolonged break for J’s injury the game petered out a bit and  chances dried up at both ends, and both sides looked relieved when the final whistle was finally blown.3 points and happy days for us.

Saturday we entertain Farnham Town, traditionally one of our bogey sides, and we are going to have to face them missing a number of players out injured and/or suspended. Never mind the boys will have to look at it as an opportunity won’t they. 3PM kick off. Come along and lend your support.