COBHAM 0 – 1 HVFC
Saturday 24th October 2020
Combined Counties FL – Premier Division
Cold, wet and windy. Not ideal conditions for playing football but the pitch was good and we had Bernie Tanner back in the fold, for the short term at least.
We quickly settled down and applied early pressure on our hosts defense, but it soon become apparent that the Hammers defenders were orgainised and well drilled as they fought off our attacks. On the occasions that we did manage to breach them we came up against Lee Norman, another goalkeeper in fantastic form.
On 4 seperate occasions in the 1st half the Villains supporters were celebrating opening the scoring only to see Lee pull off a wonder save to keep things level.However, with the clock ticking down towards the break, we finally produced an end result when a Chobham defender mistimed a header. Sam Merson pounced on the loose ball and calmly finished past the advancing keeper. 1 up at the break and a deserved lead.
Following the change around it quickly become apparent how much the conditions were having an effect on the game. We were finding it more difficult to make head way and , conversly, Cobham came more into the game and started to mount a number of attacks of their own.
Whilst we still had the upper hand, and looking to add another goal, our defence found themselves much busier keeping the Cobham attackers at bay. With 15 to go they nearly got an equaliser but luckily for us Bussy managed to get his fingertips to flip the ball over the bar. A close call needing a great save.
Late on we had a number of chances to wrap up the game but the goal that would have settled the nerves wasn’t to be and it was with some relief, amongst the supporters anyway, that the final whistle went and we claimed another hard fought win.