Saturday 9th October 2010

SSEC Intermediate Division Two League

Brockham FC v Fulham Deaf FC

FDFC travelled to the village of Brockham to play opponents who had not
lost at home for two years and knew it would be a tough game after the White’s
recent loss to the same team. However, everyone were looking forward to the
match and the Whites management, Ayad Sarraf and Martin Willis were giving out
the instructions that they felt would produce results against their opponents.

The Whites played in a formation of 4-4-2, with Kemp performing
goalkeeping duties behind a back line of Harding, McDougall, Moore and
Monksfield. Swift, Lampert (Captain), Gregory, and Wylde operated in midfield
with Hogan and Bovino pairing up in attack.

At the beginning of the match, FDFC enjoyed the better share of
possession and attacks, putting Brockham under pressure initially, with a
reward coming via the boot of Swift, who fired a terrific shot into the bottom
corner of the net after the ball popped out to him from a half-cleared corner.

Soon after Hogan had a chance to make it 2-0 but overran the ball when
rounding the goalkeeper, much to the Gaffer’s disappointment. Hogan soon made
amends when he picked up a decent ball from Gregory and turned his man and
fired a long range shot which unfortunately cannoned off the post, much to the
opposition’s relief.

‘Chunk’ Monksfield gave away a free kick on the left flank when he
clattered Brockham’s lively ginger winger, which ultimately proved costly as
the resulting ball found its way to a Brockham player who fired his shot
against a post. However, the Whites did not react to the rebound at all, and
the Brockham striker was able to tap the ball into an empty net to bring his
side level in the match.

Rattled, FDFC conceded another soft, soft goal when skipper Lampert lost
possession in central midfield and Brockham counter-attacked. The ball was then
crossed into the six yard box. Kemp tried to smother the cross, but the ball
squeezed out of his hands and fell to Harding on the line. Harding’s attempted
left-foot clearance was ill-judged and cannoned off Kemp and into the back of
the net for one of the softest goals you will see this season.

However, FDFC didn’t stop playing football after the double setback,
Hogan conjuring an equaliser through a clever reverse pass into the path of
Bovino who slid the ball in past the Brockham defender for a well-worked
equaliser. The Whites remained the better side in the half, although their
efforts came to naught when a free kick caught out the disorganised Whites
backline and allowed the unmarked Brockham striker an opportunity to head home
from close range at the far post. Brockham, who had been second best for much
of the first half, ended it with a 3-2 lead.

At half time, the Gaffer praised the level of football and urged the
players to keep threading low balls through the Brockham defence, but also
demanded that the number of unnecessary fouls be cut down.

In the first five minutes of the second half, the Whites continued to
apply pressure, with Hogan coming close from another penalty box scramble.
However, as the half went on, the Whites fell apart and did not follow up on
the Gaffer’s half-time instructions, with silly free kicks being given away for
unnecessary challenges. The result of this was that Brockham hit two more goals
through set pieces. On both occasions, the Whites were guilty of poor defending
and a lack of collective organisation.

However, the Whites did have further chances, with Gregory firing a shot
past the near post when put through, and substitute Willis, who came on for
Swift, directing his bye-line cross down the Brockham goalkeeper’s throat when
Hogan and new substitute Evans were poised to finish on the edge of the box.
Both Gregory and Wylde were superb throughout the game, covering every blade of
grass on the pitch.

When the
full-time whistle blew on a 5-2 win for Brockham, Sarraf and Willis Senior
reflected on the game and expressed their disappointment with the 2nd
half performance and demanded a big improvement for the home league game
against Cheam Village Warriors.

knew where Gregory and Wylde had got their energy from, motoring around like
the Duracell Bunny to leave everything on the pitch by the time the full-time
whistle blew. Hogan’s performance was also worth of mention, although his
frustration at some poor service in the second half occasionally got the better
of him. Gregory was given the man of the match award for an all-action
performance throughout the 90 minutes.

score Brockham FC 5 – 2 Fulham Deaf (HT 3 – 2)

Line-up:- Kemp, Harding, McDougall, Moore, Monksfield, Swift (Willis 75 mines),
Lampert (Captain), Gregory, Wylde, Hogan and Bovino (Evans, 80 mines)