Saturday 5th
March 2011

Intermediate Division Two League

Westside FC v Fulham DFC

After enduring two league
postponements in the preceding weeks against Sporting Bahia and Ashtead, the
Whites were looking forwards to re-acquaintancing themselves with the SSEC
Intermediate Division Two by taking on Westside at Oberon Playing Fields,
Raynes Park.

It was obvious to the gaffer that
Westside had recently earned a number of good results against teams above them
in the league, and as a result were seen as a potential banana skin for the
Whites in their quest to pick up points and put pressure on the top three in
the league.

The Gaffer and his right
hand man, Martin ‘Mad Max’ Willis both decided to keep to the same line up that
won 17-2 in Cardiff two weeks ago, with the only absence being vice captain Ben
Lampert, who was busy organising his engagement party on the day. The
management warned the players about the uneven soft pitch which would not be
conducive to good football, yet still urged the team to take all three points
and the match.

A number of players are
now coming close to personal landmarks, with Philip Swift, Oliver Monksfield
and Nick Gregory respectively being 2, 4 and 7 away from a half-century of
appearances for FDFC, with Remi Sellers being one game away from 25 games for
the Whites.

The Whites soon attacked
straight from kick off, with Daniel ‘Del Boy’ Hogan striking the crossbar and
Jacob ‘Speedster’ Willis hit the post from the rebound, from a quick
counter-attack. Further chances came and went, with Del Boy chipping a shot
over the keeper in a one on one situation, only to see the ball bounce wide of
the post. FDFC also wasted a number of promising corners, with deliveries
straying too close to Westside’s tall ‘keeper, who scooped the ball up
comfortably every time. Del Boy, Swift and Gregory missed further chances to
give the Whites the lead before Westside took full advantage.

A Westside midfielder
broke free in the centre of the park and played a deep diagonal over the head of
Gill, which was controlled and finished well by the Westside winger. Westside
could have doubled their advantage soon after, with an acute chip bouncing just
wide of the far post after another quick break. FDFC continued to try and play
their way back into the game, and received a slice of fortune when Willis
intercepted an attempted back pass and lobbed the ‘keeper to give FDFC parity
on the stroke of half-time.

During the interval, the
Gaffer expressed his disappointment at FDFC failing to score in the early
stages of the game and demanded big improvements in the quality of ball
control, passing and finishing. Substitute Bryan Moore replaced Gregory who had
to zoom off to Luton airport to catch his flight to France for a skiing
holiday! This change paved the way for Del Boy to play in central midfield,
with Moore playing upfront with Willis.

The second half started
better for the Whites, as they drew first blood after Willis added a second
after an excellent through ball. Moore, on his return back to FDFC, continued
to make his presence felt and added a third for the team (and his first of the
season) after running through onto an excellent banana pass from Sellers and
cracking in a shot in off the crossbar under pressure from the pursing centre
back. The goal was Moore’s
first of the season and his first since 27th March 2010 against
Glasgow Athletic Deaf! Welcome back Bryan!

Hard-working Joe Wylde
could have added a fourth when he unfortunately slipped on the ball in the
process of breaking through on the opposition goalkeeper. Soon after Westside
made it 3-2 with a consolation marked by a controversial throw-in, where the
winger, in the act of throwing, stepped over the line. The referee, however,
ignored the flag and gave the goal, which could have been prevented had Kemp
and Gill been better positioned to react to the throw-in and the final headed
touch at the far post.

FDFC were glad to see
the end of the match, as well as taking three valuable points. Both Gaffer and
Mad Max expressed their delight with FDFC’s fightback from a goal down to take
the full points on offer. FDFC are now relishing the challenge of playing
against bogey team Cheam Village Warriors next Saturday, a team whom the Whites
have failed to defeat in five attempts so far

The Man of the Match was awarded to Captain
Marvel Jimmy who dominated the aerial exchanges and led the back four well.

Final score Westside FC 2 – 3 Fulham
Deaf (HT 1 – 1)

FDFC Line-up:- Kemp, Gill, Harding, Evans (Captain),
Monksfield, Swift, Sellers, Gregory (Moore 46 min), Wylde, Willis (Vorster 85
min) and Hogan.

Unused subs: – McDougall, Sarraf

Huge thanks to Lucy Hawes for the photos!