Bumper Crowd for first Horsdon Park match..
Elmore's first league game sees a bumper crowd.
Elmore's first league game at Horsdon Park for the 2017/18 season saw a bumper crowd of 175 turn out to watch our season opener.
With the squad having had a decent pre season, if slightly disrupted in the last week, we were all looking forward to getting under way against a Newton st Cyres side full of youth and energy, and know doubt a well drilled team with so many players having been through academy systems.
The game started with the Eagles on the front foot, and that didn't change much during the entire game. We started at a decent tempo, and pulled our visitors around the pitch with some good movement, only sometimes let down by trying to force a pass that may not have been there to play. That's not to say Newton didn't play some decent football aswell, they just seemed to lack a cutting edge to break down our defence.
With many chances being created, and not quite having the timing on the shot, or one touch too many, we couldn't quite force the opening go to early in the game. But it wasn't long before a foul just outside our opponents area, saw Tom Tricker step up to fire home a wonderfully taken free kick and set us off into the lead on 13 minutes.
Chances were then regularly created, as was the foul count from Newton as they started to chase the game and our players more. And with 25 minutes gone on the board it was Jordan Bastin
this time who stepped up to find the net and increase our lead, 2-0. Now we had taken virtual total control on the pitch, with the only problems we had were caused by ourselves by overplaying the ball too much in deep areas.
On 29 minutes, and after a sliding challenge from Ashton Hewitt
, Newton player Tom Pilling seemed to step over Ashton and bring his foot down with some force towards our player. After a slight fracas between players, the referee deemed it a dangerous challenge and Pilling was shown a red card and given his marching orders.
This obviously didn't help Newton's cause, and they were made to work even harder, and dropped deeper to try and stem the flow. This help us to create more pressure higher up the pitch, and with some quality movement and passing found Callum Old
free in the box, and this time after a few slightly miss hit shots, Callum controlled and struck a sweet shot low across the keeper and nestled into the far corner of the net. 42 minutes gone and 3-0. Half Time.
The 2nd half started much as the first ended, with Elmore controlling the majority of possession, but with our visitors now more disjointed we actually seemed to lose our momentum somewhat, and the tempo of the game seemed to slow. That didn't stop us making chances, and some fine individual runs from skipper Jake Wannell
did help to raise the tempo in short periods. We were now almost in a training session mode keeping the ball and probing on all fronts into our opponents half will almost free will. Unfortunately we couldn't make all the pressure tell, and with two thunderbolts from Ashton Hewitt
and Jake Wannell
the closest we came to scoring again, only for the ball to cannon off the underside of the bar and fly clear. And Callum Old
having the ball come to him inside the box unmarked, only to find his strike slightly miss hit and span wide of the gaping goal. Corners and free kicks, they all came and went with no end product to add to the score again.
The game ended 3-0. A very comfortable affair, probably a lot more so than we had expected, but with things to work on and a good start to our campaign, we cant complain too much with such a dominating display and we now look forward to our next fixture at home, this wednesday evening against against Upottery, with a 7.30 kick off.
And with the return of Manager Warren Patmore after spending two weeks with his family and Mickey Mouse in Orlando, the squad can hopefully move forward again with another strong display.
Please come along and show your support for the players and the club, and hopefully we can have another good crowd for our first evening league match at Horsdon Park... Should be a cracker, so come and support your local team... #eagles