Elmore V Clyst Valley
Eagles Flying Over The Valley.
Elmore set out to continue their fine run of form at the start of the season by welcoming a Clyst Valley side that may well be struggling in the lower half of the league, but as we've learned you cant afford to be complacent against any team.
With an anxious eye on the mornings weather, as the pitch was already wet from the previous days downpours, it managed to stay dry long enough to get the game under way.
And right from the start we were on the front foot, and within 2 minutes of the game starting Tom Tricker found himself out wide with time to pick his cross to perfection, as Jesse Howe
pealed of his marker at the far post to head home and start the ball rolling for us, 1-0 and an excellent start to the game.
Our dominance was obviously something that was going to be a prevalent factor of the game, as our visitors, only playing 1 up front and trying to contain us early on, had no answer for the way we were moving the ball around on a slightly sticky pitch.
On 14 minutes we increased our lead to 2-0, when a Tom Tricker corner found Jordan Ford
rising above everyone else in the box to turn the ball home with a strong header.
Our visitors rarely troubled us now, and with continued pressure on a pitch that was now starting to cut up centrally, we pressed again and again, and on 27 minutes Jordan Bastin
picked a ball up out wide, and drive forward cutting into the box to drive home a wonderful strike from an angle into the far corner. 3-0.
On 33 minutes Lloyd Copp
stepped up with a very similar goal to the last, as he picked the ball up and drove forward into the box to fire home another wonderful strike from an angle giving the keeper no chance, and making it 4-0.
The game now firmly out of our visitors reach, and a ruthless streak starting to show that hadn't been seen quite so much in previous games in the first half, found us pressing again within minutes of our previous goal, and once again it was Lloyd Copp
who had the ball outside the box, and unleashed another shot at goal, unfortunately for Clyst and there defender took a deflection of his back as he tried to close the shot, and only deflected it goalbound to increase the scoreline to 5-0. Half Time..
The 2nd half started much as the 1st, with us having a large majority of the ball, And as with the 1st half, Jordan Bastin
with a similar goal to his 1st, found himself driving in from wide into the box again, this time curling the ball around the keeper with outside of his foot into the far corner giving the keeper no chance again, 6-0 and cruising.
and Matt Harvey were introduced into the game, and slotted in well to continue the dominance we had already shown during the game. With chances coming and going, and Clyst's keeper pulling off to wonderful saves, we continually pressed, and on 57 minutes with some fine build up play, a ball was set into Tom Tricker running across the edge of the box, and without breaking stride fired home a superb effort into the top corner of the net, 7-0.
The pitch by now was cutting up quite badly, but that didn't slow our play across the pitch, and having had many chances already blocked, Callum Old
on 72 minutes received a quality through ball into the box and rounded the keeper to turn home into an empty net, 8-0.
76 minutes gone and a loose ball outside the box found Callum Old
again free to pounce, and with fine control and a superb finish finding the net again for a fully deserved 2nd goal to make it 9-0.
Shortly after the heavens started to open, and didn't relent, and as the game drew to a close, fortunately timed with a torrential hail storm, the game ended with both teams happy to retire to the changing rooms, with the pitch slowly disappearing under water.
A fantastic performance, possibly against a week opposition, but you can only play against what is in front of you on the day, and we hopefully did that in a style that the faithful local supporters enjoyed right up to the torrential downpour at the end.
Next week we welcome Topsham Town for another home league game, and hopefully another solid performance to keep the early season run going, and hopefully the weeks weather will hold off enough to allow some repairs to the pitch... Good Luck ground staff...