Elmore FC v Topsham Town FC
Eagles go to Town on Topsham.
After last weeks deluge, the pitch at horsdon Park was looking superb due to some hard work to prepare for the game.
With the squad almost back to full numbers for today's game, choices were made to change and rest players and rotate the squad to its full use. After 7 minutes of the start it looked as though that decision was a good one, as Lloyd Copp
crossed for Tom Tricker to find himself free at the far post to head home and start the ball rolling making it 1-0.
Unfortunately we seemed a little disjointed with the amount of changes that had been made, and some sloppy play during the opening 20 minutes of the 1st half saw Topsham with several opportunities to score and possibly take the lead through to half time, but fortunately John Wannell
made several good saves to keep us with a clean sheet. To their credit Topsham worked very hard to disrupt our play, but it was unfortunately more down to our inability to control the game and the ball, and giving it away on a regular basis, we created most of the problems we faced ourselves.
Fortunately on 36 minutes a short corner to Tom Tricker was fired across the goal, and Matt Harvey was on the right spot to turn the ball home and make it 2-0, and a little breathing space.
Nothing much happened up to half time, and a welcome break for Warren to talk to his players, and reaffirm what was expected in the 2nd half.
This seemed to have an effect, as within minutes of the restart Topsham conceded a clumsy penalty, unfortunately Tom Tricker fired high over the bar and the score remained 2-0.
We were now moving better with and without the ball, causing our visitors more problems with every attack. On 55 minutes that pressure told as Jordan Bastin
, who had only recently entered the pitch as a sub, fizzed a lovely ball from wide for Jesse Howe
to step in and turn home to make it 3-0.
Only 2 minutes had passed when a mix up in our box saw Aidan Barrett
head a ball back over an advancing Wannell in goal, and give Topsham a glimmer of hope. 3-1.
Fortunately heads didn't go down, and we continued to press, chances came and went, but we couldn't quite finish things off.
That was until 72 minutes, and a short corner saw Jordan Bastin
with the ball inside the box, and unleash a rocket passed the keeper before he had chance to, making it 4-1.
Two minutes later, and having used our subs, Daniel Tapp
who was suffering from a bad back was pushed up front, and a Lloyd Copp
cross found Tappy at the post to outjump his defender and head home, 5-1 and now cruising as our visitors tired with all the chasing. Unfortunately for Tappy he had to retire from the the shortly after as his back was giving him too much pain, and so we would finish the game with 10 men.
Being down to 10 men didn't hinder our play, and on 79 minutes a cross from Jesse Howe
, slightly miss hit, floated its way over the keeper and into the far corner. They all count, 6-1.
We continued to make chances and dominate most of the play, and on 88 minutes, after some good individual play, Jesse Howe
's cross this time found its intended target, and Jordan Bastin
turned the ball home from in the box to make it 7-1, and his 2nd of the game.
Another good win, and another boost to our goal difference, but hopefully lessons will be learned from our first half display.
Well done to Topsham for not dropping their heads and playing right to the final whistle.
Nice to see the faithful Eagles fans making themselves heard again, much appreciated by players, staff and the club...
Our next game is at home to Heavitree in the East Devon Senior Cup this coming saturday, with a 2pm kick off time.
Hope to see you all their.....