Elmore AFC v Alphington AFC
By Steven Rice
Elmore welcome Alphington to Horsdon.
Wednesday night saw us welcome Alphinton to Horsdon Park for our 3rd meeting this season.
The last 2 fixtures saw us run out winners, but nothing can be taken for granted, and having had a bad spell of late, we needed to find some form before the chasing pack caught up.
On a wet and breezy evening the game started at a good pace.
Alphington started at a good pace, and with both sides pressing for the first goal, it was en to end early on.
But after 5 minutes Isaac Furness
picked the ball up and drove forward from left back, and after finding Jordon Bastin in space to skip around the defenders and calmly slot home in the opposite corner to open our account, 1-0 Elmore.
With players struggling to come to terms with the skiddy pitch early on, some passes went astray for both sides, but we looked a little more settled having scored early, and gradually took control of the half, but our visitors still found their times to put pressure on our defence.
On 25 minutes Jamie Mudge was upended in the box with a rather rash challenge.
Mudge then took the resulting penalty and fired home into the left side of the goal. 2-0 Elmore.
We started to find our feet better on the surface, and with better quality in possession, we started to look more comfortable in attack, and with a better tempo creating more chances to break lines more often.
playing his first game for us added a certain amount of stability at the back, regularly looking to start attacks where possible.
After some sloppy defending by Alphington’s centre half, Jordan Bastin
pressurised and won the ball, then powered clear of the defender and curled a superb finish around the keeper into the far corner on 44 minutes, now 3-0 Elmore.
Half time, and a relatively comfortable half, but we needed to keep that momentum going into the 2nd half.
After a brief spell of pressure into the 2nd half, Ian Patchett
found himself in the opposition box, running onto a cross to side foot a good volley, only to the keeper make a good point blank save, but quick reactions from Patchett saw him first to the rebound to fire the ball into the roof of the net. 4-0 Elmore.
With the game now firmly in the bag, Jamie Mudge scored his 2nd of the night on 60 minutes as he fired a rocket passed their keeper to make it 5-0.
Alphington still had plenty of fight left in them, and never threw in the the towel all game, and credit to them as they continued to try and play football when possible, and to try and threaten a serious attack.
After another Elmore attack, Lloyd Copp
found space in the box to meet a good cross from wide, and headed home well to take the score to 6-0 for the night.
The game finished with no more goals added, although an obvious foul on Jordan Bastin
as he rounded their left back and drove into the box to be fouled from behind, only for the referee to wave play on, and unfortunately Bastin had to be carried from the pitch after that challenge with a twisted ankle....
A better performance from the team, but we will need to build on this performance each week now, and not rest on our laurels think that the rest of the season will just fall into space.
Saturday we move onto our next game, and we welcome Teignmouth to Horsdon for their 3rd visit of the season, and that game will be for a place in the next round of the Throgmorton Devon Premier Cup.
Don’t forget its a 2pm kick off for the match, and the players would love as much local support their as possible to give them a boost from the sidelines.