K Sports travelled to Old Bordernians this week for a top of the table 6 pointer clash with the current league leaders. Even the horrible weather did not dampen the spirits of the travelling team. The home side fielded a very strong squad many of whom had first team experience.
K Sports started at ferocious pace, with Mike Nock, Ewan Hendry and Jon Stiff playing like men possessed in the middle of the park. The speed in which they linked up with Ben Newmarch and Richard Thorogood on the wings put the home sides defence to the test.
An onslaught on the Home goal ensued, with Matt Sharp, Paul Cook, Jon Stiff, Ben Newmarch and Alex Thorogood all coming close to opening the scoring. To be fair, the Old Bordenians goalkeeper had a fantastic 20 minutes and managed to keep out the barrage of attacks K Sports were creating.
The deadlock was broken when Jon Stiff rounded two defenders and slipped the ball past the Old Bordenians Keeper, into the path of Paul Cook who chased the ball into the goal.
The home side resorted to long balls, in the hope that the K Sports press would not pick out the pass and it would get through to their forward line. On the rare occasions that the ball did come through the midfield, K Sports defensive line were up to the task. James Clarkely was instrumental at centre back, with Nick Shread and Andy Mendl on either side of him playing a fantastic game.
It was one of the crashed balls that took a glance off of a stick in the middle of the park which caught the K Sports defence off guard and Old Bordenians managed to level the game just before half time.
The second half started much the same as the first, with K Sports on the front foot. Constantly probing and causing trouble for Old Bordenians defence. Neil Smith put the Kobs 2-1 up when he ran in from a pass played by Ben Newmarch and fired the ball into the backboard with aplomb.
It would be Smith again 5 minutes later. Nick Shread saved the ball from passing over his own goal line then played the ball to Neil Mitchell. The ball was moved on to Alex Thorogood, who passed the ball to Jon Stiff and on to Smith. He played a swift 1-2 with Matt Sharp, then fired the ball into the backboard which made the whole ground shake, and took the visiting team into a 3-1 lead.
Old Bordenians won a penalty corner which was well saved by James Marshall in goal, Marshall then saved the second shot, but the third hit Nick Shread on the Foot as he was defending on the goal line. The home team converted the resulting penalty flick, much to the delight of the home side.
However, the Old Bordenians side just couldn’t keep up with the boys in Black, White and Red, when Ben Newmarch put the game to bed with a fabulous solo run around 3 very tired defenders who had been chasing him all game. He then slipped the ball to Paul Cook, who returned the pass to Newmarch, which was then smashed into the bottom left hand corner.
The final whistle was blown and the lead at the top of the table was halved. James Clarkely was named Man of the Match following his defensive display, calm head and visionary passes.
Next week we host Blackheath & OE at 11:00am. Supporters are most welcome.