Day: February 17, 2018

Old Williamsonians Men’s 5th XI vs K Sports Men’s 2nd XI

K Sports returned to action this week after taking their turn with the league’s rotating week off. Matt Savage came into the side after a lengthy spell out with work commitments, and fitted in seamlessly!

They started off slowly and Old Williamsonians quickly found the edge of their D but soon woke up and surged down the other end to get the first goal from James Dench. A quick break again from Howard Goacher and Andy Stiff saw Andy Smith flick past the onrushing young goalkeeper.

A short corner routine that didn’t go to plan saw K Sports’ young attacker Kai Wilson flick the ball in and add a third to the action. Substitutes were key in staying fresh, and Simon Boniface returned to action after his injury lay off to slide into the midfield, and Ben Chadwick cane roaring down the wings with lightning pace.

James Dench cracked another past the keeper before the halftime whistle came to settle any nerves and kill off any hope of a come back. The halftime talk was clear.. keep working hard, and don’t change the game plan.

Darren Body was incredible alongside Matt Savage at the back and both, the first to admit, not the athletes they’d like to be but you’d be hard pushed to find someone who works harder than these pair! Aaron Divall was kept relatively quiet with the work the team had done for each other.

Luke Boniface showed again why he is the young prodigy of the team, by keeping the opposition right back guessing and he often came up with the wrong answer and Luke on top.

K Sports didn’t hold up with the attacks and Andy Smith swiftly hit two reverse hits to complete a hatrick, and the team found time to snatch another. Andy found the top corner to get the team’s joint highest win this season and take the points.

A point to note is that the team have had a fantastic support from the sidelines this season in all weathers. It really makes a huge difference to the team to be cheered on, and it doesn’t go unnoticed!

Next week the 2s have Maidstone at home with a 12:30 start. Supporters always welcome!

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K Sports Ladies 2nd XI vs Burnt Ash (Bexley) Ladies 5th XI

The first half against Burnt Ash 5th XI was a real eye opener for the home side, as the team in yellow proceeded to set up camp inside their 23 metre. Had it not been for Player of the Match Naomi Duthie in goal then K Sports would have conceded more than the four goals they did, although Kat Lichfield, Emma Thorpe, Anna Pirozzolo and Tracy Smith did much to snuff out attacks before Duthie was called upon to do her brilliance between the posts.

The team in black ventured into the opposition half on only two occasions: Sharon Turville was only inches from connecting to one of Karen Swinson’s characteristic sweeping crosses from the right while Turville also broke free to put in Kayleigh Smith but Burnt Ash recovered quickly to stop the potential attack dead in its track.

This author has used the phrase, “A game of two halves” before this season and this game turned out to be one of those as a new team in black turned up for the second half. They found their free flowing passing game and started to put pressure onto the Burnt Ash defensive line.

Sharon Turville played Maddie Thorp in but she found the keeper alert to turn the ball away. Holly Turner was also found out on the right in the circle but again she was thwarted by the away keeper after turning brilliantly to find the space to put her shot away.

Kayleigh Smith was combining well with Alexis Maritz while Lorraine Mullaly was spraying the ball out wide at every opportunity finding Smith, Swinson, Thorp and the returning Anusha Shiviji who was playing as if she had not had three months break.

Despite the improved attacking display K Sports were to concede two more goals at the end of the game. However, at the debrief the team were buzzing from their second half performance and will enjoy the their break from league action next week knowing they had done themselves justice against one of the top teams in the division.

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