The Cobras return to winning ways in emphatic style
A glorious morning and a very damp pitch greeted the travelling Loxwood Cobras as they arrived in Dorking's Meadow Bank Park, fortress of the Dorking Reds. As they approached the pitch for their familiar warm up routine, the Cobras began with an early psychological victory, being mistaken, as they were by the on onlooking Reds' players, for the 'Fulham Academy'....
Loxwood lined up with Chris in goal; Angus, Marco and Kelsey in defence; Luc, Willem and Ben in midfield, and Oscar and Harry Smith up front. A flurry of early Loxwood chances came shortly after the whistle commenced the game; Willem striking slightly wide after a fast run onto Ben's through-ball, and a great save from the Reds' keeper after a powerful shot from Ben. More and more chances came but the first goal frustrated them. Harry hammered the corner of post and bar, shortly followed by another shot from Oscar hitting the right upright. Meanwhile, the stalwart defence of Angus, Kelsey and Marco kept Dorking pinned in their own half.
Finally, sustained pressure brought a remarkable goal from an impossible angle, just outside the goal area from left wing, Luc Trench, what a strike! The crowd found their voice and stepped forward, eager to see more Loxwood goals, unfortunately the poor linesman couldn't see down the line!
Manager Andy Leete brought goalscorer Luc off for dan and Marco off for Finn. Once again the poor woodwork took a pounding as Harry hit just wide. The Reds efficiently executed the offside trap, and were awarded a free kick. Unfortunately for them, it was poorly struck, gifting Oscar a golden chance, and slotted his shot straight past the keeper. Harry then hit the post shortly after (again!), and Ben rattled bar with a great shot from distance (again!!!) - onlookers where worried how much more the old frame could take... Then Harry broke free, and with Willem in support he chose to shoot........... and scored! The first half ended, with the Cobras sitting comfortably 3-0 up.
In the second half, Harry came off for Marco to return. Chris moved up front with Oscar, Dan came on and Willem found himself between the sticks. The half time team talk resulted in a spell of dorking pressure as the teams restarted. However home support was suppressed as big Ben carved his way through several defenders to smash the ball into the back of the net. Dan then pressed forward shortly after and his shot went just wide.
A rapid Dorking counter attack brought an excellent save from Willem as he closed the space down. The ball bounced fortunately for the supporting Reds player, and they were on the score sheet.
However, the Cobras work rate never dropped, and a great lofted pass from Angus found Chris up front who expertly steered his shot past the keeper.
The Loxwood defence regained their composure and dealt with further Reds attacks professionally. Luc came back on for Angus, and Dan returned. Oscar had the opportunity to shoot within the box but was denied by a great save. Harry then scored another from a great Marco pass, shortly after a Reds player tried to remove Kelsey's shirt... Harry then rounded off the scoring after he broke free to take on the keeper after another great pass from Angus.
Final score Loxwood Cobras 8 -1 Dorking Reds.
Special mentions to Luc for an outstanding performance and goal, Finn for a great turn as left-back making some committed tackles. Oscar for some great skills and good supporting runs, and Willem and Chris for two good stints in goal.
Ben was awarded parents player for his incredible work rate and a stonking goal, and Harry took home the coaches award for his constant dominance amongst the dorking defenders. A great performance from all players, an impressive win and a confidence boost going into their next game.