Loxwood Blacks vs Ewhurst Foxes (Willem Mulder Jr)
With lack of availability for the Whites, the plan was for some to be subbed on for the Blacks today.
While the executive box was eating their prawn sandwiches, Ewhurst had three players turning up late as a tactic to keep us waiting.
1st Quarter - Loxwood Blacks 1 Ewhurst Foxes 0
When the long-awaited kick off came at 10:38, they piled on pressure right from the start.
Some great defending from the back line of Sam and Harry J and some nice turns and skills from our attacking partnership consisting of Harry S and Oscar, forced Ewhurst’s defense to switch on. Our midfield smashed some dangerous long balls up to the Ewhurst box which resulted in a counter attack leading to a long string of David Beckham like corners from the opposing Number 15 causing our defense to scramble to get the ball away which we eventually did leading to a long span of play resembling Barcelona forced a good save from the keeper but Loxwood were starting to get back into the game.
After a nice passing move found Charlie he poked it through to Oscar who curled it through the Ewhurst keeper’s hands and into the bottom left corner to make it 1:0!
After the Loxwood goal Ewhurst were looking very dangerous on the counter attack and started to look switched on once more. More great play from us found Charlie who forced another save from the impressive opposition goalkeeper, he found Number 15 on the counter attack who ran through our tired defense and fired the ball at the crossbar to end the first quarter.
2nd Quarter: Loxwood Blacks 1 Albury Foxes 1
Loxwood made a double change bringing on Chris and Ben in defense to maintain the lead, we pressed Ewhurst right from the start with some close chances. “It’s not dancing football!” came shouts from the bench and they proved them wrong by dancing straight through our backline and walloped it into the bottom left corner to make it 0:1 in the quarter.
Ben and Chris were ever present at the back sending great balls up to the attack and some more Ewhurst mistakes let us break through and get some more shots off.
Chris found Charlie who sprinted down three quarters of the pitch, beating defenders for pace and skill and hammering the ball home into the top left corner with a great finish from an angle to make it 1:1 in the quarter.
After his goal, some more lovely skill from Charlie left the defenders for dead and he crossed it for Harry S, his shot forcing a block from a Ewhurst defender.
The second quarter ended with Ewhurst shooting and causing Harry J to make an equally good save in goal, Ewhurst took another David Beckham–esque corner, though the header was caught by Harry finishing the 2nd quarter!
Moving on into the second half of the game Ben and Charlie made way for Oscar and Harry S to bring on some fresh legs.
Some good link up play from Sam and William helped Loxwood keep the ball for a comfortable run of possession down the right wing, it came to a conclusion when a Ewhurst player intercepted a pass between Sebby and Sam who fake-shotted it at least three times before pulling the trigger with a shot that demanded an identically good save for Harry J.
Around a third of the way through the quarter Ewhurst were begging for an equalizer bringing a lot of players forward which left space for us to hit them on the counter attack, with Harry J finding Sam who cut inside and turned back out though his effort was matched by the contending goalkeeper. When Loxwood came on the charge once again it was a near crossbar hit by Sam that concluded the attack and made the Ewhurst management team mutter “Good football isn’t it” (Don’t judge me, I am not a spy!)
Some miscommunication from our center-halves gave Number 17 space for a shot which Harry dealt with well. Big Ben came on in midfield and Loxwood turned a long defensive period into a long time attacking. Charlie and Ben gave us a creative spark in attack while Sebby and Chris were pulling the strings at the back.
Some great skill from Ben motivated us to a goal as he passed to Charlie who crossed it into Harry S who dived and smacked it in with his chest for a weird but crucial goal for Loxwood to lead 1:0 in the penultimate quarter.
The quarter ended with a controversial foul from a Ewhurst midfielder. Harry looked like he was still winded from his strange finish…
4th Quarter: Loxwood Blacks 4 Ewhurst Foxes 2
Loxwood came into the final quarter spirits high as if they could see the victory with twelve and a half minutes to go, some more changes saw Chris and Ben coming off for Sam and Charlie.
Ewhurst gave us a scare when Number 15 skilled our last men up making us exposed at the back who unselfishly passed to Number 17 and he slid the ball calmly into the bottom left corner for 0:1!
Some lovely dribbling up top from the Smiths levelled it up with Harry having no problem sticking the ball past the Ewhurst goalie.
Ewhurst hit us on the counter with some precision passing and a similar type shot this time saved by Sebby! A bad challenge from the Ewhurst Number 41 gave us a free kick taken by William blocked and back to him though his first time effort on goal was tipped around the post by the opposition keeper, the corner was swung in by Sam matching some of the Ewhurst corners earlier in the game it found the head of Charlie and a shot was dragged wide by Harry S.
Later in the quarter Harry S layed it off to Charlie again who smacked just over top corner area and into the ‘stands!’.
It had been a dominant quarter for us but Number 17 made our hearts jump after shooting just over the bar, Sebby took the goal kick and spread it to Sam who passed to Oscar who ran and poked it to Harry S who’s shot was caught and the Ewhurst goalkeeper rolled it out then we retained possession through William who placed it under the keeper for a well worked team goal for 2:1!
Ben came on about halfway into the final quarter and made a big impact right from his first touch to secure the game for the Magpies, with some great link up play involving William and Charlie!
Loxwood bagged yet another goal when William gently passed to substitute Ben and he took one touch and walloped it over the keepers head from way out of the box for his first and Loxwood’s third of the quarter.
Loxwood found the net again with Ben leaving defenders for dead then knocking it inside to William and running into the box, William picked out Charlie who unselfishly teed up Ben and he calmly curled it into the bottom left side netting for his second.
To make the score line a little in their favor Ewhurst scored one late on by slotting it home in that cursed bottom left corner!
Man of the Match:
For some great sprinting, skill and unselfish play.
1st Qtr – 1:0
2nd Qtr - 1:1
3rd Qtr – 1:0
4th Qtr – 4:2
Overall Score - Loxwood Blacks 7 Ewhurst Foxes 3
Big Ben - 2
Harry S – 2
Oscar – 1
Charlie – 1
William - 1
A great high scoring performance from everyone and a well-deserved win!
After match interview with Harry "the belly" Smith and Coach "Jose" Paul below......
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