Well back to back wins and hopefully on the run that will see us up there at the end of the season.
I asked at the beginning of the game to be more ruthless in front of goal and try and start better than we have recently, but not realising how bad the wind was and with losing the toss we were against the wind in the first half. For the first 10 minutes we were pinned in our own half by a lot of long throws which the defence dealt with excellently in particular Dave with his normal no nonsense approach winning everything in the air. We couldnt seem to get the ball down and play it and continually hoofed it away and sometime scuffing it and it was coming straight back.
Old Xavs had 2 great chances, their fast number 11 got behind the defence and one on one with Fat Cat who made himself big (not hard) and he put both chances wide, much to the relief of Gaz who had gifted him the second chance with an uncharacteristic back pass into the attackers path.
Ten minutes gone, time for us to wake up and start playing,JB did great to get the ball under control and the moved flowed forward,a sweeping attack saw Peter run onto a loose ball which the Old Xavs defenders misread, Peter got his shot off but the keeper flapped at it pushing it back into the path of Peter who guided it into the top left hand corner.
This seem to settle us and we started playing better balls up to Dan and AK, in particular Cav who battled hard down the right and played some lovely balls to Danny which he couldnt make the most of, Cav even made a shot look like a cross which he blasted inch perfect at Dannys head but he couldnt guide it in misses by millimetres.
Old Xavs with the wind continued with the pressure, getting a few corners, a mix up on one of the them gave an old xavs attacker a free header, it was destined to go in but somehow the keeper from nowhere got a hand to it and then tipped it over the bar from the middle of his goal (Gordan Banks would have looked down with pride if he was dead). Best save ive ever seen from the cat unreal.
We resisted the pressure and got into half time
HALF TIME 1 - 0
With the wind behind us and the sun in the oppositions eyes we were hoping for a different half and got it, but with the wind dropping it was more about our belief as the goals flew in.
A ball played over the top saw the Old Xavs defender chasing it back pursued by AK , the defender had at least half a metre on AK but he somehow managed to get in front of the defender at the crucial time and slot neatly past the keeper. Great goal. This seem to break the hearts of Old Xavs and we pushed on great from this point.
Up step the fox for his normal time in the spotlight, with the ball on the right hand side he did fantastic to lob the keeper from outside the box, i would say unbelievable but we are so used to these types of goals from Danny now id say we expected it, great goal AGAIN.
With Richie on a yellow card for kicking the ball away, he dived in on a few people and with the ref seeming a bit of tool I was considering taking him off, he then let a lad past him he normally wouldnt of done i think if he hadnt been booked and a mix up at the back Dave dived in but gave a pen away right on the edge of the box. It was good pen giving fat cat no chance placed in the top left hand corner.
I came on for Richie and JB went to the left mid, the game still being controlled by us to a degree a ball lobbed over to Danny saw him pulled down on the edge of the box. Dan stepped up and a good shot was saved but parryed into the path of AK who had a an easy chance to get his second but the keeper pulled off a great save and pushed it into the path of Peter who smashed it into the roof of the net from a 1 cm out.
Danny got his second not long after with a tricky run from the left and finishing perfectly past the keeper, I was pleased to see the ruthless finishing come back, but more pleasing to see more scorers than just the fox.
Our final goal came from a scramble in the box, with the Old Xavs keeper stranded and the defence all over the place Peter followed in and shinned the ball perfectly into an open goal to complete a gritty hat trick. Well done Peter.
With 5 minutes to go, Martin came on for cockney Rob like for like positions.Right at the death the ball played into our box Gary got under control and with Martin wanting to clear shouted for it to be played back to him which Gary did, Martin played it straight into the chest of the Old Xavs attacker who had a shot on goal, before he got it off he was taken out by Chopper Mortimor to give away his second pen of the match.
Old Xavs fat number 8 stepped and and buried his second pen into the same spot as the first giving the fat cat no chance. Leaving a slightly disappointing end to the game as Martin blamed Garys late pass and Gary blamed Martin (well I think he did when he said "Fuck off you fat cunt").
But nevertheless great win, against an unbeaten team, I couldnt have asked for more, great solid team performance, each game the new players and old looking more and more settled together. With the same oppostion next week im sure it will be tighter but I hope we can get the same result well done everyone (even Martin)
TWAT OF THE MATCH : Dave Mortimor gave away 2 penalties, and blamed not having his centre half head on as he had been told he was centre mid.