‘A’ Team Match Report: Wallington 5 – 0 Reigate Priory ‘A’
The first day of the new season finally arrived with the Priory A team having won more friendlies than they had lost. On the back of two solid performances in their last two friendlies the A team were in confident mood on the way to the ground and during the warm up. However, this swiftly changed as soon as the game started.
For some unknown reason, despite the good mood in the camp, Priory started poorly. Wallington made Priory suffer for their slow start almost instantly. The first Wallington goal couldn’t have taken more than two minutes to come, a defensive mix up lead to a one-on-one race between one of the Priory back four and the fastest Wallington player. The race was won and the damage done.
The Priory team was stunned after the first goal yet still didn’t snap into life and within 5 more minutes Wallington were two up, a defensive error providing the Wallington forward with a simple finish. Priory tightened their play for the next 15 minutes keeping the score at 2-0, but were unable to create any real chances. The odd flash of decent interchange play between Ken Yau, Martin Baxter, Peter Jowitt, Michael Walker and Matt Bone down the right hand side lead to the odd attempt on goal, but none were on target nor troubled the keeper.
A goal keeping error lead to the third goal, the Wallington striker gifted a tap in from inside the box. Priory found themselves further behind just before half time, Wallington making the space they had created count by putting together a string of one touch passes to slice the Priory defence open. The Priory team gave each Wallington player far too much time on the ball, not pressing and giving their most skilful players time to turn and run at the back four.
The first half finished 4-0.
Stern words were exchanged at half time and Priory come out in the second half looking to restore their pride and try to salvage something from the game. It looked like a totally different Priory team that come back out in the opening ten minutes of the second half. There was a lot more pressing and quick passing, however, Priory were unable to complete the final ball effectively giving little for the forwards to work with and came away from the game without really testing the keeper and with no shots on target.
Wallington hadn’t finished scoring however and forced an own goal after another attack down the flank, the resulting shot dragged across the goal clipping the defender’s foot and looping over the keeper.
After what was to be the final goal of the match Priory managed to get a grip on the game, however they were unable to salvage anything.
In all it was a disappointing first half that cost the team the points, but the Priory side can take heart from the second half performance that showed flashes of some decent football, solid defending and pride. A much quicker start next week is required however.