After a very convincing win this morning at Oakwood FC we have risen to the top of the table and is a complete turnaround after our first-day loss at Shoreham; we do not play this coming weekend so we will probably see us take a drop from first place, but it is still a good sight to see as I write this match report.
There were a few changes from our unfortunate FA Vase defeat to Redhill FC the previous Saturday. We started on the front foot and had a great chance as early as the 3rd minute when Josh Alder just missed the target. However, we went ahead in the 8th minute with a superb goal from Jubril Adamson from just outside the penalty box and nothing more than we deserved. The game settled down with our front line causing all sorts of problems for the Oakwood team and it was no surprise when we went further ahead in the 37th minute with a debut goal from Josh Alder who fired the ball between the goalkeeper’s legs. The half ended with us 2 goals to the good.
We needed a third goal that promptly came in the 55th minute after a great move involving at least four players. It ended with Athan Smith-Joseph producing a fierce shot in which the Oakwood goalkeeper could only parry into a defender and bobbled into the net. We went 4 up seven minutes later in the 62nd minute after a free-flowing move which ended up at the feet of a second-half substitute, Riccardo Fernandes who calmly slotted the ball into the net; it was another very good goal. The 5th goal duly arrived but from a very unlikely source in our Captain Gideon Acheampong who was on the end of another great pass and move to slot it into the net for his first ever goal for Epsom and Ewell; his goal celebration needs some work though!!!!!
All in all a very satisfying win on a pitch that was in desperate need of a mow, but that said we must recognize the welcome you get at Oakwood from their owner/director/electrician/tea maker Mark Gilbert aka Gilly who does so much for that football club – he is true gentlemen.
So the result puts us top of the division and we play next in the league at home to Selsey on Saturday 10th September, it would be great to see more supporters come along and see their local team play. However, before that, we are in a cup competition next week away at Crawley Down next Tuesday evening.
‘Up the Salts’
As reported By Peter Mutton