Well we made it two wins in two with a last gasp winner away at Selsey FC by the consistently dangerous Jaevon Dyer; the final scoreline was 3-2. In truth, we should have made this victory much more comfortable and let our opponents back into the game with them getting two quick fire goals just after midway through the second half.
But firstly we need to explain why this was such an important victory. We have played two teams in four days who are at the top of the table and we have beaten them both and this was with a very depleted squad today through injury and players not being available for a variety of reasons. The spirit and determination in the team today could not be questioned.
We started the game well in front of the biggest crowd we have played in front of this season; those attending may well have been boosted by the fact that our opponents had stopped the runaway leaders Shoreham on Tuesday evening and inflicted their first defeat of this campaign.
We started the game well and were well in control when we took the lead just after midway in the first half after a corner that was flicked on by Nick Wilson and there was Oli Thompson on hand to head into a fairly empty net. We were causing Selsey all sorts of problems especially with our front four; it was a bit of a surprise that by half time we had not increased our lead.
After a short time in the second half we did in fact increase our lead after some sublime skill by Athan Smith-Joseph who beat various Selsey defenders and deceived the goalkeeper to make it 2-0. We were extremely comfortable at this stage and all Selsey had done in the attacking zone was to have a shot saved by our goalkeeper when their No9 was put clean through. AND then all of a sudden we found ourselves level at 2-2 after a couple of quick goals from the opposition which certainly shook us, but we stood firm. Then in the 90th minute the opposition goalkeeper dallied in clearing the ball and Jaevon Dyer pounced on this indecision and shot from an acute angle and the ball nestled in the back of the net after taking a slight deflection; our opposition were very irate about the goal and there were some claims that the ball had gone out of play before Jaevon shot; the officials thought otherwise and there it was a great 3-2 victory.
We now move onto a tough game against Godalming Town who are in the play-off positions this Tuesday evening at Fetcham Grove followed next Saturday by another home fixture against Montpelier Villa. We need to keep this momentum going as we are now only 5 points behind Shoreham who have a few difficult games to go and as anyone will tell you that at the ‘business end’ of the season there are no easy games.
Come on down and support us.