We entertained Selsey in the semi-final of the Division One play off having only played and beaten them two weeks ago at Fetcham Grove in a regular league fixture. A crowd of over 220 turned up to watch the game bolstered by a good turnout from Selsey.
We were victorious again in this fixture but to say it was tense would be an understatement with us winning 6-5 on penalties after the initial 90 minutes finished 0-0.
We knew that this would be a different proposition and that’s how it turned out to be; there was a lot at stake for both clubs and especially for us as victory would guarantee a home final play of the match.
What of the game? In truth there was not much of note to report in the 90 minutes, to the neutral observer we were definitely on top and the better side for large portions of the match but unable to break the deadlock – we had a few chances and one of note was towards he end of the second half when Jann Stanley burst forward and passed across the box but no one was there to apply the finishing touch.
When the referee blew for 90 minutes, we faced the lottery of a penalty shoot-out. The first two spot kicks from each team were saved and then the next 4 from each side were scored so after 5 penalties it was 4 all. Therefore, it was left to the players not nominated to take the first 5 penalties to take it in turns to take one. The 5th penalty for both sides was scored so it was now 5-5. The 6th Epsom penalty went in and then the Selsey 6th penalty was saved by Tom Theobald; so we were through to a home final. Jubilant scenes were seen after that penalty save but you have to feel for the unfortunate Selsey player who had his penalty saved.
We move onto the final which will be played next Saturday the 6th of May at 3 pm against Wick who came 3rd in the league behind us. We need your support more than ever for this match even though something else is going on in Central London earlier that day. Come on down and support the ‘boys’ It’s not very often that your local team has a chance of success, why would you want to miss that?