First Team
Southern Combination Playoff Final Sat 6 May Fetcham Grove
Epsom & Ewell
  • Dyer (31', 80')
  • Conolly (66')

This reporter normally likes to use the odd pun or two to describe a game, but there are no puns required today e.g., we slay the dragons (Wick FC) or such like because WE DID IT and have been promoted to Step 5 in the football league pyramid.

A crowd of nearly 400 packed into Fetcham Grove to watch this Play off final which was beyond our expectations in particular light of the Kings Coronation. We thank you all for your attendance!!

We thoroughly deserved the victory having been pegged back by a second half penalty to make the score 1-1 having taken the lead on the half hour from a great goal from Jaevon Dyer.

The winning goal came with ten minutes left from the same player with a similar goal; the goal produced wild scenes from the Epsom supporters at the match. Of course, with ten minutes left it might have been a nervy finish to the game but in truth we saw it out. However, it would be remiss not to mention the red card that was shown to the Wick No 5 which could only be described as a reckless and dangerous tackle and the viewing of it is widely available on social media so you can make up your own mind on the severity of it.  Unfortunately, in the melee afterwards an Epsom player was also red carded. The match finished soon after with celebratory scenes all round for the Epsom players and supporters.

It is incredibly hard to single out one player today, because they all put ‘a shift in’ to secure promotion, yes, our back four were outstanding, but equally our midfield worked tirelessly and our front three were excellent. Our extraordinarily strong bench also played their part.

In summary, what a season and the promotion is a fitting tribute not only to the players, but to our previous manager Anthony Jupp who stepped down towards the end of the season for personal reasons, our coach Matt Chapman who stepped into the reins and his support staff. Behind the scenes our chairperson Mel has been inspirational along with the other members of the committee who have all played their part in the success of this season.

We move onto Cobham next wherever a league at the time of writing that we have no idea we might be playing in, but where ever we play we have put ‘Epsom’ back on the footballing map and rightly so as we further strive to get back into our Home Borough after an absence of 30 years – if this success does not do it nothing will.