Giants v. Chessington Sports
10 - 4
28th April 2018
The Giants last game of the season was a thoroughly entertaining and dominant display against a spirited Chessington Sports team. The two teams had met before in early November with the Giants recording their first win of the season on that occasion, coming from behind to record a 2-1 victory thanks to two goals from Jake ‘Vardy’ Wright. That had proved a turning point in the season with the Giants going on an unbeaten run through to Christmas.
Today’s match exemplified the progress made since that drizzly day in November. The boys played with a swagger and confidence, closing down the opposition, battling for the ball and looking for the defence splitting pass that would open up chances to score.
At times the interplay was wonderful, with smooth passing, quick turns and surging runs proving too much for the Chessington team to handle. The lads displayed more of the battling attitude that had served them well in last weekends friendly against the Teddington Eagles when the Giants had raced into a 4-0 half time lead thanks to goals from Julius and Josh. On that occasion the team had relaxed allowing the Eagles to claw back to draw 4-4. Today the Chessington Sports team were always second best.
Again the boys surged into a 4-0 lead with two goals for Seb and two for Eli within the first quarter. The Giants were dominant in defence and midfield with the boys battling for the ball and controlling the game. The first goal came after a great cross from Jake and a clean strike from Seb. Eli then scored two to put the Giants three up and firmly in control. Both came after goalmouth scrambles and were reward for persistence as the ball ricocheted around the box. The fourth goal followed a nice interplay between Julius and Seb with Seb slotting home. Josh in goal had a quiet quarter.
Julius took over between the sticks in the second quarter and was immediately into the action having to pounce on the ball following a more progressive approach from Chessington. The Giants struggled to get out of their own half and after several fine saves from Julius the Sports finally gained a foothold in the game, firstly from an own goal and then taking advantage of dithering in the Giants defence for their second goal. Josh restored the three goal advantage following a weaving run to give a 5-2 lead at half time.
The Giants re-exerted themselves in the third quarter with their strongest spell of the match. Jake, Seb and Julius were marauding forward and Chessington were powerless to contain them. Seb turned provider with a defence splitting pass that Jake latched onto for his first of the game. Julius was then tripped on the edge of the box following a strong run and powered home the resulting free kick. Jake, the Giants top scorer for the season, then struck his second of the day when slipped through by Julius. Louie, in goal, kept the Sports at bay but couldn’t prevent a late strike from the edge of the box from creeping into the net. 8-3 going into the final quarter.
The Giants scored nine against Nutfield Dragons in December but had never managed ten. Was a record on the cards? The quarter started badly and Chessington pulled a goal back following sloppy defending but the Giants were soon back in control. Tom scored the ninth, with from the edge of the box, his first of the season and reward for perseverance up front. Time was ticking down and having missed several further chances the Giants finally reached the ten goal milestone when Josh ran the length of the pitch and struck home for his second of the day. A record score on the last match of the season led to celebrations and doughnuts all round. A fine end to a great season and just the start of a World of Adventures.
Manager Dan ‘Wizard’ Crosby has done a wonderful job leading his team and was proud of his boys, their team spirit and the huge progress they have made through the course of the season. Bring on September!
Man of the match: The whole team
Reporter: Hu Dano