Ashtead Wanderers v. Giants
7 - 2
source site Samuel Pepys is Ashtead’s most famous resident, living in the village as a boy in the 17th Century. Even he would not have found much to write about the football played by the Giants today. The Beast from the East returned bringing with it a blast of cold air and a flurry of snow that distracted the players and fans alike, with some clearly wishing they were snug and warm inside.
The Giants put in a disjointed display and failed to match the energy of their opponents from Ashtead who, at times, were able to roam at will through our defence and could have won by more than the 7-2 scoreline.
The Giants started brightly enough and the early exchanges suggested that the match might be a close one. The Wanderers broke the deadlock after a slip up in the Giants defence but the score was soon level following a meandering run and strike from top scorer Jake. The Giants worked hard in this first period with some tough tackling from Julius and Jake and they almost added a second goal when Charlie shot narrowly wide.
As the snow started to come down more heavily the Wanderers gradually took control. A series of errors allowed the home side to extend their lead to 4-1 in a 15 minute long first period – the referee had not realised that we normally played four quarters.
Things didn’t get any better in the next period and the Giants attacking intent led to gaps at the back which the Wanderers exploited with three more goals to lead 7-1.
The Giants gained some self-respect in the last period, taking control of the game and tightening up at the back. Josh, in goal, made a fine save to deny the Wanderers and Jake scored his second of the game with a shot across the goal into the far corner.
The final whistle sparked a rush to get off the pitch and into the warm.
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Reporter: Hu Dano