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Match Report

Saturday 26th September 2015

AFC Mottingham
1 - 2
First XI
Lee Friend, Rohan Howell

By Luke Johnson

A thoroughly uneventful, yet successful, day at the football office.

One of the best things about our side this season is that there is usually some sort of ridiculous nonsense that coincides with our inevitable victories.

Saturday, however, was a nonsense-free victory. We turned up, got 2 nil up and instead of kicking on and winning convincingly we decided to make a game of it.

I would only be able to count the chances we missed on all my fingers and toes if my mother and father were brother and sister. Mottingham are a much improved side from last season and made us cling on for the victory in a game where we should have been out of sight by half-time.

Lee Friend scored our first, rounding the keeper after a great flick-on from Aaron Evans on half-way. We dominated the first 35 minutes and got a second after great work from Rohan and Steve McQueen on the left ended up with Aaron pulling a great save from their keeper, the ball rebounded to Rohan who slotted into an empty net.

At 2-0 it looked as though we were going to push on and score a hatful. Instead a mad 5 minutes at the back let them back into it and we went in 2-1 at the break.

Second half we were under pressure. Al Barnes was deputising for Gibbo between the sticks and pulled off some good, and some very weird, saves. The back four spent five minutes defending our six yard box and cleared off the line approximately 80 times.

We had chances at the other end, but a combination of poor finishing and goals that seemed small to start with and shrunk as the game went on, meant we couldn't force a third.

We clung on to record our 4th straight win. Not our best performance of the season, but our 100% record remains intact.

Rohan cleared up in the MOM votes, a cracking display from Anthony Joshua in the middle. Dan Hinton was exceptional again as well, even tho' he takes selfies of himself before games.

Like I said no real moments of hilarity to regale you with. I got booked after going on my longest run ever of no bookings, having survived approximately 90 minutes, stretching back to September 19th. Felt good to see the notebook again. Barnes bitch slapped a save and Kobi had a new setting for his loudhailer, it made a siren sound. Rohan sported a fantastic pair of pants and our new home kit is gorgeous, even tho' we never play at home anymore.

Otford away (obviously) next week, big game.

Al Barnes; Dan Hinton, Dave Martin, Tom Rush, Luke Johnson; Luke Foulsham, Kobi Johnson, Rohan Howell ©, Steve McQueen; Lee Friend, Aaron Evans.

Lamar Myers, Ray Knight, Tommy Sullivan, Matt Reynolds.

Man of the match: Rohan Howell