Team sheet; Chattle, Jaimin, Jonny Hall, Marcus, Sam Walton, Dan Lewis, Sam Haslam, Clayden, Platt, Bexson, Livesey. Subs; Clobber, Jayaram, Roche
Following on from their Term 1 success, and due to the inexplicable decision to carry the points accrued into Term 2, the UWMCCFC found themselves top of the pile in the cup competition, level with Maths. Hoping to run off some excess weight gained over the Christmas period, and to prepare for the forthcoming half marathon, the UWMCCFC players were keen. For arguably the first time this year, there were no complaints (bar a muffled one from Hall) about completing a pre-match warm-up.
With a strong side put out by both the UWMCCFC and bottom of the league Economics FC, the match started at a high tempo with our boys controlling the early exchanges. Platty was put through on goal a couple of times in the first fifteen minutes, once by a Xavi-esque pass from Bexson, only to shoot wide or straight at the keeper. With ten or so minutes to go in the first half, Economics worked their way back into the game. However, our defence was resolute and the promising defensive midfield pairing of Lewis and Haslam managed to break up most of their attacks. Chattle comfortably collected a couple of poor crosses into the box and the UWMCCFC defence kept resolute. Hall, clearly bored of defending, even managed to get forward and shank a volley in the Economics box. With half time looming, an exquisite chipped through ball from Jaimin released Platt who, somewhat angered by his earlier misses, swivelled on a half volley and dispatched the ball powerfully into the top corner. With the lead, the UWMCCFC began to look more settled and from a corner Livesey timed a run well to the front post and scored with a header.
At half time the message was to continue to be first to the second ball and try to break up play between the Economics midfielders, their only real strength. Clobber, Roche and Jayaram came on for Bexson, Clayds and Walton for the second half.
The UWMCCFC once again began the half strongly. Lewis and Haslam regularly won the ball back in midfield and quickly released Livesey who controlled play up front. Platt was put through on goal a couple more times early on but failed to add to his tally. About five minutes in, an intended pass to Livesey managed to evade the Economics defence and, unsurprisingly, fell to Roche who slotted home to continue his wonderful goal scoring form. Not long afterwards, Haslam won the ball back in midfield and chipped the ball through to Platt who saw the keeper miles off his line and calmly volleyed it home from thirty yards. At 4-0, Clayden, Bexson and Walton came back on to replace Platt, Livesey and Jaimin. The UWMCCFC did not become complacent with their lead and Haslam personified their attitude by winning the ball in his own half and running the length of the pitch only to be thwarted by the Economics defenders. However, the loose ball fell to Clobber who finished the job with the outside of his right foot. At 5-0 the Economics players began to get annoyed and the UWMCCFC, having worked so hard in defence, concentrated on keeping the clean sheet.
It was a fantastic performance from the UWMCCFC which bodes well for the more difficult matches to come throughout the rest of Term 2. With first and last separated by merely seven points, every match is in reality a must win from here on in.
Goals scored; Platt (x2), Livesey, Roche, Clobber