UWMCCFC 4 – Staff & Postgrads 1

With both teams entering the game with five wins from five, the clash between the UWMCCFC and Staff & Postgrad had all the makings of a classic. However, what ensued was a clinical UWMCCFC performance that laid a significant marker for the rest of the year and firmly established them as the team to beat. Missing a large number of players for a number of reasons, a somewhat makeshift lineup started the game quickly and proceeded to almost kill it as a contest in the first ten minutes. The first meaningful attack saw the deadlock broken as a throughball fromThomas saw Platt finish well, shooting across the keeper with his left foot. This was quickly added too as the UWMCCFC won their third penalty of the season, this time courtesy of some rather dubious theatrics from Thomas with his back to goal. Fortunately, the UWMCCFC were spared another Thomas penalty attempt as Jack Gould was on hand to calmly step up and send the ball into the bottom corner.

The remainder of the first half was fairly comfortable for the UWMCCFC, with the only threat coming from corners. Nedmonds and Gould were bossing the game in the middle of the park, and a few half chances fell to Platt and Thomas which could have finished the game off. Thomas was saved from a rather embarrassing open goal miss thanks to an offside call but the UWMCCFC continued to look likely to add to their lead. This came early in the second half as a clever flick from Platt saw Thomas race onto to it to hit a stunning first time half volley into the far corner. This should have seen the game sewn up for the UWMCCFC but a change in tactics from Staff & Postgrad in the second half, by putting two giants up top, saw a small UWMCCFC defence in more difficulty than the first half. The warning signs were there as a couple of free headers in good positions were wasted by Staff & Postgrad, before a minor goalmouth scramble resulted in a tap in for one of their supersize strikers. Like in previous weeks, the UWMCCFC response to conceding was quick to come as Thomas capped off a fine performance by robbing the centre back of the ball before curling it into the roof of the net in clinical fashion. The game finished with a rather ropey tackle from Nedmonds that could have seen card on another day but come the final whistle, the UWMCCCFC could reflect on a solid performance that left them alone at the top of the table. Staff & Postgrad , on the other hand, were rather disappointing and certainly did not provide as much of a test as some of the other opposition this year, perhaps indicating this defeat may precipitate a slide down the table. The UWMCFFC now head into their last fixture of the term against Teenage Mutant Ninja Skrtel’s seeking to cap off a fine first half of the season, ready for the return of star striker John Faal after the Christmas break.

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