Men’s 1s: 3-3 thriller vs Wimborne

jimmy_m Match reports, Men 1st XI

 

Epsom: 3 (Midmer 3)

Wimborne Wayfarers: 3

 

Epsom fought out an end-to-end thriller with Wimborne Wayfarers at Therfield School on Saturday, the match eventually ending 3-3. Epsom were without James Harris and Steve Turnbull but pleased to welcome back midfield dynamos Joe Lazell and Brett Hosken and these two were key as the Surrey side controlled early possession. On 10 minutes an attacking free-hit was worked to Scott Jones who found James Midmer at the far post to tap in for 1-0. Wimborne soon came into the game and their strong attacking line created a string of chances with Ed Burton-Brown forced into action several times and a short-corner flick cleared off the line. Eventually a neat attack played in key man Todd Clark who rounded Burton-Brown to level the scores at 1-1 at halftime.

Epsom rejigged at the interval and came out strongly; on 50 minutes the industrious Brett Hosken robbed the ball high up the pitch and played in Midmer who fired home for 2-1. Epsom were now on top for a spell but couldn’t add to their lead. With 15 minutes to go an Epsom short-corner broke down and a fast Wimborne counter-attack won a short corner with Alex Bond taking a yellow card for breaking down play. Clark converted with a strong low drag-flick for 2-2. It was Wimborne now in the ascendancy and another attack soon found dangerous forward Sam Butterfield who twisted and turned before firing home for 3-2. Epsom were under pressure now but held out and with 5 minutes remaining Hosken fired in a free-hit which was glanced home first-time by Midmer for his hat-trick and 3-3. Both sides went for the win in the closing stages; Epsom had several half-chances and Paul Atkinson cleared well off the line at the other end. A point was a fair result but as Epsom’s third draw in five games leaves them in 8th in a tight league. They travel to Battersea next weekend to take on Wanderers.