Men’s 1s: up to 4th with win at Sunbury

jimmy_m Match reports, Men 1st XI

 

Sunbury and Walton Hawks: 2

Epsom: 4 (Turnbull, W.Hunt, Midmer 2)

 

Epsom secured their sixth win from eight games with a professional performance away at Sunbury and Walton Hawks.

Epsom struggled to get anything going in a slow first half, but they struck clinically midway through with a fast counterattack seeing Will Hunt’s sling a brilliant aerial down the left to Steve Turnbull who smashed home a low shot for 1-0. Epsom held this lead until halftime.

The second half would have provided a lot more value for money had any of the spectators paid to enter. Soon after the break the Turnbull / Hunt combination fired again, some great tight skills from Turnbull saw him hit the post, and the rebound broke to Hunt who made it 2-0. Sunbury now had to throw more men forward and the match suddenly became very open. Sunbury cut the deficit to 2-1 from a well-worked short corner, but almost immediately from the restart a superb long pass from Jack Marfleet found James Midmer, who rounded the ‘keeper and fired home for 3-1. Soon after, a brilliant dummy from Mike Atkinson opened up the defence and he unselfishly rolled in Midmer to make it 4-1. Atkinson subsequently led some flying counterattacks but a few final passes went astray and the score stayed 4-1. With 5 minutes remaining Sunbury cut the deficit to 4-2 from open play but Epsom ground out the closing stages to record a win that sees them rise to 4th in the Surrey / Hampshire League 1.

Epsom finish their season with a rescheduled home game against Haslemere on Sunday 8 April, a match which looks likely to decide fourth place.