Epsom: 4 (M.Atkinson, Midmer, Barton, P.Atkinson)
After an eventful journey, Epsom opened brightly at Yateley, with Mike Atkinson smashing home a short corner strike to give the visitors a 1-0 lead after 3 minutes. Almost immediately after, Yateley won a short corner and converted a well worked routine to make it 1-1 after 5 minutes. Yateley were full of running in the early stages and put Epsom under a lot of pressure, but some strong defensive work from Ali Murrell and Matt Simmonds kept them at bay. Having soaked up some pressure, Epsom started to fire in the run up to half time and ran in three clinical goals in the space of five minutes; first James Midmer deflecting home Scott Barton’s pass, then Barton scoring himself with a stunning backhand shot, before Paul Atkinson swept home a smart first time finish to finish a strong counter attacking move and make it 4-1 at half time.
This late blitz from Epsom gave the visitors a good position to defend and the second half was a more subdued affair. Yateley saw a lot more of the ball but the Epsom backline was in strong form all afternoon and limited clear cut chances. Goalkeeper Matt Tuppen was in good form whenever called upon and Epsom held out for a 4-1 win. The result was harsh on Yateley as Epsom, aside from a turbo-charged five minute period, offered very little throughout the game. The result didn’t lift Epsom any higher in the table as most of the sides above them also won. The team will be looking for elusive back-to-back wins at home to Chichester 2s on Saturday