Men’s 1s: Epsom edge out Barnes

jimmy_m Match reports, Men 1st XI

Epsom: 3 (Turnbull, Marfleet, Midmer)

Barnes: 2

 

Epsom just edged a tight encounter with Barnes to continue their decent early progress in Surrey / Hampshire 1. Steve Turnbull put Epsom ahead after a slick early move, and the home side subsequently engineered several short-corner chances to extend the lead, with some decent saves keeping them at bay. Barnes came back strongly in the run-up to half-time and equalized when a quick free-hit from the right sparked chaos and a rebound was snapped up. 1-1 at half time and anyone’s game.

Epsom started the second half with a decent attacking spell and they eventually made this count at a short corner when Jack Marfleet’s dragflick was stopped illegally on the line; Marfleet converted the subsequent penalty-stroke for 2-1. The remainder of the half was end-to-end and with ten minutes to go Barnes converted a well-worked short-corner routine for 2-2. The final stages were frantic as both sides went for the winner and it was Epsom who grabbed it fortuitously as James Midmer scrambled a loose ball home with five minutes to go. Epsom held out for a 3-2 win and will hope to improve again away to Croydon and Old Whitgiftians next week.