Men’s 1s: Epsom edge thriller against Woking

jimmy_m Match reports, Men 1st XI

 

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

Woking: 3

 

Epsom continued their recent good form with a fine 4-3 win against champions-elect Woking at Notre Dame.

Snow flurries and a -5 windchill temperature greeted the intrepid players but the pitch was surprisingly unaffected and the match started on time. Woking started strongly, with a swift back-to-front move playing in the deadly Andy Pike to open the scoring, but Epsom rallied and soon after Mike Atkinson drove forward and played in attacking dynamo Will Hunt, who chipped home neatly on the reverse from a tight angle for 1-1. Epsom then got on top for a spell and a drilled cross pinballed its way to James Midmer who fired home for 2-1. Soon after, some neat attacking interplay between James Midmer and Mike Atkinson enabled Midmer to make it 3-1, a scoreline which held until half-time.

The second half was tight for some time with Woking controlling possession, but Epsom working hard to keep the visitors out of short corner range for their prolific flicker Chris Way. They achieved this for some time but on 15 minutes Woking did force a short corner and Way fired home for 3-2. Epsom hit back immediately, winning a short corner and Liam White drilled a flick home for 4-2. The scene was now set for a frantic final 10 minutes with Woking piling forward and Epsom looking dangerous on the counterattack. With 7 minutes left, Woking won another corner and this time Way’s flick was parried onto Liam White’s foot for a penalty stroke. Way converted for 4-3 and Woking subsequently threw the kitchen sink at Epsom in the final stages, including the use of a kicking back. But the defence held strong and Burton-Brown made a superb save away to his right close to the end as Epsom closed out a 4-3 win.

This was a really strong team performance from Epsom, highlighted by a 6 way tie for Man of the Match, and the side will hope to finish the season strongly with two more fixtures to play, next up away to Sunbury and Walton Hawks on Saturday.