So the Mustangs went to play bottom of the table Cheam Clarets having won their previous two games. It was games like this that we should have won last year that probably cost us promotion. So surely we had learnt from last year that there are no easy games…..NO. There was a feeling that this would be a cricket score but………. NO. Cheam Vets showed that if you don’t take your chances and try too hard to battering ram your way through experienced players that there is always the potential of a banana skin somewhere to slip you up.
We started well enough but Cheam showed in the first 10 minutes that they had the ability up front to create chaos on the break. Despite good possession of the ball and constant threats down the right side, through White Jnr and Alex Scott, we suddenly found ourselfs behind from a well taken goal on the break away.
Mustangs continued to dominate and create chances but on occasions took too long to pass the ball through the opposition and continued to be frustrated until Adam Kerven scored the first of his hat trick on the day. Short corners kept being awarded and Cheam 16yd hits kept coming to the Mustang midfield but the chances didn’t turn into anymore goals and half time was 1 v 1 and also Orr Snr failed to make the half without an injury!
At half time coach demanded that players cleared their heads of cricket scores and concentrate on the importance of the 3 points, however it comes!!
Dan Kerven was asked to play a bit deeper and protect the middle of the park, and Jones Jnr and White Jnr saw more of the ball earlier and this gave the wingers time and space to go at the Cheam defence. Eventually Adam struck again to put us ahead for the first time. And barring an error we were in control. Did I say error? Well there was one and to our shock Cheam equalised and the banana skin was well and truly on the pitch.
Time was running out and coach had to make a decision. Looking at the bench with 10 minutes to go there was only Orr Snr in no fit state to continue and coach! Well at least that made the decision easier. On came King in an unfamiliar position of emergency forward. Time was nearly up and with probably the last short corner missed again and Jones Jnr shooting over the bar. But cometh the hour cometh the man! With seconds remaining Chis Dendy passed to King on the 25yd line, beautiful control (obviously) taking him towards the D and with 2 touch’s he delivers to Adam who slams the ball into the far corner. Celebrations were maybe a little over the top but this was a priceless goal and Cheam only had time to push back and go 10yds before the final whistle went.
Next week we are home to Trinity who proved to have a banana or two last season. Let’s see if we have learnt any lessons?