Epsom: 7 (Midmer, M.Atkinson 2, Pizzey 2, Barton, P.Atkinson)
Wimborne Wayfarers: 3
Epsom re-emerged from the Christmas break with a 7-3 win against Wimborne at a bitterly cold Therfield School. A capacity crowd of at least five people witnessed an end-to-end encounter during which Epsom scored some fine goals and perennially overworked ‘keeper Ed Burton-Brown made his usual array of strong saves.
Wimborne started brighter and went 1-0 up when a forward jinked through the circle and rolled home. Epsom equalised when James Midmer picked up a loose defensive pass and slotted home for 1-1. Soon after, Epsom worked a neat move down the left and a superb pass from Dutch star Drew Vermeulen found the onrushing Mike Atkinson to deflect home for 2-1. Epsom made it 3-1 soon after with another neat move playing in Alex Pizzey to score from close range. Wimborne fought back with a series of long aerial balls finding a skilful forward line who won several short corners. Ed Burton-Brown and Ali Murrell both made strong saves to keep the lead at 3-1 at half time.
The second half started with a hard-fought passage of play and nerves started circling when Wimborne scored a well-worked move down the left for 3-2. However, this seemed to kick Epsom into gear with Mike Atkinson almost immediately setting up Scott Barton to smash home for 4-2. Soon after, a quick free hit from Barton found Mike Atkinson for his second of the day (5-2) and the goal of the day soon followed with a flowing, one-touch move enabling Paul Atkinson to make it 6-2. Wimborne then saw a couple of players sent to the sin-bin, but recovered with 9 men and made it 6-3 from a short-corner rebound. Epsom regrouped and right on full-time Alex Pizzey spun, rode some heavy challenges and rolled home for 7-3. This was an encouraging performance from Epsom who will hope to improve next week away to Reigate Priory.