vs London Colney
SSML Premier Division
22nd September 2018
The 1st wet day of the season saw Arlesey faced with having to make changes. With several players being unavailable, injured or suspended in came club stalwart Martyn Patching in goal playing his 1st full game in some 8 years but with 350+ appearances under his belt and transferring in was an ex-team mate in Alex O’Brien who completed his transfer from Leighton Town in the week.
London Colney started strongly with some early pressure but the 1st period as the whole game seemed to be dominated by free kicks which seems to be an increasing theme of this level of football. A free kick by Ash Fuller was an easy claim for Jack Metcalf while Ryan Lamond put in another that James Hatch headed on and Metcalf took just in front of Lorrell Smith. A Kick by joe Reynolds was headed clear by Hatch. Yet another kick found Kai Ashley who attacked into the box and put in a great cross that Makudzeyi Makuzza slipped in at the far post and tucked into the net but his celebration was cut short by the linesman’s flag going up for a very tight off side.
Arlesey were now playing good football through the centre as they started to dominate the midfield, but another free kick from Colney found the lively Loren Maxwell and he hit a good volley that hit the Arlesey bar but he again was flagged o/s.
Smith won the ball in the middle and found Ashley who won a corner, this was cleared but Arlesey were starting to control the game.
Martyn Patching rolled back the years as he “punched” a ball clear from a corner before Smith again won a ball in the centre before accelerating clear and shooting and just skimming the post. A break the other way looked to have been stopped by a great tackle by Aaron Gooch but the ref saw it differently and awarded yet another free kick, this right on the edge of the Arlesey box but Gareth Price drove this well wide.
The breakthrough came on 25 mins as Smith beat his man again lined up his shot and curved it around the keeper for a great finish from what was a simple goal really and made it 0-1 to Arlesey.
As Arlesey now piled on the pressure they created a series of corners and on the 3rd of these Aaron Gooch stooped to head home for his 1st goal of the season and 0-2 on 27 mins.
It looked at this point it was just a matter of how many Arlesey could score as Metcalf did really well taking an awkward ball off of Smith when he broke with Fuller and another good ball fed in Smith but his lob just failed to beat Metcalf as he just got his fingers to it.
Colney replaced their rather short centre half who was having a torrid time against Smith and this seemed to help them a bit.
From a Colney corner Patching did well collecting a deflected shot from Maxwell and from a cross in Maxwell got in a header that went well over the bar. Patching did well again just before half time as he saved at Maxwell’s feet but it remained 0-2 at the break.
Colney made another change at half time and were now playing down the marked slope of the pitch. Colney again started strongly and Patching was quickly in the action as he took a ball low down and collected a corner. Colney were pressing down the slope forcing Arlesey back in a complete reversal of the 1st half and it took a good 10 mins for Arlesey to make any sort of break out. From a free kick Hatch headed into the area but it was cleared and the same player put in a good cross that evaded the keeper but also the forwards and it was cleared.
Channing Campbell-Yon hit a good shot that was cleared and a good move from Maxwell fed in Price but although he hit a good shot it was just o/s. A Colney corner found Maxwell and he turned well and his shot just skimmed the bar and a break by Maxwell again saw him shoot wide; Arlesey were really struggling to get going since the break facing up the slope into the rain.
Channing-Campbell went off injured while Arlesey replaced Makuzza with Carl Chambers on the wing. Chambers was quickly into the action as he rode a tackle going into the box before being brought down right on the edge. Despite protests from the Arlesey players a free kick was awarded right on the line, from this Hatch went up at the far post but the keeper managed to put it behind for a corner which came to nothing.
Colney resumed their pressure at the other end Joe Price had a shot just over the bar and Gareth Price turned well and hit a shot that Patching did well to push over the bar. From the corner Reynolds headed past the post. A good move between G. Price and the sub saw a low shot that was well taken by Patching. Price also had a volley over the bar from another corner but although Colney were putting on the pressure Arlesey were generally coping with it. With time running out it looked as if Arlesey had weathered the storm but on 88 mins Vanne-Wilson hit a shot that took a deflection, patching seeing it late pulled off a really good save low down but couldn’t hold it and Maxwell nipped in to put it over him into the net for 1-2.
As we moved into the last couple of minutes Ash fuller had a shot that went just past the post and at the other end Patching dealt with another cross but it finished with another win for Arlesey despite the spirited come back from Colney in the 2nd period.
The game of two half’s but the slope and the conditions had a little to do with this but Arlesey held on despite the changes although they will need to be able maintain pressure when they have it and put games to bed when they are on top.
Next up is Potton at home for the 2nd time this season this time in the Beds Senior Cup.
Team : Martyn Patching, Ryan Lamond (Debola 88), Ross Taylor, James Hatch, Adam Brown ©, Aaron Gooch, Makudzeyi Makuzza (Chambers 68 y), Alex O’Brien y, Lorrell Smith, Ash Fuller, Kai Ashley.
Subs; Carl Chambers, Stuart Richardson, Adam Randall, Phil Payne, Demi Debola.