vs London Tigers (Away)
SSML Premier Division
13th October 2018
An uncharacteristic hot and windy day for October in front of a very sparse crowd saw Arlesey start with a positive approach and Tigers show their claws from the start. In just the 2nd min Lorrell Smith was bodily thrown to the ground by Cristiano Neto and although this was yellow card in anybody’s book the ref just warned the play, a decision he may have regretted later. James Hatches header from the free kick was cleared before Ash Fuller shot over the bar from a good position.
Just 5 mins later the “buzzing” Neto fouled Hatch, again this could have been a card but again the ref just warned him. A series of Arlesey corners saw shots blocked from Smith and Hatch head over.
Tigers were kept to long range efforts that Robbie Ponting dealt with easily. Aarron Browne had a low shot that the keeper saved well before Neto and Alex Obrien tangled in midfield with what looked like an elbow from Neto and this time the ref booked Neto but also booked O’Brien presumably for reacting to it.
From a tigers free kick Mercado hit the ball and Arlesey were quickly on the break; Smith was attacking into the box when he was felled by a crude challenge from Gloriet Panda who also got a yellow card. The FK was cleared.
Arlesey kept pressing forward and Smith was fed in by Ash Fuller but placed his shot just past the far post. Another poor challenge from Chidescu on Adam Brown who was pushing up brought another yellow card but again the FK was cleared.
A good move between Fuller and Smith fed in O’Brien who shot just over the bar. Another FK saw Hatch again win his header for the ball to drop to Ryan Lamond but his shot went the wrong side of the post. A good shot from O’Brien was not held by the keeper but Smiths shot was well saved from the follow up. Just before half time Hatch crossed in for a good flick from Smith but the keeper reacted well keeping the scores level at the break.
Tigers started the 2nd period with a few more long range efforts that weren’t really a threat before things descended to more normal levels as Ash Fuller was felled by Mercado and he too went onto the lengthening list of bookings. The FK found O’Brien who crossed into Hatch but his volley went well over the bar. A really good shot from Tom Guiney brought a great save from the keeper as Arlesey re-imposed their dominance. Ryan Lamond was heavily fouled by Diawara but the ref declined to get his card out for this one.
A rare good move from the home side saw Abbosi feed in Diawara but he was well stopped by a great tackle from Adam Brown putting the ball out for a corner, this was cleared and led to another quick break from Arlesey that led to Fuller hitting a low shot just past the post when maybe other options may have had better results.
On the hour Jason Darvall was the next to receive rough treatment from the home side as he was felled but nothing was given other than a home corner that came to nothing.
Another break saw Hatch head on well to Smith but the keeper came out well and saved at Smiths feet. Another “assault” on Darvall resulted in a booking for Dayaan Saliafou. The FK found O’Brien but his cross was over hit and went out.
Neto finally went off after a 2nd period that was certainly “less alive” than the 1st before Aarron Browne was booked as he clipped the boot of a defender whilst in a challenge which look a bit harsh given what had happed before.
Suddenly the frustration of the afternoon disappeared as Ash Fuller played in a low cross and Lorrell Smith beat the keeper pushing the ball under him and it was 0-1 on 74 mins.
Just 3 mins later Hatch headed on to Smith who made no mistake as he shot past the keeper for 0-2 and a more realistic score line.
Arlesey replaced Jason Darvall with Ricky Lawrence putting even more fire power on the pitch and pushed on just a min later Fuller again provided the cross that the keeper missed and James Hatch volleyed in from close range for his 1st league goal of the season and 0-3 on 80 mins.
Game won Arlesey looked to exploit the position; from another FK Hatch crossed in that only just missed the stretching Smith but on 85 mins he latched onto a long ball; beat his man , turned and slotted the ball past the keeper for a Hat trick in 9 mins and 0-4.
This really should have been the end of the game but it still had a twist in it. On 87 mins Adam Brown conceded a foul that the ref decided to book him for. As this was lined up a mass brawl broke out in the Arlesey box. After things had been calmed down the 3 officials met to debate the melee. The outcome was that Kamara was sent off for what im told was an elbow to the face, O’Brien was sent off for putting his foot down on a home player and Hatch was booked for getting involved to aggressively as he tried to pull everybody apart. (Not really sure how that worked out).
From the FK finally Aarron Browne headed out for a corner that came to nothing. There was still time for another booking as Aibi was booked for a foul on Browne before the ref finally put this disgraceful period of the Tigers story into the history books, although maybe not quite as the bad tempers also went into the dressing room area for a further confrontation.
A very poor game from the home side that Arlesey kept plugging away at and eventually got their reward in the score line. This on non-League day was a prime example of just why people aren’t going to football anymore; the 90 mins of pure physical abuse from Tigers was enough to put anybody off but at least Arlesey were strong enough to take them on not be bullied and win through at the end. This was a game when really Tigers could have had several players sent off and Arlesey win with a much bigger score line but 0-4 away from home is still a great score-line.
Team : Robbie Ponting, Ryan Lamond, Demi Debola (Ashley 90+4)), Jason Darvall (Lawrence 79), Adam Brown y. Tom Guiney ©, James Hatch y (Payne 90+4), Alex O’Brien y r, Lorrell Smith, Ash Fuller, Aarron Browne y.
Subs; Kai Ashley, Ricky Lawrence, Phil Payne, Makudzeyi Makuza Aaron Gooch.