Merton 1s v Crouch End Vampires – 23rd November 2013
Merton took the spoils against a typically competitive Crouch End side on a very wet and soggy Joseph Hood pitch. The game kicked off at a frantic pace with Woody dominating the ariel battle from the middle of the park and Ackers, Bosher and Snooks all causing the Vamps problems at the back. It was a matter of when, not if Merton would open the scoring and sure enough, after some half chances had gone begging it was Bosh that popped up inside the area to notch his sixth of the season. Not for the first time this year though, we failed to build on the good start and after some menacing play down the left, a Crouch End corner was headed in off the bar to send the teams in at half time on level terms. Back came Merton in the second half and it was Ackers that finished off from inside the box after Tillls had squared a cross from Snooks before Crouch End again levelled after their tricky number seven got in behind Browner to slot past Comnor. A flurry of good attacking play and poor finishing from Merton followed before Al G and Jason wrapped things up for us in the last 20 minutes for us. It was a well deserved three points with a good performance to match but we must learn to be more clinical in killing teams off if we harbour serious hopes of mounting a promotion challenge.
Written by:James Tilley