Merton 1s v Carshalton – 9th February 2013
The 1s got back to winning ways in a tight and fiery encounter against bottom of the league Carlshalton. With conditions at the Hood just about playable we settled quickest and controlled the opening 15 minutes but were unable to convert a flurry of half chances, the best of which fell to Bosher and Jonesy. From a position of relative comfort we quickly found ourselves two goals down after a combination of some very sloppy defending and good finishing by the Carlshalton front two. Thankfully though there was to be no repeat of last week. Although without Browner’s goal-saving sprint and robbing of their winger at the start of the second half it could have been worse. After this we dominated the half and after a trademark Woody free-kick and a well taken finish by Bosher we were back on level terms. With 20 minutes to go there was only going to be one winner and, after Femi and Reesy had spurned decent chances, it was down to that man Bosher to turn in the winner to ensure our first win of 2013. It was a spirited squad performance with all 14 playing their part but we can’t afford to give teams two goal leads if we harbour hopes of challenging for a place in the top half of the table.
Team:Oaksey (GK), Al Gladkow, Browner,Clappers, Jonesy, Woody (Dan Whiteman, 60), Tilley (John Lynch, 20), Hoppy, Tom Reece, Matty Bosher, Jason Marsh (Femi, 60).
Written by:James Tilley