A venture into the unknown for Merton’s 4’s on Saturday as they entered the Surrey Cup for the first time in recent history with atrip down the A3. Even El Presidente Terry joined us for our away day to offer his support.

Thommo tinkered with his line up and played a fluent 4-3-3 formation and right from the start Merton seemed up for the game and settled into a good rhythm.

New Bosman signing Denys signed from ‘Chicken Kiev’ the gaffer’s words not mine was leading the line well, with good link up play with Ricky and Dan Kelly. Thommo was enjoying the freedom behind the front men and it was he who had the best 2 opportunities of theearly exchanges the 2nd of which being an attempted chip that floated just wide.

With the midfield on top, chances came and went for Merton as it began to look like it might be one of those days but fortunately 15 mins before the break the breakthrough finally came via a spot kick, our 2nd in 2 weeks when Dan Kelly was brought down in the box. Sean M cooley slotted home and Merton were on their way. 1 nil became 2 nil within moments as Thommo’s break and cross down the left (following a great pass by Essex ) found Dan Kelly at the back post and his header back across goal in turn found the debutant Denys to head home.

The second half followed the same format as Merton continued to carve out chances and it was no surprise when they added a third courtesy of a Thommo special as he flicked the ball up and volleyed top corner with his left peg. Thommo grabbed a fourth following a great team build up starting with Alex at the back continuing with a good hold up and through ball from Ian. An own goal completed the rout. Chappell preserved his 2nd clean sheet in a row with a fine block in the closing momentsto seal a good away day win.

Good performances all round particularly from Essex at the back supported by Pearcey, and Sean M in midfield. The gaffer was even seen to be smiling after the game…

MOM: Mark Thomas

Team:Chappell, Kieron, Pearcey, Essex, Alex R, Lofty (C), Shaun M, Thommo, Dan K, Denys, Ricardo. Subs – Ian J, Doddsy, Atko .

Attendence:7 people, 12 Sheep, 6 Horses.

Report by:Simon White

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