After a poor result last week Manager, Paul Prosser decided to make a change in formation from 4-4-2 to a 4-5-1 with a view to tightening space in midfield. Jordan Turner returned to a more familiar role at left-back, with new-signing, Max Humphrey in at centre-back.
An iffy start for Radars saw the away side create a few opportunities early on. At 10 minutes in radars fell behind, the opposition player forced a decent save from goalkeeper, Ian Hayward, however the City striker was first to react to the rebound and score. Shortly after, the opposition had another chance; a half-volley struck powerfully headed over the bar by Ollie Belgrave to save the Radars goal.
For the next 15 minutes Radars looked a tad more settled and organised until at 35 minutes, the City winger played a ball across the face of goal for the incoming striker to knock into the back of the Radars net. 2-0.
Radars found themselves three-down at 40 minutes when the opposition striker found space on the ball inside the box before finishing well to take City further ahead before half-time.
For another spell of 15 minutes or so Radars were looking more organised and posed more of a threat. Eventually central midfielder, Ryan Lupton struck past the opposition keeper from the edge of the box to give radars hope. 3-1.
City then proceeded to take back control of the game. Getting through on goal on several occasions. A notable chance stopped when a strike from 10 yards forced a superb reaction save from Ian Hayward in goal, a strong left hand diverting the ball over the bar.
Substitute Harry Lupton looked dangerous coming into left-wing but in the end the away side cruised to the final whistle, picking up two more goals in quick succession later in the game.
Sunday 17 September 2017
Blackwater and Dengie League Division 2
Great Notley 5 v 4 Woodham Radars Jets
The Jets arrived at old friends’ and rivals Notley looking immaculate in their new home kits (sponsored by The Retro Quiz). Jake looked to have got us off to a flying start when his shot on goal appeared to all the supporters to have gone from the underside of the crossbar. Whilst we celebrated the linesman put his flag up and no goal. The first ten minutes passed with the Jets very much on top – Marcello with a great through ball to Chris gratefully bundled up by the Notley keeper but despite the pressure it was Notley that scored the opener and with the back three of Nathan L, Marcello and John, under increasing pressure a second followed – Ben having no chance from a long distance overhead lob. 2 -0
The Jets’ heads didn’t go down. Two free kicks followed with Haydn and Nathan P taking but it was Tom who opened Chris up to slot one past the Notley keeper 2-1 and game on. Tom was unlucky not to equalise shortly after (at this point one of our younger supporters decided to write about the Pikachu she had bought the previous day so notes are a bit sketchy!!). Shaun’s attempt on goal, from a pass from William, went agonisingly close.
Alfie came on for a hardworking Shaun and shortly after Chris scored a second going one on one with the keeper and coming out top. Half time 2 -2.
The second half saw more of the same with the Jets pushing forward but Great Notley also pressing. Tom came close again and at the back Marcello made some well timed tackles. Jack on the wing was unlucky not to get the ball away. Alfie’s pass found Tom whose shot on goal rebounded only for Chris to pounce and get his hat-trick 2 – 3.
Notley had corner kick after corner kick so it was inevitable that their equaliser would come 3 – 3. However the Jets had other ideas and Tom, once again, with a great assist, found Chris who lobbed the ball over the keeper’s head to make it 3 – 4.
It appeared that Chris wasn’t happy with the 4 goals but his next attempt was at a very difficult angle and Haydn was denied by the post on the rebound. William came close too with a long range free kick. Jon, Chris, William and Tom combined well to try and put the game to bed but couldn’t get past a very resolute Notley defence. The Jets defence was also putting on a decent display with Ben coming out, Nathan W, Nathan L and Marcello all had to work together to keep Notley at bay.
It was Notley though who scored again making it 4-4 and whilst the linesman and supporters all joked about it being 5 – 5 at full time both teams were going all out for a winner. Jake made a lovely little back pass to Chris to continue putting the Notley keeper under pressure alongside Ishkaar and Shaun but it was not to be and with 2 minutes to full time. Notley made it 5.
A very entertaining game to watch despite the result – definitely looking forward to the reverse fixture.
Thank you to Pete our linesman and to our sponsor The Retro Quiz.
Woodham Radars Jets are: Ben, Marcello, Nathan L, Nathan W, Jonathan, William, Shaun, Haydn, Tom, Jake, Ishkaar, Chris, Alfie, Nathan P, Jack