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Second X1 vs Punjab Utd Res

Match Date: 01 September 2018
Score: 2-1

Today we were away at Punjab and the pitch was in good condition with the small periods of rain we’ve had recently. I was able to pick a slightly stronger squad this week with players coming back from holiday, injury etc. We setup to make ourselves harder to beat this week, after last weeks result, so went with a 4-2-3-1 . It turned out to be a good decision with Mike Holiday and Ellis Chidley in the two holding roles. Mike coming back from a long term injury is getting better every week and with the youthful legs of Ellis next to him found space and time enough to control the deep midfield spaces. Our goals came from firstly a penalty, Kaiyo Peeke, who’s energy is second to none, burst into the box only to be brought down and up stepped out number 9 for the day, Chris Carcary, to Cooley slide the ball into the corner of the goal, 1-0 . Second half started and after a good half time talk , where I pointed out that our midfield was plenty good enough to keep the ball on the floor and play, we started to control the game and we had our best period of possession in the game. Our second goal came from the determination of Chris Carcary and with a ball slid into the box their keeper wasn’t quick enough and parried the ball and it riquoched onto Chris , who was glad to claim it. The subs that came on made a real difference today as well, with Roan Ferguson coming into a cam role and surprisingly doing fantastically well. Karrum Lee came on and terrorised the left back . Sam Capper sured up the defence for our Captain, Ben Reader and Shaun Dowling came on for Chris and intelligently dropped back into the middle when needed. Overall a good performance with Ben Cornelius pulling off one worldy save on top of several other good ones to keep the score line 2-0 . Punjab’s goal came from a free kick and I personally thought it was a foul on our keeper but credit to Punjab , they kept battling to the end and hit the crossbar with a few minutes to go. A good win for the Bear Cubs and we look forward to taking on Faversham Reserves next week.
Report by Larry Hays