|12/02/2022||12:15||East Berkshire Football Alliance||2021-2022|
|Racecourse Ground 3G 11-a-side|
|Sunninghill and Ascot, Ascot, Windsor and Maidenhead, South East, England, United Kingdom|
SEVEN UP RAIDERS OVERCOME BRAVE BUT DEPLETED MARLOW!!
Raiders entertained Marlow at the Racecourse yesterday afternoon and after some disappointing recent results, recorded their first win of 2022.
With only 11 available players and with one of those 11 playing his first game in 2 years after injury, Marlow looked a useful side in the opening few minutes. Raiders however soon gained control and 10 mins in created the first real chance, Morgan crossing to Euan who played the ball onto Cory who shot just wide. Five mins later Marlow almost scored but a combination of Musty and James Barclay cleared the ball off the line. Raiders were increasingly dominating the game and it was no real surprise when Cory opened the scoring with a brave header. Other chances fell to Harry and Freddie but the keeper saved both and a Hari shot went wide. Jamie then got in on the act on 26 mins, shooting over and 3 mins later scored the second goal with a header. With their dominance it seemed only a matter of time before Raiders would score again and so it proved when on 31 mins Finlay stroked home the third from a cross. Shortly afterwards James had a goal disallowed for offside but on the stroke of half time he scored with a majestic volley from the right-hand corner of the penalty area from a deep corner kick. HT 4-0
The second half was completely dominated by Raiders with Musty having virtually nothing to do. When Marlow had the ball Raiders won it back high up the pitch with Hari leading from the front. More chances were created with some delightful approach play, particularly overlapping down the right. Chances came and went, Harry shooting over the bar, James shooting wide but on occasion the final ball wasn’t of sufficient quality. However, with the constant pressure and with Marlow going down to 10 men on occasion, more goals seemed inevitable and so it proved. A sublime ball from Jack into space behind the defence allowed Cory to run onto it and chip the advancing keeper. Jimbo then added a sixth from a Rufus cross and Finlay completed the scoring from a Jimbo cross.
Final score 7-0 on a surface where we seem to play our best football. Once the boys decided to pass and move rather than try and do it individually, they looked really good. A lot of credit must go to the Marlow boys and their Manager and Coach, the lads played their hearts out and Toby and Joe were unstinting in their praise of our football.