Saturday, 25 September 2010

A4 goal thriller next to the A3

Stefan Joseph (10 in the red/white) celebrates the 2-0 scoreline early on

Hopperational details
Friday 24 September 2010, Colliers Wood United 2  Raynes Park Vale 2, a local derby in the Step 5 Combined Counties Premier League.  No randomness needed as it is the only accessible fixture for me tonight.
This match in one sentence
Colliers Wood failed to hold on to their early two-goal lead, and a late equaliser means the points are shared.
So what?
Colliers Wood are 4th but have played two more games than most teams in the top half of the table.  Raynes Park Vale will be pleased with this point against their local rivals, but are still looking for their first league win of the season.
Who caught the eye on the pitch?
Colliers Wood striker Stefan Joseph scored both of his team’s goals with powerful finishes, and were it not for brave goalkeeping he might have had at least a hat-trick.  His pacy team-mate Cornell McKoy appeared on both flanks, bright orange boots clashing horribly with the red kit.  Raynes Park’s Marc Skinner completed a lung-bursting run from full-back to get the cross in for the late equaliser. 
This match had the same effect on my pulse rate as …
… an unexpected SatNav malfunction which, instead of vital guidance for coping with the A205 South Circular Road, gives out step-by-step instructions for stuffing an ostrich in the voice of Nigella Lawson.
A snippet from the programme
Prophetic words from the editor: “… as is the norm, form goes out of the window on such occasions and we will need to play well to have a chance of claiming the three points on offer tonight.”
What I learned today
Do not miss the entrance to the Colliers Wood ground, which is accessible only from the southbound side of the A3 dual carriageway.  Otherwise you have to experience the double frustration of finding a safe turning place before you can pass the ground again by an equal distance heading north on the other side.  As the gateman said as he cheerfully allowed me to double-park, “You’re not the first to do that, and you won’t be the last!”
Coming up next
Paulton Rovers v Didcot Town in the FA Cup tomorrow (Sat 25 Sept).

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