Thursday, 9 April 2015

Show of Substance from The Moles

The programme is recycled from 28 February when the original fixture was postponed.  Intriguingly, there are two "blacked-out" sections where manual changes have been made to something that must have been considered in hindsight to be unwise, offensive or libellous.

Hopperational details
Date & Venue
Wednesday 8 April 2015 at 412 Walton Road
Molesey 5 Epsom & Ewell 0
Combined Counties Premier (Step 5)
Ground 561, chosen for geographical reasons.
Pre-match preparation
Molesey are second in the league but have games in hand over leaders Camberley Town, so technically they have the title in their own hands despit having lost the last two league games.  Epsom & Ewell have top-half-of-the-table respectability.
This match in one sentence
A dominant performance from the title-chasing home side.
So what?
The gap to Camberley is five points but two matches in hand, and the leaders come here to Moseley on Saturday 18 April.  That could well turn out to be a title decider.
The drama unfolds
Molesey’s intentions were clear from the start.  After only two minutes, Joe Pratley-Jones sent a great ball into the channel for Matt Baxter whose shot was only just wide.  My first clip to set the scene is after ten minutes and contains a fair bit of defending by the visitors!  Molesey are in white and black.

Epsom & Ewell weathered the early storm and might even have taken the lead after unselfish play from Kyle Hough (or Ryll Hughes as he appeared on the teamsheet!) set up a shooting chance, scuffed by Matt Farrell.  It took a penalty to break the deadlock.  Reis Stanislaus is a big lad but someone pushed him over and Baxter scored from the spot.  1-0 after 21 mins

Baxter is about to open the scoring
Molesey were well on top now and there were several instances of brave goalkeeping by Michael Eacott.  They had clearly been working on corner-kick routines too.  The second goal duly came along.  James McShane broke free and rounded the keeper before being tripped.  The referee had the presence of mind to wave play on as Stanislaus arrived at speed to bury the shot.  At least the keeper got to stay on the pitch that way!  2-0 after 36 mins

McShane got on the scoresheet himself just before the interval.  3-0 after 44 mins and at HT.

Any thoughts that the home side might take a breather were banished soon after the restart and Baxter lofted the ball over the keeper for a neat goal.  4-0 after 48 mins

I made my second clip coincide with the passage overhead of the International Space Station.  It’s the white dot visible after 20 seconds, though my camera pan makes it look faster than it really appears.  Maybe you had to be there.

Molesey soon had their fifth goal, Dre Grobler finishing well in a one-on-one.  5-0 after 59 mins

Molesey hit the post after an unintentional flick by Tom Windsor, and they did try for number six.  Their attacking unit played well and linked effectively, with McShane prominent.  Epsom & Ewell for their part kept their heads up but they could not even get a consolation goal.  Final score 5-0
Ground Pix

More balcony space than at Orient!
Match Pix

Something You Don’t Get in the Premier League

I can't take the credit for the term "Scooby Tree" but this one has eyes.  With a bit of editing, below, this one would scare off any camper van full of stereotypes and their dog(s).

Goalkeeper Top Colour Stats
This was green against green (albeit differing shades) so nothing much to report.  Will update the table later in the month.
What Next?
Follow @GrahamYapp on Twitter for details!  Probably next up Cambridge United v Accrington Stanley on Saturday.

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