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Match Report - 1st XI v Kew Association

From the beginning of the season the Gaffer has stressed the importance of our home form. So after conceding a last minute equaliser last week, it was vitally important we got back to winning ways at ‘The Hill’ We again started in a 3-5-2 shape. With the back 3 of Wattsy, Power and Jacko a combined 19ft and 45stone of centre half for Kew to try and get round/literally around. Talk at the start of the game focussed on taking the pressure off and getting back to our own version of tiki taka... Jamo ball! That’s precisely what we did, we settled early. Everyone was looking comfortable on the ball. Perry was looking to play short from the back. And the midfield 3 of Jamo, Breeno and Elsey were getting lots of time on the ball. Elsey especially realishing his slightly more advanced position. The deserved breakthrough came when some quick thinking from Pel in goal released Jacko to slowly maurade down the right. A delightfully weighted pass down the channel to Elsey who broke the Kew lines. A wickedly whipped in cross was met by Callum who finished neatly for his first goal of the season. With Stationers looking in complete control now it wasn’t long before the second was added. A corner from Seany D was flicked on by Stringfellows best customer. A quick shuffle of his feet and bosh a second for Callum Jamo and Breen always willing to receive the ball in the middle allowed us to really control the game. And once we go Elsey on the Half turn in the oppos half they were struggling to get in the game Chances for a third before the break were spurned. Sean Emile Heskey Derrick missing a sitter of an open goal after some lovely work by Power down the left. A cheeky chipped effort from Jacko also hit the bar. A jinking run from Sean that took him past 4 or 5 Kew defenders just lacked the composed shot it deserved. But 2-0 was the least we deserved at the break. The goals will start to come and match the quality of your performance Seany! With the Stella’s kicking in and The Hills firm starting to find their voice it was always gonna be hard for Kew to get back into this game. The banter on the side lines was flowing. Every free flowing stationers move was greeted with Ole’s. The third goal came from the left. Bradley’s cross come shot catching the Kew keeper scrambling. Resulting in pandemonium on the touchline. It’s nice to be on the receiving end of a goal like that for once. Simon was endearing himself to the ref as always and when bundled down by the Keeper for a clear cut pen a quick glance and it was waved away. Those can be the decisions

that go against you if we give the man in the middle too much stick. Something for us all to think about! As we tired our 3-5-2 was becoming more of a 5-4-1 and Kew started to build a bit of pressure. We probably have the woodwork and a comedy of a finish to thank for our clean sheet. All in all, a great professional performance and a good drink had in the bar after. That’s the Stationers way! COYS!

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