Monday, 27 July 2015

Takeley Vs Saffron Walden – Saturday 25th July 2015

Takeley 0 – Saffron Walden 2 – Saturday 25th July 2015

I was sitting at the bar of my local pub on Friday night watching the heavy rain come down, hoping the match was not going to be called off. Lucky for me the match was still on. Armed with my shirt and scarf I was on my way to Takeley.

The first thing I noticed when I walked through the turn style was the excellent quality of the pitch. The grass looked almost perfect. Great work, Takeley grounds team!  After meeting up with Peter, Jon and Martin and we gave our result predictions, we headed off to the back of the goal ready for kick off.

Walden started lively and moved well with some nice wing play. Takeley would make some great runs on the break. The Takeley defence played very well and made some excellent tackles and blocks to deny Walden getting on the score sheet. I think there were at least 6 different players who had shots saved or blocked. We applauded both teams for their skills. Walden kept putting the pressure on. We knew it was only a matter of time before we would break the dead lock. Not long before half time and after some great work from the team Shaun Avis picked his pass perfectly and Sam Gregory slotted the ball past the keeper’s out stretched right arm into the bottom corner. Great finish from the new Blood to add to his tally from mid-week.

I felt confident at half time that we would win as long as we kept this momentum up. After a few changes in the second half the Bloods continued to pressure the Takeley defence. Takeley would again break well and give our defence a hard time. They had some great pace going forward.

Our second goal came about 15 minutes into the second half. And what a goal it was! The ball was passed back to Louis Harper near the edge of the area when he launched a rocket into the keeper’s top right corner. The keeper had no chance. It was the type of goal that Steven Gerrard would have been proud of. If that had been scored in the upcoming season it would definitely be a contender for goal of the season. The Bloods were hungry for more goals and Wiggy came close to make it 0-3 but the ball was tipped over the bar. Overall the match was a success and we continued our good pre-season form to make it 4 wins and 1 loss…Is it too early to begin counting how many games we go unbeaten?

Man of the match was very hard to choose. It was between Gregory and Harper. I decided to choose Sam Gregory.  Though Louis Harper’s goal was superb, Gregory worked tirelessly throughout his first full 90 minutes for the Bloods, which resulted in some great team work and, to cap it off, a quality goal.


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