Chalfont Wasps 1-2 YUFC
Man of the Match: Jake Domoney
A new season, a new league and off to Chalfont Wasps for the first game.
Even with a little rain recently, the pitch was as expected – hard, bare and like many games of the day, difficult conditions to play.
In the first twenty minutes, Chalfont provided all the pressure with Yateley’s defence holding well and restricting them to no real efforts on goal. Yateley then imposed themselves more on the game and looked the most likely team to score, although producing only one or two real chances. A scrappy half and not one to write home about.
The second half looked as though it would go the same way, very scrappy and lots of whistle blowing from the referee. In fact, it seemed as though in the whole game there was no more than a maximum of 60 seconds played without the whistle being blown.
6 minutes into the second half, Chalfont scored the opening goal. A long free kick headed down for the No. 10 left with loads of space in the 6-yard-box to finish. Less than 5 minutes later, Yateley had redressed the balance when White put a lovely through ball for Moore to cross and which even the ever busy Domoney had to stoop to head in. A good move and a fine finish.
An error in the defence seemed to set Chalfont up for a certain goal, however a great tackle from Charlie Wilcox ensured the game remained 1-1. The whole game was very stop-start and very difficult to get into any flow and being the bigger team, the Wasps threw many high balls into the area which were confidently dealt with by Currey claiming everything or punching with distance.
30 minutes in and a first. Chalfont No. 10 was sin-binned – a new rule being trialled – and the Wasps were down to 10 men for ten minutes. A lesson learned that any form of dissent this season could be costly. Yateley attempted to take advantage and tried to play some football. Gibbons had a good chance fall to him but cleared the crossbar with his shot. Substitute, James King, made a great run down the left past two players before nearly putting White in. The resulting scramble ended with the goalkeeper managing to get the ball clear.
Yateley were now much more dominant for the last 10 minutes and the resulting 9 minutes of stoppage time. Within stoppage time and with Chalfont back to 11, King played a perfectly weighted ball into fellow sub Allen‘s path who finished first time with aplomb. Although a couple of chances fell to White at the end, King came the closest with a shot from the edge of the area rattling the bar.
A scrappy game, with too many stoppages, but a well deserved win and a good start to the season.