MATCHWEEK FOUR - REVIEW
At long last the British weather held off this week, meaning that a full quota of games were played and we saw 6 teams in action.
Sutton Coldfield Town continued their perfect start and made it three wins out of three after beating Yate Town 3-1 away from home. Sutton Coldfield emerge as the early team to beat and top the table on nine points. Frome Town moved up to second place in the table after managing their first win of the season against Chesham United. The Robins beat Chesham 4-3 in an entertaining seven-goal thriller. Kidlington also picked up their first win of the season, coming from a goal behind to beat Swindon Supermarine 3-1.
With no postponed games this week and three fixtures going ahead in #MatchweekFour, it means a return for #TeamOfTheWeek. Congratulations to all players nominated and selected by their coaches and special mention to Alfie Terry of Frome Town who was named ‘Player of the Week!’ after his two goals helped Frome on the way to their first victory of the season.
With three fixtures being played in #MatchweekFour we have a full length edition of The SLFA Highlights Show. This week’s show contains late goal drama, superb solo efforts and some all-round great team performances.
The #MatchweekFour Game Review of the Week comes from an action packed game at Chesham United where both the home side and the visitors, Frome Town, looked get their first win on the board.
TERRY TEARS CHESHAM APART
With poor weather and waterlogged pitches leaving both Chesham United and Frome Town frustrated on 1 point from just 1 game, both sides would be keen to shake off the cobwebs and kick-start their campaign with a win in this SLFA #MatchweekFour fixture.
Chesham started the game at a very high tempo, driving the Frome Town defence back and putting the away side under pressure from the first whistle. They made this pressure count and after 10-minutes, the home team were in front via a Blaaze Lawrence goal. After some tidy footwork on the edge of the box by Chesham Striker, Callum Gerrard, he played in Lawrence who skipped past one defender, worked the ball onto his left foot and was able to get off a shot that was well placed and out of reach for the Frome Town keeper. Chesham United 1-0 Frome Town.
Chesham didn’t let up after going in front and were pushing for a second. First George Blanks was able to find some space on the edge of the Frome Town and shoot but it was straight at the keeper and then a well-placed dink forward from Matt Clifford found Gerrard moving forward but couldn’t steer his toe poked effort towards goal.
Just before the half-hour mark, Chesham had what could have been their easiest chance of the game. A corner from the right hand side was driven in towards the front-post but three Frome defenders all fluffed their lines and couldn’t clear. With defenders being attracted to the ball, Blanks was unmarked at the back post where he found himself with bags of time but his shot on the half-volley was blasted straight at Connor Carr-George in the Frome goal.
Chesham will be frustrated by not making their early pressure count for more as Alfie Terry rounded off a perfect counter attack to level things up after 32 minutes. Cameron Curtis travelled forward with the ball and played a perfectly weighted ball to Alfie Terry who was galloping forward down the right channel. He outpaced one defender and stroked the ball home just before the recovering Michael Amajie could make a tackle. Chesham United 1-1 Frome Town.
Just two minutes later, Frome Town were ahead. Fabiane Gratton gave them the lead on 34 minutes after a poor goal-kick was intercepted in the middle of the park and headed forward by Cameron Curtis. Fabiane Gratton latched on to the ball and managed to ride a tackle from a Chesham defender and hold off another, allowing him to slot home the visitors second goal. Chesham United 1-4 Frome Town.
Five minutes after taking the lead, Frome Town Frome scored their third goal and gave themselves some breathing room. A corner from the right-hand side was driven in by Alfie Rosser but was headed to the edge of the box by a Chesham defender. The headed clearance fell straight to Sam Hobbs who shifted to ball to Cameron Curtis. Curtis had time to get a shot off on the half volley that was acrobatically palmed up in the air by the Chesham keeper. The ball bounced on the goal-line and took an unfortunate backspin, over the goal line. Chesham United 1-3 Frome Town.
On the 45-minute mark, Alfie Terry scored his second goal of the game to cap off a terrific first half performance for Frome Town. Reuben Edwards started the move with a brilliant cross field through ball to Terry down the left wing. Again, Terry showed off his pace and ruthlessness as he managed to beat his defender and drive home his second goal of the game in to the far corner. Chesham United 1-4 Frome Town.
After going a goal behind at the start of the game, Frome showed brilliant character by not letting their heads drop and scoring four goals in the last 15 minutes of the half to into the break 4-1 up.
HALF TIME: Chesham United 1-4 Frome Town.
Frome picked up where they left off in the first half and were right on to the front foot to begin the second half. It was Alfie Terry causing problems again for Chesham, this time he was the supplier of a brilliant switching ball to Reuben Edwards who was in acres of space on the left wing. Edwards marched in behind the Chesham defence and only had the keeper, Ryan Scrivens, to beat. Scrivens was off his line quickly and made a brilliant save to deny a fifth goal for Frome.
Frome came close again on 55 minutes when Ethan Green nicked the ball off Callum Gerard on the edge of the Chesham box. Green ghosted past a Chesham defender who was scared to bring him down and Green let off a powerful left footed shot towards the near post. Scrivens was alert to the danger in the Chesham net and made the save to deny Green.
Chesham got back into the game after 63 minutes thanks to a wonderfully chipped effort from substitute, Ryan Hopkinson. Deryn Fowler peeled away with the ball onto the left flank and played it forward to Hopkinson who was unmarked on the edge of the box. He took his time to get his shot off but managed to lift the ball over the keeper for a Chesham United goal. Chesham United 2-4 Frome Town.
The home-side were given hope by a stunning free kick from Blaaze Lawrence on the 77-minute mark. After a free-kick was awarded to Chesham at least 30-odd yards out, Blaaze Lawrence was feeling confident and put his foot through it. The ball sailed over the Frome Town keeper and ended up in the back of the net. Chesham United 3-4 Frome Town.
The third goal for Chesham really seemed to spark some life into the Chesham side and they could have had a fourth very late on in the game if it wasn’t for a diving save by Carr-George in the Frome net. Chesham were given a free-kick near to the left corner of the box and after already showing off his brilliant free-kick technique, Blaaze Lawrence more than fancied his chances. His confidence was nearly rewarded as he blasted his free-kick at the near post of the Frome goal but was denied by a brilliant save from Carr-George.
A tremendous first half performance by Frome gave them enough of a lead to withstand the second half resurgence by Chesham United. Credit to the home side who never gave up and were just a full length save away from equalising at the death.
FULL TIME: Chesham United 3-4 Frome Town.