Clapham Rovers

Match Report

Match Report - 06 Sep 2009, Clapham Rovers Clapham Rovers beat Valtaro Wasteel

Clapham Rovers,

A fantastic result achieved on Sunday. A performance of grit, determination and commitment. Everyone showed a never-say-die spirit and a will to win which carried us through against a team who played some cracking football and had the bulk of the possession. After so many disappointing result last year, this was a true team performance in the face of adversity, finely capped by two very pleasing goals indeed.

If this attitude can be maintained throughout the year then we can look forward to a successful and enjoyable season.

Our opening league match is Sunday 13th August. Details to follow soon. GET INVOLVED!


'Magic Match Moments'

A calm and assured debut from new keeper Tom Willing who brought a stability between the sticks, not seen for Clapham Rovers in living memory.

A burdgeoning centre back pairing of Matt Wright and Zen, who snuffed out the Wasteel attack and made some superb last ditch tackles.

A cracking debut from Dan 'Hitman' Harley. He gave the opposition defenders a torrid time with his pace. A secret weapon for the new season. Excellent assist for the first goal, a left footed cutback.

Set pieces. Good delivery from Matt Wright and Zen. Great to see so many Clapham Rovers challenging for the ball and showing real determination to get on the end of them. Let's keep this up.

Matt 'Bunny' Warren proving that the centre midfield spot can be his own with a wholehearted action man display.

Rhys and Emmanuel 'Manny' Yeboah. Two players who soldiered on through adversity and didn't throw in the towel.

The new left side pairing of Nat and Tom Mackean. Two veritable terriers who hassled and harried the opposition.

A fine second goal. We can be a big threat from set pieces this season due to our height and ability. A lovely floated corner from Matt and a smart header from Andrew Carswell into the top corner. BOSH. GAME OVER.

A clean sheet. Something not seen at all last season. A fantastic reward for the team for never shirking a challenge, putting in plenty of tackles and never allowing the opposition to relax. This spirit is vital for the upcoming season.

Not Quite So Magic Match Moments

We are too quiet. I want to hear more chat and calling of names. This is especially true when making a pass.

Too many foul throws. We will work on these before the next match.

And Finally......

Upon being faced with a marauding left winger dribbling the ball down the wing, and also a ball which had rolled onto the pitch from the match next to us, Mr Andrew Carswell decided to ignore the match ball and kick the stray one off instead. Thus leaving the winger to continue his run down the pitch. Please concentrate on our balls Andy.

After taking goal kicks quite beautifully throughout the match, late in the second half, Zen decided to adjust his technique. He turned to debutant Goalkeeper Tom and said 'I'm going to punt this.' The resulting kick was a swirling, toe bonk of an effort which went higher than it did forwards. Punting is for lakes and pleasant rivers in the company of a lady. It has no place in Sunday league football.

I scored an absolutely screamer to put us 1-0 up after 60 minutes. After running about 50 yards to support 'Hotshot' Dan Harley, I received the ball just inside the box and from the left hand side, with my left foot, I smacked it first time into the centre of the goal, the goalie could only flail his arms as it shot past him. Unfortunately, my celebration completely let me down. I turned away, and in a style reminiscent of a 1950's commentator, I shouted 'oh what a goal, what A goal.' Several times. The surprise of the goal clearly spread across my face. I walked backed the centre circle with the opposition mumbling about it being a fluke. I will work on this embarrassing celebration.

Another debutant Tom Mackean, jumping up for another header, falling over into a crouching position and an oppostion player falling over him backwards. Like something out of the Cranky's or the Chuckle Brothers.

Valtaro Wasteel 0 - 2 Clapham Rovers Clapham Rovers ()

Name Goals Details
1 Tom Willing  
2 Andy Carswell   1
3 Nat Thompson  
4 Zen Anchors  
5 Matt Wright  
6 Matt Warren  
7 Chris Kew   1 Scorcher of a left footer
8 A.N. Other  
9 Dan Harley  
10 Rhys Cole  
11 Tom Mackean  
12 A.N. Other  
13 A.N. Other  
14 A.N. Other  
15 A.N. Other