Clapham Rovers

Match Report

Match Report - 04 Sep 2011, Clapham Rovers Clapham Rovers beat Worcester Park Rangers

As Gary Glitter once said ‘It’s good to be back!’

Clapham Rovers are up and running with a workman-like victory over Worcester Park Rangers in the first league fixture of the new season.

At one stage we were 4-0 up and although this would have been a flattering score-line, I think we fully deserved to register the 3 points after running out eventual 4-2 winners. It won’t be the prettiest football that we play this season, but on a small tight pitch we battled hard and showed a good level of performance which should give us plenty of encouragement that we can do well in a higher division this season following an unorthodox double promotion.

Here is a brief run-down of the goals:-

1-0 An own goal courtesy of a raking diagonal free-kick from Dave Larkin on the half way line. Played into the mixer and is competed for well, with the ball being deflected over the goalie to give us a 1-0 lead at half-time.

2-0 A powerful header from Jim from a corner stood up by Gaz at the back post. A welcomed goal-scoring return from our Dion Dublin-esque (minus the massive dong) CB turner striker after a barren 2010/11

3-0 An opposition short corner led to a classic counter attacking goal as Gaz harries the opposition, comes away with the ball and plays it into midfield where despite a slight coming together the ball is released by Bunny over the top onto a galloping Gori who had steamed up field from right back to nonchalantly lob the keeper for a well deserved debut goal. Two early second half goals in relatively quick succession. Damage done.

4-0 The build up to the fourth goal eludes my memory somewhat (must have been after my contact lenses had fallen out), but I do recall it ending with James Smith tucking the ball away nicely into the near post from just inside the opposition penalty area. A pre-season recruitment drive clearly reaping its rewards.

4-1 A long punt from the goalkeeper has our defences back turned which gives their pacey number 15 the opportunity to run with the ball. A mixture of skill and luck sees him bundle past our two centre backs, leaving all parties clutching knees as he smashes it home from a tight angle.

4-2 A return cross from a dying corner is nodded home with one of the last touches of the game as a result of some ‘tired’ marking.

It was a victory that deserved as much to hard-work and endeavour as to moments of quality and I must thank everyone for the effort that they put in. I seriously couldn’t fault anyone’s performance or work-rate and think that we looked very well organised for a first game of the season that included a few unfamiliar faces.

My MOM goes to: Gori. A close decision as there were numerous fine individual performances, but Gori just nicks it for mixing a strong defensive display with good composure on the ball and a willingness to get forward whenever the opportunity presented itself, a display that was capped with a fine goal.



Clapham Rovers Clapham Rovers 4 - 2 Worcester Park Rangers ()

Name Goals Details
1 Enza Lawal  
2 Gori Yahaya   1 MOM
3 Joe Abbott  
4 Charlie Benson  
5 Miles Birch  
6 Simon Birch  
7 Dan Bryant  
8 Andy Carswell  
9 Ryan Cerenko  
10 Bill Cogan  
11 James Daly  
12 Tony Diaz  
13 Dan Endara  
14 Juan Endara  
15 Jordan Gaskell  
16 Dan Harley  
17 Adam Hill  
18 Stuart Holden  
19 Daniel Horner  
20 Will Irvine  
21 Jimmy Joyce  
22 Graeme Keenan  
23 Chris Kew  
24 Matt Klemperer  
25 David Lakin   O:G scored from his cross
26 Thomas Lee  
27 Gaz Lloyd  
28 Homed Lyons  
29 Sean Lyons  
30 James Mark   1
31 Tom Matthews  
32 David Murphy  
33 Oliver O'Callaghan  
34 Steve O'Herlihy  
35 Seb Purnell  
36 Tom Radford  
37 Dave Richards  
38 Rob Shields  
39 James Smith   1
40 Jeremy Trost  
41 Aidan Victorin  
42 Matt Warren  
43 Nick Woodward  
44 Matt Wright  
45 Jack Cogan  
46 Steve Wheeler