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Winchester 6 Haslemere 4

An excellent hard fought match. Winchester fielded a number of County players, but despite this Haslemere led 3-2 at half time. The first ten minutes of the second half were excellent, Haslemere playing as a team, focussed and structured. After Alex Butler had to come off for a few minutes with a sore Achilles tendon, the side lost its structure and power up front.

The defence fell asleep and Winchester scored three goals in rapid succession (poor marking, defenders out of position, poor tackling, lack of communication). The side recovered however, and came back strongly at the end to narrow the deficit to one goal.

Alex Butler was Man of the Match, though the whole squad played generally very well indeed, with enthusiasm and commitment, Laurence Foster leading by example at the back, Charlie Millsom playing an excellent central role in midfield and as Captain. The younger members of the squad also acquitted themselves very well – all in all, though this team may not have the skill levels of previous teams in every position on the field, it plays as a team, and with a commendable sense of purpose.

I’d like to thank Graham Dilworth for umpiring for us so well, and to all the parents who helped with transport and stayed to watch the match. Support from the sidelines has a huge impact on the way the players react, and on their commitment and determination. And thanks to all of you who helped with the coaching, tactics and half-time talk!

Report prepared by Iain McGregor
Date 27th September 2004