Wey Valley Reserves1
Traco Athletic were on the road for the second week on the bounce, this time was a trip into the unknown, paying a visit to Bordon, as their hosts were Wey Valley Reserves.
Cameron Gittoes and Sam Hull returned to the starting lineup following their golfing absence a week back against Mytchett, while Macauley Pond took the armband and slotted into his usual central midfield role. Cain Fitzsimons’s burst lip and bulging eye seemed to have recovered well and came straight back into the fold. Jake Stephens and Tom Popplewell dropped to the bench for this one.
As the afternoon progressed, it became a little bit chilly towards the end, despite the sun beaming down on us from the very start.
When Joe Chuter opted for the wrong pass, and losing possession in the process, Wey Valley took advantage of the counter attack and almost caught us off our guard, bar Hull, who recovered well to hack it clear for a throw-in on the far side.
At precisely 2 minutes, 50 seconds, luckily for him, Fitzsimons’s flick reached Chuter. All the latter had to do is to skip past the last defender and drill it low and through the legs of the oncoming Wey Valley goalkeeper. He did exactly that for Traco to take an early lead.
There were a couple of lets say controversial decisions in this game. One of those involving Chuter’s cross, which Fenton rose to, who looked to be clattered into from behind – no penalty, as the referee waived play on.
The visitors did get their second of the afternoon when a quick throw taken by Chuter down the near flank was beyond TJ’s natural path, Fitzsimons gratefully received the ball and zoomed towards goal, making no mistake in pulling the trigger, wheeling away to celebrate.
That very same man, Fitzsimons, could, or should, have had a second tally to his name on the scoresheet, as TJ unselfishly pulled it back for Fitzsimons, whose run was judged to have been offside by a rather belated raised flag down the near side.
At 34 minutes, Valley’s 9 went almost unchallenged with his run into the box, minus Theo’s last-ditch block, only for the rebound to bounce out to the same player, to slot it into the bottom left way out of the reach of Gittoes.
Although his shot:goal ratio won’t particularly do Traco any favours, when he scores, Kyran Fenton does it in very fine style. He had a chance four minutes before the interval when George, the blonde one, teed him up, but leaned back too much as he got the shot away.
The half-time break came and gone, with the home side finishing the half with some promise of getting back into the game, with just the one goal separating the two sides.
Theo Verissimo and Tom Joy made way for Tom Popplewell and Jake Stephens for Traco’s changes for the start of the second half.
Kyran managed to scoop his set piece nicely up and over the wall, with Chuter kicking it out of the hands of the goalkeeper, who was in full control of the ball, as Kitch was on hand to simply tap it home. Rightly so, the referee was in exactly the correct position and angle to whistle and award the free kick.
Try to say this one quickly… Fenton fed Fitzsimons, who had the Valley goalkeeper at full stretch to deny him, with a superb acrobatic save, to palm it behind for a corner.
With twenty-five left on the clock, Jake provided the assist for Cain to smash home at 3-1.
In the dying moments of the game, Danny’s throw fell to Jake, releasing Fenton, who rushed onto the end of it and took no prisoners with a thumping finish.
Three weeks of mostly positive performances, with a few tweaks needed here and there. 21 goals and 9 points from our opening 3 games is certainly an impressive statistic. The players return to training this Wednesday, and looking forward to next Saturday’s match, Kyle Kitch is set to mark his final game for Traco, moving abroad.
Macauley Pond (c)