Traco Thump Five Past Hindhead
With the scheduled game reversed, struggling Hindhead Athletic were in town on Saturday afternoon as Traco looked to continue their 100% winning start in League action. Traco certainly didn’t fail to disappoint in thumping five past the visitors yet the game may be compared as being something similar to a deflated beach ball.
Traco came into this one on the back of a 1-0 win against Letef Select, but the scoreline was not a true reflection on the sheer number of chances gifted to Brown’s side a week previous. Had they been clinical with their opportunities, they could have wrapped up the game in the first half.
Despite it being sunny and blue skies on arrival, it appeared the temperature dropped and became quite breezy and nippy as the game progressed. We got the game underway a couple of minutes ahead of schedule. Traco fired their way into the lead as Connor Burley proved to be a sharp-shooter (no pun intended) in this one, blasting his 25-yard sweet screamer over the head of the jumping Hindhead shot-stopper. A little bit of a tongue twister to get your head around… Just a couple of minutes prior to Traco breaking the deadlock, the away side had a decent early chance, fizzing just wide of the post.
Next Burley fed Leatherhead Youth graduate Kyran Fenton, who exploited the nearside flank only for his shot to skim across the face of goal – in which time, I was very proud of my tweet antics for the afternoon, particularly with the one printed below.
21: Burley’s deflected ball allows Fenton to exploit the flank and cross skims across 😊 of goal and out for a goal kick.
— Traco Athletic FC (@TracoAthleticFC) February 24, 2018
It was one of my iconic “I don’t know Jeff” moments when – busy snapping a few static snaps of players at the other end of the field – I embarrassingly missed our second. I was forced to rely on manager Nick’s account of the goal; supposedly Andy’s throw was played onto Burley who pulled one out of the bag with a similar worldie to his first.
Roughly five minutes later, everyone’s eyebrows were as high as Mount Everest. A set piece from distance by the one-and-only Macauley Pond looped over the head of the Hindhead goalkeeper. For those who knew, that made it 3-0. All joking aside, Mac will be relieved to score after missing that penalty a few weeks back. Then came an inch-perfect corner by Fenton, which landed at the feet of Fitzsimons to bundle home, from about six yards, to make it four to the good.
Burley’s heels were clipped which drew a subsequent free kick. From the resulting set piece, he opted for power in his rugby try attempt of a shot at goal – well wide and high of the target. That was the last notable event of the first half, drawing to a close, as I warmed up with a refreshing cup of tea thanks to Richard.
Hindhead pegged one back just a few minutes into the second half when Jamie Wells was fed the ball on the overlap before coolly and calmly slotting home beyond the outstretched and out-rushing Cameron Gittoes. Nick made a triple change in the 55th minute – Alex, Mac and Aivin made way for Joe Chuter, Jake Royle and Will Toal.
Hindhead were denied their second and at least some hope of a potential second half comeback with a punctual offside flag ruling out a second for their dangerman, Wells.
The home side then made it five as Chuter excellently drew it back for Will Toal to poke it into the bottom corner. Before this, the blonde George, Mr Christie, replaced Ryan Welsh to add an extra pair of legs to the mix while also consolidating what would be a comfortable win. Substitute Christie had a chance of his own only minutes after coming on but dragged his shot wide of the left stick.
With Theo looking a tad chilly and parking himself on one of our balls (again, no pun intended), he was handed the final fifteen – as Fenton departed – to maximise chances and enjoy some game time.
As we approached the final five, one of the earlier triple changes, Chuter, had a shot at goal but sailed harmlessly high and wide. Chuter, who has been suffering of late with man flu, had previously grabbed a very brief work experience session on photography and half-time prep talk on running the line (only for Nick to then change his mind).
It would be difficult to avoid any clichés in this summarising line. Therefore, I’ll keep it short and sweet. Traco cruised to victory in a very “flat” game that they very much dominated, despite an early second half goal by Hindhead’s Jamie Wells and then almost a second only to be ruled out for offside. Courtesy of an impressive brace by Connor Burley, a “dipping” free kick by captain Macauley Pond, Cain Fitzsimons’ back post tap-in and then Will Toal’s close range poke, the hosts looked comfortable in collecting the well-deserved three points.
TAFC: Gittoes, Pedersen, Pond (c), Jelly, Franklin, Burley, Joy, Fitzsimons, Manoj, Welsh, Fenton
Subs: Chuter, Royle, Christie, Verissimo, Toal