Traco ease past Sandhurst

Traco ease past Sandhurst

Traco Athletic cruised past Sandhurst Sports yesterday afternoon, in which they very much dominated.

Their first came through a cross that was initially scuffed (or what Nick would put down to as a “lay off”) by Cain Fitzsimons and Gavin Francis was in the right place at the right time to drill it home into the roof of the net at 1-0.

A minute after, Traco could well have had their second of the afternoon, as Fitzsimons skied his effort agonizingly high over the bar. On the sidelines, our stress levels rose through the roof when a defensive error almost gifted an opportunity to the afternoon’s visitors, but safety first, Francis retreated to hack it clear and away from danger.

With his notepad and pen in hand, the gaffer was erratically scribbling a few notes down for areas of improvement and additional notes for his team’s half-time briefing… The half-time briefing would have almost changed, had it not been for a perfect spot by the referee (for a push) which prevented Sandhurst’s equaliser.

Long throw specialist Francis hurled a ball into the danger zone and Tom Joy rose first, only to head it wide of the post.

The half time break came and gone, as we didn’t have to wait that long for Traco’s second. The 52nd minute marked our second of the match, when Stephens’ looping free kick from the near right side sailed home into the top left hand corner.

3-0. Francis’ long throw was deep and reached the unfortunate head of an opposing defender, who got his angles all wrong, in heading the ball into his own net.

Our Twitter followers and enthusiasts (note; keep following us on Twitter for live matchday updates!) had to put up with a rather cheeky tweet that no-one would surely believe, as Danny Bushell took over my phone and tweeted the following:

We (or at least I) turned our attention off the game for a moment or two, as Nick was enjoying a lovely bar of Galaxy chocolate, cue me taking and uploading a picture of the bin holding the subsequent empty wrapper for Nick’s chocolate bar (tweet below).

A chance squandered. Mark Tabner came on for “TJ” next and his long throw fell to Bushell, who smashed it wide from point-blank range.

There were two more notable chances left to jot down for #TAFC… Firstly, Fitzsimons was clean through, pulling the trigger and the goalkeeper had to be at full stretch to deny him, before the rebound fell out to Traco Athletic’s very own Daniel Sturridge (aka Danny Bushell), who couldn’t quite overcome the awkward angle after smashing it into the side netting; McVicker had fed Bushell through on goal but his shot skimmed across the face of goal and harmlessly wide of the left hand post.

Win, win. With the mark of the final whistle, Traco recorded their second win of the new season, with a comfortable 3-0 victory over Sandhurst Sports.