We chalked up our first win of pre-season as a late flurry of goals saw us beat Westfield 5-1, writes James Barrett-Sterling.
Team news: With Peter Adeniyi and Keith Boanas still casting an eye over potential new players, there was a lot of new faces on the pitch, like former Robin Jordan Clarke, but the likes of Danny Dudley, Kalvin Morath-Gibbs, Jordan Cheadle, Levi Philips and Rio Davidson-Phipps started the game.
Kick-off The match began fairly evenly but our visitors carved out the first real chance on nine minutes – a 25 yard free kick hit our defensive wall but the loose ball was floated towards the back stick. Westfield winger TJ drilled a low angled effort on target but Santiago Lopez Dovale parried the ball out.
Dovale was called into action again two minutes later and he was equal to Jason’s rising left-footed drive.
Our first real attack came on the quarter hour as Dudley released Davidson-Phipps down the right. The full back got in front of Adam Bellmaine and squeezed a square ball into the feet of striker Mike Dixon, but the forward didn’t catch his shot and it rolled harmlessly off target.
But the number nine only had to wait five minutes for his next chance and this time he made no mistake – Dixon took down Cheadle’s corner kick, spun and crashed home a shot from six yards.
The tempo of the game rose after that and both defences had to be on their toes as the game flowed until we doubled our lead on 36 minutes.
We worked the ball down the left until Olu Lapite rolled it into the path of Clarke whom, as the Westfield defence backed off, unleashed a 25 yard strike across keeper Gary Ross and inside the top corner.