Top-of-the-table clash was worth the wait...

4 March 2012


The long awaited top-of-the-table clash was worth the wait. In horrendous conditions both teams managed to put on a superb show that was worthy of the only two sides that can go on to win the league title.

The game started well for Horsley who pinned a strong home side into their own half but were left with only shots from distance that were dealt with very well by the Woking keeper in difficult conditions, one in particular from Sam J looked to be going in.

Typically just after the mid way point a long ball over the top caught out our defence and the quick Woking striker gave Ethan no chance in goal and the home side went one up. We’d talked about exactly this type of through ball before the game having conceding twice in the same way in the previous meeting between the teams, which also ended in a draw... but it doesn’t make it any easier to stop.

A similar situation could have lead to a second for Woking but it stayed at 1-nil to the home side at half time.

The rain got even heavier during the break (if that was possible) and the second half started similarly to the first with Horsley retaining possession and pressing for the equaliser with some good passing play. The Woking keeper again saved well from a couple of good chances from Harry.

Ross looked certain to score when he latched onto a great pass from Owen, taking the ball round the keeper only for it to run out of play too quickly for him on the wet surface. Horsley were creating some real chances now and it looked like only a matter of time until the breakthrough came.

After 15 minutes a good shot was again saved well but the ball fell to Owen of the edge of the box and he fired left footed into the net past the two defenders on the line to make it 1-1.

Horsley could sense a victory now and pressed forward for the winner but the Woking defence stood firm with a scramble in the box from a corner and a good shot just wide from Sam G being the best chances for a win.

The game ended with the points shared. The rain fell and never stopped. By full-time players and supporters were soaked through and the pitch resembled a paddling pool. But it was a cracking match from two evenly matched teams and both sets of players should be proud of putting on such an entertaining match in difficult conditions.

Horsley remain top and unbeaten.

   SPL U12 DIV 3 PTS 
1 Horsley u12 13 11 2 0 52 19 35
2 Woking Town Jets u12 14 10 3 1 52 18 33
3 Hersham U12 12 7 1 4 54 26 22
4 Perrywood Sharks u12 12 6 0 6 39 39 18
5 Walton Casuals Eagles u12 13 5 2 6 30 49 17
6 Meadow Sports Youth u12 13 4 2 7 32 39 14
7 Staines Lammas Blues u12 15 3 5 7 48 57 14
8 Guildford Saints Clarets u12 16 2 4 10 26 59 10
9 Fleet Town Spartans u12 12 2 1 9 13 40 7

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