Falcons christen new home with battling point
Following two defeats (the match reports to which must be lost), London Falcons picked up their first point of the season with a 2-2 draw against Royal Wells at their new home in Raynes Park.
Falcons XI: Matt H; George (c), Charlie, Jeff, Joe; Baptiste, Jimmy, Jim P; Will, Stevie, Marshal
Subs: Brady, Pete, Myles
Goals: Stevie, Will
POTM: Jim P
The Falcons took to their homes like ducks to water, which was fitting given the biblical rain that descended on the pitch from outset. Despite battling tempestuous winds and being drenched by downpours, the Falcons settled into a slick passing game, with Player of the Match Jim Pomeroy returning from injury to pull the strings in the centre of the park. It was a quick passing move that saw Marshal break free down the left, who slotted a perfectly weighted through ball to Stevie, who nudged past the last defender to slot home. It could have been more, with Stevie and Will drawing saves from the Wells’ keeper before the half time whistle blew.
The Falcons continued to dominate the game into the second period, with Jimmy going close from a corner as the Wells’ defence was pinned into their own half. Finally the Falcons were rewarded for their pressure as they doubled their lead on the hour mark. As the Wells’ defence pushed up following a Falcons’ corner, Will hung back in the box, and met a perfectly floated ball at the back post to head home the Falcons’ second.
To break the Falcons’ hold on the game would have taken something special, and indeed it was a freak of a goal that brought the visitors back into the game. As a Wells’ corner was hoofed clear to the halfway line, an audacious 40 yard effort from their Centre Back drove a thunderous shot into the top-right hand corner to halve the deficit. Within minutes they were level, as a flustered Falcons were caught by a skidding second ball that fell to the feet of the Wells’ attacker, who was able to poke home from six yards. Both sides went close again with moments left on the clock, but they were left to share the spoils as they raced to the pub for some warmth!
Up next for us is Kew Antigua, who we last played on the way to the League Semi Finals last season!