The availability God’s were against PHC as well, with only 8 regular players and three support players who were already tired from previous battles that day.
The game started with a high tempo. Clapham kept PHC on the back foot for the initial period with quick balls through the middle.
Thurstan Wolf (the scariest sounding defender in the land) and Matt Balcombe were the defensive generals for the day at the back. Commanding the play from the back and keeping the midfield in place.
Wave after wave of attack kept coming, Louis Allwood “the ginger ninja” kept us in the game until a sterling strike came from Clapham Common to put them 1-0 to the lead.
After this field of pressure PHC were able to turn the tables on Clapham and with two short corners that came agonizingly close to scoring with a diving effort from Ramon Bailey with a superb ballerina esk reverse spin from Matt Balcombe.
At the half it was still 1-0 with PHC still in the game. This was the half that Andrew Jordan turned up the heat. With some fantastic tackles on the left flank plus great link up play Billy Caddis.
PHC were incredibly close to leveling the game. A high ball from Matt Balcombe was collected on the right flank by Ramon Bailey who dribbled into the D and put his strike into the bottom corner of the goal. The goal was given by the umpire, but Matt Balcombe described as “a true gentleman but never a gentle man…” informed the umpire it was a dangerous pass and the for the goal to be retracted.
With minutes to go PHC were pushing for the equalizer but couldn’t find the final pass. Clapham were able to capitalize on this and had three short corners in 4 minutes and slotted all three with solid passing routines.
PHC Men’s 3 returned to west London to battle at Linford next Saturday.
MOM: Louis Allwood – Amazing saves
DOD: Scott Elliott “do as I say…..not as I do”.