Barnes were playing with a youthful squad and a few old boys. Their pace was a danger from the start. Quick passing and running off the ball provided a key challenge to Sam Alton at bottom of the diamond and Paul Caine and Thurstan Wolf.... the scariest sounding center backs in the land.
After a period of intense defending, DVB (the protector of Ukrainian princesses) was able to make overlapping runs with Scott ‘smelly shirt’ Elliott on the right flank. Before providing a straight pass to Lee Radbourne to slot away. 1-0 to Chiswick.
This period of dominant play continued with great individual skill from Charles Offord being able to run through the middle with the elegance of a young Nial Mutch. Running past two center backs before slotting from the top of the D, a slam dunk the funk shot into the bottom corner. 2-0 Chiswick.
At the turn of the half Chiswick were able to continue the positive play with Ramon Bailey dominating Barnes for pace down the right flank. Several attempts were slotted beautifully across the D but the shots were not able to beat their keeper. Charles Offord’s link up play with strikers was a thing of beauty that reminded me of a young ‘Bok’ in 1972. Slicing through the defense another ‘slam dunk the funk’ shot into the bottom corner and Chiswick were 3-0 up.
Banes came back strong with a period of short corners that were kept out by the flying Scotsman Louis. But all this hard work was undone by a Kesh worthy sideways pass across his own D by Paul Caine that was intercepted and put in the back of the net by Barnes young striker.
Chiswick held put the last ten minutes for a 3-1 win…….
MOM: Ramon Bailey for genuine pace
DOD: Scott Elliott for not washing the shirts and using febreeze to cover the smell.