After frequenting the exotic climates of Eversley & California in the vase on Saturday I make the somewhat shorter journey to see Spurs play for the first time this season.
The hosts,minus several of their key players from last season’s runner-up campaign,actually created the first chance before the away side took the lead on four minutes,Jamie Mudge controlling Jordan Bastin’s pass from the left before firing into the bottom right corner from 15 yards.The number nine then notched his second,giving home custodian Lewis Slade no chance again with a forceful finish into the opposite corner.On the half-hour Bastin supplied an exquisite lob from 25 yards to make it three,adding HIS second on the stroke of half-time with a low shot from a pass supplied by Mudge.
Upon resumption one feared a score equating to that notched by Elmore four days beforehand but Spurs showed the kind of character and resolve the manager had written about in his programme notes.Indeed it was not until the sixty-eight minute before another goal was notched,it coming deservedly to the home side when Dominic Osborne’s run and angled shot brought its just rewards.This provoked Elmore into action with Bastin completing his hat-trick by cutting in from the right and curling a shot over the keeper within two minutes.Near the end Sam Hancox’s free-kick on the edge of the area was well saved,the visiting keeper smothering a second attempt only for Harry Simpson to make it third time lucky.The last action of the game saw Mudge at last complete his treble after several failed attempts thanks to a calm finish from a Mike Humphreys assist seconds after I stated that Spurs had won the half-another hedgism!!
Overall the better side won but the home team showed the kind of togetherness that should see them avoid a season of struggle,this epitomised in the second forty-five and in particular by Slade,who defied the away side on not one,not two but THREE quickfire occasions when a goal seemed inevitable,a never-say-die spirit that bodes well for them in the months to come.
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