Men’s 1s: up to 4th with win at Sunbury

jimmy_m Match reports, Men 1st XI


Sunbury and Walton Hawks: 2

Epsom: 4 (Turnbull, W.Hunt, Midmer 2)


Epsom secured their sixth win from eight games with a disciplined performance away at Sunbury and Walton Hawks. Epsom struggled to get anything going in a slow first half, but they struck clinically after 30 minutes; a fast left-side counterattack seeing Will Hunt sling a brilliant aerial to Steve Turnbull who smashed home a low shot for 1-0. Epsom held this lead until halftime. The second half would have provided a lot more value for money had any of the spectators paid to enter. Soon after the break some great tight skills from Turnbull saw him hit the post, and the rebound broke to Hunt who made it 2-0. Sunbury now had to throw more men forward and the match became very open. Sunbury cut the deficit to 2-1 from a well-worked short corner, but almost immediately from the restart a superb long pass from Jack Marfleet found James Midmer, who rounded the keeper and fired home for 3-1. Soon after, a brilliant dummy from Mike Atkinson opened up the defence and the winger unselfishly rolled in Midmer to make it 4-1. Atkinson subsequently led some flying counterattacks but a few final passes went astray and the score stayed 4-1. With 5 minutes remaining Sunbury cut the deficit to 4-2 from open play but Epsom ground out the closing stages to record a win that sees them rise to 4th in the Surrey / Hampshire League 1. Epsom finish their season with a rescheduled home game against Haslemere on Sunday 8 April, a match which looks likely to decide fourth place.