Men’s 1s: Epsom edge snowy thriller against Woking

jimmy_m Match reports, Men 1st XI


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

Woking: 3


Epsom continued their recent good form with an exciting 4-3 win against champions-elect Woking at Notre Dame. Woking started strongly amidst driving snow flurries, with a swift back-to-front move playing in the deadly Andy Pike to open the scoring. Epsom rallied and soon after Mike Atkinson drove forward and played in attacking dynamo Will Hunt, who finished neatly on the reverse from a tight angle for 1-1. Epsom seized the momentum and a drilled cross pinballed its way to James Midmer who fired home for 2-1. Soon after, Hunt broke and fed James Midmer who made it 3-1 after some neat attacking interplay with Mike Atkinson.

The second half was tight for some time with Woking controlling possession, but Epsom working hard to keep the visitors out of short corner range for their prolific flicker Chris Way. They achieved this for some time but after 15 minutes Woking forced a short corner and Way fired home for 3-2. Epsom hit back immediately, winning a short corner and Liam White drilled a flick home for 4-2. The final 10 minutes were frantic with Woking piling forward and Epsom counterattacking. With 7 minutes left, Woking won another corner and this time Way’s flick was parried onto Liam White’s foot for a penalty stroke, which Way converted for 4-3. Woking subsequently threw the kitchen sink at Epsom in the final stages, including the use of a kicking back, but the defence held strong and Burton-Brown made a superb save away to his right close to the end as Epsom closed out a 4-3 win.

This was a really strong team performance from Epsom, highlighted by a 6 way tie for Man of the Match, and the side will hope to finish the season strongly with two more fixtures to play, next up away to Sunbury and Walton Hawks on Saturday.