Men’s 1s: Epsom win local derby despite losing tennis ball in warm up

jimmy_m Match reports, Men 1st XI


Reigate Priory: 3

Epsom: 5 (M.Atkinson, Barton 2, Bond, Hildrey)


Epsom were missing a number of key players for this local derby, but debutant Andrew McNamee and Jonathan Hugo were called upon after their recent strong performances in the 2nd XI to try and bolster the team. After a slow start Epsom finally managed to break the deadlock with a smart finish from Michael Atkinson which took them into the lead before the half time break. A stirring team talk from coach Alex Pizzey roared the Epsom forwards into action and they started the second half with all guns blazing. Scott Barton’s clinical finishes from the penalty spot saw two more goals added to make it 3-0, before Reigate managed to return fire at 3-1. However, Epsom continued to press the dazed Reigate defence and Joe Bond and Oli Hildrey also added their names to the score sheet. At 5-1 it seemed like the game was already won, but Reigate valiantly battled on and were rewarded for their keenness with two more goals in quick succession to make it 5-3. Hildrey was shown his fourth yellow card in as many games with five minutes remaining, but 10 man Epsom were able to see out the rest of the match with relative ease. Epsom remain fourth in the league with their faint promotion hopes now resting on slip ups by the teams above them.

Post game synopsis:
Bondy will be brought to justice for losing tennis ball
China are still recovering from “Tredwell Tsunami”
Macca’s bum target took a battering in team shower
Roger discovered aerials were off course due to left handed stick
Mikey is still recovering from debilitating disease
Scott is still on the p-spot