The 1's enjoyed a long overdue return to winning ways on Saturday with a 5-2 victory over Bank of England 1's. A win was crucial following a barren run and the importance of a good performance and 3 points wasn't lost on anyone. Bank turned up looking a little bit all over the place, so a fast start was imperative to take advantage.
And start well we did; excellent advantage from a short from the umpire enabled Brady to slot home, before John Devaney finished excellently from a break away giving us an early 2-0 lead. Meanwhile late call up Cameron Lagerberg, normally a keeper, was providing some excellent legs and hold up play up front whilst giving our other players a well deserved breather. We struck again through Tyler before half time to make it 3-0 and with some good spraying around of the ball we controlled the play and made sure that that remained the case until half time.
We'd let a 3 goal lead slip already this year against Epsom so it was important to learn lessons; keep doing what we'd been doing, get the 4th and the game would be over. Bank were able to apply pressure for the first time in the game early in the 2nd half, knowing the next goal in the game was crucial but we stood firm, before breaking up an attack on the edge of the D before a clinical counter attack involving Tyler, John and Dexter ended up with us scoring from a sweeping move.
Bank responded with a short corner to end our hopes of a clean sheet, but the whole of the defence were having a good game, with Sam Williams in particular dominating down the right hand side. Tyler bagged his 2nd to make it 5-1 (thus securing him man of the match to go alongside champagne moment for his misses) before Bank scored from another short to leave the game at 5-2.
As much as the result the performance was much improved on recent weeks and the 1s will hope to continue their run away at Purley Walcountians on Saturday.