Blues draw with Finch
By Andrew Willis
But unlucky not to win
The rain moved on to reveal a lovely sunny morning as the Blues welcomed top of the table Finchampstead who had won all of their 8 games in league and cup so far this season.
The boys knew this would be a real test and they started brilliantly totally dominating the first 15 minutes, creating chance after chance which were either thwarted by the keeper or wasted with some wayward finishing. Finch were struggling to get out of their half but as so often happens the Blues were hit with a sucker punch as in a rare excursion into our half Amani parried a Finch shot only for it to be driven back in and bounce in off Will.
This goal knocked the Blues confidence and boosted the opposition who got more of a foothold in the game which was now pretty even for the rest of the half. Ben was having a fantastic game, time and again picking up the ball deep in midfield and driving forwards. Just as it looked like Finch would carry the lead into half-time Morgan pounced on an Archie corner to fire home and keep his amazing goal a game ratio.
Second half the Blues were back on top, playing some lovely football and putting plenty of pressure on Finch, Tom was making his usual lightening runs down the right , he drove one cross along the face of the goal that Joseph came within a whisker of turning in. Fergus was making his usual mazy runs into the box, narrowly missing once but slotting a similar chance shortly afterwards to deservedly put the Blues into the lead. The Blues were playing with confidence now, pushing numbers forward to seal the game but a couple of times they gave away needless free-kicks in dangerous areas and one of these was floated in, headed out but picked up by a Finch player and driven home to level things up.
The last 10 minutes became quite a tense affair as the Blues pushed forwards in an effort to score a third but the final whistle blew. A great performance by the boys, probably their best of the season so far, the first team to take a point off Finchampstead though they were disappointed not to take all three points.
Man of the match went to Ben who resembled Steven Gerrard at his best