Monday afternoon saw the year 10’s hoping to bounce back from their defeat on Thursday with another cup game, this time against Stratford. Southam started brightly and were passing the ball round in good areas, looking to exploit gaps in the Stratford defence. Southam took the lead after good possession allowed Ben to play into Ruben who utilised Tom’s pace to outrun the defender before squaring the ball to Eric who turned and finished into the corner. Unfortunately, the lead didn’t last long as Stratford played a long ball which caught Southam out, the Stratford striker controlled the ball and smashed the ball into the top corner from 20 yards. 1-1. The game was mainly played in the midfield area with rare attacks being created. Southam created a golden chance after a good through ball found Tom who had his effort saved before he shot over from the rebound. Half time 1-1.
Southam tried to stretch the game in the second half and use the width of the pitch to their advantage. Once again, the ball found its way out to Tom who cut in and saw his shot saved. Kasey took the resulting corner and swung in a great cross allowing Ruben to rise highest and head home to give Southam the lead 2-1. Southam continued to press and created a few more chances, including the move of the match. A period of 10 passes allowed Ruben to hang a cross to the back post for Tom to narrowly miss a volley whilst sliding in. Stratford capitalised on the missed chances and equalised with a strike from the edge of the box that crossed the line via the inside of the post. In truth, Stratford should have gone ahead but the striker missed a free header with 5 minutes to go. The year 10’s continued to press and forced the defence into playing the ball out, from the resulting throw in, the ball found its way to Tristan who crossed to Eric who volleyed into the bottom corner to give Southam a 3-2 lead with 3 minutes to play. Southam saw out the game to progress into the next round of the cup.
All of the defence deserve credit for some very good organisation and vital clearances throughout the game. Man of the match is awarded to Ruben for a dominant centre midfield performance capped with a goal.
Overall, a much better performance than last week! Well done lads.