A somewhat flattering, but very positive start to the new season with a convincing win over Accounting and Finance Society.
A + F Soc kicked off for the first half which started out as a very cagey affair. Both teams proved to have a solid defence and, after a long time off over summer, most people were obviously pretty rusty.
The deadlock was finally broken after 25 minutes when a brilliant through ball from Laurie Cook into the 6 yard box lead to a mad scrap for the ball which resulted in Harry Tisdell, on his Econsoc debut, turning in from close range.
The teams were still very evenly matched with A + F soc looking threatening at points. It was therefore a relief when Rich D’Rosario broke away down the left flank and confidently slotted home under strong pressure from the opposing defenders.
Econsoc were turning on the pressure in the closing minutes of the first half and before the break, D’Rosario pounced on a chance to shoot from outside the box after the A + F keeper closed down a ball on the edge of his area. The ricochet bounced nicely to Rich who finished calmly over the top of the scrabbling A + F defenders.
The half ended with Econsoc holding an arguably unjust 3-0 lead, with A + F soc coming close on a few occasions.
The second half began and Econ immediately piled on the pressure. It didn’t take long before Charlie Byatt turned in from close range only to be denied following a dubious offside call. Unlike the first half, A + F soc looked demoralised and were not creating any chances. D’Rosario further added to the opposition woes by completing his hat-trick after latching onto a through ball and finishing down to the goal keepers right.
As the second half progressed, Econsoc remained dominant and only came under pressure when A + F played balls over the top for their pacy wingers to get on the end of.
Before the full time whistle could go, Vish Misra provided the goods to power the ball into the back of the net from the right hand side.
That was that, with the match ending with Econsoc taking a 5-0 win and an overall deserved 3 points from A + F soc. The Man of the Match was given to debutant Joe Bell at centre back, after a very solid performance. He won numerous ariel battles and kept his composure when distributing out from the back. He played an integral role in the clean sheet.