What a great way to start the season. Always good to hit the ground running, just ask Mourinho!
The boys acquitted themselves really well to their new team mates and unfamiliar surroundings. Matters were made even more tricky when Broomwood took an early lead following some confusion in the Clapham Rangers defence. All to be expected under the circumstances. However it did not take too long for the boys to find some cohesion and rhythm and within a few minutes were not only level but had taken the lead.
First a powerful effort from Albie Bennett could only be parried away by the Broomwood keeper , right into the path of Owner Beya for a simple tap in. Not that many moments later a pile driver effort from Charlie Griffin this time left the keeper no chance and the score was 2-1 to the away side. In the period up to half time Broomwood attempted to claw back the score, but solid defending by Faizan Dayal and his fellow defenders and excellent work by keeper Tien Albert between the sticks kept the home team at bay.
If anything the pace in the second half was even more frenetic with chances at both ends. Lucas Hector showed a lot of composure in midfield, Rory Trimboli put a huge effort in down the right flank, Oliver Riddington showed some lovely touches and Max Checketts and Will Verbeek were putting in some great tackles. There were plenty of goal mouth scrambles at both ends and a further few long range efforts from the away team that fizzed by the post and crossbar. There was even time for a small battling cameo from Benji Farley playing his second game of the morning.
In the end the second half was to remain goalless, thus Clapham Rangers running out match victors with a narrow but just about deserved 2-1 positive scoreline.
Goal scorers were Owen Beya and Charlie Griffin. Man of the Match – Charlie Griffen for his powerful shooting and his countless key tackles.
Well done all boys and well done to Ruben and Johan for organising the boys so well.