Match Type: Friendly
Venue: Clapham Common Northside
Result: Clapham Rangers 2 Revolution 3
Squad: Marco Bullock, Nicholas Boyle, Alvaro de Calonje, Joshua Jones, Zak Lavender, Kamran Pradhan, Henry Shippey, Robert Sloan, Oscar Turpin
Scorers; Oscar Turpin, Robert Sloan
Man of the Match: Awarded by the Coach to Oscar Turpin
Match Summary (by Keith Lavender)
Clapham Rangers were soon on the ascendancy, against the Fulham look-a-likes, hoping to give the new boys a baptism of fire. And that certainly looked on the cards when Oscar fired us into the lead via a deflection, in the 10th minute. Five minutes later Revolution hit the post from a tight angle. On 25 minutes another shot from distance from Revolution forced Zak into a finger-tip save diverting the ball onto the crossbar. On 28 mins Revolution made a double substitution, they certainly looked more energetic in attack now, however Clapham Rangers held on for a 1-0 half-time lead.
Early stages of the second-half saw early pressure pay off for Revolution with an equaliser on 40 mins. Oscar was now putting in a real captains performance, despite picking up a shoulder injury he still managed to set-up Robert Sloan who gave us a 2-1 lead. Unfortunately the lead was short lived as Zak could not handle a nasty spinning, bouncing ball and the ball fell loose for Revolution to pounce 2-2. Oscar again produced a great pass to Nico, whose shot was blocked. Disaster struck with only 2 mins remaining … corner to Revolution ball was flicked on then a quick shot in the corner gave Zak no chance. We then had our own corner, which was the last throw of the dice, where Marco’s solid header was comfortably gathered by the Revolution keeper. I thought we deserved a draw on a heavy pitch, against a much bigger team. The good news is it was only a friendly.