- Type of Match: League
- Venue: Clapham Common
- Squad – Gabriel Baptiste-Halliday, Ephraim, Bissamou, Wani Beya, Ravohn Bannister, James Des Voeux (Captain), Tom Gordon, Rhys Read-Beche, Djibril Sangare, Haven Thompson, Hugo Turpin
- Result: 2-0
- Scorers: James, Wani
- Man of the Match – Djibril & James
Maintaining the momentum from last week’s resounding cup win on Hackney Marshes, the Colts produced a committed performance to run out 2-0 winners on a freezing Clapham Common.
The first ten minutes saw little to separate the sides before Wandsworth broke down the right side with their quick winger touching a fraction ahead of Ephraim’s tackle, leading to an early penalty and the first chance of the match. Gabriel stood his ground, parrying the shot down the middle and following up quickly to smother from the advancing striker. Clapham immediately countered up the left and took the lead with Wani working some space following a throw-in and delivering a chance to James who struck home from the edge of the area with a right-foot shot.
The rest of the first half saw Clapham dominate both territory and possession, with Rhys and Tom both winning and intercepting possession, Ephraim and James working well on the left and Hugo on the right supported by Djibril’s passing. There were no clear-cut chances for either side but Clapham saw all the half-chances with Ravohn James, Hugo and Tom all shooting wide from the edge following good pressing when Wandsworth were playing out from the back. Wandsworth had a couple of breaks through the middle, both of which were chased down first by Ephraim and then Djibril.
The second half started as the first ended with Clapham creating shooting chances for Tom, Wani, and James with one move seeing Rhys and James exchange five passes before James’ shot was saved and there was a third well-flighted corner from James – all of which were begging for a head – which sailed harmlessly past. Djibril dominated his opposite number and had a couple of strong runs on the right after winning possession.
Wandsworth then came more into the game, finding some half-chances of their own as they pressed for an equaliser which Gabriel dealt with each time, saving at the striker’s feet then blocking a fierce shot on the turn following a corner.
The game was settled five minutes from time when a shot from Ravohn was blocked by the ‘keeper and the lurking Wani was quickest to react – his quick touch trickling over the line to give Clapham a well-earned win.
Final score 2-0.
Coach Luke’s Man of the Match – Djibril & James.