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Reserves into Spring League final

By Gary Brigden

The Reserves progressed to their second final of the season when topping the Spring League Group B, after Saturdays win over Batterseas Ironsides.

There was no real indication of the goalfest of a second half, as the two sides went into the half time interval with the game scoreless.

However the second half put paid to any thoughts of a close encounter, as the lads turned in an excellent performance to hit the champions elect for six.

Finlay Carney opened the scoring 30 seconds into the second period, however the lead was short lived, as the traditional Battersea weapon once again did for us. As with last season we were susceptible to their long throw, and after a scramble in the box, they forced the ball home for 1-1.

We showed our mettle though and didn't let the setback get to us, and were ahead on 56 minutes when Luke Guest found George Baker who fired us back into the lead. Shortly after we replaced Aliba Matondo-Lando with Alfie Carney, and on 68 minutes the change paid dividends as Alfie latched onto a ball from brother Finlay to put us 3-1 ahead and give us some breathing space.

It was 4-1 on 75 minutes, when tremendous work on the byline by Jayden Coleman saw him square to Baker who rolled home his second. With ten minutes remaining it was 5-1, this time Alfie did well to find Coleman, who hit a screamer from just outside the area into the top corner.

Baker completed his hat-trick on 83 minutes, again after good work by Finlay.

Battersea had the last word though, making it 6-2 with five minutes remaining, but the win meant we topped the group, and will face Ash Utd in the final.

Elsewhere, there was a league win for Staines Lammas and a Spring League Group A win for Ash Utd

Reserve Division

Staines Lammas Reserves 2-1 Worcester Park Reserves

Reserve Spring League Division A

Royal Holloway Old Boys Reserves 0-6 Ash United Reserves

Updated 15:26 - 8 Apr 2019 by Gary Brigden

Where next?

Semi-final tonight The first team head off to Bedfont & Feltham in the Premier Challenge Cup this evening.
Heartbreak for the Sunday A's Despite a valiant effort the A's went down to a 4-2 defeat against league leaders Mondial in the Junior Challenge Cup


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