Second win for the 21's
The 21's picked up their second win in a row with a 4-2 win over Chessington & Hook Utd, in a game that was far more comfortable than the scoreline suggests.
SCR started like a house on fire, and should have opened the scoring after 30 seconds. Neat link up by Adaini Carrera and Ben McCabe ended with a good cross and Liam Holden putting a volley wide of the right hand post. Two minutes later and it should really have been 3-0, as Carrera was just unable to connect with a Reece Payton cross, and a we pinched the goalkick from the Chessington backline, Payton squared to Holden but with the goal gaping he could only hit the keeper.
Chessington responded positively, and a ball between Anson Cousins and B.McCabe set up the forward, but debutant keeper Sid Kelly was out sharply to save. We continued to hold the upper hand, and good play again by Carrera and B.McCabe ended with a McCabe shot into the side netting.
SCR took the lead on 11 minutes when Holden was hauled down inside the area, and picked himself up to convert the spot kick for 1-0. It was all one way traffic at this stage, and on 18 minutes Holden set up Payton but his low effort was well saved by the keeper.
Chessington went close just shy of the half hour when we gifted them possession, only to see first Ali Mallah with a timely block, and the Kelly with a comfortable save keep us ahead. Kelly was then out bravely to make a save with the "gentlemans area" as Chessington threatened an equaliser.
We increased our lead on 38 minutes, the excellent Carrera found Jayden Coleman who squared to Holden, and he fired home superbly for 2-0. Two minutes later and Holden beat a couple before seeing his effort deflected onto the crossbar and from the half clearance Coleman fired against the left hand post.
Payton bought a good save out of the keeper and Cousins headed the corner wide, before we increased our lead just before the break. B.McCabe found Carrera, he eventually decided to attack the full back and was hauled down, with Holden putting us 3-0 up at the break, following up after his initial penalty had been saved.
We started the second half airly slowly, and in the opening exchanges only a tremendous challenge by Sam Edwards prevented the Chessington winger from getting in on goal. At the other end a fizzed cross by B.McCabe was just in front of both Holden and Payton as they hunted more goals.
Tyler Chambers introduced Kane Oram and Finlay Carney on 57 minutes, in place of B.McCabe and Brown. We were keeping possession well, and from a spell of play involving Cousins, Casey McCabe and Edwards, the final ball over the top by Edwards released Payton who was hauled down just outside the area. From the free kick, Cousins saw his strike saved by the keeper. From the corner, Cousins headed home for 4-0.
We replaced Mallah with sam harding and on 66 minutes we made our final change with the outstanding Payton being replaced by Mitchell Moser.
Chessington struck what looked to have been a consolation goal on 69 minutes when a corner wasn't cleared at the near post, and struck the unfortunate Edwards for an own goal. Holden fizzed an effort just wide of the right hand post, as we looked to immediately restore our four goal advantage, but it was Chessington who struck next. Quick feet saw the forward get beyond Edwards, and the spot kick was duly despatched, making it game on again.
Kelly saved well with his feet from a low shot, as Chessington sensed a way back into the game, and we temporarily lost our composure, and then pulled off a smart save from a driven Chessington free kick.
The save seemed to help calm us and the lads regained the initiative and looked solid again. Oram found Moser who bought a good save out of the Chessington keeper and minutes later Oram found Carrera who bought another good save out of the keeper.
Full time came with the lads 4-2 winners. Whilst they were comfortably in control for long periods, they showed good strength of character when Chessington mounted their come back, and did not panic. Well done lads.