First's back to winning ways
Goals from Daryl Cooper-Smith, Matt Auletta and debutant Ayden Richards saw the first team pick up a 3-1 win against Horley Town
The first team bounced back from Saturday's loss to record a good win in blustery conditions on Wednesday night. Having had their unbeaten run ended, it was vital the lads got off to a good start, and we almost took the lead in the opening minute. A ball forward was well defended by ex SCR man Scott Robson, but a back pass from Ryan Brackpool should have been gathered in by Andrew White, but he stumbled and the ball went back to keeper George Hyde.
At the other end an effort from distance by Leyton Regan flew over the SCR bar. We took the lead on 7 minutes. Having twice tried to pick out Auletta on the right, it was third time lucky for SCR, he beat Mark Bevan and his well placed cross was powerfully headed home by Cooper-Smith.
On 12 minutes we had a bit of a scare at the back as good Horley pressure almost forced a mistake, but tidy work by Jeff Addo-Dankwa cleared the danger, and as we broke the ball eventually fell to Matt Ferdinando but his shot was well off target.
Cooper-Smith fired an effort over on the quarter hour. Horley thought they had equalised a minute later when a through ball found Tate Greenaway and he converted beyond Michael Eacott but the flag was up for offside. Back at the other end and a Cooper-Smith shot was deflected over and only desperate Horley defending from the corner prevented White from making it 2-0.
Midway through the half and Kerren Boylan denied White with a tremendous challenge, and it was a similar situation a minute later, when Robson stopped a flying Matt Tanton with a well timed challenge.
Owen Davies bundled over Sanchez Benali on 27 minutes but Benali's free kick caught on the wind and drifted harmlessly wide of Eacotts right hand post.
The wind grew stronger and had an increasing influence on the game with both sides struggling to get the ball down. Horley forced a couple of corners, but these were carried on the wind beyond everyone, and at the other end on 40 minutes, Cooper-Smith saw a volley blocked with White denied by a Robson challenge.
Hyde gathered a low Matt Ferdinando free kick, after Ryan Smith had bought down Matt Tanton, earning the Horley man a yellow card. At the other end a fierce Benali free kick bought an excellent touch over by Eacott.
From the corner, SCR made it 2-0. Farrell cleared the delivery at the near post, Rory Lewis surged forward and found Cooper-Smith who in turn got beyond the backline, but as he stumbled Hyde made the save only for Auletta to fire home from close range to give us a 2-0 lead at half time.
We started brightly in the second half, with Auletta again causing problems, and Boylan did well to block a low cross after neat link up between Auletta and Ferdinando. Auletta then fired over as SCR looked to increase their lead.
We survived a scare on 55 minutes when a great break by Bevan looked to have been dealt with by Rory Lewis, but Horley won the ball back Regan squared, and Eacott was forced into a good save at Greenaway's feet.
Horley made their first change on 57 minutes introducing Karl Parker into the fray. On the hour good pressure from Regan, and Robson almost created an opening for the visitors but Tanton defended well.
Farrell went close on 62 minutes and Ferdinando forced a good defensive header out of Brackpool.
Having been on top for much of the game SCR were rocked when Horley pulled a goal back on 63 minutes. A ball into the box by Brackpool was half cleared by Davies and struck superbly on the volley by Regan giving Eacott no chance.
Darren Salmon made his first change on 69 minutes replacing the hard-working White with Horley old boy Matt Fairbrother, and three minutes later he introduced Ayden Richards (another ex Horley boy) for his debut in place of Ferdinando. It was to be an inspired sub, as a minute later Cooper-Smith broke down the left, after Horley had gone close, and squared to Richards, who with his first touch in an SCR shirt calmly fired beyond Hyde for 3-1.
It should have been 4-1 on 78 minutes Cooper-Smith and Farrell forced Hyde into a mistake, but Fairbrother was unable to make decent contact and the chance went begging.
Salmon made his final change with ten minutes remaining, replacing Man of the Match Cooper-Smith with Holden.
We went close to increasing our lead as time ran out, with first Fairbrother doing all the hard work to create a chance but dragging it into the side-netting, and then Holden bringing a good save low to his right by Hyde.
Full time came with us picking up a vital three points, and bouncing back from the weekend defeat.