First's suffer a blow
By Gary Brigden
The first team suffered a blow to their promotion hopes when a solitary Harrison Livingstone goal with just over twenty minutes remaining gave CB Hounslow all three points.
We started brightly and put CB under a lot of pressure in the early stages. After Kofi Quartey had forced keeper Rhys Forster into a mistake, Asa Rixon saw his shot blocked for a corner and from the corner Tommy Smith was just unable to get enough power on the shot and CB hooked clear.
Smith then did well to prevent Chris Henry getting away after he had been released by the influential Gavin Bamford. Seven minutes in, and CB had their first effort on goal. Matt Farrell was pulled up for a foul on Shakeel Morris and after the free kick had been half cleared, G Bamford saw his shot blocked and cleared by Aaron Bogle.
The game was doing very little to warm the hands of those watching, and was quite a niggly encounter with S Bamford, G Bamford and Jamil Okai all testing the referees patience.
Twenty minutes in and a free kick by Craig Nelson, following a foul on Quartey by Gabriel Chiedozie, found Okai but he could only direct his header over the crossbar.
Two minutes later and after a long ball from Owen Davies had deceived S Bamford, Malachi Thomas was only able to drag his effort wide of the right hand post.
Harrison Livingstone should have opened the scoring on 25 minutes, when a long ball forward caused Bogle some problems, but Livingstone delayed his effort on goal allowing Davies back to clear. A minute later and Asa Rixon was unable to get any power on a Nelson free kick and saw his header drift wide.
Davies survived a scare when putting hands on Morris, with the official deeming a yellow card sufficient punishment. We started to put CB under more pressure and with just under ten minutes to the break a Nelson corner was dealt with, Farrell saw his shot blocked and Harry Driver did superbly to block the Okai follow up.
Forster saved well from an Okai header on 40 minutes, and a minute later a foul by Thomas on Henry saw him become the second SCR man booked.
Livingstone dragged an effort wide of the left hand post, when he looked odds on to score and a disappointing first half ended with the game scoreless.
CB started brightly in the second half, and forced a dangerous free kick in the opening minutes, but we were able to get bodies round the delivery and cleared for a corner.
CB had bought on Ellis Jones for Jack Watts at half time, and his first impact was a good run at Smith, but the SCR man did enough to turn the ball behind for a corner. CB continued to put us under pressure, and from another corner Eacott spilled the ball, but we were able to hook clear.
Quartey was bundled over ten minutes into the half, but Thomas could only curl his free kick over the bar. Quartey then had a shot deflected behind for a corner, which we were unable to convert.
We made a double change on 57 minutes with Okai and Thomas making way for Liam Holden and Danny Fernandez. Two minutes later and G Bamford found Morris but he snatched at his shot and it flew over the bar.
Fernandez almost picked out Holden on 62 minutes, but Driver did just enough to clear. We should have taken the lead on 65 minutes when a deep free kick was headed back across goal by Davies and Smith could only turn his effort against the bar.
We were continuing to hold the upper hand but were unable to fashion any serious threat on goal, and were made to pay on 71 minutes when CB took the lead. Having already been grateful to a tremendous block by Tanton on Morris, we fell behind when we failed to deal with a ball in our box, and the impressive Livingstone fired home through a crowd to give the hosts the lead.
We tried to respond, and on 74 minutes neat link up between Holden and Nelson almost released Fernandez, but his touch was heavy and Forster was able to gather. Quartey looked to have been hauled down by Forster on 75 minutes but the decision was a corner which came to nothing.
Matt Auletta replaced Quartey on 77 minutes, but our game was effectively up on 81 minutes when Holden saw a straight red for an alledged headbutt.
We need to pick ourselves up next week, when we head up to Banstead Athletic.