Reserves hold off Worcester Park to win nine goal thrillere
By Gary Brigden
Baker hat-trick and Matondo-Lando double does the damage
We opened the match brightly, and opened the scoring on 11 minutes when an Aliba Matondo-Lando cross was powerfully headed home by the in-form George Baker. However the lead was short lived as Park levelled the scoring on 19 minutes, with a solid header of their own from a corner.
Goals were flying in, and two minutes later we retook the lead, and it was Baker again, this time with a screamer from distance, finding the bottom corner.
It was a typically strong contest, with both sides having chances and defences working hard, and it wasn't until a minute from the break that we increased our lead. This time Jayden Coleman did well to create space and find Baker, his sohot was well saved, and Matondo-Lando was on hand to fire home the loose ball.
We went in at the break 3-1 up.
Baker struck early in the second half, and on 55 minutes it was 5-1, this time a superb run out of the heart of defence by Joe Elbishlawi saw his find Matondo-Lando and he crashed the ball home.
We made a couple of changes with Stephen Gbopo and Jayden Coleman, making way for Humphrey Agho and Finlay Carney.
Park reduced the arrears on 67 minutes, when a great cross into the area was powerfully headed home for 4-2. We then made our final change giving 16 year old Tyler Hargreaves his debut in place of Alfie Carney.
Park continued to press, and on 76 minutes another Park strike bought it back to 5-3, and with five minutes to go, Park were awarded a penalty to bring it back to 5-4.
That was, fortunately the end of the scoring, and we secured a 5-4 win.