Defeat to the 'Rebels'
On a warm sunny afternoon the points stayed in West Sussex
On this warm afternoon in West Sussex, 768 gathered at The Bibby Financial Services Stadium to watch this match between the ‘Rebels’ and the ‘Marketmen’.
The opening exchanges were pretty even with both sides setting their sights on the ‘all weather 3G’ pitch, which I suspect has taken some teams a while to adapt too. The ‘Marketmen’ settled well on the surface and were equal with the home team in the passing department.
But the ‘Rebels’ soon took the ascendancy and created few chances that called upon the services of Danny Gay, who made a couple of good saves, and a Keiran Morphew block to deny the home team. Alas, the good fortune was not to last as on 14 minutes a good passing move by the ‘Rebels’ saw Joel Colburn, on the right hand side of the penalty area thru on goal, his showed composure and calmly slotted the ball into the left hand corner of the net giving Danny Gay no chance, 1 nil ‘Rebels’.
The response from the ‘Marketmen’ to be fair was reasonable but lacked that bit of panache in the final 3rd of the pitch. Jamie Griffiths worked hard, Ryan Gibbs tried hard out on the right and the same can be said for Adam Mills out on the left, Jeremiah Kamanzi was his usual buzy self in the middle, along with Charley Edge, and the captain, Gareth Heath who had a couple of corners easily dealt with the ‘Rebel’ keeper Lucas Cavagnani. Then on 27 minutes what seemed to some, to be an innocuous challenge on Adam Mills by the dugouts, saw the ‘Marketman’ winger in some discomfort. Unfortunately he was unable to continue, which was later confirmed as an ankle injury, and was replace by George Exworth, notching up another appearance as he makes his way up the ranks from Academy/Reserve level. He was later to have one of the better chances of the half to level the score, with a shot from the right hand side of the penalty spot, provided by a good pull-back from the left hand byline, alas it was an easy gather for the ‘Rebel’ keeper.
Their were a few more half chances by the ‘Marketmen’ which none found the target, one whistling passed the left hand post and another high and wide of the right hand post. In all honesty the ‘Rebels’ were the more likely side to score as the half progressed passing the ball round well, but the ‘Marketmen’ defence stood firm.
To cap a disappointing half for the ‘Marketmen’, on 39 minutes Charley Edge received a yellow card for a challenge on the left side of the pitch leaving one of the ‘Rebel’ defenders requiring treatment from their physio.
The half was brought to a close with the ‘Marketmen’ trailing 1 nil.
With most of the crowd refreshed from the half time break, the second half saw the ‘Marketmen’ step up their performance as they went in search of a point.
They looked the busier of the two sides, forcing a few corners and half chances. This is not to say that the ‘Rebels’ did not have chances too, which Danny Gay was equal too.
The two ‘Marketmen’ full backs, Jake Dye and Callum Sturgess were more effective going forward this half. There were some nice passing moves throughout, which one involving Ryan Gibbs and George Exworth half way in the ‘Rebel’ half on the right hand side nearly producing a good opportunity to unleash a thru ball on goal.
In the 54th minute the ‘Rebels’ replaced Anesu Sisimayi with Joe Clark, who was to have an interesting 14 minutes. He slotted into the middle and looked busy. Then on 68 minutes he committed a rash lunge and was shown a straight red.
This prompted two changes by the ‘Rebels’ 5 minutes later as they changed regrouped and changed formation. During this time the ‘Marketmen’ introduced James Carragher, another from the academy/reserve set up, replacing Sam Nunn.
As the game was in its final quarter Jamie Griffiths received the ball just outside the area on the right hand side and cut towards the left hand side a left fly with a left foot shot…..was this the moment the ‘Marketmen’ had worked hard for, it wasn’t as the ball cannoned off the right hand post with no ‘Marketman’ in it’s path for the rebound. It was one of them afternoons that many football fans have witnessed more than once throughout the years.
The final minutes ticked away the home side had a couple of efforts to extend their lead but to no avail. It was also good to Dan Morphew back in action after recovering from injury, as he replaced Jeremiah in the 90th minute.
The final whistle was blown, a 1 nil defeat for the ‘Marketmen’.
Most of the adults in the crowd then trundled off to watch the other major sporting event of the afternoon, the Grand National, whilst the younger element waited patiently for the teams and officials to vacant the pitch, so they could then enjoy some play time on the pitch.
Finally, like to say thanks to all at Woking FC for the warm hospitality and at this at stage unsure if the ‘Marketmen’ will get a return visit next season due to the league restructure.