Reigning league champions Moulton began their 2nd league match of the new season sitting on 0 points after an opening game defeat to today’s opposition Caroline Chisholm, offering the home side a second chance to exhibit their evident quality and exact retribution on the visitors. The game began in sluggish fashion with neither side gaining a foothold on the ball nor the game, potentially due to wholesale changes throughout the team that gaffer Jonesy had implemented prior to the match. The encounter saw a host of year 12’s drafted into the fray with call-ups for Webb, Hillier, Macken as well as the better Stockwell, Kieren. Nonetheless, a customary year 12 starter O’Hare displayed flashes of brilliance, weaving past his marker with ease on numerous occasions to add a bit of flair to an overall bleak and disappointing first half for the hosts. Despite this, the home side were first to score after a fierce O’Hare shot could only be parried into the path of predator Gibbins, who tapped in for his now customary first half goal.
Moulton entered half-time with a narrow 1-0 lead, prompting a trio of changes which included flying winger Webb, FA national cup hero Evans-Smith and self-assured year 12 captain White. These changes seemed to have an effect as Moulton began the second half with a swagger, knocking the ball around confidently and always looking for the intelligent runs of front man Gibbins. The hosts doubled their lead just under 10 minutes into the second half through full-back Evans-smith after an outrageous attempt looped into the top corner. By this point the visitors were fatiguing both mentally and physically which was evident from the sloppy passing and weary running from the CCS side. However the home side showed no remorse for their opponents as they were determined to set down a marker and prove that they are the main force in the league once again this year. The 3rd and sealer goal was provided by ambitious centre back Sullivan, who found himself in the opposition’s, showing a touch of class to lift the ball over the onrushing keeper and into the path of Reid, who guided it into an empty net to clinch the game for Moulton.
Moulton controlled the game from here after as their opponents lost discipline whereas the home side conveyed strong character, ground into them by coach Jonesy during each team talk. A win would not be complete if Gibbins’s name didn’t have more than a singular number next to it regarding his goals for the match and he made sure this was the case, rounding the eccentric keeper to tap into an empty net to make it 4-0. The score line was sweetened further for the hosts through two late goals, first from full-back White whose towering header nestled into the bottom corner and then from year 12 counterpart Webb who finally found his goal scoring touch to finish from an acute angle with virtually the last kick of the game.
A 6-0 win over a title rival is the perfect way to prepare this Moulton side for their upcoming County and National cup games as well as picking up some much deserved and needed points in their pursuit to retain their title.
Team: Scrutton; Fowler, Sullivan, Hillier, Macken; Coxhill, Lamin; Reid, O’Hare, Stockwell; Gibbins
Subs: Webb, White, Evans-Smith, Nash-Knight, Richardson