BUCS Western 2A League
Team Solent Firsts 1
University of Exeter Seconds 2
(Sam West, Sam Sainsbury)
Attendance: 9 (approx. headcount)
With Solent playing their games five minutes from work, finishing 10 minutes before kick off was a perfect way to wind down after a busy morning.
I arrive knowing the Solent first team had a game but had no clue on opposition as I just assumed I wouldn’t be going straight after my shift, however like all football addicts, I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to see another game, was just hoping that my run without a 0-0 wasn’t going to be broken on a fairly standard university game.
Test Park is becoming a second home for me this season, check out some of my other comments from Team Solent games to see my comments on the ground.
University of Exeter stretched their unbeaten start to the season to three games with a well fought out 2-1 victory over Team Solent firsts.
Sam West had put the visitors ahead before Ioannis Theodora pulling the scores level in an entertaining first half but Sam Sainsbury scored a the winner with 15 minutes left on the clock.
Exeter were dealt an early blow when Roman Christoforou hobbled off with a suspected broken arm after an awkward fall and had to be replaced by Brad Silva.
Despite the early injury, Exeter were on the ascendency and Silva put in a good ball which Sainsbury just glanced wide with a header.
The away side did take the lead through Sam West when he curled a delightful free kick into the top corner from the edge of the box, just out of reach of Solent’s shot stopper Tatsuya Zosen.
Zosen was sprung into action again when he had to get low into the corner to parry away Matthew Jacka’s long range drive.
Exeter were then forced into another first half substitute when Arthur Ambler was replaced by Luke Taylor, with the injury being serious enough to join his team mate with a trip up to hospital.
Zosen was doing his best to keep the score at just one when he denied Tiago Dias by tipping his well-taken free kick away from goal.
Against the run of play Solent managed to pull the scores level through Theodora who smashed a low drive through a crowded penalty box into the corner of the net. Exeter ‘keeper Dan Clarke had failed to collect Jordan Godfrey’s free kick and the ball fell to Giovanni Landu with his back to goal. The big striker couldn’t get his shot away and the ball fell to Cypriot midfielder Theodora to smash in the equaliser.
For the final moments of the half, the equaliser had sparked Solent into life and they should have taken the lead through Godfrey who curled his shot just wide.
Leo Norton then went close from a free kick and it looked like Solent could take the lead at any time with Clarke looking shaky when the ball was coming towards his goal.
As the half drew to a close, central defender Toyeeb Babatunde tried a speculative effort from range but it whistled over the bar. Exeter held on and managed to keep the scores level when captain Ollie Hawkins cleared away after Clarke had spilled the ball.
Solent started the ramp up the pressure in the second half and Lewis Danquah fired a tame shot at the ‘keeper after he unexpectedly got the ball back when Clarke spilled his first effort.
Godfrey was causing problems in attack for Solent and he went close to putting his team ahead with a winding run into the box but his shot went wide of the target.
Danquah smashed a shot wide moments later when Duarte Martins played a neat ball over the top.
Solent were wasteful in attack and they were made to pay on 75 minutes when Luke Taylor headed back across the box for Sainsbury to tap in the winner from close range at the back post.
The winner confirmed Exeter’s third successive win and left Solent extended Solent’s run without a win to two games.
2016/17 Games: 52
2016/17 Grounds: 42
Total Grounds Visited: 177