Saturday, October 11, 2014 - 15:00
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Tunbridge Wells FC
Perry Spackman

There are not too many reasons to visit Croydon, but watching the mighty Wells play a new team to the league and a new venue to drink dry is certainly a good reason.

Despite recent results, and the recent weather, the choir were in good spirits for the geographically short but actually long journey to South London..after congregating at the Brickworks and the beverage formalities tied up, we headed on a magical mystery tour which seemed to take In most of South London, and we accidentally ended at the Croydon stadium.

Unfortunately the pitch and the clubhouse felt like they were not in the same borough, let alone the same venue, but the choir faithful eventually pitched up at the back of the main stand and eventually the game began.

The Croydon Stadium has an athletics track and it felt odd to not be able to barrage the opposition goalkeeper, but luckily we didn't need to as he was definitely the weak link in the Croydon team with some dodgy early distribution.

The Wells started brightly and the recent poor performances seemed an age away, as the defence and midfield controlled the game from the kickoff and deservedly took the lead after 14 minutes when Dane Luchford held off his defender and hooked the ball past the keeper and into the net, cue a small jostle in the away section..

The Wells continued to dominate against a team who have had some good results this season, recently drawing away to league leaders Erith and Belvedere, and went further ahead on the 27th minute when great play between Luchford and Powell (we think it was Powell, it was a long long way away !) played Luchford in and Dane finished in style.

Things could have improved before the break when Fuller (we think it was Fuller, it was a long long way away!) was pulled back in the box, but the Wizard, usually Mr Reliable from the spot bobbled his penalty wide, this was the only blip in an impressive first half...extra penalty practice for the wizard this week please Mr Larkin...

While we were abusing our livers, the Croydon team must have got a roasting at half time as they dominated the opening spell of the second half, but a flurry of short corners only lead to half chances before the Wells grabbed a deserved 3rd goal, after a free kick from Franco found its way into the corner of the net via Perry's shin.

The game then slowed down to whoever could lump the ball the furthest but the game was already over by then, but the inclusion of debutant Rudi Brenyah brought the choir into an out of tune rendition of Ruby by the Kaiser Chiefs..

Overall this was a much better performance by the Wells, probably best of the season so far, with Luchford impressing up front, Joe Fuller was very vocal and seemed all over the pitch, Franco and Jake controlled the midfield and the defence looked very solid.

The Journey home was for once enjoyable despite the funeral music, everyone thoroughly enjoyed the day, this was just the kind if game we needed with a busy month of cup and league football ahead.


Report by Jerry