Chesterton progressed to the second round of the Alexcars Charities Cup on Saturday, running out 5-0 winners over Intel FC thanks to goals from George Peare, Jonny Barham and Kieran Jones.
Manager Tim Bond was pleased with his side’s performance against strong opposition, although he admits the visitors didn’t start the game quite as he’d hoped.
“We were guilty of starting the game poorly. For 15 minutes we looked really lethargic. This meant we were not getting tight enough to Intel and not winning second balls.”
“After that spell, we were fluent. We kept the ball on the deck and found feet well. We saw a number of good runs made by our midfield.”
The weather hardly helped either side on the afternoon, with strong winds preventing anything being played off the pitch. Nonetheless, Chesterton coped well despite the adverse conditions.
“Against the very strong wind we said that we would take a goalless score at half-time but I think it shows how well we played when we came in at 4-0. We took every chance we were given.”
Defending a four-goal lead as they went into the break, Bond and Stallard demanded even more from their side, knowing the threat defending league champions Intel would pose, should they be given a chance to come back into the match.
“At half-time, we asked all the lads to raise their game again. We asked them to work in possession and use the wide lads effectively.”
“Our work rate after the break was very good. We won balls in midfield and drove at Intel’s defence, who couldn’t cope with our pace and quick passing.”
Above all, Bond was pleased with the nature of the performance, with every man pulling his weight and putting in a shift, from start to finish. To summarise the performance, the Chesterton manager said:
“Overall it was a very good display.”
“It was another clean sheet from our defence, who seem to keep improving week in week out. Our wing backs didn’t stop running – the deliveries from both of them were quality. The midfield worked hard, throughout, and strikers were outstanding again.”
“Their touches and ability to beat defenders is something we love to see each week and I’m sure they are going to continue to score goals and pose a huge threat.”
Bond also gave special mention to stand-in goalkeeper Adam Clatworthy who stepped in during Ryan Heaven’s absence. He made an outstanding save early in the game and showed his quality throughout the match.
To read the full match report and to see how each of the goals went in, click here.