Manager: Phil Godwin
KPR Reds 7 – 0 Perrywood Sports
Scorers: Alfie, Jack, Ben (3), Joe (2)
After a run of not quite hitting the consistency of form we know the boys can play, the Reds were looking to put in a good performance against Perrywood Sports in the 3rd Round of the Surrey County Cup.
Right from the whistle, the boys seemed on their “A” game and were looking sharp and progressive with almost every touch. Joe and Tarun were controlling the centre and Jackson and Alfie were dominating on the wings. It wasn’t long before the first goal came following pressure down the right flank. A Joe corner was whipped in bang on the penalty spot and Alfie headed home high into the goal from 6 yards. A great corner and header and 1-0 KPR.
The boys attacked straight away again with Jackson bursting forward turning two defenders inside out before putting in a dangerous cross. Ben was linking play and causing danger from the front with a hand ball penalty decision not going the Reds way. It wasn’t long however before the boys scored their second, and it was a peach. Jackson and Ben’s 1-2 out flanked Perrywood who gave away a foul on the left side about 20 yards out – bang in Jack territory. Up strode Jack with a super strike, curling into the far corner at pace and giving the keeper no chance. 2-0 KPR. The half ended on a low note however as Jackson suffered a kick to the face going for a header and had to be taken off. 2-0 half time.
The Reds came out in the second half and were clearly looking to carry on as they left off. Some super sharp Tarun and Henryk link play caused mayhem in the Perrywood defence and the pair combined again nearly creating the third with Henryk running through from a sharp Tarun turn and pass and the shot going close. The third goal wasn’t long in coming however with Joe jinking through the middle and feeding the onrunning Ben, who slotted home into the bottom corner. 3-0 KPR.
The team were in a “total football” mood! Jack’s passing forward was incisive with Alfie continuing to have the pace on the Perrywood defence, and Alex was not only mopping up attacks with control but was carrying the ball forward beating his player past the first tackle with good passing creating even more space for the KPR boys to attack into.
Sean was having a very assured game showing his excellent touch, linking play though the middle and sharp passing down the flanks, and also looking very solid in the tackle. The boys continued to press with a great Sacha and Ben combination and Sacha running through on the left creating another chance for the Reds. At this point in the game the boys were pinging the ball around and with Perrywood finding it hard to get any possession. For the first time in a few games, Pip was rarely called upon but it is always re-assuring to see him in the goal and was sharp to mop up the odd loose ball.
The pressure was too much for Perrywood and the fourth goal came from a Joe jinking run through the middle and a great strike into the top corner. Perrywood to their credit kept going, but the boys clearly wanted more goals! A super through ball found Ben in the clear with a first time strike into the near top corner making if 5-0 KPR. Joe then got his second with another run through the tiring Perrywood midfield and low strike into the corner 6-0 KPR. And the boys weren’t done yet with a super team goal to round things off. Jackson burst through two players deep in the Red’s own half feeding Henryk, who sprinted forward beating the defending before placing a perfectly weighted pass for Ben who slotted home from a tight angle into the far right corner beating the on running keeper, and completing his well deserved hat trick.
One of the most dominant performances of the season where the early sharp play and goals had given the boys the confidence to kick on, with passes finding their player, great movement, pacey direct play and some super finishing. Here’s hoping the boys can take this form into their next league game!