Friday, February 8, 2013
Fluxton 6, Halwill 0
Defying character, Fluxton roamed from the off and was soon to establish dominance over an unbeaten opposition boasting straight wins from seven, writes Will Bidder.
The Flux backs found their wingers with fluency, enabling genuine pace to tear through the seams of a Halwill defence which was flat-footed for most of the match. A decisive ball from Boyd found Bidder who peeled his marker over half the length of the field and cruised a left footed cross into the six yard box to meet Tom Rapps’ hungry boot.
A second followed immediately, this time Butcher instinctively releasing Bidder with an outside-of-the-boot bending through-ball, who then threaded a penetrating ball to Rapps again.
With striker Searle denting the centre backs with raw muscle, Alex Paget found room to add a third with a marauding run which opened enough of an angle for a left footed romp which nestled in the top left of the goal.
The Halwill goalkeeper made a strong penalty save to deny a Tom Rapps hat-trick, but the break soon followed, with praise given in abundance by the ever-loyal Fluxton support, despite Six Nations temptations.
The second half saw similar scenes. Marshalled fiercely by Burgess at the back, Long was able to manoeuvre space to link with the younger Paget and older Rapps, the latter enriching his goal haul with a composed finish for a Flux fourth.
The assault on the Halwill defence continued, Paget releasing a long throw directly over the goal line, which would have chalked up a fifth had Rapps’ flying body managed to connect. But a fifth did follow when Winsor slotted inside the near post and a sixth followed.