Thursday, March 14, 2013
Fluxton 5, Newton St Cyres 2
The comprehensive St Cyres warm-up came to an end as the first bleary-eyed home player ventured onto the green, green turf of home, writes Alex Paget
Fluxton proceeded to kick some balls around while the opposition retreated to the pavilion for a pep talk.
Once the whistle went, cries of: “Come on then Flux” were boomed out a couple of times, and, within ten minutes, the league leaders were two up, demonstrating the worth of a laissez-faire approach to warming up!
Mark Searle bullet-headed the first from an Ali Buchan corner before Tom Rapps continued his rich vein with an instinctive volley to punish an out of position ‘keeper.
However, Fluxton grow restless without a challenge. The opposition were invited back into the game and Matty Sercombe allowed a daisy-cutter through his legs.
Steve Winsor was forced off with a bad ankle injury after half an hour and the scores were level almost immediately after the restart. Sam Fisher scored a sublime own goal to restore parity, only to succumb to a knee injury and the greens were left with nine players!
Heads went down for the first time this season, but Searle decided he wanted a win. Rapps played the follicle-rich striker through for a clinical notch that was the precursor to an axe-wielding, horn-helmeted Vikingian solo effort that made it 4-2.
St Cyres were upset and there followed anguished shouts of: “There are 11 of us”!
Fisher came back on and the greens briefly had an embarrassment of riches – 10 players - before Searle tweaked a hamstring which left the hosts back to nine.
Another towering Sercombe goal kick went through the hapless visiting defence and fell to Alex Paget who accidentally nutmegged the ‘keeper for a fifth.
All that remained was for Will Boyd to surge forward from left back and demonstrate that samba football is fine for nine. Chris Sercombe carried home the magnum for another composed performance in the heart of defence.