Honours even under the lights

Hanworth Villa 3

  • Guy Ansah-Palmer (60′)
  • Sam Merson (75′ pen)
  • George Wells (87′)

Southall 3

  • Abdul Nurein (11′)
  • Anthony O’Connor (22′)
  • Anthony O’Connor (55′)

We welcomed Southall to Rectory Meadows on Tuesday, October 10 for our first game since the disappointment of being knocked out of the cup.

Sadly it wasn’t a return to winning ways but what the team showed in an excellent second half must surely bode well for the future.

The first half saw Southall race to a two goal lead within a quarter of the game with goals from Nurein (11′) and Anthony O’Connor (22′). Our management tweaked the formation at half time and fired up the team for a quick start second half. Sadly – once again – we conceded another goal about 10 minutes after the restart through O’Connor (55′) and there were worries among some of the fans that this could turn into a cricket score. Thankfully our players were having none of that and began to impose themselves on Southall. When Guy Ansah-Palmer netted his first of the campaign on 60 minutes you could sense that a comeback was underway. On the 75 minute mark we won a penalty which was duly dispatched by Sam Merson for his 7th goal of the season.

As the half progressed we pushed Southall back and an equaliser seemed inevitable and sure enough with three minutes to go George Wells popped up to make it 3-3.

We possibly could have won it at the last but it wasn’t to be. The team showed real tenacity and determination in coming back from 0-3 down but need to work on keeping the ball out of their own net.