The theme of the season carried on with another wet start in Luton.
After last weeks collapse against another side from Luton, this was going to be a stern test of the away side’s character. They started quite nervously, straight away playing the patterns of play, which caused them issues last week, putting themselves under pressure. The home side dominatEDthe first 10 minutes of the game, but were lacking a little bit of quality in final third to press home their advantage. The away side gradually started to grow in to the game, finally showing a little bit of resilience, in what was going to be a physical challenging game. Brandon & Billy started to compete and get the better of the midfield, Ajiri and Oliver now getting in to the game in the wide areas, the latter should have had penalty after bursting clear of the defence, from a fine ball by Sam, only to be scythed down as he entered the box, linesman flagged for the infringement, the referee chose to played on.
Woburn had managed to turn the game on it’s head, and were now in ascendance, a corner from the right was flicked by Ajiri, the ball dropped for Ibu who’s first attempt was blocked, he reacted quickly and neatly finished from the rebound 0-1. It was a much needed confidence booster, the away side now taking the game to the home team. Oliver and Ajiri were a real threat out wide, with Sam and Ibu cleverly feeding them the ammunition. Sam fed Ajiri on the left corner of the box, he dropped a shoulder and went past one hapless defender, but was wiped out by a second tackle from behind, the Referee quite rightly pointed to the spot. Having won the penalty Ajiri stepped and calmly sent the ‘keeper the wrong way, 0-2. Sundon, not the prettiest team on the eye, but full fire and endeavour, were not going to lie down and they showed great spirit, in trying to reduce the deficit before half time. Jack C producing a goal line clearance with his shoulder, after a header from a corner, and Nathan a full stretch to tip away a shot from the edge of the box.
It was encouraging half time team talk, after a shaky start we had got to grips with the game, and matched the aggression showed by the home team, then let our better quality football shine through. We just needed to be wary of the long ball, and make sure we won our headers.
It was the away side who started the second half the better, they seemed now to have got the measure of the home team, and started to look much more comfortable within the game, Jack D latched on to a through which the home ‘keeper raced out and got to, just before Jack, his momentum carried him well oustide the penalty area, the loose ball fell to Ibu who side footed towards goal, the home ‘keeper a full five yards outside his box, dived and saved the ball with his left hand, deliberate hand ball denying a clear goal, should have led to free-kick, and by the letter of the law a red card for the ‘keeper, the referee however chose to play on? a bizarre decision, after a strong first half the pressure from the sidelines seemed to have got to him in the second. It was a let off for Sundon and slightly deflating for the away side. Sundon were now exerting some pressure, it called for calm heads at the back, still not offering much quality in the last third, the away side just pumped ball after ball in to the box, hoping something would fall their way. Calm heads were no where to be seen in the away defence, just general panic and poor clearance’s. Nathan making a super save at his right hand post, sooner or later something had to give and so it did, four chances to clear were missed by the away defence, and eventually after serving the chance on a plate to the home side, they sent it past Nathan in to the net 1-2.
It was disappointing, but they responded well, once again taking the game to the home side and looking the more likely to score. Billy sent a screamer just over the bar, after great interplay between Sam & Ajiri, Sam had a curling shot saved. A long diagonal ball by Billy was collected by Sam wide left, two defenders closed in, in a flash he left them for dead with a magical turn, clear, and heading for the box, he sent over a perfectly weighted cross for Oliver to rise and nod home at the far post, a goal full of guile and high quality, unfortunately it was ruled out for offside, to howls of jeers from the sidelines, both sets of supporters seemed to be in the belief it was a perfectly good goal, alas for all it’s wonder, it didn’t count.
The home side had a lifeline and they knew it, again they pumped long balls in to the box, hoping for the second ball to drop, they did strike the post from a trickling shot which looked to be going well wide, apart from that the away defence were always on top. With just a couple of minutes left, a cross from the left was floated in, a Sundon attacker got a flick header on, and the ball looped and dropped in the right top corner of the goal, a slice of luck and a cruel blow for the away team 2-2. The referee signaled 1 1/2 minutes to play. Most away teams would now have settled for a point, however Woburn were having none of that, from the kick off, Oakley fed Jake, who in turn slotted a pass through to Ajiri, he skipped passed one defender then another, approaching the edge of the box he went passed another and then planted a left footed shot past the despairing dive of the ‘keeper in the back of the net, the away supporters were ecstatic and the team on the pitch, full of smiles 2-3. The job wasn’t complete, what should have been just a minute to play turned in to 5 or 6 as the Referee added some time on, not sure what for, the away side slowed the tempo down and broke the game up, much to the frustration of the home side, who couldn’t get near their opponents goal.
Scorers: Ajiri (2), Ibu (1)
Summary: After last weeks performance, we needed a response this week, and we got it in sack fulls. It was a tough test against a physical team, but we matched them toe to toe and then played good quality football when we could. It was a super response after surrendering a two goal lead, to show so much resilience, and go and score a much deserved winner.
M.O.T.M: It was difficult choice today, as many had a great game, Sam, Billy & Brandon all had fine games in midfield, Oliver & Ibu were a menace, Archie had his best game in a Woburn shirt, Thomas & Nathan solid as a rock at the back. However this weeks award goes to Ajiri, a fine piece of solo brilliance to win the game, but he worked so hard helping out his defence throughout the game, an area of his game that he needs to work on, and he did it superbly today.