Sunday's home game was the last home game at Finch grounds, 1st of their 4 remaining league fixtures. Going into today Finch were 7th on 17 points with 4th, 5th and 6th tied on 19 points above them.
Unfortunately Knaphill were struggling with only 9 players, one with dodgy knees and another with a back problem and here is nothing worse for youth football than playing understrength teams.
Finch were dominant from the outset, holding their shape and passing with confidence. The extra space allowing them room to play the ball around. Knaphill parked the bus with 4 in their back line and 3 in midfield. Although they did managed to break occasionally they couldn't really maintain the ball in the Finch half.
Sam got the opener with a header over the on-coming keeper from Ben Ms cross. And Morgan punished a defensive mistake with a shot in off the upright. There were other first half chances, but a combination of hitting the keeper, missing the target and defenders blocking kept the score to 2-0 at half time.
Second half saw Finch keep the pressure on and get an early 3rd goal by Morgan with Alfie as the assister. Knaphill managed to beat the off-side trap to get through on goal and was tripped in a challenge from Ben A just inside the penalty box. 3-1 after they converted the penalty. This lifted the visitors briefly, but Finch got back in control of the game again. James put Adam through to make it 4-1 and a solo effort from Cam made it 5-1 with 20 minutes to go. But Finch weren’t having to work very hard now with Knaphill run into the ground.
The game was called at this point as a 5-1 win to Finch and we played the last 20 minutes as a friendly. Henry, Billy and Lewis were going to be our subs and kindly put on blue bibs to play for Knaphill. This allowed them to rest their lad with the back injury and give all the lads a run out. The intensity from both teams picked up with the 11v11 scenario and all of the lads just played football!!
Finch jump back to 4th place, just 3 points behind the tied Abbey and Claygate. Its very close between Burpham, Haslemere and Worplesdon 1 point behind Finch. The season is wide open with Finch possibly finishing anywhere from as high as 2nd or as low as 7th depending on the last 3 games and other teams’ results.
The remaining fixtures look like this: