The Spencer 3rd team were outplayed in the first half in all departments. Brighton were faster of mind and body, winning every loose ball and finding open players in dangerous positions at will. Spencer continued as per last week’s game; slow, uncommitted and seemingly low in confidence.
The half-time scoreline of 0-6 was fair. Spencer had 3 or 4 good chances to score but none were converted. We needed a lift… which came from James Sweetman who won a loose ball deep in his own half then sprinted almost the full length of the pitch. With attack players either side ready for an offload he saw the Brighton defence was wide open so went solo and tucked an accurate shot into the bottom corner of the goal. Spencer has scored, finally, and he’d given the team the kick up the rear end they needed.
Thus the second half was a 6-6 tie. For each well worked Spencer goal, including three from skipper Andy Mottershead (two left handed), a mistake or lapse in concentration gave Brighton an easy reply. Nick scored twice including a rocket assisted by the welcome return to London for Ant Broadhurst who has been working overseas since 2009.
With their 6 goal cushion never really troubled, Brighton were less gun-ho compared with the first half and at times bored the Spencer defence into a mistake. Sensible play from the visitors but how this game could’ve been different if not for the woeful start.
A two week break now for the 3’s so plenty of time to re-group for the potentially tough game on Sat 1st December with the visit of unbeaten division leaders Epsom.
Spencer 3’s were;
Joe Chomet, Chris Jones, Toby Rule, Jobey Keane, Raphael Jackson, Ben McLellen, Jamie Weir, Rob Gooch, Ant Broadhurst, Sam Horowitz, James Sweetman (1 goal), Andy Mottershead (3), Nick Flew (2) and Jon Dodd