Tigers tamed by Abbey Rangers
Arriving at the game with some trepidation, preparation was started. A devastating defeat the week before would test the teams determination to achieve a result against a team where we have had mixed results in previous meetings.
A strong formation and selection to start off with quickly saw the team take control of the game. It was not long before we opened our account with a brilliant strike from Salvi after a period of great play with good passing and moving. Liam was superb down the left hand wing and made some fantastic plays to create openings for the strikers.
A second was quickly added after a really good passage of play which was controlled in the midfield by Brett and Jojo. Twickenham fought back hard and got a foot back in the game just before half time where the score ended 2-1. Tactical changes saw Michael and Charlie being introduced on either wing and Louis pairing up with Brett in the center of midfield. The second half got off to a shaky start with the tigers scoring another 2 goals to make it 3-2 to them and they started roaring. A few more tactical changes and the team were back to controlling the game with solid defense from Bryce and Callum, supported by a great spell of play by Ross and superb inter play from Joseph and Salvi with a fantastic finish from Salvi to bring the team level again at 3 all.
Aidan collected the ball with a great bit of attacking goal keeping, let it rip out of his hands and immediately Salvi and Joseph were advancing on the Tigers goal again. Josh came on to give Joseph a rest and committed 100%.
With 6 minutes to go, the dreaded 4th goal was conceded by Abbey and the Tigers started roaring even louder. 3 minutes to go, the ball breaks down the left hand side, Bryce collects the ball just outside of the area and lets an absolute screamer loose into the top corner of the net to level the scores. The Tigers fell a little silent and kicked off where Salvi and Joseph, out of the blocks faster than a leopard after a deer, caught the Tigers napping, quickly regained posession and took the tigers defense apart to put the 5th goal away with 2 minutes to go.
The Tigers kicked off again, the boys adopted a "everyone defend" setup holding a solid line of 5 at the back to squash any chance of a final attack with the ball eventually finding its way to Aidan in goal where a very clever stalling tactic was employed and the final whistle blew as the ball left his hands.
A fantastic performance from all players a great result, 3 points on the board and the Rangers definitely tamed the Tigers in what was an absolute cracking game.
Credit to Twickenham Tigers, they never gave up and kept coming at us, great team spirit, determination and sportsmanship on a great day of football. We look forward to the return fixture in a few months.
Goals from Salvi and Bryce, assists from Brett, Liam, Louis and Joseph with Salvi getting Man of the Match in a fantastic display of football.