Molesey Get Stuck in Quick Sand

by David Morgan

Sandhurst 4-0 Molesey  

Simmonds '25 ,Fisk '40 ,Hopton '80, Blake '89

Having completed their pre-season in a very positive way by winning two pre-season tournaments against opposition from a higher league, the Molesey fans were forgiven for going into the first league game of the season with high levels of optimism.

The Moles fans entered the ground with memories of last seasons draw when Sandhurst struck a deflected free kick in the 90th minute to snatch a point.

The match started with the Moles having their only meaningful shot of the first half with a scuffed Matt Baxter effort that rolled gently to the 'keeper.

From this point to the final whistle Molesey found themselves second best to the home side, and after James Mepham placed his header just over the bar, Sandhurst found the breakthrough in the 25th minute.

A superbly struck shot by Danny Wilde from 25 yards out found the net after just clipping the post on the way in.

Moleseys day got worse just six minutes later when fans favourite Moses Spencer was replaced by Danny Coombes, presumably because of injury.

This may have unsettled the Molesey midfield because on the 40th minute Michael Murphy picked the ball up 30 yards from goal and had all the time and space to strike a superbly struck shot into the Molesey net to double Moleseys deficit.

The half time whistle was a joy for the Molesey fans who assumed things could only get better in the second half once Steve Webb and his management team were able to tweak the side.

The fans would be disappointed though when the second half was a non-event for the Moles attack. Lewis Ackerman scuffed a volley wide shortly before he was substituted for Owen Bent in the only meaningful attack of the half hour of the second half.

On the 75th minute Molesey thought they had managed to battle their way back into the game when Steve Brown slipped in Mickey Hughes, but Hughes' neat finish was disallowed by the Linesmans flag.

Just five minutes later Sandhurst put the game to bed when the Moles defence stopped for what they thought was off-side but play went on and allowed a neat finish for Sandhurst.

Moleseys heads had gone and in the aftermath of the goal it appears Ollie Dicks received his marching orders for saying something that the referee deemed unsavoury.

Sandhurst completed the rout in the final minute of the game when left back, Luke Elliott fell over trying to clear the ball and allowed Roy Hogston to tap into the empty net.

There was just enough time for Sandhurst to hit one more shot off the post before Molesey were put out of their misery and the referee ended the match.

Molesey fans can now look forward to a home game against Camberley Town this Tuesday. Moles fans will remember the two entertaining 3-3 draws the clubs shared last season and home that the Moles can get this defeat out of their heads and start their promotion challenge on Tuesday.

Team:   1 Ceesay  2. Graves  3. Elliott  4. Dicks  5. Yeates  6. Spencer (14 Coombes).   7. Hughes  8. Brown (Capt)  9. Baxter  10. Ackerman (16. Bent)  11. Edghill

Subs not used:  12. Lewis  15. Lucas  17. Riggon