Ruthless Krooners Hit Moles For Four

by Andrew Finch

Molesey 1-4 Camberley Town   

Scored : Owen Bent 25'

Molesey crashed to their second heavy defeat in four days as braces from Adam Cornell and Gavin Muir gave Camberley a comprehensive 4-1 victory at Walton Road.

A spirited first half display saw the Moles unfortunate to go in 3-1 down at half time, as a freak second goal and killer third on the stroke of half time appeared to visibly drain their confidence.

Four changes were made to the side beaten at Sandhurst three days earlier, as Rob Lewis - making a return to the first team after an 8 month absence with a back injury, Danny Coombes, Owen Bent and James McShane came in for Ollie Dicks, Moses Spencer, Lewis Ackerman and Micky Hughes, however in a performance littered with individual errors the Moles got off to the worst possible start inside three minutes.

Jason Short took a quick throw-in down the Molesey left, finding Ronnie Green who cut inside far too easily.  He picked out Cornell with his back to goal, who turned and fired past Sheik Ceesay.

Molesey’s response was impressive, as Matt Baxter saw a smart turn and shot kept out kept out by Justin Gray, before they got back on level terms on 16 minutes.

A hopeful ball through the middle saw Baxter tussle with Dale Webb, however the front man easily out-muscled the Camberley centre half, before rounding Gray and squaring for Owen Bent for the easiest of tap-ins to ensure that he opened the Moles’ goal scoring account for the second consecutive season.

On 25 minutes Camberley were back in front, as a splendid bit of defensive work saw Coombes dispossess Cornell midway inside the Molesey half and roll the ball back towards Ceesay.  However the ball appeared to hit a bobble and bounce over the keeper’s foot, which gave Muir following up and even easier tap-in than Bent ten minutes earlier.

What followed was Molesey’s best spell of the match, as first Joe Yeates, then Lewis saw headers from corners flash wide, and sandwiched in between Baxter exposed a gaping hole in the Camberley back-line to find himself one on one with Gray, who did superbly well to tip his strike round the post.

Former Mole Russell Pym saw a header from a Green cross well saved by Ceesay, before Coombes gave away a needless free kick just inside the Molesey half.  As Short played it, ummmm, short to Ker, there was no Molesey player within 25 yards or so of the ball, allowing the Camberley skipper to stride forward and deliver a pass into the box.  A smart interchange between Muir and Cornell resulted in the latter striking a sweet volley beyond Ceesay to give Camberley a 3-1 interval lead and the Moles a mountain to climb.

The half-time withdrawal of danger-man Baxter due to injury made Molesey’s second half predicament the more difficult, and all they had to show for their second half endeavours was a scuffed shot from Baxter’s replacement Michael Riggon, as well as two late rasping drives from McShane, both of which had Gray scrambling.

Camberley added a breakaway fourth midway through the half, as a poor Steve Brown free kick sailed into the hands of Gray, who sent Green scampering away down the right.  His cross picked out Muir who finished neatly at the near post.

Camberley rarely threatened again, although that is no reflection of the ease in which they held on to their hefty advantage, as the Moles time and again resorted to Ceesay kicks that bounced all the way through to Gray, with Bent and Riggon nowhere in sight.

Having started the season full of optimism, the Moles management will now have a job to plug a leaky back-line that has seen them concede more goals in their opening two games than they did in their opening nine of last season, as they shape up for a crucial FA Cup Extra Qualifying Round tie against unknown quantity Sidley United on Saturday.

Molesey line up:  Sheik Ceesay, Andy Graves, Luke Elliott, Rob Lewis, Joe Yeates, Steve Brown [C] (Phil Dexter 71), Luke Edghill (Dan Lucas 71), Danny Coombes, Matt Baxter (Michael Riggon 46), Owen Bent, James McShane.  Subs (not used) Micky Hughes, Ollie Dicks