Rampant Moles Slaughter Helpless Chicks

by Andrew Finch

Molesey 4-0 Dorking

Molesey hit four goals for the second successive Saturday to cruise past Dorking in a one sided encounter at Walton Road.

Only a man of the match performance by Chicks manager and former Leatherhead and Tooting & Mitcham stopper Tony Webb as an emergency stand-in keeper, some brave last ditch defending and the woodwork prevented the Moles from racking up a cricket score, although the four goals they did score put their goal difference in the positive for the first time this season and ensured they finished the day in the top half of the table.

The team that started last week’s victory at Bedfont and the midweek Southern Combination Cup win at Guildford was disrupted by the suspension of Luke Elliott and unavailability of captain Joe Yeates, meaning recalls for Rob Lewis and Ross Defoe.

Andy Graves saw a dangerous cross from the touchline come back off the bar in the opening couple of minutes, before the Moles took the lead through Farid Ebrahim-Zadeh when the first of a multitude of dangerous James McShane corners was only partially cleared.  The ball fell to Ebrahim-Zadeh ten yards out and he hit a sweetly-struck volley beyond a crowd of players into the top corner.

Webb made the first of a number of terrific saves shortly afterwards when Arnold Tawonezvi got the better of Roy Newman and hit a goal-bound half volley from a tight angle which Webb – who was playing his first game for four years due to the unavailability of regular keeper Dan Coote – tipped over.  From the resulting corner Tawonezvi saw a free header blocked.

Another corner moments later, flashed across the goal with Dan Coombes inches away from making contact, before McShane took a pass from Coombes with an outstanding first touch that took him beyond Charlie Merrick but Webb denied him at his near post.

From the next corner Tawonezvi thought he had double Molesey’s lead but the referee – who had a fine game – correctly ruled that he had used his hand to bundle the ball across the line.

McShane was again denied by Webb with less than half hour played when a low, curling free kick from 35 yards evaded everyone and threatened to creep into the far corner but Webb reacted superbly to turn the ball around the post, before Webb made a rare mistake when he failed to hang onto Ebrahim-Zadeh’s cross.  Sam Lampard thought he had scored but his strike was superbly headed off the line by Merrick.

Just a minute later both McShane and Lampard came even closer to getting on the score sheet, as McShane saw a drive from 25 yards come back of the underside of the bar.  Lampard was first to the follow-up but was somehow thwarted by an amazing save by Webb, and the ball was somehow cleared to safety in the ensuing scramble.

Webb then took another corner off Tawonezvi’s head, and Dan Lucas fired high and wide after being set up by McShane.

The only attacking threat Dorking had provided was a weak free-kick from Martin Waldren midway through the half that Wester Young kept out despite an awkward bounce, however they came desperately close to equalising on the stroke of half-time during a prolonged goalmouth scramble when ex mole Andy Davidson and Joe Loyza both had efforts blocked en route to goal.

The second half followed the same pattern as the first, and at times it seemed there were several McShane’s on the pitch, and he had the opening chance of the half but shot just wide from the edge of the box. 

Moses Spencer had a goal ruled out by a linesman’s flag after Tawonezvi had flicked on McShane’s free kick, and Tawonezvi had a goal bound effort blocked on the line after a great piece of play by Ebrahim-Zadeh.

For the third time in the game the Moles were again denied by the woodwork when McShane hit a drive from just inside the box that clipped the top of the bar, Ebrahim-Zadeh muscled past Merrick but was again denied by Webb.

Molesey got a deserved second goal midway through the half when McShane’s free kick was laid off by Spencer to Lampard, who slotted beyond Webb for his first goal of the season.

McShane linked up cleverly with Defoe before shooting into the side netting; Tawonezvi was again denied by Webb, before Lewis added Molesey’s third in the 84th minute when he scooped home a goalmouth scramble.

McShane finally got the goal his performance deserved in stoppage time when Graves made a burst into the box and was barged over.  Webb very nearly spoilt his day by getting his hand to the penalty but was unable to keep it out.

Next up for the Moles is an intriguing clash against inconsistent Egham, who recently put eight past Dorking, but were on the wrong end of a 4-0 score line themselves this weekend.


Line-up:  Wester Young, Andy Graves, Ross Defoe, Rob Lewis, Moses Spencer [C], Dan Coombes, Dan Lucas (Mickey Hughes 67), Sam Lampard (Joe Pratley-Jones 84), Farid Ebrahim-Zadeh (Ezra Nelson 81), McShane.  Subs (not used) Danny Roberts, Billy Pamment