Date: Saturday 3rd September 2011
Starting Line-up: Gaz Stewart, Jacko, Goughy, Hung, Sadler, J-Pat, Clarkey, B.McGeown, Noble, Sutton, MTM (c)
Subs: Bradley, Denno, J. McGeown
The official unveiling of Cubo’s new home pitch was put on the back burner due to issues with the staff at Barnes being grade A clowns. Luckily team DIY merchant MTM was on hand with the necessary rope and poles to get the pitch in order before the oppo turned up.
Some missing faces were compensated by the return of Goughy and Sutton to the starting line up and it was the combination of these two that created the first goal of the game. Oxted failure to clear their lines saw the ball fall to Sutton in the box who teed up Goughy for an exquisite side footed finish high into the far corner which gave the statued keeper no chance. The goal was just reward for the positive start made by Cubo who immediately appeared to have a physical edge over their opponents. Despite the restrictions imposed by the small pitch Cubo were still able to find space, particularly in the centre of the park where Oxted’s presence was inexplicably vacuous. Cubo added a second when Sutton, employed as a more orthodox winger, beat his man on the outside before delivering a pinpoint centre which was volleyed home with aplomb by MTM.
Cubo were dominating Oxted all over the park and made it 3-0 shortly afterwards with Sutton again providing the assist. A knockdown from Noble fell to Sutton whose shot on the turn was parried by the keeper into the path of the onrushing Clarkey, who was left with a simple finish into the unguarded net.
Much like Monday’s game against Abbey Rangers Cubo were unable to sustain an impressive first half performance and despite little being on offer from Oxted by way of attacking threat Cubo allowed their opponents a foothold in the game. An inability to hold onto the ball meant that the boys in baby blue were inviting pressure on themselves and it was Oxted who benefitted from the increasingly scraggy nature of the game, albeit without forcing Gaz Stewart into a save. The best chance of the half fell to Jim McGeown who saw his half volley drift wide of the keeper’s right hand post. The rest of the half was played out goalless to give Cubo a second clean sheet in a row and more importantly a second win of the season.
Final Score: AFC Cubo 3-0 Oxted & District
A good performance from Cubo albeit against opposition whose depleted side meant they rarely looked like threatening Cubo.
Man of the Match: Ben McGeown
Scorers: Gough, MTM, Clarke.
Match Report: Benny Mac