Date: Sat 12th November 2011, 2pm KO
Starting Line-up: Ben McG, Oli Watkins, Hung, Goughy, Sadler, J-Pat, Bradders, Hooper, Ryan, MTM, Daunter
Following 2 weeks on the road Cubo returned to Barn Elms with a spring in their step having taken 6 points from those fixtures, most notably the hard fought win over Crescent Rovers last week. The starting line up was juggled once again with skipper Oli Watkins returning to the starting line up and J-Pat pushed into the centre of the park to cover for Ben McG, who was donning the gloves for a second time this season. Cubo have struggled at home so far this season, though not quite as much as their opponents have in the league. Farnborough North End were member of the Combined Counties as recently as last season but they have obviously fallen on hard times as their league position testifies.
The first fixture between the sides saw Cubo run out comfortable winners and the initial phases of the game suggested that this would be the case once again. FNE’s line up had a very youthful look to it and Cubo’s physical dominance would be a feature of the game with some strong challenges early on setting the tone. The first goal did not take long to come. With the FNE keeper straying from his line to clear a through ball, Daunter showed great composure to volley the clearance back into the empty net. 1-0 Cubo and another difficult finish made to look easy by the big frontman whose return to the Baby Blue Army has played a big part in the recent upturn in form.
A relatively flat period followed with Cubo unable to put together any passing moves that really hurt their opponents. However with Bradders and J-Pat starting to click in the centre of the park, the home side were increasingly able to bring their wide men, particularly Hoops into the game. A second goal was added on the half hour mark when MTM showed the elusiveness that has been a highlight of his career to lose his marker in the box and expertly volley home with the outside of his boot. 2-0 Cubo.
The home side then effectively put the nail in the coffin by scoring a third before the end of the half when MTM rounded the keeper to fire home for his second of the game. 3-0 Cubo. The half time team talk focused on maintaining discipline and getting more from the game. Whether it was the team talk or, as is more likely, a dig from his brother about a lack of goals, Goughy showed exactly the kind of ruthlessness that Cubo were looking for when he bullied the ball over the line from a Daunter throw. 4-0 Cubo and another goal for the prolific centre half, who is more than making up for the reluctance of his regular centre half partner to score any goals whatsoever (Goughy 5 goals, Watkins 0 goals….).
Credit goes to FNE who continued to make a game of it, albeit without threatening the Cubo goal. MTM added a fifth to complete his hat-trick before Every, returning from a troublesome hamstring injury, came off the bench to score the sixth, and final, goal of the game.
Final score: AFC Cubo 6-0 Farnborough North End
Goals: Daunter, MTM 3, Goughy, Every
Man of the Match: MTM
A solid performance from the Baby Blue Army who made it 3 wins from 3, lifting them to 4th in the table. The return of a goal threat to the Cubo line up in the form of Daunter and MTM has contributed massively to Cubo’s recent results, and this will be only be strengthened further by Every’s return to fitness. Cubo will be looking to maintain their perfect November in next week’s local derby against Tooting Bec who booted them out of the Cup last month. A special mention should also go to Ryan for heroically managing not to get booked for at least one week, will the plucky Northerner be able to make it an unprecedented 2 weeks without attracting the attention of the Surrey Elite refereeing fraternity?!?! Only time will tell, though if I was a bookie I would not be taking bets on it……
Match Report: Benny Mac