The Joy Of Six – Men’s 4s Cruise To Victory In Nine Goal Thriller
By Paul Harvey
Epsom put to the sword as 4s find their scoring touch in 6-3 victory
Nov 4 2008. Obama is elected US president.
Mar 2 1969. Concorde takes it first flight.
8 Dec 1980. John Lennon is killed.
And now Mar 5 2017 can be added to the list of momentous days. In years to come, a date to tell your children, yes I was there, at Short Lane Ashford. The day that Jess Donelan scored. And scored not any goal, but quite possibly, a strike that will go down in history – the slowest a ball has ever crossed the line for a goal.
Ashford 4s were keen to put the disappointment of a first home defeat of the season last week behind them, and welcomed Epsom to Short Lane. Away earlier in the season the 4s tasted defeat by the odd goal in nine, but this time whilst the goal scoring was repeated, it was Ashford who came out on top.
An early Ashford goal from Dan hinted at things to come, but against the run of play Epsom were able to steal into a 2-1 lead as the 1st half progressed. But with the half time whistle blown, Ashford had a penalty corner and with all players up on the D, a goalmouth scramble saw Jess slot in an equaliser with a shot drilled with the power of a falling leaf.
The 2nd half was all one way traffic, as Ashford took full control. A further goal from Dan, a superbly taken goal on the break from Chris, another goal from Jon, and finally a calmly taken 6th from PJ saw Ashford stretch into a 6-2 lead. With one of the last touches of the game, Epsom pulled one back. Whilst it was not the most fluid of displays, the 4s can be pleased with the end result, especially having had both Captain Gordo and PJ both playing a full game for the 3s earlier in the day, and a number of regular players injured or unavailable.
Next up, a trip to Heathrow to take on British Airways.