Man of the Match: Jamie Byatt
Teams: See below
3 wins in succession. 11 goals scored. 6 goals by the wee number 9. A few Casuals fans making the noise of loads. Finally, the Casuals are making lots of noises and numbers. The Number 9 by the way is Jamie Byatt and there’s only one of him.
It was always going to be a positive Tuesday night. Already playing with spirit and purpose, encouraged with the 3-2 away win on Saturday and the culling of the Swans prior to that a week long ago even top of the table would have a game on their hands against us. It's just we played bottom of the league and came out 4-0 winners.
Up until last week really Corinthian-Casuals and Eastbourne were looking doomed at the foot of the table on 20 points. Now the Chocolate and pink leave them stranded with nothing to hang on as we close the gap on almost the whole bottom half of the table, many now taking note of Corinthian Spirit – a play to the end, right to the very end, until the last breath type spirit.
The game started out even enough, Both teams probed and attacked each other but couldn't find the net. Juevan Spencer came close midway through the half when his deflected shot hit the post whilst Goddard, Byatt and the rejuvenated Wilson-Joseph saw shots either go over, go wide or be saved. Recently, Casuals have shown that they power the opposition to submission when they least expect it. On this occasion and on 43 minutes Steve Goddard drove past an Eastbourne defender in the penalty box and nudged the ball beyond the keeper to put the Chocolate and Pink 1-0 up bagging his second goal in just a handful of matches. For the second match running Corinth went into the break leading the score line.
The second half was when most of the action was enjoyed. Just one minute after the restart Wilson-Joseph launched a right footed corner from the left channel. Joe Hicks managed to outjump everyone in the penalty area to header towards goal but it was blocked poorly by a defender. Byatt saw the loose ball and without hesitation blasted into the net from only a few yards out. His screamer of a shot 20 minutes later however sent the fans behind the Tolworth Tower end dancing and cheering with delight as he picked up the ball on the outside of the box and as a rocket blasted his effort well beyond the helpless Eastbourne keeper. 3-0.
On 66 minutes manager Matt Howard made his first change of the night by replacing winger Juevan Spencer with ex Harrow Borough attacker Daniel Llacer. Making an immediate impact he marvelously shimmied down the left channel on one occasion, he got beyond his marker and zoomed towards goal only for his legs to be swiped and the referee to award a Casuals corner. A minute later, on 77 minutes, Jamie Byatt confidently converted giving the keeper no chance.
The olé's came from the crowd and the Casuals overwhelmed their opposition to submission. Numerous attempts on goal were squandered and it could be argued that the final score flattered our visitors – it could have been more. The players were no doubt encouraged by the magnificent home support again where some say this was the loudest heard from our faithul fans for a long, long time.
Finally, the Casuals nation is flying at its highest as yesterday our reserves side made it through to yet another semi final this time beating Frimley Green reserves 4-1 away. Femi Balogun opened the scoring with a penalty whilst Gareth Witter bagged a hat trick to secure our safe passage to the penultimate round of the Surrey Premier Cup where we play either Camberley Town (reserves) or Worcester Park (1st team). Manager Paul Stewart takes his side to Berkhamstead this Saturday for another cup match this time in the 3rd round of the Suburban Challenge Cup.
Finally, finally, finally if I can get this in our academy team led by coach Barry Wilde has just reported that his giant killing youngsters have defeated borough neighbours, Kingstonian, 4-3 in their corresponding league fixture. With back to back wins Barry mentioned "when they work hard the nice stuff follows but one doesn't work without the other". Congratulations Barry on a magnificent victory.
Where you at any of the games this week? How would you define your week as a Corinthian-Casuals fan/player/official?