Tigers waved goodbye to their temporary home of Halterworth School today with an emphatic victory over near rivals Tidworth. The 4-0 result has catapulted Tigers up the table to the lofty position of 3rd ahead of Whitchurch on goal difference, having played a game more than those from North Hants.
In one of their most polished and accomplished performances of the year Tigers brushed aside the challenge of Tidworth who on the day were outclassed and outplayed. Tigers pressed forward as a team, defended as a team and ran away to an unassailable 3-0 lead by half time.
Tigers lined up with Rob Comer in goal, hoping to extend his clean sheet record, Lewis & Nick Comer in defense, Nick Evans central midfield, Jacob Demain on the left, James Lemon on the right and Rob Sills up front.
Tigers pinned Tidworth into their own half and averaged a shot a minute for the first 6 minutes of the game, including two rising shots over the bar and a free kick from Rob turned millimeters wide by Jacob. The breakthrough came in the sixth minute as Jacob was on target with a first time shot from a left-footed driven corner by Rob.
Tidworth had two attempts in the half, one over the bar and the second that Rob pushed onto the bar and then somehow kept from going into back of the net.
The halfway point of the half was marked by the second goal as Jacob picked up the ball in midfield and started the move playing the ball square to Nick Comer, who slid ball across to Rob Sills who was in space on the edge of the area to direct the ball into the bottom corner.
A faulty stopwatch nearly brought the half to a premature end and had it done so would have denied the spectators the best team goal of the season. Nick Evans playing for the first time in central midfield nicked the ball from Tidworth and created space for himself to slot the ball out wide to substitute Charlie Fawbert who, seeing Rob Sills running into space placed an inch perfect ball onto his left foot which Rob buried into the Tidworth goal. A flowing move from Tigers moving the ball quickly and with purpose.
Tigers continued to push on, substitute Adam Firth caused problems running at the defence and Nick E growing in confidence had a shot on goal which was blocked and went out for a corner. When the ball did come through to the back, Lewis was sharp and blocked well, playing intelligent balls forward, the half time whistle blew as a cleared ball from Lewis was chased up by Rob and went wide.
Tidworth began the 2nd half much brighter than the first and put substitute Scott, on for Nick C, and Lewis under some early pressure. Both Lewis and Scott soaked it up and Tigers were awakened from their slumber. A ball pushed through by Adam to Rob Sill was tipped over the bar by Tidworth keeper, the resultant corner was also fired in by Nick Evans whose shot went wide.
Triple substitution of James, Jacob, Nick C back on for Adam, Charlie & Nick Evans had little effect on the balance of the team as Tigers were consistent in moving forward or back as a team.
The final strike to finish off the game came with 5 minutes to go, as he had done all half, Scott was first to a high ball coming over from Tidworth defence and directed a powerful header towards Nick C who ran into acres of space on the left, a glance up towards the advancing Rob Sills on the right flank placed doubt into the defenders mind as to what to do, advance to try and stop Nick or look to cut out the cross-field ball. Nick saw his opening went for it and fired high into the net bringing up the final score of 4-0.
A polished, complete performance from one end of the pitch to the other. Every player knew their role and made intelligent footballing decisions. It was the difference on the day between the two teams.
A great way to finish their time at their temporary home, losing only twice in the league at home all season.
Well done boys.