Finmere Reserves took on Banbury Galaxy this weekend with a much changed team and ran out 6-4 winners.
It saw 4 players start their first game of the season, which included Mighty Fin debutant Jahquen Smith-Desheilds.
Taking up the same formation, it saw a slight reshuffle of pack with Jonny Barstow in goal.
Finmere controlled the game from kick-off and were immediately on the front foot. Within the first 15 minutes, Curt Smith was brought down on the edge of the penalty area whilst through on goal by the last defender. Nathan Whitbread stepped up to take the free kick and after much discussion with Matt Folkes and some sound advice, Nathan curled and dipped the ball over the wall and found the top left hand corner of the goal.
The second goal came from some neat footwork by Niall Jeacock, who beat his full back and crossed a ball in for Dan Slade to leap like a baby gazelle and head past the keeper making it 2-1.
After a slight mix up at the back Galaxy pegged the Fins back with a goal five minutes before half time. Jahquen Smith-Desheilds made a very impressive run, brushing off defenders before rounding the keeper to make it 3-2 at half-time.
Finmere’s fourth goal came as a result of Curt Smith applying pressure to the opposition’s defence and keeper, forcing the keeper to scuff a clearance that fell very kindly to Dan Slade who then with his trademark looped lob, grabbed his second of the game.
Galaxy then grabbed a goal back.
Finmere then scored what was the final nail in the coffin of the game, after Desheilds found himself in the opposition’s 18 yard box, he picked out Liam Alridge on the opposite side of the box where he calmly and coolly smashed it in from 20 yards out, giving the keeper absolutely no chance.
The sixth goal came from another mazy run from Jahquan, he out muscled a defender and then the goalkeeper to score his second of the match.
Galaxay’s final goal, came in the 90th minute after a scuffed penalty, which sent Barstow the wrong way and the ball trickled into the net.
Final score 6-4.