Adur Athletic 4 - 0 The View
13th September 2015 - 10:30 AM at Southwick County Ground
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Lineup: Jake Caldercourt, Danny Barnes, Mark Wilson (c), Luke Calderdcourt, Brendan Maloney, Connor Weller-Banks, Jason Bantock, Tom Parkes, Luke Deen, Jake Whatman, Andy Lindley

Subs: Mark Hall, Liam Deller, Neil Wells

Match Report:

The sun rose on a beautiful September morning. Great conditions for football.

The View were all up for their first game of the season after a cock up with the league meant they missed out first week.

Kicking off in yellow and blue, The View were content to let the opposition have the ball early on and possession changed hands frequently. A few early chances were well defended although the View reverted to the long ball a little too much and Lindley and Whatman were left chasing balls hopefully.

As the half progressed, it was clear that, despite a week off, the large pitch was tiring The View and Adur were comfortable in possession. A rare foray forward saw a good chance from Whatman over the bar. A let off for Adur but also a wake up call for them.

Desire Adur's dominance of possession, they hadn't really posed much of a threat with Wilson and L Caldercourt coping well. The latter clearing one through ball so well it ended up on the train tracks!

A silky run from Bantock and a ludicrous step over saw him clear their left back and put a peach of a ball into the box but it was unable to be converted.

A through ball from Lindley saw Whatman through one on one and neatly slot the ball home only for the flag to be raised. Borderline at best and the View possibly hard done by not to be in front. Despite being the encouragement The View needed, the resulting free kick lead to a long ball and a good save from J Caldercourt for a corner. Poor defending led to this being turned in on 43 minutes. 1-0 to Adur.

With the half closing, The View needed to hold on but a mix up at the back let their tricky right winger through and a good finish on 44 minutes left the View undeservedly 2-0 down at the break.

The second half started slowly and both teams were guilty of needlessly giving the ball away. A good free kick on the edge of the box saw another fine save from J Caldercourt. It was clear The View were flagging and in an attempt at a managerial master stroke, Hall came on or Connor with Lindley dropping into the attacking midfield role and Bantock going wide. Hall had an immediate impact. One poor touch lead to a throw in which their right winger took advantage of and scrambled a decent cross in for a free header by their striker. 3-0.

Barnes was replaced by Wells in an attempt to freshen up the tired legs of the defence.

By this point the formation had fallen apart from both teams and the football sloppy. A good break from Bantock down the right fed Hall through on goal. Images of chipping the keeper like he had done so many times on FIFA flashed in his mind but the execution was terrible.

Final change was Parkes off for Deller who did a dogged job in midfield breaking up play but the fitness levels of Adur were simply better and they were able to get a fourth goal with 10 minutes left.

All in all not a good day for the View but some good points to work on. The positive from the game was certainly the defensive performance which kept the score at 4-0 as it could easily have been a cricket score.

Match Report: By Mark Hall

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