FSA’s Cat 2a welcomed Chesterfield FC to their venue with the hope and mindset of kick starting their campaign and picking up a valuable 3 points which was treated as a must win to get back towards the top of the table alongside Cat 2b.
The game plan was simple, be aggressive in the press and make sure to hunt the ball down in numbers and this paid off after just 2 minutes when the ball was won in midfield before a brilliant Through ball set Bim Pepple through on goal which was converted clinically. This set the tempo of the first half and FSA were looking hungry for more and continuously won the ball back high up the pitch and shown real quality with the ball. This led to 3 more goals scored before half time with Harry Smith winning and converting a rebound from the penalty he took, Toby Clauss made it 3-0 before the half hour mark and Bim Pepple added to his tally. Chesterfield FC managed to grab a goal back before the break from the penalty spot meaning we headed into half time with a 4-1 lead.
After a brilliant first half from FSA the half time team talk was simple, they had set their standard in the first half and it was now a case of making sure they didn’t drop below those standards and continue the good work for the full 90 minutes.
A positive start to the second half meant FSA continued piling on the pressure which paid off on the hour mark and Brodie Stewart made it 5-1, however, Chesterfield never gave up and pulled one back 3 minutes later. The final 15 minutes saw FSA dominate the ball and were showing good patience in possession which led to some great attacking moves down both flanks. One of which resulted in Jensen Greaves scoring from the penalty spot to make it 6-2 and an excellent solo run through the box from left back Joseph Opoku who rounded the game off to make it 7-2.
An excellent performance across the pitch from all the players, particularly off the ball as they suffocated Chesterfield every time they had the ball which allowed a dominant attacking display. The boys have set a standard now that they need to maintain and hopefully can kick on to challenge at the top of the table where they should be.
Man of the match: Could go to several players however, Bim Pepple offered a brilliant threat up front, was a great focal point with his hold up play and got his 2 goals in the first half and was unlucky not to complete his hat-trick.