Carlsberg South West Peninsula League Division 1 East Saturday September 7th
The Vikings claimed all three points in their derby on Saturday at Manstone Lane. After a heavy downpour before the start the pitch was quicker than it had been for the past few weeks and this enabled the Vikings to play some attractive football. With Tony Cox causing problems down the left flank the first half was one way traffic and the Tigers were strugglling to cope. Matt Rasmussen saw his close range effort blocked, Dan Tavender whipped an inviting cross in from the right only missing Andy Issac and Rasmussen by inches and the pressure was steadily building. Former Tiger Aaron Doble had a couple of long range efforts one saved and fumbled by the visitors keeper. On 35 minutes a reckless challenge by the Tigers right back on Cox gave the referee no option but to send him off reducing the visitors to ten men. Cox would play no further part in this match. Five minutes later the deadlock was broken after neat play involving Alex Raistrick and Andy Isaac saw Doble evade a last ditch tackle, draw the keeper and neatly dispatch the ball into the far corner Sweet for the Vikings playmaker as he became joint top scorer along with Dan Norman, unavailable today due to work comittments. This was scant reward for a half dominated by the hosts.
Within seconds of the restart Rasmussen had a glorious chance with only the keeper to beat but screwed his shot high and wide, unusual for such an impressive finisher.The Tigers were left resorting to pumping long balls in the air hoping to reap rewards from knock downs the second half was not pretty. Raistrick was imperious at the back alongside Andrew Lord, Greg Chaplin and Darren Thomas this wasn’t going to work out well for the visiting side. Chances were few and far between and 20 minutes from time Robbie Powell was forced to tip over his bar to bring his only save of the match. Keiran Fayter Small put the result beyond doubt with a rasping left foot drive from 20 yards five minutes from time.
Paddy writes; It was a great first half performance as we dominated possession. The sending off had an effect on both sides as Cox was creating problems on his flank. They had a game plan to try and intimidate us which didn’t work. With our reserves winning away as well its a great weekend for the club.