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25/02/2017 – Report – Gas Recreation FC Reserves versus Dedham Old Boys FC




GAS RECREATION FC RESERVES:                          2.

DEDHAM OLD BOYS FC:                                           4.


Date:   Saturday 25th February 2017.               Venue:                        Bromley Road, Colchester


I last watched Dedham Old Boys FC back in mid-October and their league form has kept them in the top two places for most of the season so far and having watched Gas Recreation FC Reserves in early January the home team might well give the promotion hopefuls a stern test.


On an overcast, cold and damp afternoon, the match official for this Division One match was Ricky Johnson, an experienced no-nonsense referee who ensured the “Respect” handshake was conducted before kick-off.


Gas kicked off playing the ball back towards their defence where Duffett was forced to hastily clear as Vitelli approached with the ball falling to Fowler who laid it off to Carnevale, whose first time shot on the turn from the edge of the penalty area stung the hands of Wilk. Gas, threatened, through a cross from Warriner which keeper Graham handled comfortably with Hewes in close attendance and by the end of the first three minutes both keepers had been in action. A sweeping move out of defence by Dedham through Baister, then Becket to Peat to Vitelli who forced a corner off Williams, taken by Halsey but Wilk was baulked as he tried to catch the high ball on the six yard line. Willoughby fouled Baister on the edge of his penalty area and Gas broke to gain a corner themselves through Willoughby whose pace gave Smith a few problems. The corner kick taken by Warriner was low and hard allowing Peat to clear to the half-way line with Vitelli chasing down Stoneman whose clearance found Willoughby running at pace towards the retreating Baister and Becket who managed to steal the ball much to the distain of Willoughby who thought he was fouled!

Gas pressed forward again with Peat fouling Ayton from which a throw-in followed, taken by Williams to Hewes whose shot was deflected by the outstretched leg of Baister for a corner, taken by Willoughby, flicked on by Brooks with Becket clearing but already by the ten minute mark there had been a number of heavy challenges. When Duffett upended Vitelli with a late challenge just on the corner of the penalty area a four man-defensive wall was placed in front of DANIEL ALSTON but with his trusty left foot he curled the ball over both the wall and the retreating keeper into the far top corner of the net. Just after the restart Hewes fouled Fowler and was spoken to by the referee with the free-kick from Alston just curling wide from a similar but more distant position from where he had earlier scored. Three minutes later and Dedham kept up their flowing football working a throw-in deep on the left side, taken long by Halsey, Becket flicked the ball on and the unmarked JOHN VITELLI stroked the ball home from six yards. On seventeen minutes, Gas hit back in positive style, Willoughby kept the ball in play on the half-way line and when he lofted the ball over the Dedham defensive line HARRY HEWES ran through to lob keeper, Graham from the edge of the penalty area to reduce the arrears.

Hewes and Willoughby were correctly flagged as being off-side when Warriner played a deep ball forward and Halsey had a shot deflected by Duffett to keeper, Wilk, then Welham tried his luck with a misplaced volley after a knock-down from Fowler. Gas keeper Wilk, put his own team under pressure with a poor goal-kick that deflected off Duffett for a throw-in and Ayton shepparded Welham wide to force his cross to go behind the goal. Another move started by Fowler saw the ball reach Vitelli who lobbed the ball over Duffett to Carnevale but his first time shot was weak and Wilk collected. Leading goal-scorer Vitelli disposed Ayton to run at goal but his over-hit cross went for a throw-in to the home team on the far side. Duffett fouled Peat and was duly cautioned, his second similar offence but the driven free-kick from Carnevale flew straight to Wilk and with two minutes to half-time Fowler and Welham linked up to find Vitelli with Duffett making a crucial block to the goal bound shot and Carnevale over-hit a cross-field ball that Fowler never really had a chance to chase down.


HALF-TIME:       1 – 2


Dedham restarted the second half with a long forward ball that Williams headed back to keeper Wilk, then Peat found Halsey and then Vitelli whose pass was met by a speculative effort, well a slash at the ball at least, from Welham, going out for a goal-kick. A long clearance from keeper Graham saw Vitelli giving chase but Williams played safe in putting the ball out for a throw-in. Warriner sent Brooks galloping away down the right side but from his deep cross keeper Graham was unchallenged when catching the high ball and when play reverted back into the Gas half Brooks dived high and wild into an attempted challenge on Halsey whose quick movement helped him avoid a potential injury but Brooks duly received a caution for his reckless attempted tackle. Halsey took the free-kick from the wide left side position with Baister and Vitelli getting in each other’s way before Vitelli forced Wilk into a fine save low down to his right but at the expense of a corner. From the corner taken by Halsey, Baister headed wide and Peat sent a long dipping effort just over the cross-bar from thirty yards out. At the other end Warriner played a long ball over the top of the advancing defence onto which Brooks chased only to be flagged for off-side, looked obvious from where I was standing, such was the gap but Brooks pleaded his innocence but no other Gas player had read the intended forward ball.

On fifty-five minutes Gas replaced Peters with Poore and when Baister handled the ball when ducking into a bouncing ball, no free-kick was given until the previously unsighted referee stopped the game and cautioned Willoughby for dissent. Peat fouled Willoughby thirty yards from goal, Warriner shaped to take the free-kick and Graham was forced to dive at full-stretch to push the ball wide of his right hand post into the path of Hewes who skied, the ball wide of the empty net from three yards out! On the hour mark, as the game hotted up, Hewes was caught offside much to his indignation and was promptly cautioned in his next piece of action which was for a poor challenge through the back of Peat. From the free kick taken by Alston, Wilk advanced and called for the ball but only managed to drop it on his descent and fortunately for the keeper, Poore was on hand to clear, and when Carnevale was pulled back by Stoneman, Alston’s free kick was headed strongly out for a corner by Ayton. The corner kick from Halsey was cleared by Duffett and then Poore for a throw-in and Carnevale kept up the visitors attacks with a run and pass to Fowler whose shot was cleared by long by Ayton towards Warriner whose high cross found Brooks but his shot was held by keeper Graham standing in a central position.

On sixty-five minutes Baister conceded a corner with Willoughby threatening down the left side, taken by Warriner but Halsey collected to run up-field and Dedham kept possession until Gas replaced Binns with Jones. Two minutes later and Gas equalised, Willoughby controlled a cross-field ball before lofting the ball forward, this time to OLIVER POORE who lobbed the advancing keeper for a goal very similar to their first half effort and Dedham replaced Carnevale with Moseley, who was returning from injury. An in-swinging corner taken by Willoughby was tipped over the cross-bar by Graham and Gas kept up their brighter period of play when Ayton drove a high free-kick into the penalty area where Brooks fell to the ground under a challenge by Becket. The referee immediately signalled to the penalty spot but the Dedham players pointed to their club linesman whose flag was raised and after a brief discussion the penalty award was rescinded and an off-side decision given from the taking of the initial free-kick. This reversal of a decision led to some dissent from the Gas team leading to a caution for Warriner and clearly the last fifteen minutes could get interesting! Jones was guilty of a high challenge on Halsey the half-way line, probably avoided a caution as it was his first action since coming on and his team mates continued to dive into tackles and concede numerous free-kicks.

On eighty minutes Dedham, through Alston, hit a long ball forward to Vitelli who found Moseley and from his low cross Vitelli mishit a shot that Welham pounced on, only to screw the ball into the side netting. Gas failed to heed the warning that Dedham were not going home empty handed and when Halsey played Vitelli into the penalty area his run and turn away from the goal-line was halted as Duffett stuck out a leg, Vitelli tumbled and no question, a penalty, defender Williams showed dissent to what was an obvious decision for the referee and after a brief stoppage TRISTAN MOSELEY drove the spot-kick home. Two minutes from time and Hewes was fortunate to avoid another caution when he took out Welham on the half-way line but Dedham played the ball forward to Vitelli who turned inside and played the ball into the path of MATTHEW HALSEY who capped a fine display by scoring from ten yards out. A long throw from Willoughby was headed on by Poore to Graham and from his clearance Peat and Ayton clashed in a heavy challenge on the half-way line, the ball fell free to Vitelli but clearly he had tired and did not chase the loose ball but when Williams did recover to play the ball up-field Becket was trying to shield the ball out of play for a throw-in, that was until Hewes dived recklessly into the back of his legs and deservedly receive his second yellow card of the game and an early exit from proceedings.


FULL TIME:        2 – 4


Now any game played at the home of “The Gas” will be hotly contested and any visiting team will do well to come away with the points, in this game both teams could look back very differently on their respective performances. Home team, Gas Reserves went two goals behind before pulling a deserved goal back before half time and then drawing level early in the second half but when they had a penalty award reversed they proceeded to lose their discipline and the rest, as they say, is history. Visitors Dedham Old Boys stuck to their task, played some good football, scored two early goals, yes they rode their luck with that penalty decision and scored late goals, one a definite penalty, to seal a hard earned victory. That came with no cautions despite some border-line challenges and without resorting to any sign of dissent but by fighting fire with fire they deserved their victory to move back to the top of the Division One table.


Now for my Man-of-the-Match choice, Becket and Baister were rock solid in central defence, Peat, Carnevale and Welham eventually won the midfield battle with Halsey, Fowler and Vitelli looking to score goals but overall the non-stop running and attacking play provision from Halsey shaded his colleagues in a good team effort.




GAS RECREATION FC RESERVES:                                   Colours: Yellow & Black Shirts, Black Shorts and Yellow Socks.

Radek Wilk., Jack Stoneman., Aaron Williams., Lewis Ayton., Jamie Duffett., Robert Brooks (C)., Mark Warriner., Liam Peters., Harry Hewes., Harry Willoughby., Kyle Binns.


Joint Managers:               John Cansdale.

Used Substitutes:             Connor Jones., Oliver Poore.

Unused Substitutes:         John Cansdale.



DEDHAM OLD BOYS FC:                                                 Colours: Red & White Shirts, Red Shorts and Red Socks.

Euan Graham., William Smith., Daniel Alston (C)., John-Joseph Peat., Simon Baister., Robert Beckett. Antonio Carnevale., Henry Welham., Matthew Fowler., John Vitelli., Mathew Halsey.


Manager:                        Paul Ketley.

Used Substitutes:             Tristan Moseley.

Unused Substitutes:         Nathan Moodie., Paul Ketley.



Referee:                        Ricky Johnson                             (Colne Engaine)


Man of the Match:          Matthew HALSEY                          (DEDHAM OLD BOYS FC)




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