Despite the convincing scoreline this was not one of Anchs best performances but three points keeps Anchs at the top of the table. A good warm up saw Anchs make the better start with Rob Dixon and Callum Harris put the willies defence under pressure. Although it was willies who won the first short corner of the game which saw keeper Darren RIchardson make a smart save with Gareth Price superbly sweeping the pads. Following an excellent break away involving Jake Stevens, Lindon Lockhart and Jack Oxby the ball eventually fell to Jamie Caulfield who smashed home. Soon Jamie Caulfield doubled Anchs advantage following excellent work from Chris Lack. The next opportunity fell to willies with Gary Jackson making a superb clearance of the line to keep them out. By half time Anchs were in total control following another two good finishes from Lindon Lockhart and Callum Harris. Four nil at half time. The second half was a scrappy affair but two good goals, a thunderbolt from from Lindon Lockhart and a good strike from a short corner courtesy of Gareth Price gave Anchs a six nil win against their local rivals.
Anchs made the perfect start to the second half of the season by dominating Burnt Ash and in all honesty it could and probably should have been more. Anchs made the perfect start when Jake Stevens robbed Burnt Ash’s midfielder and played a beautiful ball to Callum Harris who deflected the ball into the top corner. The next 15 minutes was a very even game and it was the home side who drew level following a scuffed shot. However within minutes Anchs were two one up following a good short corner routine which saw CJ Verrall slot home at the post. 2-1 to Anchs at half time.
Anchs more or less dominated the second half. Within minutes they were three won up following a close ranged finish from Callum Harris. Although Burnt Ash did manage to win a number of short corners excellent goalkeeping from Darren Richardson and good defending from Gary Jackson kept the opposition out. Some quality passing moves involving Ben Selby, Jack Oxby, Jake Stevens, Jamie Caulfield and Chris Lack saw Callum Harris slot home two more to put Anchs 5-1 up and in the dying moments Chris Lack smashed home a sixth to get Anchs up and running.
Next week Old Willies visit Anchs for a mouth watering local derby!
Anchorians made a long trip to Worthing to play Penguins in a friendly looking to get rid off the Christmas rust. Following a rushed warm up Anchs made a very slow start to the game and only a smart save with his head by keeper Darren Richardson kept the scores level. Soon a shot come cross from CJ Verrall saw Callum Harris narrowly miss at the back post. Woeful passing allowed Penguins to steal the ball in Anchs’ 25 and their forward was able to run into the D and slot home via Mark O’Brien’s knee. Anchs were one down at half time.
Following a frank half time discussion Anchs dominated the second half but unfortunately were unable to find the equaliser despite winning several short corners and the ball rolling across the Penguin goal on numerous occasions. Jack Oxby and Ben Selby played very well down the wings and in all honesty Gareth Price controlled the game from centre back. Some great interplay from the midfield three of Mike Lindley, Jake Stevens and Rob Dixon also created several chances which Anchs could not covert. Credit also goes to Rich Perkins for making some great runs and SImon Pickard for making outstanding tackles. CJ Verrall also forced a great save from the Penguin keeper with the last hit of the game leaving Anchs frustrated. Back to the league next week with a tough game away to rivals Burnt Ash.