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04 October 2010 | The Richards

Palace recorded their first win of the new league campaign with a decent performance over Golden Boys.

Palace were strengthened by the return of captain Richards, big JT at the back, and Amodio who were missing in last weeks 3-2 defeat to Echoes.

Walker was out injured, so Luke Franks stepped in-between the sticks for his first game in goal in almost 3 years, with Palace lining up in a 4-4-2 formation. Franks in goal, Taylor, Fakes, Gair and Amodio at the back, Francis in a unfamiliar left midfield position with Richards, Housein and Wollacott completing the midfield, with Purcell and Ayoub up top.

Palace were afforded a dream start, from the centre Richards took the ball forward and tried to chip to Purcell, the defender got his head on it, back towards goal, but Richards raced onto the ball, getting there a second before the keeper, lofting it over the keeper and in, getting clattered in the process. The ref decided the ball was cleared before crossing the line, but gave a penalty which Richards dispatched. 1-0 with literally 10 seconds on the clock!

Palace didnt build on this though and were playing within themselves. Although rarely troubled, they were wasteful in possession, giving the ball away with poor passing, and trying too many long / difficult passes, rather than the short passing game that has served them well so far, and this meant for a scrappy game with neither side able to retain possession for a decent spell.

Palace did however play some nice stuff in flashes, especially Amodio and Francis working well down the left.

Palace should have doubles their lead when a Richards corner was almost converted by Fakes who just missed the ball and then Taylor couldnt react as the ball smashed his chest and was cleared off the line.

Taylor did score a few minutes later however, another Richards corner, headed into the ground towards goal. The ball was cleared, however everyone could see it had crossed the line, and the ref was well placed and gave the goal.

2-0 at HT

Palace were told at half time to keep the ball and retain possession, shorten the game with simple pass, move, pass combinations, and they were much improved, creating more chances, and making our opponents chase the ball more.

Housein then scored a brace, his first through determination, throwing himself at the ball from 6 yards, just nipping in front of the defender after great work by Wollacott down the right, preceded a low cross across the face of goal.

The second was a stunner. Think back 2 weeks to Man UTD vs Liverpool, and Berbatovs 2nd... the overhead. Now keep that in mind, and replace Berbatov with Housein. Carbon copy finish!! Following a corner, the ball bounced out to Atkins who fired the ball back into the box. Housein (who is currently nursing a bad back) through caution to the wind, and finished over his head, lobbing the keeper and in. Definitely goal of the season so far!!

Golden Boys rarely threatened in truth, however Franks was called upon to make a good low save at his near post, handling confidently, and also picking a few out of the air. If difficult wet conditions, he had a great game, and his kicking was also good all game.

Palace completed the win with the last kick off the game. Taylor floated a freekick over the defence which Richards chased, got a flick on the head, which caused the keeper the drop the ball, and Purcell turned on the loose ball to fire home for a 5-0 win.

A good victory, and a clean sheet which is rare, however the first half performance was not like us, although we improved 2nd half, keeping the ball, and shortening our passing game.

One thing I would like to say os to the defence. They have a very hard job, as whenever goals are conceded, a defender is either at fault, unlucky, or will be looked at like they could have done better, which makes it a tough position to play in.

Yesterday, the Palace defence was solid, well organised, won everything in the air, every corner cleared, with very few shots making their way through to Franks in goal, so I think they deserve alot of praise for the performance, as they often dont get much! So well done defence, keep it up!!!

County Cup 2nd round next week against Bricklayers Arms who play Division 1 in Essex.



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