19 September 2008
STANSFELD'S UNBEATEN start to the season continued with a fine win over Snodland at Oxford Road, writes Dave Marks...
Stansfeld kicking up the slope got a dream start in the first minute; a casual back pass from the Snodland right-back to his keeper, who immediately came under pressure from Harry Draper who had run 40 yards to close the keeper. As the keeper attempted a clearance, Draper jumped and blocked the ball which fell into the middle of the six yard box, and he quickly pounced and knocked the ball into the empty net.
Stansfeld dominated for the next 20 minutes but couldn't find a way through to increase their lead. Slack defending allowed Snodland back into the game in the 25th minute from a corner.
Stansfeld hit back and retook the lead within three minutes - a smart piece of work from Harvey Gayle found strike partner George Lowes in the box and a cool finish from the 17-year-old gave Stansfeld what they deserved. A few moments later and a dodgy offside decision denied George Lowes his second of the game. Two minutes from half-time and it was all square, as bad defending again allowed the Snodland right winger to get to the bye-line and pull the ball back for the centre-forward to side foot the ball home, to square up the first half.
Stansfeld going down the slope in the second half did everything except score in the early exchanges. Chances went begging and frustration started to creep in but in the 75th minute Jamie Turner calmed the jangling nerves with a 25yard freekick that flew straight into the top corner. Five minutes from time and top scorer Jamie Turner hit his fifth of the season; good work between Jamie Bowes and Terry Forsyth down the right allowed Turner an easy finish to put the game out of sight.
MOM Jamie Turner (led in his boots and a danger from everywhere).
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