Cove 1 Frimley Green 2
By Matthew Flude
Frimley Finish 2018 with another win
Frimley headed into this local derby with fresh legs following a brief break in fixtures, however these breaks can sometimes cause a bit of complacency at times too.
Frimley were without James Vass and George Bowerman through injury, with Sean Latimer taking his place in the starting lineup for the first time and Eddie Mickinlay moving to Left back. Cameron Miller and Louis Hibbert coming into replace the injured Vass and the unavailable Ben Dearlove.
The pitch was going to have an effect for both sides, it looked good from the sides, but with recent rainfall, it was a bit heavy under foot and slippery in places but both sides would have to play on it, so it was a level playing field so to speak.
From Kickoff, the opening spell showed what would follow over the next 90 minutes, Frimley trying to get the ball down, spreading wide, and getting players into the final third, but having to be wary of the ball being hit over the top on the counter. The first goal in the game came from a mistake at the back, The ball found it's way back to Harris in the Frimley box, and despite a good touch, he appeared to have kicked the pitch before making contact with the ball as the ball trickled along the floor straight to a delighted Stuart Parker, who only had to direct the ball into an empty net from about 20 yards, 1-0 Cove.
Frimley were in a battle, and the game suddenly came into life and kept the officials busy, Sean Latimers quick feet, intelligent hold up play and experience continued to cause Cove problems and Frimley equalised because of this too, Sean picking the ball up inside the box, and with a clever shuffle, he was taken down in the Cove box for a Frimley Penalty, Eddie Mckinlay took the task on and confidently converted the Pen, 1-1.
Not much of note happened after the equaliser, Frimley having half chances, but not causing enough problems in the final third, Cove looking to cause problems with pace over the top and looking to unsettle the Frimley backline.
Frimley went ahead however after good work in the midfield, then finding Zac Horkan who again assisted with a great drilled ball finding Dan Bone at the near post for his 8th goal in 7 matches. Frimley 2-1 ahead.
Second half pretty much followed the events of the first, however Bone and Latimer appeared to up their efforts further in the second half and the pressure was heavily on cove. Frimley almost and should have gone ahead further, Bone being found inside the box, with just the keeper to beat and plenty of time, however his effort was excellently saved.
Latimer then almost grabbed his first for the club and what a goal it would have been, picking the ball up 30 yards out, a few step overs, drop of the shoulder and bang, absolute rocket of a shot which dipped, smashed the bar but didn't cross the line.
The closing stages of the game didn't bring much for the supporters to ponder, although it was a game where the officiating stopped a potentially good game of football being played.
Fulltime 2-1 win for Frimley, making it 10 wins out of 11 in all competitions, we finish at Christmas top of the league, which at least shows we can do enough to be in the mix come the summer.
Next up in the new year, we travel to face Chessington & Hook