Match Report : Jon Huddleston
Result : WIN 5-0 vs Cheshunt
Southgate 4As finally got back to winning ways with the superb accomplished performance their recent form has been threatening to deliver.
The first goal came after a period of pressure with Gate consistently getting round the back of the defence as they planned to do before the game. Alex Hyer scored after another of his tricky dribbles in the packed D following a beautifully threaded pass by debutant Alex Christie.
The second goal arrived before half time after more clinical passing left goal machine David Wolffe with a swept shot into the corner.
Gate intensified the pressure still further after the break and Raj Saha was on hand to provide another sweeping finish before Guy Garner scored the goal of the game and provided a fantastic bit of video for his GCSE coursework with a lashed shot that buried itself in the top left hand corner.
A final goal came when Phil Holbrook, who was superbly combative all game, popped up on the right post to prod home after a melee in the D.
To be honest it could have been more had the Cheshunt keeper not been having an incredible game.
Every player contributed something to the game.
Up front, Alex H was at times unplayable, Raj gave another stunning performance shutting down the Cheshunt efforts to release pressure and popping up everywhere. Phil linked play well and provided a good target man to play off. Wolffy just can’t stop scoring and regularly caused panic in the D.
In MF Will Hargrove dictated the tempo as always and got the passing game going, Guy added class every time he touched the ball and was at times unplayable. Fergus Comrie was immense, playing all over the pitch and working hard linking all the movement together on the left. Arun Solanki had a mighty game and combined penetrating runs in behind the defence with excellent passing and linking.
Defence was really solid . James Rushton made every tackle required of him and was a wall in defence, David James was at his usual high level. His performances have just become commonplace and he added a new string to his bow with a good 20 mins at CM. On the flanks, Sajiv Saha had a great game, making every tackle and getting up and down the pitch with alacrity. Alex Christie had a MOTM performance on debut adding some lovely touches and protecting his side of the pitch confidently.
Finally Sam Levene in goal was assured and confident. On the few occasions Cheshunt broke through he was decisive.
Oh, and I was playing too!
A top effort all round, a great win to boost goal difference and a great springboard into the final month of the season!