Men's 1st team continue their winning run with hard fought 2-1 win over UEA.
We arrived basked in the beautiful sunshine, ready to face UEA, a team you never know how they will play.
The first half started and both teams tried to work out their opponents.
Watton steadily built into the game and took a deserved lead through a Simon Jones deflection.
UEA were not going to fall apart, and forced a short corner though good attacking play. Bob saved the first shot but could do nothing as the rebound fell the their striker who absolutely smashed it home. 1-1 and game on!
It stayed like this until the break, but sadly the weather did not and the second half was a wet and miserable affair. Watton regained the lead through an unlikely source, Steven Gale the left back. Due to his short stature he is used to surprising the opponents, but in this case he used all his ninja like cunning to arrive at the back post and finish from a tight angle.
Watton set about protecting the lead, Steven and Henry playing brilliantly to keep the score level. Steven tackled anything that moved and Henry channelled his inner salmon to make a beautiful diving interception. Some remarked that it was reminiscent of Bermuda cricketer Dwayne Leverock and his magnificent diving catch in the 2006 world cup...(I'll attach a video later)
Bob Fleming had watched Shawshank Redemption during the week and decided he would get redemption after his own goals last week. He made 3 excellent reflex saves (yes, we were surprised to learn he still has reflexes too...) to keep Watton ahead and on course for a second straight win that soon came.
There was even time for Simon Jones to come back and help defend, this usually inspires pure dread in his defensive colleagues, but he pulled off a superbly time reverse stick tackle in his own box the keep the scores level.
A great performance from all to take the lead and hold onto it, with great possession play and real determination throughout.
And the men move back for a home game next week hoping to make it 3 wins in a row.