First Eleven Football Team
Strode’s 4 – 1 Coulsdon
On Wednesday, Strode’s gained their first home win of the season to go top of the Surrey League. Goals from Sonny Huntley, who netted direct from a corner, and from Edmond Umoh and Reece Gargan, scoring after Aidan Parsons flick on at a corner, ensured that at half time Strode’s were winning comfortably 3-0.
Strode’s took the foot off the gas in 2nd half with only the single goal from Geno White, rounding the keeper superbly, being added to the first half tally. With 2 minutes to go Couldson scored a consolation goal after Strode’s gave away a careless penalty.
First Team captain, Aiden Parsons commented “The lads played well and deserved the win. We just need to take this winning mentality forward into our next game”
Second Eleven Football Team
Strode’s 7 – 1 Coulsdon
Wednesday also saw the opening day for the Strode’s Second Team when they hosted Coulsdon College. 10 man Coulsdon had the better start to the game, with their number 6 turning sharply and hitting a thunderous shot onto the bar, matched only by a great save by Adrian Malkowski. This near miss was the trigger for Strode's to start playing their football, which resulted in a well-placed pass to Ben Fernando, who calmly crossed the ball for Sam Scott to finish his first goal of the game. Strode's maintained the pressure after their opening goal and scored 3 more goals in the first half. Sam Scott also missed the opportunity of a first half hatrick when he stepped up to take a penalty, earned by a crafty piece of footwork from Jed Moxon, only to crash the ball wide in a very similar manner to Stuart Pierce. Coulsdon managed to pull one back before the break after some well worked football put their centre forward through, who coolly finished.
The second half started very much like the first half with Strode’s dominating the play and applying early pressure. Coulsdon, however were not willing to give up the fight and started to show their dominance through their ability and desire to want to win the ball. Strode's ambition to score more goals, and the extra man, eventually resulted in them running in 3 more goals in the second half and they will be pleased with a well-round overall performance, albeit against 10 men.