Saturday 26th November saw the First Team travel to Knaphill looking for their first win in six. Spirits were high due to Matt Cook and Dan Nicholls returning from injury as well as Harry ‘Scholesy’ Hoardley making his first appearance of the season.
‘Mere started fast and were afforded a great opportunity with Nicholls played in down the left but only to see his bending effort well saved. Five minutes later and SHFC had the stuffing knocked out of them as Nicholls suffered a bad knee injury and had to go to hospital. This led to a spell of Knaphill dominance in which they scored two quick goals to further deflate the ‘Mere players.
The second half started much the same with ‘Mere pressing high and having a fair share of possession, only to leak another goal through miscommunications at the back.
However, at 3-0 ‘Mere began playing with more freedom and great work a Left-Back from Brewster set Knowles free and his pinpoint cross was well met by Cook, 3-1. With the game back on, ‘Mere pressed high but after Green was dispossessed in the middle and Knaphill broke quickly and tucked away a fourth, the game looked all but done. With fifteen to go, Captain Green rose at the back to power in a bullet header from a George Barratt corner to breathe some new life into SHFC. This should have been made 4-3 only moments after the restart as Cook found himself 1-on-1 but blazed over from 12 yards.
All in all, plenty of positives to take from the game, much like the past few weeks, but the First Team are continually the victims of their mistakes and need to iron this out if they wish to start picking up points.
This Saturday they host also relegation-battling local rivals Milford & Witley which, even so early in the season, is a game the boys need to get something out of.