After a disappointing result last time out, the first XI reacted impeccably with a convincing 4-1 win over Aldersley High School at home on the 8th November. The home team started the most dominant and were playing some very attractive football but couldn’t find that cutting edge, until some terrific skill and pace by Reiss Jangra down the left hand side who squared to George Davis who supplied an excellent finish with his weaker left foot into the bottom corner. The boys now had the upper edge and kicked on from there, winning every 50-50 ball all over the pitch. It wasn’t too long after the first goal that the second came, this time a brilliant solo goal from Reiss Jangra. Picking the ball up in the centre of the park, beating 3 men with ease and stroking the ball into the bottom right corner to get him a goal that the run and his performance deserved. Smestow were rampant now and had chances created out of brilliant wing play from both Joe Miles & Harman Bhullar but the finishing touch couldn’t be applied and the half time whistle came at the right time for the away team; with Smestow leading 2-0.
It was key that the boys went out with the same mentality, tempo and quality to get that all important third goal to kill the game off. That came not too long after the break where a Reiss Jangra corner wasn’t defended correctly by the away team and Nicholas Barry was there to prod home from close range. This resulted in the boys taking their foot off the gas a bit and letting Aldersley back into the game, a lifeline came for them mid-way through the second half where a shot from the edge of the box slid under Matt Smith in goal. This goal woke the Smestow lads up and they went back through the gears; dominating possession once again and tiring the opposition out. The well-deserved fourth goal came when Joe Miles latched onto a through ball from Luke Baynham, knocked it around the on rushing keeper and unselfishly squaring to George Davis who had the simple task of knocking the ball into an empty net. The boys then managed the rest of the game professionally and finished the game with a convincing and deserved 3 points. They now need to build on this for the upcoming league games and get themselves in a good position come Christmas. A special mention to Matt Smith & Vivek Dass who did the team a favour by playing a half each in goal this week.