Match Report by Josh
Sharks wanted to start strong as they faced a team they had dominated in previous matches but somehow lost to anyway. They wanted revenge and were hungry for their first victory of the season.
Twickenham Sharks started confidently, dominating possession and putting the Walton Casuals’ shaky defence under pressure. The defence, consisting of Jayden, Rory, Martin, Charlie B and Sylvester played brilliantly. Just above the defence Vincent and Josh kept possession well and Phin, who played a more attacking role, played well-timed passes to the dangerous attackers consisting of Nile, Francis and Joe.
After many chances Sharks were able to take the lead from a well-timed run and finish by Joe. Joe was able to place the ball past the Walton Casuals keeper, who was showing great talent in goal. Shortly after that Sharks won possession from an interception and Phin played a perfect through ball to Francis, who was able to score a well-struck shot making it 2-0 to Sharks at half time.
Sharks were able to continue their supremacy in the second half, looking dangerous from kick-off. After continuous attacks on the opposition Francis was able to capitalise, showing great skill and pace to get past the defence and achieve his second of the game. Shortly after, Ale, who had previously been subbed on, was able to get on the score sheet with a brilliant goal, giving Sharks a 4-0 lead.
The triad of Nile, Francis and Joe continued to impress, as Francis showed dazzling pace to beat two defenders to the ball, complete his hat trick and extend the lead to 5-0. Sharks looked to extend their lead but many times were stopped by linesmen providing controversial decisions.
The Walton Casuals defence were continuously under pressure and Ale was able to work his way through the defence, but was brought down in the box. Penalty. Martin walked to the spot and scored. Sharks celebrated but were stopped by the ref claiming he had not blown the whistle. Martin walked back to the spot but the Walton Casuals keeper was able to save the great effort from Martin.
Twickenham Sharks started to tire, as only one sub was available throughout the match. Mistakes started to occur and Sharks began to lose possession. Close to the end of the match a free kick was awarded to the opposition. Their captain, a powerful and physical player, hit the post, and the ball was gifted to their striker, as he was able to easily place it in the back of the net. Overall, it was a strong performance from Sharks against a very physical opposition.