Colliers Wood United FC
0 - 3
Combined Counties League Premier Division South
Saturday September 2, 2023, 3:00 pm
Wibbandune Sports Ground
Combined Counties League Premier Division South
The match that “never was” last season. Having had very lengthy waits at Jersey airport, on both April 12th and 27th, for fog to clear Jersey conceded their last match of the season as it had no bearing on their position in the final table. However, the three points awarded them eventually jumped Colliers Wood up two places to fifth. Jersey had won the match at Springfield in March 2-0, both scored by Lorne Bickley.
Colliers Wood, with a complete overhaul of personnel, both management and players, since that meeting had started the season even slower than Jersey, languishing in 18th position in the table. They had one point from four games, a home draw, thanks to a penalty save, against Knaphill and having lost to Guildford City, Horley Town and A.F.C. Croydon Athletic. In the F.A. Cup they had overcome Abbey Rangers in a replay before losing at Sevenoaks Town whilst in the F.A. Vase they lost last week at relegated Banstead Athletic.
Jersey made just two changes to the side that won at Balham on Wednesday. Luke Campbell returned for the unavailable Frank Tobin, and he captained the side as James Queree was still away. Francis Lekimamati, substitute at Balham, swapped roles with Miguel Carvalho, who was now on the bench along with Jonny Le Quesne, Kamen Nafkha and Rai Dos Santos. Colliers Wood United made only one change, bringing in Ato Okai for Patrick McKay.
On a sunny (21C) afternoon Jersey kicked off, five minutes late, attacking the A3 End. Colliers Wood looked to frustrate the visitors with five strung across the back and the scrappy early stages saw little of interest other than two harsh cautions for “simulation” for Okai and then Lorne Bickley. Adam Trotter brought a good save out of Jack Minchin when at full stretch he tipped his twenty yard shot around the post.
Just before the half hour Bickley reached the left byline but his low cross was blocked. Five minutes later he was more successful and found Lekimamati at the far post. As Lekmamati was challenged by Okai he managed to lay the ball off to Jack Boyle who drilled in the opening goal and his first for the club.
After the break Minchin brought off a double save from Bickley and Boyle before Euan Van der Vliet had to make his only save of the match when going low to his right to keep out a shot from first half substitute Sekou Fofana. Just after the hour a glancing header by Fraser Barlow from a Jay Giles cross clipped the top of the bar.
Jersey continued to dominate against lacklustre opposition as they looked for the clinching second goal. Bickley had one disallowed for a foul before a storming Jonny Le Quesne run down the right from his own half set up Bickley to clinch the win.
Carvalho shot into the side netting from a narrow angle before another Le Quesne pass put in Bickley to square towards Carvalho at the right post but Newman running back attempting to cut out the pass only succeeded in putting it into his own net.
Colliers Wood United 0; Jersey Bulls 3 (Jack Boyle 34, Lorne Bickley 83, Stephen Newman, own goal 90+4)
Attendance – 58
Programme – Yes (£???, pages ???)
Colliers Wood United – Jack Minchin, Stephen Newman, Ato Okai, Matthew York, Javaughny Waugh, Daniel Webster, Kailan North, Blake Loyza, Marlon Pinder (c), Nathan Dilanda, Harlem Bouchez,
Substitutes – 12. Nick Vallejo-Usma (for Bouchez 74), 14. Patrick McKay (for Waugh 59), 15. Sekou Fofana (for Dilanda 35), 16. Alan Sanchez-Perez (not used), 17. Kieran Newman (not used)
Light Blue (Black lower front)/Black/Light Blue & Black hoops, GK All Yellow
Ben Ewing (Manager), Glen Nichols (Assistant & Physio.), K. Nichols (Coach), Charles Dunne (Squad), Joshua Hughes (Squad)
Jersey Bulls – Euan Van der Vliet, Harry Curtis, Jay Giles, Sammy Sutcliffe, Luke Campbell (c), Adam Trotter, Fraser Barlow, Luke Watson, Lorne Bickley, Jack Boyle, Francis Lekimamati
Substitutes – 14. Jonny Le Quesne (for Barlow 63), 15. Rai Dos Santos (for Lekimamati also 63), 16. Kamen Nafkha (for Boyle 74), 17. Miguel Carvalho (for Watson 68), only four substitutes
Red/White/Red, GK All Yellow
Gary Freeman (Manager), Kevan Nelson (Assistant), Dan Seviour (Coach), Richard Hebert (GK Coach)
Colliers Wood United (5-3-2 R to L) 1; 2-5-6-4-3; 11-8-7; 9-10
Jersey Bulls (4-1-4-1 R to L) 1; 2-4-5-3; 6; 7-10-8-11; 9
Referee – Dele Sotomirin (Brixton)
Assistants – Ashley Carley (Roehampton) on the dug outs side and Rodney Van Niekerk (Sutton) on the clubhouse side
Cautions – Okai (CWU) 5, Bickley (JB) 15, Trotter (JB) 51
Corners – Colliers Wood United (0) 3; Jersey Bulls (3) 4
Player of the Match – Adam Trotter
Added Time – 1.40 & 5.15 (6.55)