UCA Coach and player-manager both delighted with terrific Farnham display, as Tom Lunn reports.
UCA Farnham Men’s Football secured an impressive victory in their first home league game of the season against Buckinghamshire Fifths.
Despite having the most chances UCA found themselves coming back from 1-0 down, but scored shortly before half-time thanks to an own goal.
UCA added another four through a Max Fox screamer, Drew Sullivan, Caleb Adekambi and Josh Denny to make this seven-goal thriller a comfortable win in the end for Farnham.
The hosts came into the second half just as strongly as they did in the first, creating chances on the counter attacks. This time it resulted in some quality strikes and finishes to secure a three goal lead, featuring a sublime 45-yard free-kick from Max Fox.
Coach Daniel Mountney said: “It’s something we know Max is capable of, he’s done it before and he’s capable of producing those moments of magic. He’s been sorely missed in the last couple of weeks.”
Player-manager Luke Hosken played a key role in the win as he assisted three goals and was an integral part of almost all the attacking plays. He said: “It’s not about me it’s about the team, and to get the three assists is great.
Despite a few chances Hosken was unfortunate not to find the back of the net but reflected positively on the result: “If I could get three assists every game I wouldn’t need to score all season.”
With their first home league win the positivity around the club is now much higher, with a push to go into the next few games to build on the momentum stemming from a promising display of skill and purpose.
Hosken said: “It’s good morale for the boys. It looks like we’ve discovered our way of football and how to play our brand, so we’re going to try and work even harder in training now and hopefully things will keep picking up.”
Despite the feelgood factor Mountney cautions that the team to be careful: “We’re going to face some tougher opponents in the coming weeks – coming up against some Sports Universities – [but] we’re capable of beating any teams in this league; it’s anyone’s for the taking.”
Farnham haven’t kept a clean sheet this season, and conceding two goals is something Mountney admits he is ‘disappointed’ with: “A clean sheet is needed, to give us that bit of confidence defensively. But we can’t be disappointed with three points and five goals.”
Hosken added: “We were weak at the back to be fair, we were missing a couple of key players.”
Watch highlights of the match between UCA Farnham vs Buckinghamshire Fifths found here: