UCA add to their winning streak with a comprehensive win, as Dan Mountney reports.
UCA Farnham Football Club push towards the top of the table with a 5-2 win against the University of West London on Wednesday.
Goals from Kevin Hyman, Sam Finnimore, Drew Sullivan, Callum Read and Luke Hosken secured a relatively comfortable win, despite a shaky second half for the home team.
UCA dominated the open stages, creating a host of chances before finally breaking the deadlock midway through the first-half.
After playing out from the back, Hyman and Sullivan played a neat one-two on the edge of the West London area before the former fired a low shot, via a slight deflection, into the back of net.
Now with the momentum, UCA pushed forward looking for a second. Captain Luke Hosken thought he’d won a penalty when he was tripped in the box but Finnimore was quick to react, finding the bottom corner, and giving his side a two goal cushion.
West London then fought their way back. A defensive mix-up between goalkeeper Andy Newman and his defence left the shot stopper in no man’s land, with West London’s lively centre forward lobbing the ball into the net, a goal his performance deserved.
However, any chance of comeback was quickly quashed. Hosken was once again involved, bursting behind the West London defence and unselfishly squaring the ball to Sullivan – venturing forward from his wing-back position – leaving him with the simple task of rolling the ball into the empty net.
Into the second half, West London began to come more into the game, stretching the UCA defence on a number of occasions. Without creating anything clear cut, they left themselves exposed on the counter attack, and UCA took full advantage.
More unselfish play from Hosken, chasing down a ball in the corner, led to him finding Read. The wing-back still had a lot to do, weaving his way past two defenders and finding the angle at the near post and giving UCA a 4-1 lead.
The goal did not change the dynamic of the second half, with West London still desperately trying to get back into the game.
They did manage to find a second goal, after UCA failed to deal with a long ball, West London’s striker scored his second, finishing neatly past the onrushing Newman.
The goal fest was not over there though. Sullivan burst forward once again, using his electric pace to beat the West London full-back before being cynically fouled in the penalty area.
The referee was left with no choice but to point to the spot. Hosken stepped up and coolly slotted the ball into the corner with the last kick of the game, securing a 5-2 win for UCA.
That leaves UCA six points behind UCFB at the summit, with four games left to play, and two games in hand on the league leaders.
The final game of the season between the two, to be played at Farnham Park on March 22nd looks set to be a title decider, with the winner being crowned league champions.