Bakers Breeze past Woodlane Athletic
By Andy Everett
A cold, blustery morning with clear skies in Rainham was the scene for the away fixture vs Woodlane Athletic, with Bakers on a rollercoaster of form, looking to stabilise and cement 3rd place. It was an emotional day for our very own Gary Martin who started his playing career back in the 70’s at this very ground for Spring Farm Athletic, fitting that he took the armband for the fixture.
Bakers started with a fluid and floating midfield of 2 attacking midfielders playing with a free role against a 451 formation from Woodlane.
The match starts with a few wayward passes in the wind and Bakers immediately take the game to their opponents.
Chances from Donald, Chigbo, A. Martin and Periera all are either saved, put wide or blazed over the crossbar early on, before a brilliant corner delivery from Gormer for a moment to remember for G. Martin, beating 2 defenders for a diving headed finish, 1-0 Bakers. Chances are now coming thick and fast with Donald beating 2 players before playing a short ball around the corner for Gormer who plays in A. Martin who then beats the goalkeeper at the far past with a fine finish only for the goal to be ruled out for offside. With possession in the first half comfortably around 85%, Bakers are slick and precise with both long and short creation, however the lack of composure in front of goal sees the half finish at only 1-0.
The second half begins with the same story, Donald, Gormer and Kennedy controlling and creating numerous chances for Periera, A. Martin and Chigbo. After some good build up play A. Martin grabs a goal after Gormer and Kennedy play some simple one touch football around the edge of area to find A. Martin who then fires a low shot to the keepers right beating him comfortably. 2-0 Bakers
The third goal follows closely after with Donald again beating two midfielders who then plays into A. Martin, who finds Chigbo bearing down on goal with just the keeper to beat and in the fine form he has been in of late finds the back of net. This then prompted two changes from Bakers with Harris replacing Kennedy and the debutant Mastel replacing Periera.
A fourth goal followed around 10 minutes later from a solo effort from Gormer rounding a midfielder, striding forwards and from around 20 yards out, pings a left foot effort that hits the underside of the bar and bounces over the line and back up into the roof of the net. The last change for Bakers with Vango replacing Baxter.
A fifth then follows again from Gormer and finally a penalty from Baxter after some great work from Mathews dribbling around the defender rounds up a comfortable day for Bakers in a very one sided affair.
Bakers move onto next week vs Coryton Athletic in the Division Cup.
Man of the Match: Jimmy Donald