Blan­kety-blank, now Sarnies need to find mojo

Egham News - - FOOTBALL -

Evo-Stik Div 1 Cen­tral Egham Tn 0 St Ives Tn 0 A RUN­AWAY train in re­cent sea­sons in terms of goalscor­ing, Egham have not so much hit the buf­fers as crashed into them at a rate of knots.

They haven’t scored since Novem­ber 18, when striker Dan Read notched his side’s sec­ond goal in a 2-1 Red In­sure Cup win at Go­dalm­ing Town. That strike, ig­nor­ing messy bits of in­jury time, but in­clud­ing the 30 min­utes of ex­tra time as Egham lost to Mole­sey in the Sur­rey Se­nior Cup, came 430 min­utes of play­ing time ago.

It was the last time Luke Mul­downey’s men found the back of an op­po­si­tion net, and, with this goal­less draw against Cam­bridgeshire vis­i­tors, meant that for the first time in liv­ing mem­ory the Run­nymede Sta­dium had hosted, after the 0-0 with Han­well Town, back-to-back goal­less draws.

The glass-half-full bit of this is that Egham have not let in a goal at home for two games, but the glass-halfempty side is that Egham have lost a cut­ting edge that saw then put five past Bar­ton Rovers, fours past Slough Town and North­wood, and four triples.

Egham gave a start to Seb Castello, who came on and looked de­cent at Bed­worth United and re­cov­ered from a shaky start at Mole­sey. In this game his was a calm and as­sured per­for­mance in a de­fence that saw Mul­downey with his boots on again, mar­shalling Louis Chandler-Joseph and the ever de­pend­able Danny Wil­liamson.

St Ives, with four wins and a draw in their past six games, were clearly the side more in-form, but were still be­low the Sarnies in the ta­ble.

They took the early ini­tia­tive with Kieran Fitzger­ald forc­ing two good saves from home keeper Jamie Nor­ris, and, were it not for some bril­liant cov­er­ing by the ex­cel­lent Wilson Gondwe, Fitzger­ald would have had another chance to test Nor­ris.

Egham were not cre­at­ing chances, only Reis Stanis­laus head­ing a Joe Chandi­ram cor­ner over the bar and Josh An­drew un­able to cap­i­talise on con­fu­sion in the St Ives de­fence hav­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties after Bren­dan Matthew lobbed a pre­sentable chance wide.

On Satur­day, Egham travel to North Green­ford United, where they won for the first time last sea­son and who have strug­gled since their el­e­va­tion as CCL Premier cham­pi­ons in 2009-10.

“We need to find our at­tack­ing mojo again,” said Egham’s press of­fi­cer Mark Fer­gu­son. “They lost 0-4 to Rugby and sit in 21st place so we must still be favourites for the win against a team with three points from their last 27.”

One plus for Egham was the form of sub­sti­tute Nas­sim Dukali. The for­mer Dul­wich Ham­let and Car­shal­ton Ath­letic man has pace and trick­ery and looks like a use­ful ad­di­tion to the squad. Fer­gu­son added: “He played well against Mole­sey and showed up very well here.”

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