• Mike Gahagan

New Salamis hit seven past Town

New Salamis 7: Amersham Town 1.

This score line was a fair reflection of the game as Amersham were comprehensively outplayed by a very good New Salamis team had not a weakness throughout the side.

For the first twenty minutes Amersham defended stoutly. A succession of New Salamis corners put the defence under pressure but they stood their ground well. It was, however, inevitable that the pressure would tell eventually and so it proved. On twenty three minutes, as a New Salamis forward twisted into the penalty area, he was brought down for a clear spot kick. Charlie Georgiou despatched the penalty with aplomb. Town’s Mackenzie Taylor then pulled off a couple of fine saves before the second goal arrived on the stroke of half time. Town lost the ball in midfield and it was quickly steered between the centre backs to Denis Mehmet who beat Taylor as he came off his line.

The second half was only five minutes old before Town fell further behind. A pass was fed into the middle of the Amersham defence from the right and, as the Town players appeared to hesitate looking for an offside, Phil Lowen nipped in to slot the ball past Taylor. The fourth goal was an outstanding example of counter attacking play. From an Amersham corner New Salamis keeper Amarildo Cekrezi gathered the cross and fed the ball immediately to his right back, Kevin Mustali. He hit a long and accurate pass down the line and, as Taylor came out of his goal, Mehmet beat him to the ball and slipped it into an empty net.

Town then grabbed a goal back on seventy four minutes. A free kick from the right was cleared by New Salamis but returned immediately into the danger area where Kyle Clifford was first the cross and looped a pinpoint header over Cekrezi and into the net.

Four minutes later, however, the difference was restored as New Salamis moved quickly down the left for Paris Panagiotou to deflect the low cross past Taylor. The sixth goal showed some similarities as again there was space on the left side of the field for a cross which George Lutaaya flicked home. At no point did Amersham give up but the final goal underlined their weariness as Luke Foster broke from his own half, beat three Amersham players and knocked the ball past Taylor.

Amersham Town: Taylor, Aldridge, Mistretta, Hagan Symons, Wilson, Al-Murtada, Rodney, Thomas, Andrews. Johnson. Subs: Ankrah, Deritis, Williams, Bone, Clifford.

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