It was a solid effort from the Premier team this weekend and the result showed it. A comprehensive 3-0 win over Melville U23, Unicol never looked in trouble and could easily have doubled that score. A couple of shots in the second half went agonisingly close, but just past the posts, but it was Jonathan Tobias with a spectacular strike that flew over the 8ft Melville keeper to hammer off the post, that had it gone in would have been a goal for the season, it was so sweetly stuck.
A first half goal to Matthew Nixon gave us the deserved half time lead. League goal number seven for captain and centre back Thomas Wright was a bonus in a dominant performance, and in the 80th minute the game was signed and sealed by Kieran Payton. Another clean sheet for James Field and some good shifts from Jared Seelye and Shaun Morgan, no goals for Krishaant Singh today but as always excellent work off the ball and in support play but Matt Nixon and Tom Wright were the standouts.
Some good pitch side management from Gus Murray and Aiden Smith, filling in for Dan Goodwin who managed to cut himself on coral while on a midwinter break and contrived to end up in hospital on a drip after the cuts got infected.
The Vets lost 1-4 Anthony Peacham netting a pretty good goal, Patrick Purcell picking up a hamstring injury to end his hopes of the Golden Boot. Unicol Red lost 2-3 to St Pauls Matt Andrews and Tim Hoksbergen the scorers in that game. While Unicol Black drew with Eastern city. Their opposition managed to claw back a couple of goals in the half that they refereed,one of their players earning a penalty, going down screaming before any contact had been made. Comical if it wasn't tragically true. Chan Park and surprise golden boot leader Matt Shanley netting in the 2-2 draw.
Next weekend Unicol Prems v Taupo. Taupo pretty much blowing their chance of winning the title by meekly losing to TGA College.
Having unreliable players pull out at the last minute, no goalie and the kit arrive 5 minutes before kick off didn’t help to get the Sunday League lads focused for their Scottish Cup game and the result showed
Down 6-2 at the break they did manage to win the second half, but in the end lost 5-8. Ben Williams scored a hat trick and new man Mazhar Abbas scored a cracker. Jason Rowland netted the other direct from a corner. Huge thanks to Ben’s dad Dominic Williams who kindly spent the second half in goal and pulled off one notable save.