The game started in autumn sunshine and finished in autumn sunshine; never mind the front which brought hurricane-like winds and arctic rain/ice fall in-between. Thankfully it wasn't enough to derail the train from notching up another mark in the win column. 3 goals was enough to ensure this potential banana skin was dealt with in convincing-enough fashion.
The start wasn't how we had hoped with poor decision making and sloppy passing giving Northern some encouragement. Slowly the boys were able to find their collective feet and produced a satisfactory period culminating in a penalty when Callum was tripped in the box. Marksman Seamus stepped up having dispatched 100% of his attempts this season however unfortunately with the goalkeeper at full stretch was not able to find the back of the net. Thankfully with the ball deflecting off the keeper and the upright it dribbled along the goal line and Seamus was first to the scraps sliding in for 1 nil.
With the opening goal brought the front which suspended play due to its sheer ferocity. Thankfully level-headedness meant play could continue after a 10 minute wait rather than simply abandoning play. Conditions were still very difficult for the remainder of the first half with the wind pegging Northern well with-in their half however equally making it very difficult for Caversham to capitalise. Fortunately a well shaped cross from Sam Collier gave a Northern defender no chance despatching into the back of his own net of his head.
The second half brought slightly more settled weather however a strong head wind meant it was always going to be a difficult, possibly ugly half of football. As has been the case however the head wind has been a source of restriction meaning the boys have to play a more controlled, possession based game which overall is pleasing on the eye. In the 67th minute this controlled football finally paid off with Callum Flaws tapping in to put the tie out of Northerns grasp. With one eye on the hot showers Caversham were simply too good for Northern over the final 20 minutes holding on to its lead, and probably more rewarding, the clean sheet.
The Reserves had the early game and in 15 degree sunshine definitely had the better of conditions. Unfortunately a disjointed opening period meant Northern probably believed they had a good chance of improving their paltry 2 points for the season. A spectacular 25 yard strike from "Andre" Blaker broke the deadlock and provided Caversham with possibly a very fortuitous lead at the break.
After some soul searching the Reds came out in the 2nd half much more determined to show why they top the table currently. It was obvious attitudes were improved with a discernible change in energy exhibited, improved desire and an overall shift in quality with the boys kicking up a number of gears. The result was Sam Cosgrave grabbing a brace of goals and Tim Cook showing his class late on to fire Cavy 4 goals to the good. This win starts the new round in the right shape and with this winning streak extending to 8 it is proving to be a rather historic start to 2014.
All other Caversham games were abandoned due to the weather.