Muhammad Jawad Tejani
Ali Hussain Sumar
Ali Husayn Walji
STANMORE reasserted themselves as the Brighton of the Chiltern Church league with a strong performance that, unfortunately, did not match the result.
The players welcomed Chalfont to Maple Cross and started well, dominating possession in the early exchanges.
But the wily Chalfont striker had his way on the counter attack. The first was leading the defence on a merry dance, the second a strike from distance after SJ almost scored and his hat trick came shortly after.
Down 3-0 in bizarre circumstances, SJ responded well by switching to a high press to disrupt Chalfont.
They forced the keeper into two good saves before once again, the counter attack undid Stanmore.
In the second half it was all SJ. With the majority of the game played in Chalfont’s defensive third, the players carved open he defence time after time.
And the breakthrough came when a through ball from Hussain Dhalla was finished calmly by Ali Husayn Walji – now SJ’s top goalscorer of the season.
As the fourth quarter loomed, SJ were on the up. A comeback seemed even more likely when Mehdi Bhimji – who earned the Man of the Match award – and Hussain Dhalla both went through one on one, only to be denied by some excellent keeping.
SJ threw men forward as the ball pinged around the Chalfont area for minutes on end. But credit to the away side – they played a perfect counter attacking game, capping the fixture off with another sweetly executed attack.
The performances are now exactly where the manager wants them – and that’s what matters.
Match report by Kumail Jaffer U8s Manager