Clapham Demons 4.4 (28) def by Putney Magpies 8.6 (54)
Saturday saw the Conference team play host to the Putney Magpies, in what was our first home game of the season. Putney are a new addition to the Conference division, coming down from the Premiership, so we knew we were in for a competitive game.
The first half was an arm wrestle with neither team able to get any flow or momentum. A scrappy first half from both teams meant scoring opportunities were scarce, but the Magpies did seem to have the edge, resulting in repeat forward entries. Despite the apparent dominance of the Magpies, we proved once again that we are defensively a very good team and went into half time only a couple of goals down.
On a positive note for the Demons was the form of first gamer Eddie Lewis. Eddie took control at CHF and was able to take a number of contested marks, a big reason we were able to stay in touch.
The third term was much of the same with neither team able to take the ascendency, as we went into three quarter time down by 3 goals. Kicking with the breeze in the final term we were a real chance to run over the top. We came out strong, kicking the first goal and a comeback looked on the cards. What followed was a really disappointing 10 minutes of football from the Dees, and to Putney’s credit they responded, kicking 3 goals on the trot, to all but seal victory.
On a positive note, we were able to take back control in the last 5 minutes, finishing off strongly, eventually going down by 4 goals.
The midfield led by G, Hank and Fintan battled away and considering we were down on rotations, must be commended for their efforts throughout the day.
Not our greatest performance but with a number of new faces in the team, we learn and move on. We were again very competitive but just lacked the finish to put it on the scoreboard.
Best players for the day were G (best on both on and off the field. Might be the last time he gets the tap ‘n’ fill mug!), Eddie Lewis and Hank
We now look to a big day at Epsom and an even bigger day on Sunday as we look to go 2 and 2 when we take on the Swans.