Jersey Bulls

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Combined Counties League Premier Division South


Saturday October 7, 2023, 3:00 pm

Springfield Stadium

Combined Counties League Premier Division South

Match Report

Jersey returned to Springfield after four weeks away to face Cobham who were lying 13th in the table with a 2-2-4 13-13 record. In the F.A. Cup they won 4-0 at Welling Town before losing at home by the same score to Kennington. They are still in the Vase after defeating Crowborough Athletic 3-1 and K Sports 8-0. They have also won though in the Combined Counties League Cup, 2-0 v Colliers Wood United.

Jersey, unusually, named an unchanged starting line-up Three of the substitutes were the same too with Francis Lekimamati and Kamen Nafkha added to the bench with new man Will Byers dropping out. Last season Jersey had done the double over Cobham, 2-0 away in September and 3-0 at Springfield in January. Cobham still had largely the same squad with 11 of their 16 having been met in those matches.

Another glorious (21C) afternoon saw Jersey kicking off attacking the Town End. Cobham played with five across the back but it was they who should have opened the scoring after only three minutes. Reis Stanislaus got to the right byline and pulled the ball back to the unmarked Nic Osborne near the penalty sport only for him to blaze the ball over the bar. Two minutes later Stanislaus also had an opportunity when a weak Sammy Sutcliffe headed clearance fell to him but it was blocked off.

After those early scares Jersey asserted their control. Midway through the half Lorne Bickley set up James Carr left of centre but running in at pace his shot cannoned back off the bar. Carr had another shot saved as did Fraser Barlow and before the interval the bar was grazed by a Bickley bicycle kick. In added time Barlow had a close in volley from a Jay Giles cross miraculously pushed over by Andrew Westphal in the Cobham goal.

Early in the second half Jersey played pinball in the Cobham six yard box but the ball never quite fell for the chance for Bickley or Barlow to apply the finish. The hosts introduced Miguel Carvalho for Barlow just after the hour in an attempt to get behind the resolute Cobham defence but chances were still sparse. Nafkha was then brought on for Jack Boyle who had had a relatively quiet afternoon and Bickley put in a powerful shot from the edge of the box but it was too close to Westphal.

Lekimamati arrived for Carr with quarter of an hour to go in order to probe the down the left and five minutes later a goal eventually arrived. Jay Giles made it by winning the ball in midfield and chipping it forward to player of the match Jonny Le Quesne unmarked twenty yards out right of centre. He hit a low shot that gained from accuracy what it lacked in power. It eluded Westphal and found the bottom left corner much to Jersey’s relief.

Added time was even longer in the second half than the first but Cobham did not threaten an equaliser and so Jersey maintained their position at the top of the table with the three points. However, they were matched by rivals Farnham Town and Knaphill although Redhill and Guildford City both dropped unexpected points.

Jersey Bulls 1 (Jonny Le Quesne 81); Cobham 0

Attendance – 630

Programme – Yes (£3, 32 pages)

Jersey Bulls – Euan Van der Vliet, Harry Curtis, Jay Giles, Sammy Sutcliffe, Luke Campbell (c), Luke Watson, Fraser Barlow, Jonny Le Quesne, Lorne Bickley, Jack Boyle, James Carr
Substitutes – 14. Ben Le Rougetel (for Watson 84), 15. Seaney McColgan (not used), 16. Francis Lekimamati (for Carr 76), 17. Miguel Carvalho (for Barlow 62), 18. Kamen Nafkha (for Boyle 70)

Red/White/Red; GK All Green

Gary Freeman (Manager), Kevan Nelson (Assistant), Dan Seviour (Coach), Richard Hebert (GK Coach), Steve Martin (Physio.)

Cobham – Andrew Westphal, Ashby Charles, Jamie Di Guiseppi, Jake Boyer, James King (c), Lloyd Connelly, Nic Osborne, Eoin Bolger, Reis Stanislaus, Derick Hayford, Ben Senior.
Substitutes – 12. Jacob De Sa (for Bolger 62), 14. Patrick Murray (for Senior 46), 15. Antonios Kozakis (for Hayford 87), 16. Antonios Nazareth (not used), 17. Niall Stillwell (not used)

Yellow/Black/Black; GK All Black with Green flashes to shirt and shorts

Craig Lewington (Manager), Adrian Brown (Assistant), Ross Chalke (Coach), Paul Cross (Coach & Physio.)

Jersey Bulls (4-1-4-1 R to L) 1; 2-4-5-3; 6; 7-10-8-11; 9
Cobham (5-4-1 R to L) 1; 2-6-5-3-8; 11-10-4-7; 9

Referee – Paul Sangster (Bushey, Watford) a 49 year old Geordie now in his 8th season as a referee. Initially in the Hertfordshire Leagues before three seasons with the Spartan South Midlands Leagues and now in his first Combined Counties season

Assistants – James Knight (Crowthorne) on the dug outs side. Also in his 8th season, starting in the Hellenic League before two thirds of a season with the Combined Counties before the pandemic caused its abandonment. In his first season back. Edward “Eddie” Clifford (Wycombe) on the grandstand side. In his 10thseason, initially with the Suburban League before moving to the Spartan South Midlands League and now also in his first season with the Combined Counties League.

Cautions – Luke Campbell (JB) 64
Corners – Jersey Bulls (3) 5; Cobham (0) 4
Player of the Match – Jonny Le Quesne
Added Time – 6.55 & 7.55 (14.50)


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