The Soche put a potentially tricky team to the sword on Saturday with a comfortable 4 – 0 scoreline underlying their dominance in the middle of the park and their clinical finishing. Leach & Leach, the finest striking combo since the Fire & Ice days of Hasselbaink and Gudjonsen, ended up with a brace each, and could have had more if not for some surprisingly good keeping from their crocked man between the sticks.
The game started late due to the opposition arriving to their own home match with about a minute to spare, and with the Soche struggling to get their heads right early on. Beckenham looked dangerous on the break with a few pacey wingers and strikers, and their threat was well negated by the increasingly reassuring Zol and Loveday. The decision to play 4-5-1 week in week out looked a masterstroke from TK, as if he had known that one day it actually would be the right formation for the match, and we dominated the centre of the park.
The match was scrappy and tight, aided by a tiny pitch and a physical approach from Beckenham, and looked like it would be all square at half time until Leach Snr’s tried and tested shin struck once more, creeping a shot in off the far post. The second half was a much better performance from the thirds, with space opening up down the right flank particularly, with Leach jnr and TK finding some joy against a tiring defence. The decision to play three in the middle was paying dividends, with Ben and Sam mopping up any loose ends to quickly release the forwards.
Eventually a mazy run from young Leach drew in two defenders, who were then nutmegged to release Leach Snr to slot home his second of the game. Leach Jnr at this point couldn’t bear to see his aged and haggard elder take home all the plaudits, and took advantage of some scrappy defending to shoot home to put us 3 up, and comfortably in control. By this point they had lost most of their discipline in defence, and huge holes were appearing as they attempted to play out from the back.
The fourth goal came courtesy of Leach jnr nipping in to intercept, breaking forward and pointedly ignoring the despairing cries of the aged one to pass, who watched his chances of a consecutive MOTM slip away with his brother’s cool finish into the bottom corner. 4 goals scored and another clean sheet, with the Soche looking increasingly upwardly mobile.