We love football for all sorts of reasons, the banter, the beer, seeing grown men jumping on each other after they score (Gracie said this), but one thing we all love is the ups and downs a season can give us.
After a difficult first part of the season, with players coming and going, football being played up in the clouds and poor performances, Larkin has turned around our fortunes and all now seems rosy in the Tunbridge Wells garden, well, that is before Simon digs it all up and covers it in plastic.
Unfortunately I couldn’t be there on Saturday so some of the facts could be a little distorted as this is based on hearsay (not the crap group of the late 90’s), twitter and the courier, but a crowd in excess of 6,300 turned up at the Den (apparently) on a lovely autumn day (well it was where i was) to watch the Wells take on a side who had dumped us out of the FA Cup earlier in the season. That game finished 4-1 to Holmesdale but this was now a very different Wells side, with some excellent signings and proper football being played, and revenge was in the air.
Over the past few weeks the Wells faithful have been treated to the best football of the season, with the midfield holy trinity of Beecroft, Fuller, Davey combining brilliantly, and the goals of Cass along with excellent displays from Powell and Lee, Lee Lee Lee Lee, Lee Lee Lee Lee, Lee Lee Lee Lee Radford have made us a force going forward again. Combining this with the arrival of Brad Potter to shore up the defence, and players such as Seenan and Luchford on the bench and the excellent No Nonsense in goal, meant that Holmsdale were not going to be in for an easy ride this time.
I can not really comment on what actually happened, I was in Greenwich running up hills, and there is no point asking the choir what happened, as they can only remember the first 20 mins of a game before the beer kicks in...so I have blatantly copied this from the Courier..Apologies that it’s a bit bland and boring..but we are not as big as Tonbridge apparently..(give it a couple of seasons!!)
“Brad Potter got the ball rolling in the first period, before a Chris Seenan double and a Tom Davey cracker made the points safe after the break .
“It was some of our best attacking play for a long time,” Larkin said. “The boys really trusted themselves to get on the ball and, in reality, we probably should have scored six or seven. It was a little bit too much of us trying to walk the ball in the back of the net once we went three or four up. But despite that, it was a good all round performance .”
Wells saw a lot of the ball in the first period, but their main threat came from Davey’s superb set-piece delivery. And it was from a whipped corner that they took the lead. The ball missed Perry Spackman, but Potter headed home from a couple of yards out. At the other end, Steve Lawrence pulled off two outstanding saves to keep Holmesdale out.
Danny Powell limped off for Wells with a niggle and sub Dane Luchford made a real impact.
Wells made it 2-0 on 56 minutes. Davey and Joe Fuller played some lovely one-touch football, the former raced through on goal and squared to Seenan, who made no mistake.
It was soon 3-0, with a goal Larkin described as Wells’ best of the season to date. Davey picked up the ball 25 yards out and curled a beauty into the top corner.
Seenan got number four on 77 minutes, Davey and Luchford combined and Wells’ popular Scotsman provided the finishing touch.
I am sure there were a lot more incidents than this, but considering how threatening Holmesdale were in going forward in that FA Cup game, im sure our defence played well and deserve a mention in despatches as well..well done the defence..we will ignore their goal, it didn’t happen (unless I missed it on twitter!!)
Anyway, more importantly we need to keep the momentum that Larkin and the lads have built going, and next up is our favourite competition and a visit to Portsmouth where we face AFC Portchester, (a club originally formed half way between Portsmouth and Dorchester by the sounds of it ).
Last time out we took 139 merry fans, and 1 Stewart Walter to Woking, altough numbers may not be as high this time due to distance, and some festive occasion coming up, there is no reason why we cannot all get behind the boys again from near and far, and let the Solent feel the force of the Wells support..!!!
Apparently, there was an incident with Stewart and his ring and an onion, apologies if Ive got the words muddled, either way it sounds distressing and our thoughts are with Stewart at this difficult time.
Today we have signed 2 more players in Rory Head and Tolley Beatson, hopefully young stars of the future...