Sawyer punishes 10-man Whetstone

By Danny Caro, September 10, 2013

Temple Fortune

1 - 0

AC Whetstone

Dave Sawyer

Match date:
22 September 2013 10:30am
Roger Bannister
Harrow Weald

Quentin Fox

Experience conquered youth, but only just as Fortune edged home at the Roger Bannister Sports Centre.

A Dave Sawyer penalty cemented Fortune's first win of the season after a Whetstone player had handled the ball on the goal-line, which resulted in a red card.

Fortune manager Jonathan Cohen said: "A clean sheet, no cards and three points – so a pleasing morning all round!

"In all honesty it wasn’t a great game to watch and chances were very limited. It was a big call by the ref to send their defender off for a handball on the line but by the letter of the law it was the right one, though I did feel sorry for the lad. I applaud the ref for being brave in that decision as none of them will ever want to send anyone off.

"The game was played in good spirit and I must give credit to the referee for allowing the game to flow. On the whole it looked like two teams still trying to find their fluency and togetherness, but a much improved performance and fight from TFFC. I couldn’t be happier with the squad we have assembled for the season."

Whetstone boss Clive Nathan told JC Sport: "Agajnst a very experienced side, we created lots of chances and only conceded from the spot. The challenge for this group of 16-year-old's is to be more composed in front of goal but that will come.

"Once again I am very proud of all the boys. With no school this week they can rest and recuperate for next Sunday v Catford. players.

"To misquote Cardiff manager Malky Mackay after their loss to Spurs: "They're loving the fact that we're in the men's league and we're actually competing."