SATURDAY 3 FEBRUARY 2024
CHERRY RED RECORDS COMBINED COUNTIES LEAGUE PREMIER NORTH
BURNHAM 5 (1)
EGHAM TOWN 1 (0)
Nathan Hogan (83)
For the second Saturday in a row Egham Town suffered a five goal battering as they continued to slide down the CCL Premier North table. This one came with extra consequences, as manager Harrison Williams and his assistant James Deacons have been relieved of their duties. Williams’ work and urgent family concerns in Spain have prevented him from being at any of the last three games, all of which Egham have lost. Those concerns are ongoing so his attention is understandably elsewhere. Deacons managed to sign two players from South Park, Ben Jordan and Ethan Ford, both of whom went straight into the team for this match. Abel Vendrells went up front in place of Eli Simpson and, until Burnham struck somewhat against the run of play in the 23rd minute, things were looking up for the Sarnies. The two new lads worked hard throughout but there was still a lack of a cutting edge. Anas Igolzouln opened the scoring with a run down the right and a fiercely struck rising drive into the roof of Lewis Gallifent’s net. Egham’s only real chance in the first half should have come when Vendrells raced in on goal but an ill-judged offside flag stymied it.
Egham went two down when former Egham man Samad Kazi turned in a low cross. Jaiden Celestine-Charles scored the same goal twice, for the third and fifth goals, tearing down the left before hammering low shots beyond Gallifent. In between came Jabir Laraba’s goal, surrounded in controversy. In the build up to the goal Egham right back Cerny Ando was sent crashing to the deck, incurring an injury that saw him carried off the pitch at the end. The referee, Brendan Walsh, allowed play to continue, Laraba (another former Sarnie) did what he was meant to do and Mr Walsh showed a straight red card to Deacons for questioning why play was allowed to continue after the foul. Mr Walsh also gave Egham centre back Arlie Talboys a ten minute sin binning for asking how much time there was left in the game. It is often said that grabbing a goal when your side is well behind is a “consolation” but there was scant consolation from Nathan Hogan’s late strike, welcome respite though it was after letting in a dozen without reply over the last four games.
The decision to part company with Messrs Williams and Deacons came shortly after the game. Not having a visible leader is pretty crucial. Before his absence Williams had led the side to a twelve game unbeaten run.
The new men in charge are club skipper Adam Humphries along with vice-captain Ben Peden. Their first challenge is a trip to Edgware & Kingsbury on Saturday.
EGHAM TOWN: Lewis Gallifent, Cerny Ando, Tristan Francis, Ben Peden (Captain), Arlie Talboys, Kayode Conteh, Ethan Ford, David Lopes, Abel Vendrells, Ben Jordan, Nathan Hogan. Substitutes: Eli Simpson (Lopes, 59), George Tucker (Ando, 72), Nathanael Boakye (Peden, 72), Deante Gibson (Ford, 80).