The game of the week saw first division heavyweights Management take on newly promoted Physics. Both teams started brightly, trying to get the upper hand in the game, but it was Physics who began to dictate the play, receiving much of the early possession and creating several early chances in quick succession. Despite this, it was Management who made the breakthrough. A free-kick, awarded a good 30-yards out, meant Physics naively did not set up a wall. Jasper Baijings’s powerful shot took everyone by surprise, nestling into the net to make it 1-0.
Physics responded well and continued the high tempo and pressure they had exerted throughout the half. The equaliser followed shortly, a 25-yard strike from Will Giles into the top corner. The game was now an end-to-end affair. Management’s wide attackers were causing the Physics full-backs problems, making well timed and tricky runs, and providing dangerous balls into the box, all of which were cleared by Physics or just eluding the incoming strikers. As the half was nearing its end, Physics midfielder Ryan Shepherd found his way into a shooting position before being bundled over in the box. The penalty awarded was arguably soft, nonetheless, Josh Moore convincingly slotted the ball home to give Physics a deserved lead going into the break.
The second half started with a revived Management on the front foot and were quickly rewarded through a smart Jasper Baijings finish from a low driven Matt Saurin corner, all level. Physics quickly responded to the setback and claimed the initiative, pushing players forward and creating a number of good chances. The lads in black had a goal disallowed for a marginal offside in the build-up but pressed on. Management fought back and won a dangerous free kick on the edge of the box, which was well defended by the sizeable wall.
Physics pressed on and were rewarded for a good passing move when a low ball swept across the box was hammered past the Management keeper for their third of the day. Management responded with an improved tempo and began to find some of the short passes that had been absent for much of the game. This improved football led to an excellent ball, which was despatched past the keeper by Jasper Baijings. Physics again pushed forward and won a late corner but it came to nothing. All square it finished in a thrilling encounter for the four neutrals present.