Battling Old Boys show resolve in abundance

Old Southendian 3-2 Kelvedon Hatch

Old Southendian maintained their one hundred per cent Essex Olympian League record with an entertaining 3-2 victory over Kelvedon Hatch at Garon Park.

Old Boys fell behind in the opening minutes but restored parity when Matt Tonking profited from close range after Ed Gould’s delicious centre had been knocked on.

The home side again found themselves in arrears before the interval – Kelvedon also looking to build on an unbeaten start to the campaign. But the Old Boys managed to head in for the half-time cuppa on terms. Taylor Turner netting after Mitch Ali had fashioned an opening.

Craig Paton decided the contest on the hour, rifling in off the underside of the bar – his fourth goal in three outings.

“We were really good value, particularly in the second half,” Old Boys boss, Altan Ali told Yellow Sport.

“We had three or four chances to kill the game and will need to be much more clinical otherwise it will eventually prove costly. They came at us after we scored the third goal.

Ali added: “But all in all, we showed plenty of spirit to come from behind twice and to go on and win the game.

“I couldn’t have asked for a better start to the season – A dream start. We face Bishop’s Stortford next week and will be doing everything we can to extend the run with another three points.”

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Brian Jeeves

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