Old Boys open ‘New Garon Park’ with a vital victory

Old Southendian 2-1 Kelvedon Hatch

GOALS FROM Stuart Paton and Ed Gould helped Old Southendian to a vital 2-1 ProKit UK Essex Olympian League Premier Division victory over Kelvedon Hatch as their new £1million 3g ground staged football for the very first time.

With quite a few local matches falling foul of the inclement weather, a sizable crowd gathered to witness the historic occasion. And those of a home persuasion were treated to the Old Boys fourth victory of the season, moving them two points clear of the relegation zone.

Paton claimed the honour of netting the first goal on the new ground, midway through the opening period. And it was 2-0 shortly after the restart when Gould’s cross-shot eluded everybody and drifted into the corner of the net.

Richard Kadima halved the deficit, but it was to be Old Southendian’s day. Speaking to Yellow Sport after the match, boss Connor Lane – who had appeared as stand-in goalkeeper due to Ryan Smith’s late arrival – said: “It was important that we got the victory, but we were doubly determined to mark the special occasion in the right way.

Kelvedon are a decent side, but we are now within touching distance of them and the other sides in the middle of the league – now we must strive to cement our place in this division.”

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Brian Jeeves

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