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Oct 25, 2003
Tunbridge Wells
Rochford FC won 4-0 at home and stay top

16350 spectators had come to The Golden Cross Arena this cloudy day. Rochford tactics involved an interesting 3-5-2 combination. They fielded: Williams - Mavroidis, Hunter, Brons - Bergmans, Gorman, Olague, Golding, Loftus - Álvarez Cabanill, Magallanes.

little had chosen a strategic 4-4-2 formation. The following players had been chosen: van Westing - Roland-Lévy, Kulshreshta, Jackson, Pascal - Gray, Bouwmans, Huisman, Jaminon - Gate, Hextall.

Rochford saw most attack opportunites on the wings and were directing their passes that way. The 7:th minute saw the home team take a 1 - 0 lead after a leak in the visitors right side defense. Scorer for Rochford was José Magallanes. Tlatoani Olague of Rochford received a yellow card in the 10:th minute for unsportsmanlike behaviour. The referee showed littles Glenn Jaminon the yellow card after a particularly nasty challenge. Rudi Brons the unlucky victim, couldn´t continue the game, so Martin MacLugash had to come off the bench. Robert Loftus was dominating his wing and kept sending fine balls into the enemy box - José Magallanes managed to kick one of them into 2 - 0 in the 25:th minute. After several obvious shirt pulling incidents, Rochford´s Akis Mavroidis got himself booked. With 35 minutes played Tlatoani Olague could have brought this one home for Rochford, had his hooked ball gone in, but it went just a bit too high. In the games 39:th minute Rochford´s Martin MacLugash fell dramatically just outside the penalty area. However, the referee booked Martin MacLugash for taking a dive. little breathed new life into the game with an opportunity to reduce the score in the 40:th minute, but the home side´s defenders cleared the ball on the line, after a long shot coming in from the left, rebounding off the crossbar. 2 - 0 was the half-time score. Rochford held the ball, with a clear 63 percent possession rate.

A couple of quick and successful challenges, followed by a shot from just outside the penalty area after 67 minutes might have resulted in another goal for Rochford. However, Dé van Westing made a spectacular save. Rochfords Robert Loftus got himself booked after a foul. A bit later, a magnificent combination in the middle resulted in Rochford´s Koen Bergmans putting the lead up to 3 - 0. In the 78:th minute Rochford put themselves up 4 - 0. The visitors defenders lost the ball to Carlos Álvarez Cabanilla coming up from the left, who proceeded to cooly round the goaltender and knock the ball home. Carlos Álvarez Cabanilla really should have scored when he was chosen by fate to confront a wide open goal after a corner, but he lost his nerve. In the games 79:th minute little´s Han Huisman fell dramatically just outside the penalty area. However, the referee booked Han Huisman for taking a dive. Rochford held the ball, with a clear 69 percent possession rate.

The most dominating Rochford player was without a doubt Gregory Hunter. However, Tlatoani Olague made a disastrous appearance. little´s best player was Ernest Roland-Lévy. However, David Hextall made a disastrous appearance. The match ends 4 - 0.

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