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Oct 25, 2003
Tunbridge Wells
How did we all do this week chaps ?

Rochford FC won 4-0 at home but stay second on goal diff.

10540 spectators had come to The Golden Cross Arena this cloudy day. Rochford tactics involved an interesting 3-4-3 combination. The following players had been chosen: Statton - Hall, Hunter, Brons - Archundia, Swinton, Brush, Luchnick - Álvarez Cabanill, Murray, Magallanes.

Grange had chosen a strategic 4-4-2 formation. The following players had been chosen: Warner - Cartwright, Thapa, Clunie, Singh - Cariston, Langford, Saunders, Burbery - Pearman, Powell.

Rochford saw most attack opportunites on the wings and were directing their passes that way. In the 15:th minute the home side managed to get a 1 - 0 lead as Gregory Hunter flipped the ball after a cross pass from the right. Rochford seemed to suffer a certain amount of confusion and were down to the passable level of organisation. Rudi Brons behaved like an inexperienced youth player in the 40:th minute as he gave the ball away to an opponent. Lucky for him though, there was no goal. José Magallanes almost managed to score another goal for Rochford, but his header was tipped to a corner by the visitors goalie. Rochford seemed to suffer a certain amount of confusion and were down to the weak level of organisation. One of many good passes from Ian Luchnick at the wing was recieved and skillfully taken care of by Irving Murray, scoring for Rochford to 2 - 0. After this Rochford lowered the tempo in order to concentrate on their defensive efforts. The teams went for a half-time break at 2 - 0. Rochford held the ball, with a clear 75 percent possession rate.

The Rochford players spent the half-time break getting a rerun of the teams tactical organization and regained a passable organisation. A couple of quick and successful challenges, followed by a shot from just outside the penalty area after 57 minutes might have resulted in another goal for Rochford. However, James Warner made a spectacular save. Rochford had difficulty finding their positions and their organisation was down to inadequate. The cannonball from 35 metres by Gregory Hunter of Rochford was an impressive sight, but didn´t make it into the net. Rochford put themselves up 3 - 0 when Carlos Álvarez Cabanilla broke through on the right, leaving the entire defensive box behind him. 77 minutes into the game Rochford were awarded a penalty that Mitch Swinton turned into 4 - 0 without a problem. Rochford held the ball, with a clear 88 percent possession rate.

Rochford´s best player was Lawrence Hall. However, Dean Brush made a disastrous appearance. Grange´s best player was James Warner. However, Michael Cartwright made a disastrous appearance. The match ends 4 - 0.