Here are match reports for Reserve Team games this season

Snodland Town Reserves 4 – 0 Punjab United Reserves

A well-organised performance led to our Reserve side taking all 3 points at home to a Punjab Reserve team that had caused problems in previous meetings between the two sides.

In a game that was dominated by Snodland from start to finish, it took a stroke of luck to break the deadlock midway through the first half. A hopeful cross from Daniel Brumbaugh into the Punjab penalty area took a massive deflection, which lobbed the keeper and gave Snodland the lead. The second goal came from a mistake from the Punjab goalkeeper. Whilst trying to put his team onto the counter after winning a free kick in his own area, he only managed to give the ball straight to Danny Chapman and despite being at least 25 yards from goal, Danny expertly lobbed the retreating keeper before he could recover from his mistake. This gave Snodland a 2-0 lead going into half time, which they never really looked like surrendering.

Even though they put some pressure on at the start of the second half Punjab never really looked like scoring, with some tame efforts missing the target and others gathered easily by stand-in keeper Jason Harrison. Some good work from Harry Payne led to the third goal and although a last ditch tackle stopped his run; the resultant clearance bounced back off Harry and rolled into the corner past the keeper who really should have done better. Danny Chapman added his second and Snodland’s fourth late into the game, scrambling the ball home after some scrappiness in the Punjab box.

Overall, this was a very good performance to start the New Year, especially with no training the week leading up to the game, and is a promising sign for the team going into a tough period. An important game away to Faversham Town on the 12th is next up, followed by a first a vitally important game away to Rusthall Reserves, a team that are currently with Snodland in the race for the top of league.