Neal Rises Above All - TCFC 1-0 Horley Town
A 46th minute header from defender Brad Neal secured all 3 points for Tadley-Calleva at home to Horley Town.
Struck with injuries & availability concerns, Tadley called Shane Hollamby and Chris Horton back to the squad while handing new signing Keiran Rodgers his debut on the bench.
Tadley-Calleva were looking to bounce back from a disappointing 3-2 loss away at Camberley in the week which ended their 7 game unbeaten run in the league.
The visitors got the first half underway but immediately the ball was overturned from a crossfield ball which ran out for a throw-in on the far side.
Tadley managed to keep possession well from here and on 7 minutes created the first chance of the match. Young winger Jamie Johnston cut in from the left hand side and unleashed a shot that was saved fantastically by the Horely Town goal keeper to keep the scores level.
Midway through the first half a last ditch tackle by Centre Half Shane Hollamby was enough to deny our visitors the first goal of the game as their number 9 was bearing down on goal.
Chances were few and far between for both sides until the 43rd minute when a ball across Tadley's 6 yard box left Horley with a tap in. Fortunately, the finish was not up to par and the ball was put wide of the post. A golden opportunity for the visitors
Half Time 0-0
It take long for the second 45 to produce some action. A corner won on the right hand side was set up, Alfie Saunders put in an out swinging cross that was met by Brad Neal, who rose above all to glace the ball past the goalkeeper & defender on the post. A raucous cheer went up from the Barlows Park faithful and Tadley opened the scoring.
TCFC 1-0 Horley Town
Tadley started to control the second half and it was evident when Ben Wright's quick foot work allowed him to get a shot away that look destined for the top corner but for an outstanding save by the visitors goal keeper.
Late on in the game Tadley had the chance to put the result past all doubt when Jamie Johnston managed to put the ball over the bar from 3 yards (we're happy to believe there was a bobble) and Ben Wright rattled the cross bar with a matter of minutes on the clock.
Tadley held on to the wind despite Horley Town committing men forward in search of an equaliser and got back to winning ways.