Red Hot at Redhill
Tadley travelled to Surrey to face a Redhill side boasting a 100% league record, making the Combined Counties Premier South tie a tough one for Tadley on paper. But of course, football is played on grass, not on paper.
First half goals from Connor Thorne and Alex Fragata saw the Barlows Park club race to a 2-0 lead at half time before a goalless second half gave Tadders all three points on the road.
The hosts were eager to play out from the back, on a surface more suited to a public common than a step 5 football pitch, and this was soon to be their downfall.
Pressure from Tadley's forward line forced Redhills full back to play a pass back to his goalkeeper, the pass was short and Connor Thorne was able to nick the ball past the goalkeeper to create his chance. The goal was wide open and the Tadley number 10 rolled the ball into the back of the net.
It wasn't long until Fragata doubled Tadleys lead. More aggressive press on the Redhill back line forced further mistakes & Tadley capitalised.
A break up in play allowed Tadley to move the ball forward with pace, and the run from Fragata was spotted at the back post. A deep, whipped cross found the head of the oncoming winger and he rifled it past the goalkeeper.
Tadley held a slender but comfortable half time lead in the blistering heat.
The second half was all about game management and staying solid in the midfield and defensive areas. Tadley nullified their hosts with continuous pressing all over the pitch, not allowing them to create many clear cut opportunities to pull a goal back.
A fantastic win on the road for Tadders who make it three from three in the league.