Ide Hill’s savvy dismantling of their opposition in all areas started as soon as the referee blew his whistle and they were just as dominant when he ended the game, having seen them hit home nine goals. Striker Tom Wright and attacking midfielder Craig Jackson scored seven goals between them, assisting each other as both grabbed hat tricks. All the forwards scored and Ide Hill’s midfield was rampant throughout.
Wright had an early chance and winger Columb Grant went close too. Jackson joined in and Rob Piper contributed to the attack for which Orpington offered little resistance. Their style of play was quite predictable-hoofing the ball upfield for their forwards to run on to but Ide Hill’s defensive back four worked it out quickly and dropped deep to smoother the threat.
Jackson stepped up to score first after twenty minutes. From a free kick outside the box he steered his shot wide of the wall and pass the keeper, nestling the ball just inside the far post. A series of neat passes and interchange led Callum Heath to cross low and hard from the right wing to Wright who came out on top in a one-on-one tussle with Orpington’s keeper.
He added a second soon after as Orpington failed to clear and midfielder Ben Holder lofted a cross from the left and Wright headed home powerfully from the six-yard area. Ide Hill’s only blip in the first half was when they switched off as Orpington prepared to take a free kick from distance and they left two players unmarked and one scored without challenge as the ball ping ponged around their area.
Ide Hill maintained their pressure in the second half and from midfield Steve McGinn picked out Piper’s run with a searching right to left pass which he latched on to and scored from. Four goals and the question was how many more?
Jackson teed up Wright’s hat-trick with a neat pass he slipped past the keeper and then he returned the favour by neatly turning his marker insider the box and rolled the ball to Jackson to control well and ram it home. They linked up again for Jackson to score his third and by this time Ide Hill were masterful in their control of the game. All over the park.
Everyone looked to get on the scoresheet and with ten minutes left Grant added his name to the scoresheet, running down the left and beating the keeper, and in an almost exact repeat of his opening goal Jackson grabbed his fourth. Another free kick and the end result was the same as he wrapped the ball around Orpington’s wall, again between the keeper and the post.
Now the aim is for Ide Hill to remember the delight of this outcome, maintain this form and use it as their standard for the rest of the season.