The Reserves and Seniors had a late change of venue as they took on the Old Camberwell Grammarians this past weekend, with the host's Deepende Park judged by the FFV to be in a shape that could not safely be played on. The shift to the neutral Stradbroke Park in Kew proved to be a better fit for everyone.
With the unbeaten streak starting to take on a mythical run, second match player Chris Duncan put the Citizens ahead in the first half, making a case for senior selection with two goals in as many games. While the second half was a mixed battled for possession, CCFC would once again concede late, leaving a bewildered coach Ross Evans dismayed to only take home one point from the contest.
The senior side took to the park looking to avenge a 3-1 defeat to OCG at home. Despite missing striker Dan Quinn, who's excuse was he was getting married that day (really, Dan? Who gets married on a weekend ...), the Citizens took a first half lead under the quick footed work of Jake Buckley and never looked back. Buckley would finish the day on a hat trick, adding another two in the second half to remove any fear of dropping points to a fellow league lead contender.
It didn't seem like the 3rds match against North Caulfield Maccabi was even going to take place for a while! With no referee showing up by the time the game was set to start, CCFC had to look within its own ranks to get the game going. Drew Dickson took the whistle and abuse for the first half, with Tom Kent relieving him in the second.
The first half was a tough fight with a halftime score of 2-2, but it was made tougher with the knowledge that the Citizens lost Lewis Halsall to a broken shin bone 25 minutes in. Play was stopped as the paramedics came. We wish him the best as he recovers from surgery today.
The second half devolved as both sides struggled to find a winning goal. Tempers flared up and play was stopped several times with the calm hand of Kent making sure it didn't go further than angry words.
Superb play towards the 70th minute between Jesse Cartright (who scored the second), and Rich Bates resulted in the Seniors' coach putting a heel flick into the path of Lewis Gyde, who put away his second for the day, lifting us a goal ahead. From that point on it was a matter of cautious defense, despite Mike O'Brien thinking we were a goal down (his own words), and continually pressing ahead for another tick on the score-sheet. Thankfully the team held off the pressure and took all 3 points.