Tunbridge Wells 2-3 Corinthian - We've got to start beating someone because the losses don't look very attractive on the record, says Tunbridge Wells boss Steve Ives
Tunbridge Wells 2 – 3 Corinthian
|Culverden Stadium, Culverden Down, Tunbridge Wells, Kent TN4 9SG
TUNBRIDGE WELLS 2-3 CORINTHIAN
Southern Counties East Football League Premier Division
Saturday 23 December 2023
Stephen McCartney reports from Culverden Stadium
TUNBRIDGE WELLS manager Steve Ives insists he has the backing of supporters and hopes everyone at the club stays united to get themselves back to where they need to be and climb away from relegation trouble.
The Wells are languishing in fourteenth-place in the Southern Counties East Football League Premier Division table, having picked up 19 points (five wins, four draws and 10 defeats) from their 19 games. The club are only nine points clear of the relegation zone, which is occupied by Kennington, who do have a game in hand.
Tunbridge Wells have extended their winless run to six league games since coming away from Stansfeld (now second-from-bottom with 11 points from 20 games) with a 2-0 win on 24 October.
Tunbridge Wells took the lead through talisman striker Trevor McCreadie’s 20th goal of the season, before Corinthian levelled through centre-half Tom Fitzgerald, who headed in another set-piece.
Corinthian midfielder Oscar Housego tucked in a penalty to give the amateur side a deserved lead going into half-time, before they extended their lead through a sublime finish from central midfielder Ahmed Salim Futa just past the hour mark.
The home side pulled a second goal back inside the final four minutes when Corinthian centre-half Sam Fitzgerald headed into his own goal following a long-throw but Corinthian held on and made it five wins on the bounce in all competitions.
Corinthian remain in sixth-place in the table with 36 points (11 wins, three draws, four defeats) from their 18 league games, just a couple of points adrift of the play-offs and fifth-placed side Deal Town, who do have a game in hand.
“I sum that up as a game of fine margins on a difficult surface that we have unfortunately made a couple of mistakes, which has given them the edge,” said Ives.
“I don’t think there was any question of our threat, our commitment. I feel maybe our decision making on the ball could’ve, should’ve been better, considering the circumstances and if I’m honest, I feel there was a very questionable penalty decision, which has ultimately been the difference.”
Corinthian manager Michael Golding added: “Really pleased. I think it was a day for coming down here, getting the job done and just get out of here with three points.
“You turn up and there’s no running water in the changing rooms. The boys can’t shower, the pitch is a bit of a pudding pitch. They’ve done well to get the game on to be fair to them.
“It wasn’t ever going to be a pretty game of football today, so we’re delighted. The whole of the objective today was to get three points and get out of here as quick as we can.”
Recalled goalkeeper George Bentley denied Corinthian taking the lead from a set-piece inside the opening five minutes.
Corinthian centre-half Jamie Billings appeared to be looking to float a 35-yard free-kick into a crowded penalty area but whipped his left-footed shot towards goal, which forced Bentley to smother the ball low to his right and Tom Fitzgerald lacked composure from the rebound, lashing the ball over the crossbar while under pressure.
“Jamie’s taken a few set-pieces this year and scored a few goals,” said Golding.
“The ball probably caught the keeper unawares. He’s lost his footing and made a good save and then Tom was the first to react and it’s one of those, you probably hoping it goes in rather than expecting.
“Tom was outstanding and Harry Lashley, up against our old boy Festos Kamara was very, very good as well.”
Ives was asked why Bentley replaced Jacob Bennett in goal – Tunbridge Wells went down to a 4-3 defeat at Kennington last weekend.
“Firstly, Nathan Carter, who stepped in, in completely unforeseen circumstances when Luke Glover got sent off in the Vase against Little Common was absolutely fantastic, promoted from the under 23s. He couldn’t have done any more and for that reason we’ve stuck with him and he had a run of approximately eight games. He done really well.
“However, I signed George Bentley at the start of the season when we had a little bit of a wobble with our previous keeper. It was a big signing for me to talk George into coming because he was training with a Step Four side at the time and he committed to what we’re trying to do and he bought into the project.
“He had a fantastic, well I say fantastic, he had a clean sheet on his debut against Bridon. He was fantastic on bank holiday August weekend and broke his arm during the game in the course of duty. He’s been really patient with his rehab and his recovery and has done everything that we’ve asked off him. He’s played for the under 23’s – we’ve had him watched and all the feedback he’s been exceptional - so out of commitment to his loyalty to me coming here, he deserved the opportunity to come back in. He’s a great goalkeeper, he’s played at Horsham in the Isthmian Premier.”
Tunbridge Wells opened the scoring with their first opening with eight minutes and 25 seconds on the clock.
Tunbridge Wells’ right-back Daniel Tear was fouled by Brandon Davey down the right and Corinthian lined up a two-man wall for Ashley-Paul Robinson’s floated right-footed free-kick and his delivery was on the money for McCreadie to guide his downward header bouncing into the far corner from 12-yards.
“Set-pieces were a key part of today’s game because open play was difficult,” admitted Ives.
“Robbo has got an excellent dead ball delivery and you give Trevor half a chance, the chance is it will end up in the back of the net, so that was great.”
Golding said: “Robinson and McCreadie are their two best players by a long way. Trevor McCreadie is a very, very good striker at this level.
“It was the first time they showed any quality whatsoever and it was a good ball into a good area. You know what you’re going to get from Ashley, a very, very good player for this level and Trevor’s got across Jamie and flicked it into the far corner.”
Corinthian went close through another set-piece, which was floated in by Housego and centre-half Billings sent his towering header over the crossbar from six-yards out.
Corinthian’s pressure paid off as they deservedly restored parity with 20 minutes and 12 seconds on the clock.
Housego swung in a corner from the left towards the near post and goalkeeper Bentley called for the ball and flapped at it from within a crowded goal-line and Tom Fitzgerald flicked the ball into the near corner from inside the six-yard box.
“We said before the game that set-pieces were going to be crucial and if you look at the goals the majority did come from set-pieces,” said Golding.
“It’s just a good ball into a good area. We’re not asking for absolute world beating balls. We’re just asking for balls to be put into an area that gives us a chance to challenge.
“We’ve got in and around the goalkeeper and we’ve forced a mistake from the keeper potentially and Tom has flicked it in from pretty much on the line, so we’re pleased with that.
“I think it was coming and the pressure was building. I thought we were the better side by a long, long way. When you concede it’s good to then equalise relatively quick to get back on top.”
Ives added: “The goalkeeper’s called it, he hasn’t come, probably the only fault George has made all game. He knows that, he’s owned it. Someone’s allowed their player to get the wrong side, probably because they’ve heard the shout and it’s a poor goal from us. We’re not happy about it but it’s happened.”
Both sides struggled to create chances in open play on a sticky playing surface and set-pieces proved to be the order for the day during a poor quality ninth-tier fixture.
Corinthian took the lead with 39 minutes and 43 seconds on the clock, via another set-piece.
Housego whipped in a quality free-kick from the left, Billings flicked the ball on and the ball was sailing towards the top far corner. Striker Charlie Glover met the ball with his head and Bentley pulled off an excellent save to flick the ball onto his own crossbar and the referee Abdul Olol pointed to the spot after Sam Fitzgerald took a boot in the face as Jack Walder was attempting to hook the ball clear.
Housego held his composure to send Bentley the wrong way with his right-footed penalty, which he slotted in just right of centre as Bentley dived to his right.
Golding said: “I thought it was a world-class save by their goalkeeper from Jamie’s header, flicked on from Charlie inside the six-yard box but the goalkeeper has pulled off a world-class save to tip it onto the bar.
“We trust Oscar with penalties. He’s not been on them this year since he’s come back. Sam Bewick’s injured at the moment and he’s taken every penalty and scored every penalty so far. Jamie (Billings) is also on the list to take penalties but wanted Oscar to take it today, which is fine. We trust him. It’s a good penalty and you always back the kid in that situation to go and score the goal.”
When asked more about Bewick’s injury status, which he picked up during last Saturday’s 5-0 home win over Punjab United, Golding replied: “He’s got stitches in his knee. We reckon he’s another two or three weeks away. We probably could’ve patched him up and get him out there but with Sam’s injury history, it’s just not worth it with Christmas coming.
“We also had Ryan Cheek missing today, so we’re a little bit light on numbers like we have been but I thought it was a good team performance.”
Ives added: “I don’t believe Walder did foul anybody. I think we’re defending the slope, which is always hard and we always except the fact that we’re going to give away a lot of territory doing that but I felt we were defending quite resolutely.
“George has made a fantastic save and Waldo is literally just hooking it over his shoulder and their bloke just put his head in the way. That is never – I’ll watch it back on my Veo and if I’ve got it wrong then I’ll hold my hands up and apologise - but from my first impression that is never a penalty in a million years so you get what you get, don’t you.”
Tunbridge Wells’ wingers, Festos Kamara (left) and Regan Corke (right) were not their usual electrifying self but Corke put in a low cross towards Robinson, who swept his shot on the turn towards goal, which was pushed towards safety by Corinthian goalkeeper Nathan Boamah, smothering the ball low to his left, which was a rare attempt on goal in open play.
Ives said: “We’re always a threat from wide areas. Most of our success comes through wide areas. It’s no secret. If you give Regan a little bit of space and time he’ll put the ball in the box.
“I probably say it’s a half-chance. It’s certainly not a glowing miss from Ash but it shows we’ve got a theat. You have to counter-attack a little bit when you’re going up the hill, so that’s generally the kind of pattern of the game.”
Tunbridge Wells, who won the corner count by four to three, went close via their penultimate flag-kick inside stoppage time.
Robinson swung the ball in from the left and centre-half Siji Akinlusi came up from the back and positioned himself at the near post and his flicked header dropped just over the top of the far post.
There was concern for Corinthian attacker Ross Obazee, who was forced off with a suspected ACL injury during first half stoppage time.
“I haven’t spoken to him since full-time. We spoke to (our medical team) at half-time and we think it’s possibly ACL or some sort of knee injury, so we’ll asses that over the next couple of days,” said Golding.
“I’m gutted for the kid, just before Christmas. He just turned on the pitch. It happens. It can happen on any pitch. Where it is soft, he’s put his foot in to try to turn and change direction and it’s one of those sad things that happens in a game of football.
“He’s finding himself a bit of form so I’m just gutted for the kid. I’m just hoping for no long-term injury or any issues that come from that.
“If it’s ACL he’ll be (ruled out for the rest of the season). The concern is if it’s an ACL when you see those kind of turns and Amy she’s obviously great at what she does and she feels that it could be but it’s very, very early days. You’ve got to give it a couple of days to try to wait and see, so fingers crossed for the lad, but we’re fearing the worst at the moment.”
Both managers were asked their thoughts at the interval.
“We’ve been here before. You go back earlier in the season we’ve been behind,” said Ives.
“It would’ve been great to go in (to half-time) equal, one-all, which I felt would’ve been justified but you’ve got to work with the cards you’re dealt.
“We highlighted our right-hand side, which we thought we would have most of our success down. We did a little adjustment how we were going to press out of possession and we just basically reminded the boys that attacking the hill there’s generally goals there for us, so we’ve just got to be persistent.”
Golding added: “I just felt when you’re defending the hill here and it is very boggy, is to get your distance on your clearances and you’ve got to be able to defend properly, which I felt for the first 15 minutes we didn’t do it, so it was a bit chaotic.
“I felt they started the second half well, so whatever we said to them didn’t really work. It was more of a little bit of a reshuffle with Shiloh Apena coming on to replace Ross. He gives us a little bit more pace and an outlet up there.
“We just felt if we could turn them and get the ball into good areas with Charlie (Clover) and Michael Hagan to come on and Shiloh up there we can cause their back four problems.
“It was more of the same. Set-pieces was discussed, just in terms of the quality and making sure when we get those opportunities, we put the ball into good areas and not to drop too deep.”
Tunbridge Wells’ tactic at the start of the second half was hitting long balls towards Corke, but he was kept quiet by Jack Unwin (left wing-back) and Sam Fitzgerald (who plays on the left of their three man central defenders).
Robinson delivered a quality delivery from a left-wing corner towards the near post, which was met by Tear’s header, which screamed past the near post inside the opening 10 minutes.
“T normally is one we keep back on a corner but I just felt having watched him in training, he might get his head on one and he did and it was a clean header as well, so we’re all disappointed it didn’t hit the target because I don’t think the keeper’s getting near it if it does,” said Ives.
Corinthian pulled off a well-worked move when Housego advanced close to the half-way line before hitting the ball down the right channel for Futa to whip in a deep cross towards the unmarked Sam Fitzgerald, whose downward header was comfortably saved by Bentley.
“If you’re being ultra-critical, it’s a good ball from Salim. I think Sam’s got to head it back across goal. He’s probably going backwards slightly but I think if you can try to generate the power to head it back across goal, it gives you more of a chance rather than going near-post,” said Golding.
“Fair play to Tunbridge Wells, I thought for 15 minutes of the second half they were a lot better than us, they caused us a few problems, without really causing us problems in terms of territory and pressure, without really having a shot against Nathan. I don’t think Nathan’s had a great deal to do today.”
Corinthian produced another counter-attacking uphill raid and they were guilty of a glaring miss (13:57).
Clover played a low ball in behind Tunbridge Wells’ left-back Rory Ward and Brandon Davey put it on the plate for substitute striker Shiloh Apena, who lacked composure in the box and lashed his first time shot over the crossbar from 10-yards.
Golding said: “We forced them into a bit of a trap and they tried to play out, which we thought they might do at times and maybe overplay.
“It was great work from Charlie. He works tirelessly. I know he’s got a good amount of goals (13) and assists this year but his work-rate off the ball is very, very good for us and he leads the line really well.
“If you’re being generous, it was slightly behind Shiloh but if it falls to Trevor at the other end, that’s a goal, so I think that’s a difference, a little bit of quality.
“I suppose Shiloh is only a young kid, only 18 or 19 years old and he’s learning his trade and when you haven’t got any money, that’s what you’re dealing with.
“It was frustrating because Shiloh has been a good kid for us this year but you score that and it makes it a little bit more comfortable.”
Ives added: “I mean you have to counter-attack when you’re coming up the hill and that was really how they had any bits of success they had in that second half.
“The problem for us is when you’re chasing the game, you’ve got to be a little bit more aggressive in committing more numbers forward, so I guess the space is there.
“I think the first one is no more than a quarter-chance at best. I remember the guy lashing over and he’ll probably be a little bit disappointed that he didn’t at least work George but I’m not going to cry too much for it.”
Corinthian kept plugging away and scored their third goal with 17 minutes and 4 seconds on the clock.
Tunbridge Wells’ skipper, holding midfielder Jack Walder limped off with a swollen ankle after making a challenge in the build-up to the goal.
Futa and Clover linked up inside the Tunbridge Wells half before the Corinthian striker released right-back Harry Lashley on the overlap and his low cross was cleared away.
Walder smashed into Housego just outside the penalty area and referee Abdul Olol ignored the appeals and his advantage paid off as Futa curled his left-footed shot into the far corner from 25-yards
“I think takes out is probably the operative word of the day. I think you call that kind of performance robust if that’s how you’re managing,” said Golding.
“Good little bit of link-up play. I thought Charlie under hit his pass out to Lash slightly, who’s then cut his cross back. Good feet from Oscar and you can hear us screaming on the edge of the technical area for a free-kick on the edge of the box in a great position down the middle but then Salim gets it and he wraps it on his left foot.
“He’s been unbelievable for us. He joined us last year and he was a recommendation and he was our stand-out player in a tough, tough season (suffering relegation from the Isthmian League) and this season he takes it by the scruff of the neck.
“We’re very, very happy with what we’re getting from Sali. We need him to add a few more goals and assists to what he’s doing but he’s a very, very good midfielder for this level.”
Ives said: “I think the poor part of that was we actually had the ball over in our left-channel and we’ve tried to over play a little bit and lost it.
“I think that Walder’s got injured in the process. He’s done his ankle, it’s pretty swollen. It’s not good. I’m not totally sure whether that was an impact with the player or whether that was the pitch but he’s down on the floor and out of the game and I feel that we had at least one chance to clear our lines, which we didn’t take and the guy’s finished it well in fairness. I don’t think George could’ve done anything about that one. Probably to the best of my knowledge, the only real shot they had on target in the second half.”
When asked about Walder’s condition, Ives replied: “I hope for him, as much as me, because he’s massive to the team. The work that guy does to get himself back from injury, that’s his first start since Little Common (21 October) so to see him having to limp off the pitch is gut-wrenching for all of us.
“I’ll find out a little bit more about that in the next 24-48 hours.”
Meanwhile, eight-goal attacking midfielder Billy Lewins (ankle ligaments) remains on the sidelines and is ruled out until the New Year.
Ives switched formation to 3-5-2 for the final 10 minutes, with Jack Gallagher pushed up front alongside McCreadie, with Ward sitting behind the front two after starting the game at left-back, while Harry Hudson sat in front the back three of Tear (right), James White (centre) and Akinlusi (left).
Tunbridge Wells kept plugging away and pulled a goal back with 40:00 on the clock.
Hudson launched a long throw from the left and Sam Fitzgerald met it with his head at the near post, the ball looped high and over goalkeeper Boamah and sailed into the top far corner of the net for an own goal.
Ives said: “Alright, another set-piece, alright, let’s be honest, it’s not one we’ve worked on at the training ground but I didn’t feel like we downed tools and I didn’t feel we gave up.
“We went 4-4-2 to try to get another striker on. We then went 3-5-2 to try to get a 10 on as well to really throw everything we could at them and it wasn’t for the want of trying.
“We’ll take it but it’s come off one of their player’s heads so I can’t take a massive amount of credit on that. I can say Harry Hudson’s got a very long throw.”
Golding said: “Just frustrating defending from us. I never thought we got set for the long throw. We had people in the wrong positions. We had four people in front of their first man, which we never really got into the right place, so I think it’s probably two errors in terms of not being set in the right positions.
“Own goals happen, that’s the life of a defender. He’s put his head on the line at one end to win a penalty and bounced off him at the other end, so there’s no blame there whatsoever. That happens for defenders.
“Nathan’s starting position, we’ll have to look at the video. He’s maybe too close to the front post because it looped up quite high and it just makes a nervy last couple of minutes because we had no idea from the referee how long was left.
“It created a little bit of panic and chaos and we dropped a little bit deeper for the last couple of minutes but fortunately we were good enough to ride it out today.”
The referee played 50:58 in the first half and 50:44 in the second and Corinthian created a late counter-attacking chance to score a fourth goal.
Futa swept the ball out to unmarked substitute striker Michael Hagan, who cut into the box and his right-footed shot was initially blocked by the advancing Bentley, before Hagan hit the rebound against the base of the near-post.
“Being critical of Michael, he’s been good for us since he’s come in and joined and I think he’s enjoying his football again but we just need him to start adding those goals,” said Golding.
“He’s had a couple of opportunities like that to seal games or to get us back into games and he’s had an ok goal return (four goals).
“But if you’re being ultra-critical, you take that and it’s 4-2 and you go away with a solid win and a good win, rather than the last couple of minutes being a little bit nervy, but he’s got himself into that position and we back Michael more often than not to seal the victory.”
Ives added: “By that point we were really throwing caution to the wind. We’re playing three at the back and one of our centre-halves had travelled (further up the pitch) so there’s going to be spaces.
“We’d rather go down fighting. What’s the difference, we’re losing 3-2, we want to get something out of it. George made one hell of a good save there, so that’s encouraging.”
Both sides are next in action on Saturday, 30 December, with Corinthian welcoming Erith Town to Gay Dawn Farm, while Ives takes his side to neighbours Rusthall.
Adam Woodward’s Dockers are in third-place in the table with 39 points from 20 games – two points behind Glebe, four behind the leaders Faversham Town.
“Really, really tough game. We’ve been down there already this season and won 4-3 and for 70 minutes they absolutely bashed us. I’m not quite sure what happened in the last 20, they switched off a little bit and we got a little bit of momentum and momentum is key in games of football,” recalled Golding.
“We’ll prepare for that. We’ll train once next week, obviously with it being Christmas and we can now enjoy that with three points today and our objective next week, like it is every single week, is to go and get three points.
“Is that going to be easy? No, absolutely not. Woody’s got a really good side down there this year and they’re expecting to get promoted and challenging.
“We know how good they are and they’ve got a number of our old boys and if we can get the ball in the right areas with a little bit of quality, then we’ll give ourselves a chance.”
Faversham Town (43 points from 21 games), Glebe (41 points from 21 games), Erith Town (39 points from 20 games), Whitstable Town (39 points from 21 games) and Deal Town (38 points from 17 games) are above Corinthian going into Christmas and Golding pulls off miracles to compete with the big boys without a budget.
“One hundred percent I’m pleased (about being sixth). We came into the season not knowing what we were going to be. We were relegated last year and you have to rebuild a side again,” said Golding, who said reaching 40 points to avoid relegation is the club’s first objective each season.
“The money being spent at this level is a lot of money. If you look at it after 18 games, we’ve got 36 points. If you get two points per game it’s kind of the minimum of what you want to be doing and it gives you an opportunity and a chance to be in and around of what’s going on at the top.
“We probably didn’t expect it to be honest and long-term, will we stay there? Probably not, but all the time we’re up there and we can come to places like Tunbridge Wells – a tough, tough place to come, it gives you an opportunity to take a few scalps as the season goes on.”
Jimmy Anderson’s Rusthall, meanwhile, are in seventeenth-place in the table with 16 points from their 21 league outings.
“I’m not happy, we’ve let three goals in at home and up until last week we’ve been pretty solid, so it’s something to reflect upon,” said Ives, whose side are now looking over their shoulder going into the Christmas period.
“Fourteenth is where we started today, we haven’t been able to improve on that. Corinthian are play-off contenders. I feel we could’ve got something from this game today.
“It wasn’t a resounding win, it was a very tight win but that really is the story of our life. You’ve just quoted six (league) games without a win but every single one of those games, it’s been one goal, so it’s fine margins. It’s getting a bit boring saying that.
“We’ve got to keep believing in what we’re doing and we will get on the right side of those fine margins one day.”
There was no negative reaction to Ives and his players at the final whistle when the team approached the home fans on the bank of terracing behind the goal.
“We always say thanks for coming, every single fan said ‘they’re sticking with us, they can see it.’ I’ve just spoken to the club media team and they’re saying ‘they can see a resilience and determination there today,’ so I’ve got the full backing of the supporters, which is always invaluable and not just me, the team have got the full backing and the fans can see we’re not a million miles away.
“They know we’re dealing with some difficult circumstances (no clubhouse income for over a year after the clubhouse fire) and I just wish them all a Merry Christmas and I can assure them everybody involved with the team is doing what we can to put a little bit more joy on people’s agendas.
“We just have to deal with the cards we just have to work with, the cards we’re dealt and that isn’t the reason we’ve lost 3-2. That’s down to football and that’s down to some mistakes.
“I’m hopeful that everyone at the club stays united. Everyone stays pushing in the right direction. It’s a big club. Hopefully we can start getting ourselves back to where we need to be.
"I've said this before, it seems to be a league when anyone can beat anyone but we've got to start beating someone becasue the L's (losses) don't look very attractive on the record."
Looking ahead to derby day at Rusthall, Ives added: “I’m excited about it. It’s the reason all of us get involved in football. It’s for big occasions and for this club and for this level there aren’t many bigger occasions than Rusthall against Tunbridge Wells.
“Neither of us are going into it in great form, so it’s going to be a battle of mental toughness as much as anything else. We’re up for it, we’ll be up for it.
“There’s no one here that doesn’t understand what the derby means. It’s different to any other game, as much as form and expectations. It’s just a battle of who wants it more. I just want the boys to turn up and show the fans how much it means to put on the Tunbridge Wells shirt. Simple as that.”
Tunbridge Wells: George Bentley, Daniel Tear, Rory Ward, Jack Walder (Harry Hudson 66), James White, Siji Akinlusi, Festos Kamara, Luke Leppard, Trevor McCreadie, Ashley-Paul Robinson (Jack Gallagher 71), Regan Corke.
Subs: Mohamed Zabadne, Bradley Austin, Muiz Alaka
Goals: Trevor McCreadie 9, Sam Fitzgerald 86 (own goal)
Booked: Luke Leppard 37, Jack Walder 39, Regan Corke 74, Daniel Tear 88
Corinthian: Nathan Boamah, Harry Lashley, Jack Unwin, Jamie Billings, Tom Fitzgerald, Sam Fitzgerald, Brandon Davey, Ahmed Salim Futa, Charlie Clover (Michael Hagan 77), Oscar Housego, Ross Obazee (Shiloh Apena 46).
Subs: Kamron Holmes-Lewis, Conor Driscoll, Dean Nayler
Goals: Tom Fitzgerald 21, Oscar Housego 40 (penalty), Ahmed Salim Futa 63
Booked: Tom Fitzgerald 89, Shiloh Apena 90
Referee: Mr Abdul Olol
Assistants: Mr Grant Steele & Mr Rodney Davies