The Army have put their Remembrance loss behind them with a comfortable 3-0 victory over Middlesex.
After being beaten by their German counterparts in last month’s match in Nottingham, the Southern Counties Championship gave the Army the perfect opportunity to bounce back on a cold night in Aldershot.
Goals from Adam Wakley and Dan Stoneman had the Army in control and a comical own goal from Middlesex defender George Ehui completed the night for the home side.
The first chance fell to the home side and it was sloppy kicking from Middlesex goalkeeper Dragos Stefanoaka, which gifted the opportunity.
Sean Woolley looked to take advantage, but his low shot was saved by the Middlesex shot-stopper who rectified his mistake.
Keith Emmerson should have nodded the Army in front from the resulting corner when he headed wide, but it wasn’t long until the military side opened the scoring. Wakley showed his poaching instincts to swivel in the box and prod the ball past Stefanoaka from close range in the 35th minute.
It should have been 2-0 at the break. Graham Williams, Jack May and Wakley were all guilty of missing good opportunities as the Army started to flex their muscle on their opponents, but Middlesex held out for half-time.
The second half saw the away side try and force their way back into the contest. Some indecisive Army defending allowed a floated free-kick to fall to Nicholas Kerley at the back post, but he lashed his shot into the side netting from a difficult angle.
Jay Hubbard’s towering header looked destined for the net, but the Middlesex number one clawed the ball away from danger with a super diving save. He could do nothing about the Army’s second though.
It was a looping long ball from Luke Cairney that unlocked the Middlesex defence as the ball bounced for the run of the grateful Stoneman.
He kept his cool to round the goalkeeper and knock the ball into the empty net, putting the result without doubt after 70 minutes.
The third goal is one that Ehui will never want to see again. The Army cross from the left should have been comfortably cleared away but with an Army attacker breathing down his neck, the centre-back’s diving header propelled into the top corner putting the icing on the Army cake.
The Army side will take this winning feeling into another Southern Counties game at the start of 2019 before the Inter-Services Championship kicks off in March.