Glebe FC v Punjab United FC – Foxbury Stadium – Friday 13th August 2021

This was a Southern Counties East Football League Premier Division game played unusually on a Friday evening, because Glebe have scheduled a fixture at Foxbury, for two senior clubs in their Saturday slot.

Image of the current league table standings, courtesy of the SCEFL website, at http://www.scefl.com

Glebe have made a 100% start to their Southern Counties East League season, with a 0-5 away win at Bearsted and then a 4-0 home victory against Erith Town. Punjab United started with a 3-2 home win against Kennington FC, before losing 1-2 at home to Hollands & Blair in their second game.

Glebe are much fancied as an outsider for the title this season, having attracted a high level of investment and a strongly rated manager, in Harry Hudson. Jamie Philpott, their striker has plunderered six goals from the first three games this season.

Punjab United performed solidly in the recent post lockdown tournament and have shown they will be hard for any team to beat at this level.

Glebe FC are sponsored this season by Toolroom, the Maidstone based house label, whose owner, Mark Knight, provides strong backing for the club, along with the leadership of their founder and chairman, Rocky McMillan.
Foxbury’s seated stand, with the clubhouse in the background.

This was my first visit to Foxbury and I was impressed with the facilities and atmosphere. The ground contains a whole sporting and entertainment facilities, including floodlit training areas. Entrance was £8 and the club produce a decent quality match programme for £2.

Matchday teams

The teams came out and shook hands for the start of the game. Glebe in red and black striped shirts and black shorts and Punjab United, in their change strip of navy shirts and shorts.

Fine save by the Punjab keeper, Max Ovenden.

The first 15 minutes saw Glebe launch attack after attack. Glebe were denied a first goal by a fine save by the Punjab keeper, however from the resulting corner, Matt Parsons slotted it home, to make it 1-0.

Glebe celebrate the opening goal at 1-0.

Punjab responded immediately when on 17 minutes they made it 1-1 through Harry Main, after some hard fought approach play.

Punjab congratulate the scorer, Harry Main, who made it 1-1

The remainder of the half saw an end to end tussle, with both sides shaping to create chances but lacking a quality final pass, or cross. Glebe hit the ball long, when sometimes a shorter pass seemed simpler. On 38 minutes Glebe had a goal denied, for an offside but at the break, both sides were locked together, at 1-1.

On 47 minutes Glebe finally threaded a ball through and Jamie Philpott scored his seventh goal in four games, to make it 2-1 to the Foxes.

2-1

Charlie Penny The Glebe number 7, had two chances to add a third goal, one being tipped onto the post by the Punjab keeper and one blazed wide.

The missed chances were regretted when on 78 minutes the Punjab number 9, Paul Vines, dove in with a diving header from close range, to make it 2-2.

Punjab celebrate at 2-2
Paul Vines (Punjab’s goal scorer) Definitely winner of the most distinctive hair in the SCEFL so far!

On 83 minutes when clean through on goal the usually reliable number 9 for Glebe, Jamie Philpott slipped it wide.

It looked like Glebe had missed the chance to win the match and that Punjab would grab a hard earned point. Then, on 89 minutes, Glebe broke and the ball was squared for the number 10, Ryan King-Elliot to slide it in and secure a 3-2 lead.

3-2

Punjab threw everything into the last minutes and as they had throughout the game, made the Glebe team work hard to keep them at bay, before the final whistle blew. Yet again, I had seen a high scoring and really competitive SCEFL game. Glebe stay top of the league with 3 wins in 3 games, but Punjab can rightly feel that they deserved something, from a match where they refused to give up.

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