Walton Casuals 0-5 Reserves

Friday 7 August 2009

Billy McKinlay’s Development Squad recorded their fourth pre-season win of the summer following a comprehensive dismissal of Walton Casuals.

An eventful summer programme has already seen the Whites dispatch of Woking, Aldershot and Staines Town, with a narrow 2-1 defeat by AFC Wimbledon the only minor setback to what has been a positive four weeks of matches.

And Dutch youngster Danny Hoesen continued their fine form with a confident finish midway through the first half following a flowing move from defence.

Eddie Johnson, who featured for the First Team against FK Vetra on Thursday, then made it 2-0 with a super strike from outside the box to give Fulham a commanding lead at the break.

The hosts, of the Ryman League Division One South, rallied after the interval, with Swifts captain Craig Lewington – son of First Team coach Ray Lewington – the driving force in midfield. However, it was the Whites that again made the telling difference, with Erik Nevland finishing clinically.

Nevland capped an impressive display with a second and Fulham’s fourth shortly after, catching the eye with a brilliant acrobatic effort following some clever play from Academy graduates Alex Smith and Luca Moscatiello.

Matthew Saunders rounded proceedings with a terrific free-kick late on, with the Whites ending the game in convincing fashion.

After the match Fulham Reserve Team Manager McKinlay told Fulham.com: “It was a very good workout and we dominated from start to finish really. They did create a couple of opportunities but our boys at the back kept things relatively tight.

“At the other end, it was obviously very pleasing to score five goals, and Danny, Eddie, Erik and Matt took their goals very well. It was a clinical display.

“I thought the three senior players we had, again showed a terrific attitude and it was a good run-out for them and they’ll be sharper from the experience.

“All round it was a good display and we can take a lot from this win. I thought Walton were a decent side. They worked hard, moved the ball well and as I said, they created chances.

“That was our fourth win of the season, and although results are not the be-all-and-end-all of pre-season it is obviously very good to get into a winning habit – that’s important for any team.

“Hopefully we can carry that through to the start of the league season. We did well last year and I would like to see that again. Looking at tonight, the players look fit, they had the right attitude and ran out convincing winners. So I am a happy man.”

Having finished third in the Barclays Premier Reserve League South last season behind champions Aston Villa and runners-up Tottenham, McKinaly’s charges will be looking for another successful season. Early signs suggest they may well do.

Fulham DS: Etheridge; Stoor, Anderson, Briggs, Smalling; Saunders, Moscatiello, Smith, Hoesen; Johnson, Nevland

The Development Squad return to action in a behind-closed-doors match on Tuesday when they host the Uzbekistan U20 national team at Motspur Park, Kick-Off 1pm, before kicking off their Barclays Premier Reserve League South season with a trip to Arsenal on Monday, August 24th.