A match, whom everyone thought would be cancelled due to the terrorist attacks in Paris on Friday night, has turned out to be an occasion that demonstrated solidarity.
The French Football Federation decided the match would go ahead, and The FA backed the decision to have the game played.
France would be welcomed at Wembley in a spirit of fraternity and defiance as an act to stand up to terrorism.
Although France manager Didier Deschamps had offered his players the chance to pull out of the squad before they travelled to London because of the circumstances.
Leading up to the game England manager Roy Hodgson said, The match will be a serious occasion but one that shows that the football world is united against these atrocities.”
Security has been increased in the wake of the Paris attacks, as the Metropolitan Police don’t want to see repeat scenes from Friday happening tonight.
Met’s Specialist Crime and Operations Deputy Assistant Commander Peter Terry said, “we’ve reassessed what security we think we need for tonight’s occasion, especially considering who we’re playing. We’ve assessed what happened in France and we’ve changed what the appearance of what the security will look like tonight.”
In a change of protocol, the away team’s national anthem was sung after England’s ‘God Save The Queen’.
Over 70,000 people roared out ‘La Marseillaise’ as a tribute to the 129 victims of Friday’s attacks, England fans in the east side of Wembley held up cards which formed the French Tricolore.
England was victorious winning 2-0.
France’s captain, Hugo Lloris, thanked England’s fans for their support but admitted the French team found it hard to concentrate.
“All of this has been very hard, but we played the match for our country and for the victims. Tonight was a moment of national unity,” said Lloris.
The result was always going to be meaningless but the occasion couldn’t have been any different and will live in the memory for everyone who watched and attended the match.
The Webbswood Stadium played host as Swindon Supermarine played Corsham Town in a preseason friendly. Marine showed their class against a team who looked out of their depth straight from the get go. This win ensured The Marines unbeaten preseason record was kept in tact, and demonstrated the strength they have in their ranks at the club.
Strikes from new signings Connor Waldon and Jacob Davidge gave Supermarine a comfortable lead going into halftime. Two goals from Josh Morse and a goal from Ryan Stanners, who were used as substitutes in today’s game, sealed a compelling victory for the Wiltshire based team.
Marine looked right at home from kick off, dominating possession and working the ball in midfield. It didn’t take long before the first opportunity was created as Chris Taylor played a diagonal pass out to the left hand side and Davidge raced on to the ball, but his shot flashed across goal and went out for a goal kick.
The visitors were proving to be a handful up top with midfielder Levi Cox winning the ariel battle throughout the first half. Cox was proving to be a tricky customer and had Corsham’s first shot on goal with a thunderous volley that had Matt Bulman scrambling to his right-hand side, but the shot whistled just past the post.
The home side took the lead on the 20th minute with a controversial goal from Connor Waldon, there were appeals for offside before the former Swindon Town striker nutmegged Corsham’s goalkeeper and slotted the ball home.
The Marine soon doubled their lead eight minutes later as Jacob Davidge finished off a brilliantly worked goal from the righthand side. Winger Bradley Gray combining with fullback Kyle Lapham before drilling the ball across for Davidge.
Davidge who was having a great debut for Supermarine, had the chance to double his tally. Once again he raced clear from a precise pass from Marines playmaker Chris Taylor, but Town’s keeper pulled off a good save to prevent them going in 3-0 down.
Supermarine went into halftime with a comfortable lead over their opponents, whilst Corsham Town looked like they couldn’t wait to get in and regroup for the second half.
The second half was much like the first half for Marine, as they showed no sign of settling for the result they already had.
The home team begun to find their rhythm and Waldon showed why he was Supermarines main transfer target this summer with some great holdup play and skill to skip past Corsham’s centre-back Sam Ockwell, cutting the ball back to Davidge who puts the ball wide from a shot 12 yards out.
It didn’t take long for Swindon’s next chance to come along, with Bradley Gray rising above everyone else to direct his header from a corner towards goal but Corsham managed to clear it off the line.
Town looked lackluster in this half and struggled to create anything up top. Marine’s defence looked solid with summer signings Ashley Taylor and Ryan Morgan already looking settled in their positions.
Dave Webb, Supermarine’s manager, decided to switch things up and subbed on Ryan Stanners, Josh Morse, Joe Shepherd, Ryan Elliott, Sam Morris and Ryan O’Hara.
The subs made an instant impact as Waldon plays a perfectly weighted pass to put Stanners through on goal, who calmly finishes to put Marine 3-0 up with 75 minutes played.
Stanners then turns from goal scorer to assister, as he squares the ball across goal to Josh Morse who comes in off the left-hand side, beats the defender using the tricky of the step-over to go through one-on-one and tuck away the host’s fourth goal.
Morse scored Supermarine’s fifth goal, and his second of the game with a powerful volley into the keepers top right. Town’s keeper was left standing as he could only watch the ball fly past him into the top corner.
Connor Waldon, who resigned back to the club earlier this week after being released from Swindon Town FC. Was brought in on loan at Marine last season for three months and quickly become a fan favourite.
“I am really happy the deal went through and Dave (Supermarine manager) reassured me of the clubs ambition. The whole team looks like it has improved a lot compared to last seasons.
I felt I had a good game today, and It’s always a good feeling to get on the score sheet. We looked very dangerous in attack and the score line should have been a lot more.
I can’t wait for the season to start and for us to give the Marine fans the season they deserve,” said Waldon.
This win capped off an emphatic performance from Marine and showed that they have the resources to do well in the league this season.
Marine have beat fellow rivals and League One side Swindon Town FC in their preseason and since that win, they have not showed signs of letting up.
Dave Webb has brought in a lot of young new players, and his gamble on players looks to be paying off. Webb’s team already looks like it is in the process of the team gelling together and if Supermarine can continue to play their attractive style of football like they have this preseason, then they will be one of the teams to watch in the Evo-Stik League.
“This is our fifth preseason game and we are making good progress, the squads looking strong and we kept another clean sheet. I am pleased where we are at the moment and it’s all heading towards two weeks time when we start at Bambury in the league on the 8th of August.
We’ve attracted a good mix of players and have a good spine to the team. We have some really exciting young players and I don’t think we could be in any better shape,” said Dave Webb.