Parson's Green kicked off their 2005-06 season on Sunday with a friendly against PSV, who had been promoted to the Premiership last season. Parson's Green started the game with a slightly depleted roster with Adam Pink deputising in goal, Ryan Price at right back and Craig Goddard in central midfield to replace Andy Desborough. Ian De Ardo started at left back with Adam Andrews and Scott Goddard at centre half.
Olaf Olgiati began the game on the wing, making his debut after his horrific injury last season. Dave Andrews and Craig Goddard anchored the centre of midfield while Scott Brotherton, newly returned from the Legion, played on right wing. Upfront, Ashley Williams and top-scorer John Nugent led the line. Manager Steve Bartlett looked to make his mark on the team after taking over midseason last year.
Parson's Green started well with Goddard and Andrews dominating PSV in central midfield and with the rest of the team relentlessly pressing without the ball. With PSV playing a relatively high line, Parson's had a few chances with balls played into the channels for Nugent and Williams to run onto, ably supported by Dave Andrews and Craig Goddard.
After some sustained pressure down the left flank, Parson's took the lead off a corner. Although a PSV player won the ball in the air, the ball fell to newly returned captain Olgiati who finished cooly with a tap-in.
John Nugent also hit the post with a wonderful 35 yard effort.
Unfortunately, Parson's surrendered the lead shortly after. PSV played a long ball into the channel behind De Ardo and Scott Goddard closed down the attacker. The ball was passed to the top of the defence, where it was struck by the PSV player and took a heavy deflection off a Green player and lofted over the keeper Pink into the Green goal.
Parson's heads' didn't drop and shortly before half time, they retook the lead. After several excellent chances created by great work by the forwards and midfield, Ashley Williams scored a nice goal when was given space.
As long-term supporters of the Green know, there is no one cooler than Williams (bar John Nugent) when given a sight of goal. As usual, the ball ended in the net when he slid his shot under the PSV keeper.