Sunday saw a plucky 8 tackle the traffic of the M25 to play Watford 2’s in the London League. For a while we though we only had 7 players, but it just turned out John “Pre-match Poo” Holah was having a massive dump – he eventually made his way to the pool side…
For the first two quarters of this game we played very well, with the score at half-time being 4-4. We then let ourselves down for 4mins in the 3rd and 3mins in the 4th quarter, conceding 12 goals in total. The final score of 16-11 does not do our valiant 8 justice, but given that nearly all 12 goals came from breakaways, it does highlight our need to either train more or ensure we have more than 8 players.
That being said, we all put in a big effort and everyone was shattered at the end. I definitely think that we can give them a very good game when they visit us if we can get an extra 1/2 people along. It is also becoming more and more apparent that we need to start practicing our man-ups and man-downs – so get down to training in numbers!! I expect you all to visit our new spot Tactics corner to refresh your memory!!
- Man of the Match this week is our first joint award. Both Nick and I got 3 votes each with Phil in a close 2nd. Given the effort we all put in this weekend, I would like to think we are all in some way, man of the match… (Naaaaattt!!) I am sure Sheikh Harwood will offer up some stinky chat about this – I can’t wait…
- Moment of the Match is awarded to Tim “he does what he wants” Young, who successfully stole the ball and then buried it past the keeper – top shooting!! I notice that no one chose to vote me for winning TWO swim offs this week!! They had to move the halfway mark to stop me winning in the 2nd half!!
- Fluffer this week goes to Tom “foul mouth” Burridge for his tirade towards the officials. It is hoped that this public name and shame will motivate him to clean up his act. On the other hand, I personally enjoy the running commentary on all the terrible things being done to him… You would never think to retaliate would you Tom…?
In other news, big shout out to Phil Richards with a 3 goal haul – and rectifying his issue of last week by letting us know he was actually in the pool. Matt “Crusher” Finch is steadily racking up his major count in goal – this week rectifying a harsh penalty decision by saving the resulting shot. He is now sitting pretty on a brutality rating of 3.00 alongside John “Bruiser” Holah.
In the stats table as we enter the halfway point in the season, Nick has now broken 50 goals. Will he reach the 100 goal mark? Start placing your bets now!! John is slowly gaining on me to try and get his hands on the Catas Trophy for a 2nd time. He traditionally has a “strong” second half to the season, so only time will tell!! At the bottom of the table, Rob “I’m really busy” Chapman has slipped into the danger zone – and we all await the arrival of Luke “Cup Final” Penfold…
Until next time – Volo ego eram aptus