Goals: Mason G, Reid, A
MOM: Kieran Harlowe
Match Report: Mark Billington
A competitive game against a strong, large and numerous Belgian side. Grey Goose Hall opted to help out as we had no recognised keeper and Chris, Grant D and the 2 Pauls joined up with the other regular faces. From the off it was clear that BLAS brought a physical and fast game which we took some time to settle to. As we contested more the ref seemed to struggle to keep up with the game - unfortunately penalising us severely at key moments whilst seeming to be comfortable with the oppositions apparent mis-demeanours (I know how Mick McCarthy must feel most weeks!).
Dead ball situations became increasingly perilous for us and 4 of the 5 goals we conceded were directly from them. Two good goals of our own - a Guy Mason near post header from a corner and a great ball from Mike T to put in Andrew for a brave finish. At half-time we knew it was about who could keep the work-rate going as the sides were evenly matched for skill - unfortunately they had more players and, importantly, more fitter players.
Great effort by all but in the end the legs told - notable performances from Anthony who went agonisingly close twice with difficult chances, Chris and Andy at the back but MoM for a full 90 minute stint mixing graft and creativity goes to Keiron.
Goals: Reid A. (2), Petyt, Mangham
Man of the Match: Andrew Reid
Match Report: David Byrne
It’s a funny old game, this football.
Everything about how OG played the first 15 minutes suggested they would go home as easy winners. They were comfortable on the ball, passed well, got into good positions and gave the back line a hard time. Kieron, Matthew and Mark Bakker worked hard in the middle and tried to set up Andrew R and Anthony but generally it didn’t bode well.
It was against the run of play then that Andrew picked up the first goal from a free kick outside the box. While the OG defense argued amongst themselves about where to position the wall the ref blew the whistle and Andrew coolly bent the ball around the wall and into the far corner of the net. Armed with some self-belief BCFC picked up the pace and, with the introduction of Paul Mc on the right wing, began to put their left back under pressure. It was rewarded with a lovely throw flicked on by Keiron that was met in the air by Andy Peyt (with Mark Bakker queueing up behind) no less. 2 - 0.
Andy was having one of those days. Vocal in defense, clinical in attack and lethal when tackling from behind. Unfortunately the ref didn’t take kindly to the last part and flashed a yellow.
Just before half time we conceded an easy goal from a set piece. I still swear it was offside but the ref disagreed and let play continue - their star player scored direct from a free kick that was surely helped by several OG players being in front of Andrew Hartley, returning to goal keeping duties after a long absence, who nearly got to it but it trickled over the line. 2-1 though became 3-1 when Andrew Reid selfishly ignored the screams of Andy P to square to him on the edge of the box and instead screamed it on the angle past the keeper and so we were going into the break with the OG side looking decidedly unhappy with themselves.
With OG’s playmaker off the park we started strongly. Andrew R picked up another lovely goal and then we were greeted to the sight of Stephan Mangham steaming towards goal, holding off the defender and clinically finishing it off.
OG continued to push forward but between their own in-fighting, some solid defending and some excellent stops from Andrew H we emerged with a satisfying victory.
Mug of the Day went to Andy Peyt for his rash tackle. Man of the Match was harder to decide with justifiable claims from Andy himself, from Kieron and from Matthew but in the end it goes to Andrew Reid for his cracking goals.
Goals: Fortnum A., Reid A. (2)
Man of the Match: Grant Hall
Match Report: Andrew Reid
"I was surprised, but I always say nothing surprises me in football.”
With the thought of lightning possibly postponing Saturday football, suddenly several footballers became meteorologists and gave their predictions on Singaporean weather patterns. Thankfully the positive attitude prevailed and the thunderstorm bypassed Bukit Timah pitches and kick off was given the all clear. J- Heat have traditionally been a very strong team with the last encounter between the two sides ending in a 3-1 defeat for the British Club last May. J- Heat (all 22 of them) were looking energetic and ready to play strong football, however the British Club were looking to add to their streak after a convincing win over Olympique Gaulois the previous weekend.
With Andrew Hartley becoming an early Mug of the Week contester after missing his flight back to Singapore, Kieran Turnbull took up the role between the posts even though having already played a full 90 minutes for the First team. Captain Mark Billington elected to go with the usual 4-4-2 formation and after a good warm up, the game kicked off just after 5pm. Matthew Jurado almost gave the British Club a dream start barely a minute into the game with a powerful run which resulted in a strong shot that forced the keeper to make an early save. The rest of the first half was spent by both sides looking to take the advantage and keep a steady, confident pace while on the ball. British Club kept up the attacking force by feeding the strikers the ball with strong play down the wings from both Stephen Mangham and Steve Clark. Unfortunately the British Club could not convert their chances and some very good goalkeeping stopped us from taking the lead. J- Heat were nifty and quick with their passing, but strong performances from Grant Hall, Brett Mogg, Mark Billington and David Byrne successfully contained their attacking threat and assured that the British Club maintained a clean sheet going into halftime. Pace in the middle of the park was also well controlled by Matthew Jurado and Mark Bakker, as they managed to limit the time J- Heats number 331 (no typo there) spent on the ball.
With the score at half time a goalless draw, the focus of the team talk was to keep defending and push forward to try and break the deadlock. The second half started off with a strong J- Heat chance as one of their forwards broke through the British Club defensive line. However a strong tackle from Bill Palmer prevented any change to the score line. The next 20 minutes was much of the same with wave after wave of J- Heat attacks. However they could not finish the move, and balls were blasted wide and over the crossbar. The few shots that did find the target forced some fantastic saves by Kieran. The British Club defended well, with players such as John Rennie and Paul McNamara making a considerable difference.
However the game drastically changed after the British Club was awarded a free kick just outside the box. A lovely chip into the box by Matthew Jurado and a strong connecting header by Anthony Fortnum nestled the ball into the corner of the net. With J- Heat dazed, the game continued and soon enough BC converted a corner. A goal line struggle ended up with Andrew Reid heading the ball into the goal, increasing the British Club lead to 2 goals. The outcome of the match was finalised with a counter- attacking move that saw Rob Allen place a perfect through ball to Andrew Reid who put it over the keeper and into the net for a 3-0 lead. The British Club had not finished its goal scoring yet though. With the match in its dying seconds, Stephen Mangham felt the urge to get his name onto the score sheet. A small defensive error by the BC left Stephen to coolly slot the ball into the bottom left hand corner of the British Club net and bring the score to 3-1 (Better luck next time, but enjoy your mug).
A hard earned 3 points against a very skilled opposition sees the British Club 2nd XI climb up the table to 5th place. A pat on the back for every player in the 2nd XI who showed fighting spirit throughout the whole 90 minutes. Credit to J- Heat as well, as they once again proved an enjoyable side to play against. There were many contenders for MoM today. Matthew Jurado battled hard to take control of midfield, Kieran put in an excellent performance between the posts but Man of the Match goes to Grant Hall, who put in a stellar performance as centre back, consistently breaking down J- Heat’s youthful attack and feeding the ball up the pitch. Well-done Grant!
Goals: Fortnum A (2), Mogg, Burningham, Woolhead
Man of the Match: Jim Rowan
Match Report: Mark Billington
After two good wins in the previous weeks we had a chance to test our mettle against the league leaders. With all 3 BC teams playing at BT we were able to put out a strong side to cope with the expected onslaught. We warmed up with the mighty presence of Andrew Hartley in goal - unfortunately that was all he managed as his brother looked on with amusement. We kicked off with Keiron in goal; Bill P, Grant, Heiko and Brett providing an experienced back line; Mark Bu, Mark Ba, Jim and Steve across the middle, with Ant and Sam up front. John, Jon, Steve and Mark Bi giving the bench a solid look.
From the off Team Orange (wearing green) looked to pass the ball neatly around using the full width of the big pitch but it was clear they wanted plenty of time on the ball. Terrier like chasing across the middle, notably by Jim, and some confident control by Mark Ba gave the back 4 time to settle and close down any forward forays. A plan B of trying the aerial route also failed as their tallest forward just about reached Grant's waistline. The pattern of the game was soon set and as Team Orange gave the ball away easily BC started to put some neat passing moves together - particularly down the left. 3 goals in 15 minutes - 2 from typically forceful runs by Ant and the most spectacular being a half-volley from Brett from out wide, surely a contender for goal of the season? On 30 minutes we rang the changes with Bill, Heiko, Mark Ba and Steve making way but we lost none of our continuity as we opened the opposition up at will. Mark Bu sprinted through from about 35 yards for a good finish before Sam trumped him. Receiving the ball from Grant in the middle of the park about 20 yards outside our own box, Sam went round two players, outsprinted a third and then bounced off the 4th who went flying in to try and take him down. Caught on the goal line he went back inside one of the recovering defenders and slotted home from the most acute of angles - truly Maradona-esque.
5-0 at half-time, surely a record for the 2's? Whilst the forwards licked their lips the sages in defence saw the opportunity for our first clean-sheet in many matches and let the rest of the team know that was what we expected everyone to work for. Team Orange, of course, came out hard in the second-half but still barely troubled Keiron. Our play became a bit scrappy as we stopped taking the time to build moves and possession but we were still unlucky to see an Ant hat-trick ruled out for a foul elsewhere, Jon Ray's header back across goal to avoid everyone and several shots saved or near misses.
A most enjoyable result and game. Special thanks to Darryl and David for being flexible when the opportunity arose. A tricky call for MoM after a match where clearly all 16 performed but for me the game was won in the middle of the park in the first 20 minutes and Jim gets my vote.
Goals: Mangham, Burningham, O.G.
Man of the Match: Jon Ray
Match Report: Darryl Smith
A strong squad lined up for what turned out to be a hot afternoon.
Mark B rallying the troops and asking for a fourth win on the trot was helped by the fact that the ref forgot his coin and duly allowed us to kick off away from the sun much to the bemusement of the Rampant Lions. The Lions looked rampant especially with half their squad consisting of real youngsters, it did not look an easy afternoon.
Play got off quickly with BC putting together some nice passes. In only the 5th minute Stephen got the ball on the left took on their defence. After the first cross took a deflection back to him he toe punted in at the near post for a very fast first goal. Of course the Lions were not going to sit back and a few chances came their way one with a free header from a corner and another with a shot which was left cooly by Tony in goal, believe he just couldn't be bothered to stretch for it. The Lions didn't look as rampant as their name or ages suggest. Around the 10-15th minute a push resulted in a free kick which Mark B stepped up to take. The ball into the box was met by their first defender and a shout from the touchline 'what a load of f%$£ing sh&^%' was then put to bed when Mark received the ball back, took on a couple of defenders and sent a better cross into the box. Total confusion as their defender got a great head to the ball nicely into the top right hand corner. The Lions still were not making much from open play and a handball lead to a free kick despatched straight at Tony. Unfortunately, he could not hold the ball and the Lions attacker came close with a header bouncing just over the bar. A full set of subs on the 20min mark did not really change the pattern of the game. At times the play was scrappy but Lions never really troubling the goal and BC creating a few half chances with Andrew and myself shooting just wide.
Half time 2:0 up but with an expected onslaught and the quote of the season 'we were overpassing too much in that first half' was Toni's analysis of BC's play at times. I believe that might have only be relevant in 2 minute spell at the beginning of the first half.
Second half was again scrappy at times with neither side able to create a flowing move to really trouble the keepers. A nice cross early in the second half from the author reaching Paul who was just unable to connect. Then around midway through the first half those words of 'let's keep 11 men on the pitch came to haunt us'. Tony came of his line to meet the ball which he caught just at the edge of the area but not quite inside the box according to the ref who was making that decision some way from the incident. Anyway, slightly in or out of the area the red card that followed was harsh and the unsportsmanlike shout from the oppo 'red car ref' did not go down well either. A few minutes of confusion as the BC tried to reorganise, Paul coming back on this time as goalkeeper and the free kick nicely blocked to allow some breathing space. Down to 10 men the game could have turned but BC stuck to their commitment all over the pitch, your author then sacrificed as one of the front men but even at this point the Lions rarely managed to threaten our goal. With only a few minutes left Mark B got the ball on the left side and after a decent run at their defenders finally tucked the ball away under the advancing keeper for 3:0 with only a few minutes remaining. Game over.
Not the best footballing display but commitment all over the pitch from the BC and on balance you have to say that the more experienced (age) did win over against a side containing many youths. MOM not easy as everyone played their part but for a battling performance showing experience over age does matter MOM goes to Jon Ray.
Goals:Billy Morgan,Jim Rowan, Andrew Reid
Man of the Match: Will Offer
Match Report: Grant Hall
What has 22 legs, runs through mud, sees yellow 7 times, red twice and finishes with 18 legs ? The BCFC 2nd X1 one barmy afternoon...well last Saturday to be precise ! So what was all that about then ?!? Let's take a look.
The 2nd X1, hot off a run that has seen 4 wins in 6 matches, eagerly gathered under threatening skies. Country Life wellies, from an earlier downpour, were swapped for shiney Nike boots as the team gathered on a green carpet kindly left for us in the middle of the field, oh, that's the cricket strip. Stand-in Captain for the day, Grant, was actually seated and determined to stay that way as he was still digesting and feeling the effects of a "big week". Go run across the "field" was the command and so the team respectively di! d so, "last 3 back start as subs" was the cry and so the starting formation was soon chosen.
"Oh look it's the ref and it's only 5.02" was the observation from a younger player (the older ones cannot see that far). Indeed the ref climbed over the fence and entered the once field of dreams and gingerly made his way over to our pitch avoiding any lumps of concrete or land mines that were rudely protruding through the grass/mud especially near the goalmouths. Grant quickly gathered the team in for a quick tactical war-cry of "Lads, move the ball around fast to feet as it travels a lot quicker than us". The ref put down his white stick and looked eager to start but a quick count of opposition numbers indicated they only had 7 men, 1 female supporter and 5 curry puffs when the rules clearly state you can start by 17.30 if the opposition have a minimum of 8 players (plus 1 female supporter and 5 curry puffs). A phone call to Eugene confirmed this and ! now we waited for that magical moment that soon came, a taxi s! topped a nd delivered another opposition player..."game on" yelled Ross Stalker in his deepest Scottish accent akin for a warrior on a battlefield.
So 11 nicely warmed up and raring to go British Club players lined up against 8 United Alliance players looking like they've just got out of bed, maybe they had. So in goal and looking calm and up for it was Ross, while Andy Petyt and Mark Fortnum were a fierce pairing of centre-halves, Darryl and John Rennie experienced fullbacks while the midfield saw a trio of hardened battlers: Billy Morgan, Kieran and Jim with Aaron out wide, in fact so wide we wondered if he was on our pitch, then again, Peter Koh only marks out the pitches once a quarter so nobody really knows. Up front was Ant, returning from injury and looking "well up for it" and the relaible Andrew Reid while the subs bench was being nicely warmed by the fast and athletic Eatonian Will, the not so fast or athletic Andy Skues, Elliot Mason (stil! l in shock for making a kick-off in time) and Grant happy to remain seated throughout. Louis' Dad, Phil "the Lodger" Davis and Nick "I'm almost back""Groth kept the smell of hops in the air alive on the sidelines.
The whistle was blown and playing patient football was quickly ignored as we were eager to take advantage of our 3 man advantage if you know what I mean. It was not long before Jim Rowan broke free down a flank, cut inside and did what we Mark Burners would call a crossshot...was it a cross or was it a shot...who cares it was 1 nil ! Next up was Andrew Reid who showed a mature touch that clearly his Dad had not taught him and finished calmly after some good work from Ant; 2 nil up and looking good. The oppo now had found two more players but we remained optimistic we could still beat them as Billy and Kieran hassled hard in midfield, while the back four looked comfortable being superbly marshalled by Andy Petyt. Opps, another oppo just turned up, 11 v! s 11 now.
Right, now I must wind the clock back t! wo weeks when James Morris half-jokinly asked Andy Petyt how many times he had been sent off in his long footballing career. Well if looks could kill and you want to redifine "prickly" then that was the moment !! "Why does everyone keep suggesting this, I've never been sent off or even close to it" exclaimed Andy. Right then, lets forward it 2 weeks and 25 minutes into the match. Their spritely centre forward knocked the ball past Andy who looked slightly stranded in the mud but still gave chase and unfortunately, due to the way he runs, caught hold of the oppo's arm and held onto it (to balance himself ?) and slowed up, in fact, halted play. The up-to-now quiet ref immediately whipped out his.....red card much to the shocked and bemused Andy who drudged off the field with a wry smile knowing this was an historical moment and one that we would not forget. So a sending off for a slightly technical foul, not a bad or late tackle (who would ever think that of Andy) but nevertheles! s it meant we were down to 10 men. The BC team felt very hard done by and this stress level could be seen as a few tempers and naughty words starting appearing.
Very quickly the oppo scored which Ross had very little chance on and soon the half-time whistle went. The second half started as the first half-ended with more pressure from the oppo who smelt victory, or was it John Rennie's socks, and very quickly equalised as Ross tried to save by performing a Bruce Lee kung-fu kick rather than catch the ball. A third soon came along and now the annoyance started to become more visible with yelow card after yellow card being flased to BC players as answering back, more naughty words and the odd mis-timed (but not dirty) tackle appeared. 7 BC players got cards and 3 for the oppo for good measure. At 5-2 down, and looking desperate, up pops Billy Morgan with a superb header from an accurate corner taken by young Will, the coolest player on the pitch. With a! bout 7 minutes to go, Elliott Mason, having been crudely taken! down, v ented his frustration to the ref and was given his marching orders. The ref felt an air of uneasiness and blew-up (his whistle not physically) 5 minutes early as the field had deteriorated almost as quickly as a few tempers. The ref then adopted an aggressive behavioural pattern one which you would normally associate a dog on heat with; the Convenor put his arm around him and lead him away like a scene out of One Flew over the Cuckoo's Nest after an altercation.
So there we have it; 2 nil up, 5-3 down, 3 men up, 2 men down, 7 yellows vs 3 and 2 reds for a game dominated by technical fouls and not really that physical or ill-tempered towads the oppo (just the ref). But of course, it will be remembered for Andy Ps sending off and now he will smile next time he's asked how many times he has been sent off in his career, "Just the once"!!!
Man of the Match: tough call but we will give it to Will for staying calm, maybe bewildered, possibly scared, m! aybe amused, likely confused.
Gents, please watch our stray tongues in the heat of a moment. I know the ref lost control of the match (and himself) and made some very bad calls but please remember there are often children watching as well as guests. "A small rudder can steer a big ship"
Goals: Jamie Thuillier (2), Chris Kelly (2), Grant Hall
Man of the Match: Jamie Thuillier
The EFL league match between British club football team and CBD wanderers
On Saturday the 21st of April, the British Club FC and the CBD Wanderers played an intensive match of football at the Bukit Timah playing fields for the EFL league, Singapore.
This was a game between two of the closest teams in the Equatorial Football League and tensions were running high, partly because the previous game had been rained off but mainly due to the fact that the CBD’s could close the gap between the teams to just 4 points.
The BC FC took a chance by fielding a young and fairly inexperienced team including two guests - with the exception of a wall of older defenders. This was an ambitious strategy against a team of more experienced players on the CBD side. Who would triumph in the battle of Youth vs Experience?
The game opened with a nervous and scrappy beginning as both teams tried to assert authority and take control. This was to prove fortunate for the BC’s as young Stuart Davies, guesting for the team while on his world travels, set up a goal through a defense splitting pass to Jamie Thuillier who volleyed the ball easily into the back of the net. However celebrations were muted as the Wanderers almost scored immediately after a quickly taken kick off only to be thwarted by the brilliance of goalkeeper John Leonard who dived to his right and punched the ball away from the goal line. This was to prove a turning point in the game, as goals number 2 and 3 swiftly followed for the BC’s with Jamie scoring the second ten minutes later followed by a Chris Kelly header just before half time. During half time Billy Morgan was heard to say of Jamie Wright, “He has definitely got a lot of skill and agility to drive the ball into the net, and he will be one to watch in the future because he listens to me.”
The Wanderers started the second half well but after 10 minutes the tiredness and age of their players started to show. The BC’s could have scored more but many players refused to pass and selfishly ran with the ball to have a shot on goal. In the 65th minute Grant Hall, who normally plays for the 1sts, showed the youngsters how it should be done and ran almost the length of the pitch to score with a cracking strike on his left foot. At this point the BC’s started to celebrate as it was clear the Wanderers did not have much left to challenge with. However, they kept their heads high and eventually scored from a dangerous looking corner that was initially cleared by the goalie only to find the back of the net on the rebound from one of their players who was not bald and wasn’t one of my teachers.
The final goal came in the 80th minute as Chris Kelly showed too much speed and skill for the Wanderers back four and drove the ball into the back of the net. He then said later, “I think this is the best goal of the season so far.” 5 – 1 for the young BC team who proved that in the intense Singapore heat, it was youth that counted not experience.
Man of the Match, my Dad said:
“Good performances all round from the front 5 but stand out performance from Jamie Thuillier.”
Goals: Chris Kelly
Man of the Match: Grant Douglas
For once it was not raining on Saturday afternoon.The sun was shining and it was as hot as Pippa middleton’s rear.The Oppo and the ref turned up on time-it was not your usual Saturday at bukit Tima.
The BC started well and dominated possession and chances.Guy put in 2 great balls from set-pieces to give Chris and Ant good chances.Alas they were unable to convert.
A corner found Mark unmarked at the back post.He rose like the proverbial tin of salmon and missed the ball completely.his excuse that “the sun was in my eyes” (admittedly something which is not a common problem in Holland) won him “mug of the week” at Scores.
The convener had mentioned before the game that the Singapore national team centre forward had just joined the club.How we could have done with him in the team.But perhaps the convener could repeat his heroic goal of the previous week?-fat chance,that was a one in a lifetime!
The M’s had not threatened our goal.But from a soft free kick a ball was floated over and missed by everyone,including john in goal who made a passable impression of a Scottish goalkeeper (that’s not a reference to our own Ross “I would have volleyed it” stalker).1-0 down against the run of play.
BC continued to dominate the first half and were rewarded just before half time.Mark,with the sun at his back this time,headed down to Jamie who played a lovely through ball to chris who finished with aplomb (whatever a plomb is).1-1 half time and we were feeling confident.
Unfortunately,our confidence was misplaced and we were poor in the second half.we created very little,though neither did the M’s.Their second goal was a carbon copy (youngsters- ask Billy what that is) of the first.This time it was a better free kick crossed in,and it beat everyone and John again.
We pressed for an equalizer and chris brought a very good save out of their keeper,who was their best player on the day.however,it was not to be and we trudged of 2-1 losers,despite them never looking threating at all.
Difficult to pick a Man of the Match as nobody shone (except the sun).The defence did their job,and for some good tackles,but mainly because he needs some cheering up given the state of Rangers football club,I give it to Grant Douglas.
The BC team arrived in readiness for what seemed a very difficult match (on paper) against last year’s EFL QD champions (lost only 3 all season) without a recognised goalkeeper & following the previous weeks draw (snatched from the jaws of victory!)
“The Management” huddled together to discuss volunteers/conscripts for the vacant goalkeeping role and after first convincing Grant to take the gloves only for Robbie Allen to decide he would “do” the first half. This turned out to be an inspired choice.
The team lined up with a back 4 of Capt Bill, Grant, Andy & Clive, midfield of Billy, Paul, JP & Mark with Pat filling in just behind star striker Paul (more on him later).
The opening exchanges saw BC actually implementing the “pass it to your teammate” approach often discussed in the pre match team talk! Some very nice football played, building from the back, through midfield to create a few openings. One such opportunity saw Pat put through from midfield to be 1 on 1 with the opposition keeper where he elected to pass the ball to a team mate rather than bury it?
BC defended well as a team for most of the half but on the odd occasion when the Avengers forward line broke through Robbie pulled off a very good block to keep the score level.
The breakthrough came as a result of a free kick awarded for 1 of the many fouls that the opposition made in the first half that saw both sides picking up yellow cards.
The free kick was launched into the box by Andy and in a moment reminiscent of Dennis Bergkamp & RVP rolled into one Paul controlled the ball with one touch and proceeded to smash it past the keeper with his next touch. Early contender for “goal of the season”
BC made changes after the half hour but continued on in the same manner with Paul & Billy controlling midfield, the defence looking solid and Pat & Paul menacing up front. We reached half time 1 - 0 in front and thoroughly deserved.
“The Management” were given a boost at half time with Robbie electing to stay in goal for the 2nd half.
The 2nd half began with Avengers coming out strong & BC under some pressure. From a corner the ball was half cleared before being swept back goal wards. With Robbie beaten the ball was cleared off the line by the Vice Capt Mr Clark (who had been too slow in coming out from the corner!). A lucky escape.
BC needed a 2nd goal to ease the pressure & this arrived from another through ball from midfield which was latched onto by Andrew Reid who calmly slotted past the on rushing keeper. 2 – 0.
From this point forward BC remained in control of the game with the opposition limited to long range shots which Robbie coped with easily. BC continued to press & push forward (unlike the previous week) & were rewarded with arguably the best goal of the game. The attack appeared to have broken down when the ball ended out wide & close to the goal line. But in a strike similar to Marco van Basten from Euro ’88 Paul smashed the ball home from the impossible angle with is weaker left foot. First strike was good this in my opinion even better (potential golden boot winner!!) 3 - 0
BC finished strongly & deserved winners on the day.
Everyone played well. Robbie was excellent in goal (maybe you have found your position!) The defence was strong throughout, midfield industrious with both Billy, Paul, JP, Andrew & Mark (after some scouse encouragement) chasing & closing down like terriers! Pat (after another long haul flight) put in another spirited performance but MOM must go to Paul who led the line well, challenged for every ball & scored 2 of the best goals I have seen for a while. Well done sir!Everyone left the field on a high with “The Management” calling for more of the same next week.
Our intrepid captain Bill was back after a 2 week sabbatical babysitting. Vice captain Steve Clarke was missing. Had the strain of captaincy been too much for him? Had he been sacked after last week’s loss? Or was he having his “Movember” surgically removed?
It was a roller coaster game, which ended 5-5.We had to come from behind 4 times, which was an experience long forgotten by the older team members. However, we gave it our best shot.
There was a recurring theme to the goals we lost-lost the ball cheaply and then defended badly. Ian in goal had no chance with any of the goals. There were a few words and handbags at times, but we pulled ourselves out of it with some great attacking moves and finishing
For the First goal Aaron crossed, Rob, flicked on to Jan and took the return pass on his Chest and volleyed in-classic! Rob scored the second with a 35 yard screamer into the roof of the net after looking up and seeing the keeper off his line (or was he just a midget?).
Jim was having a few words in the ref’s ear and experiencing a bit of Scottish red mist, which earned him a booking. He promptly pulled himself off to avoid further embarrassment-the mark of experience! Mark scored the third with a clinical finish after a great ball from Rob, to make it 3-3 at half-time.
Another bad goal at the beginning of 2nd half and we were down again. Then Tim decided to take the game by the scruff of the neck. He poked in a good corner from young Jake who had made a lot of good forward runs. Jake( a chip of the old block?) didn’t look like it. Perhaps his mother is a footballer!
Having just scored his first goal for the club, Tim got his second a few minutes later with a 25 yard belter. Much better than his first poke. The oppo soon equalised with a lucky strike in off the post.
We had a few good chances to win it with the keeper twice doing well to deny mark in one-on-ones. Robbie chipped the keeper (midget?) but alas missed the target.
A very patchy performance and it is hard to deny Tim man of the match after 2 goals and a good performance in the middle of defence, but Rob gets it for an outstanding performance up front and 2 great goals. Well done Tin-Tin!
Match Report: Snowy
It was a game that we actually controlled by keeping the ball when necessary by playing across the back and playing through the midfield. Usually moves can break down when the forwards are reached - the last third is always the hardest - however, our forward play with Rob and Paul T was excellent back to goal stuff and they kept play moving excellently by involving the midfield instead of spinning round and losing the ball.
The BC took a deserved lead with Paul T continuing his impressive scoring record by slotting home confidently and we got a deserved second when Sam, who had been terrorizing an old man on the wing, drove into the area and crossed the ball to allow a defender to slice home. A silly goal just before half-time allowed Hibs back into it, something they far from deserved.
The stand-in skipper gave what was considered a too long half-time talk that wore many out. However the message was received and we continued in much the same vein as before. Reward came with a superb first time ball from Jim just inside the oppo's half viciously finished by Paul T again. Hibs somehow managed to contrive a second which briefly revived memories of losing a three goal lead a couple of weeks ago, but all fears were allayed when Andrew's cross-cum-shot sneaked in at the far post.
This was the second team at its best, and certainly the best second team performance I've ever had the pleasure to play in. A very satisfying afternoon's work.
MOM was everybody proving that football is a team game.