Come on Lady Luck – Give us a break.
Gideon RathnerEarlier this season City won a hard fought close match 1 – 0, so this match was always shaping up to be a close, tough encounter. Things started well, Paul E our captain for the night, decided to bring the #23 shirt out of retirement. Things started brilliantly, he didn’t lose the toss. There wasn’t won. We had the kick off with the starting line-up of God (a Freudian slip?) at left back in his first match in 4 weeks with City, Paul and Erick (well patched up after his brain transplant) in the centre defence and Ray on the right. The midfield comprised, Eric left Mario and Darren in the centre and Martin. Up front was Maurice and Paul C. Through injury the Gaffer decided to sit this one out. The tactic to avoid conceding a goal. It worked! Pre-game the Gaffer’s instructions to slow the game down and play compact and possession football. The team took to the instructions like duck to water. So much so Gid went for a waddle up the line while the Gaffer shouted move it quicker. Some people are never happy. First half highlights. Coops controlled centre midfield had a few shots at goal, but luck was not on City’ side – even when their keeper dropped the ball, letting it through his legs, it still did not roll over the line. Overall City controlled the tempo of the game, and any shots Regent had were from distance. Graham in goal had a quiet half. Goal kicks generally being played out from the defence. City had its chances at the other end and the score could have been 3 up at half time when Maurice had a 1 on 1 with the keeper but kicked it into him. Paul C took on 2 defenders and beat them 4 times but his shot was straight at the keeper. Maurice had another opportunity when he broke the defensive line made a run down the right. At the back post was Paul C on his own, but Maurice had a shot straight at the keeper. Half time nil all. Gaffer happy with his tactics. The message “Carry on men … the goals will come”. Although with Coops pulling up with a tightened hammy, the rotation on subs was further initiated. John M who kept a careful watchful eye on one of their more speedy players, Ronnie up front, Frank in midfield and Jeremy in defence, who later in the game replaced the battled warrior Snowball, who once again played an excellent stopper role. The second half started with both teams searching for a goal. City remained strong under Regent’s attacks. Their shots mostly from distance and when on target easily taken by Graham in goal. Only once was the City defensive line breached, but Graham rushed out, well meandered out from goal to dive on the ball ahead of the Regent forward. The game opened up with City playing the ball out wide to try to open the Regent defence. From a deft cross from Paul E, Ron had another shot that beat the keeper but grazed the top of the net, on the wrong side. Both teams pushing hard for a winner. City had the better opportunities and as the game progressed it was one way traffic towards the Regent goal. With only a couple of minutes left Martin stealing the ball in the Regent box shot across the keeper. Everyone watched the ball as it headed for the side net, only for the spin on the ball causing it to hit the post. The last kick of the match was another shot at goal by Ron that went just wide. Once again another excellent defensive display that seemed to strangle the fast Regent forwards, but on this occasion despite considerable effort up front we couldn’t beat their well warmed up goalkeeper. On another day this could have been and 8-1 win!! Come on Lady Luck – give us a break … otherwise people will be calling us Collingwood. Final score nil all. This was a high standard of competitive game played in the right spirit and enjoyed by all. Muppet Moment – Erick spending 5 minutes doing up his shoe lace while the match was in progress around him and then falling over his own feet trying to clear the ball. BMW MOM – Gary for not falling over and conceding a goal, meaning a very good team effort to record another clean sheet.