United Beached in Sandringham

Steve Brown

Round 2 kicked off on a beautiful autumn afternoon with glorious conditions and a rare opportunity to play on a grass pitch.

United’s starting XL was McCulloch, Ewinger, Attwood, Gough, McLoughlin, Coard, Harrison, Boyte, Lamb, Brown, Singh with a 4 man bench of Capodistras, Hassan, Dykes, Whan.

Legends kicked off the game and with the Sandringham keeper well off his line Harrison decided to go for the spectacular however his speculative effort from inside his own half barely reached the penalty box (maybe had something to do with the Hungry Jack’s meal he ate just before kick off).

Legends suffered an early setback when McCulloch was totally bamboozled by a cross/shot which caught him hopelessly out of position and the ball sailed over his head for the opener to Sandringham.

A positive response from Legends saw Lamb and Harrison combining in the middle to set Brown free into the box and his attempted cross to Singh at the far post was cleared away. Harrison swung the resultant corner perfectly into the box but the ball was eventually scrambled clear.

It was somewhat against the run of play that Sandringham scored a 2nd goal coming from a cross to the back post which was met unchallenged with a solid header into the net. To compound this set-back, both Capodistras and Attwood succumbed to injuries which ended their involvement in the game. This meant a shuffling of the defence and to make matters worse, some infighting amongst them (no names Dykes/McLoughlin) meant that at half time Legends had to regroup to get back in the game.

After the re-start Sandringham were finding plenty of possession and some steady work from Ewinger on his return from injury, Whan covering on the left and a rock solid Gough in the middle, limited the danger. Coard and Lamb were the release valves from defence but opportunities to set Hassan and Singh free up front were very limited. Boyte and Harrison were covering heaps of ground in the midfield too but still a killer third goal came when McLoughlin was caught in possession in the box and the ball was walked into the net.

Other chances went a-begging for Sandringham and still hope remained for a miraculous turnaround when Brown sprung the off-side trap latching onto a McLoughlin through ball and raced in on goal. With the keeper advancing he lofted a shot high over his head and into the roof of the net to reduce the deficit to 3-1.

Another promising break by Brown down the right saw him feed Boyte who attempted a shot from the edge of the box but it lacked sufficient power to trouble the keeper. With time running out and tired legs all around there was no further scoring activity and the match ended in a disappointing 3-1 defeat.

MMM Memorable Moment – Flyweight Dennis Coard completely bowling over the heaviest man on the park with a magnificent body check
MMM Muppet Moment – A few to choose from……………………

1.       The look on John’s face for the 1st Goal

2.       The look on Stu McL’s face for the 3rd Goal

3.       The look on everyone’s faces from Dykesy’s dummy spit.

BMW BoP Doncaster’s Best on Park – Steve Gough who remained calm throughout the entire match whilst those around him……………….