A Match to Truly Remember!!

Rod Boyte

Early kick-off today for our game against the Wateraid Wanderers saw some sleepy eyed Legends meeting at 7:30 for our trip to the ground. Fortunately the weather gods had kept a bit of cloud cover around so it wasn’t quite as hot as it was for our game the previous day.

After an energetic warmup that left most of us ready for the showers, the game kicked off with an (almost) organised line up of 3, 1, 2, 4 , 2 …….. what was it again Rob???

Mick, Darren, Nic, Tony, Graham, Goughy, Marshy, Mario, Wardy, Frank and Dean started with a full bench of Steve B, Steve H, Joey, Maurice, Steve H, Rod B and Rob.

The Legends dominated the early play with Marshy having an early shot driven over the bar – an indicator of what was to come for the rest of the match. While the Legends were dominating the Wanderers broke at the other end, with Mick beaten, Nic managed to clear the ball away from danger. A Wanderers corner led to a mishit shot becoming a lob that almost found its way into the goal.

After a nice move down the left Goughy found himself in some space but his shot was again over the bar. Shortly after that a great through ball from Marshy found Dean on the right creating yet another half chance.

Finally the pressure told when another through ball from Marshy for Dean to run on to had the keeper bobble it and Dean was left to run the ball into an empty goal (1-0).

After a well-deserved drinks break the Legends carried on where they had left up. Some great build up work from Nic, Kovak, Frank and Dean led to Kovak dribbling his way into the Wanderers box only to end up dribbling into the keepers arms! Then some nice interplay saw Steve B have a couple of chances in quick succession, one shot straight at the keeper followed by another chance that was cleared off the line by a defender.

Almost immediately after the Wanderers broke at the other end with a speculator being left to bounce and the attacking player being brought down in the box. Penalty to Wanderers calmly slotted as Mick dived the wrong way (1-1).

There followed a brief period where the Wanderers had some ball on attack mostly easily repelled by some good defending by Eric, Darren and Goughy.

Half-time scoreline was 1-1

The second half started with some lovely dribbling by Wardy followed by a powerful shot from outside the box that gave the keeper no chance as it went into the bottom right corner (2-1). Shortly after the restart Eric went down in heap – anyone would have thought he had broken something! Well he had, even if it was just his finger!! Some of us reckon he had already seen the medic and after looking at her had decided he wanted some extra attention! Well played that man!

Even with the reshuffles the Legends were still dominating proceedings. Dean was set clear, just missing to the left of goals. Then Maurice had a nice shot that came back off the post for Wardy to slot home the rebound.

With confidence growing and eager benchwarmers getting excited … for some this took longer than expected, the only way the opponents could slow the game down was to start some abusive sledging. Picking on poor old Nic he had his heritage questioned and a bit of pushing and shoving developed. With the referee not taking any action Nic suggested to the offending player what he should do. This time the ref heard it and gave Nic the yellow card treatment.

Since the ref finally found out his humour wasn’t working and what his pea in the casing was for, a number of free kicks were coming Legends way. Firstly there was Steve H being taken out by WW’s John Cena with a body slam. With cracked ribs he duly got the attention of Eric’s nurse who removed the dirt from his rearranged face.

Then another late and crunchy tackle occurred in the box for a Legends penalty. Wardy who was tirelessly trying to find his lungs went for the hat trick jug avoidance option. This meant the possessive squirrel (Robbie K) grabbed the ball to his chest and said “back off my friends, this is mine” and coolly slotted home.

The last five minutes then saw complete dominance by Legends. Corner after corner resulted in Maurice and Mario having plenty of practice in controlling the air traffic. There was the Brownie sniffing at the near post play. The mid post WW player heading onto the cross bar play and even an attempted flying header play at the far post that we added to our repertoire.

As the ref finally concluded the match, the convincing 4-1 win, albeit with three injuries added to Jungle’s very busy workload, meant there was plenty to talk about at the Loose Moose and Pirate party later that night! Certainly a match to remember.

BMW Man of Match – Wardy; Muppet Moment – Nic