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Home vs Buckden
Our Old Friends from Buckden travelled to the Pavilion on a beautiful autumn morning.
The pitch looked great and the Legend that is Blakey the ref had invested in some new balls for us. Even though his hips were shot and he could not officiate-he became our number 1 supporter for the day!
The rain the night before had put a bit of zip on the surface and it was a perfect conditions for a match.
We had a strong squad of 14 assembled and although Dippy was not on the team-sheet, he was not forgotten as he had stuffed a flyer for his Fencing company into everyone's socks having kindly washed the kit last week!
He was hoping to get the man of the match again but as funny as it was,there were better candidates on the day!
Clarky kindly stepped into the portly breach vacated by Blakey and became the man in black for the day.
Clarky only made two mistakes all day but 1 was in the first minute-failing to spot a hatchet tackle from Kev Hurst on their bustling centre forward Ray who continued to moan for a period. Clarky was still embroiled in the discussion with him when we took a corner that the keeper punched into the net for what we thought was 1 -0. However, Clarky had not blown the whistle, so we had it chalked off -which sort of evened things up!
The game continued and our football was really fluent and entertaining.
Midge and Howard were causing all sorts of problems and before long Midge clipped a ball to the far post after a swift passing move and this looped over the keeper into the far corner.
A second soon followed as a mishit goal kick fell to Sedge who picked out Midge first time and with the keeper still stranded Midge duly applied the necessary finish.
Chris Parker was looking threatening and he too found the net with a fabulous whipped curler into the top corner that left the keeper stranded.
Midge then added a 4th and secured his hat trick with a ruthlessly taken finish.
However, it wasn't all 1 way traffic and a quick breakaway saw our opponents cross a deep ball that just evaded Roy at the back post and was seized upon by their left winger who crashed a good goal into the corner of the net.
Soon after though the lead was extended after the keeper upended the lively Midgely. Sedge stepped up and drilled in a powerful drive into the bottom corner to make it 5-1. We did not relax albeit Glen did enjoy a bit of showboating in goal!
We discussed the fact that we could relax, drop our standards and fail to enjoy the game or we could press on and keep our ryhthym and slick play going.
Fortunately we chose the latter and the football was a joy to behold. We were playing with real invention and dynamism and try as they might our opponents just could not live with us.
Chris Parker smashed in another wonderful finish into the top corner, Midge grabbed a 4th.
Sedge danced inside onto his left and lashed a left footer into the bottom corner from 20 yards.
Two Touch headed in a good and deserved goal after out muscling the defence and Howard also crowned a good performance clipping in a clever finish over the stranded keeper after some more great passing.
Buckden did make another break after a mix up in the defence who had been largely untroubled and the powerful forward managed to slip the ball under Two Touch who had let Glen out of goal for a run around. Glen almost scored a cracker too from an excorcet free kick that grazed the bar.
Sedge hit the post three times with a left footer, a right footer and a header, as well as showing great technique for a Hugo Sanchez style volley from a pinpoint cross from Paul Sully that was unfortunately ruled out for offside. Sedge did hit a few poor shots too though- but not as bad as Kev Andersons! However, Midge grabbed an excellent 5th from an acute angle after a great 1-2 with Chris Keeble at the edge of the box.
In fairness though they never gave up despite the 11-2 scoreline and still made a game of it despite the turmoil and exhaustion of chasing the ball and shadows for most of the match.
It was a terrific display all round and everyone played at least an hour too.
Here is a very brief summary in a couple of words on each contributer.
Ref Clarky - Good display after first 5 mins...
Ref assessor Blakey - Fabulous balls and commitment
Glen - Untroubled and flash
Daz - accomplished quality
Gavin - strong and energetic
Kev Hirst - Powerful and commanding
Nigel - sharp and encouraging
Paul - Cultured and athletic
Roy - Solid and Scottish
Kev - Great Wing wizardry but short
Two Touch - Dominant with impressive work rate
Keeble - Exemplary link play
Sedge - sublime flashes
Howard - Assured and threatening
Chris Parker -dangerous and accurate
Midge - Unstoppable and electric -which is why Midge was deservedly named Man of the Match for his all-round threat and his 5 goal haul.
In fairness Buckden were missing a few of their stalwarts like Geordie, Lingy and the effervescent Pearce but on the day I still think we would have been too much for them even with a full compliment.
The 100 win rate continues and hopefully we can keep this tempo and standard in the tougher encounters to follow.
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