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-------- Original message -------- From: ben firstname.lastname@example.org Date: 18/01/2015 23:02 (GMT+00:00) To: NeilKing1957@Hotmail.com Cc: email@example.com Subject: Away vs st Ives
After an enforced week off, the veterans made their way to local rivals St Ives for an eagerly anticipated game. We had 16 available for selection and were in a good position to get everyone a game and keep a strong side throughout. The match kicked off in bright sunshine on the 3G surface which was in great condition. The game was competitive from the start with both teams working hard to counteract each other's passing football. St Ives had some lively forwards but they were well-marshalled by Kevin Anderson and big James, with Paul and Stu Smith providing some good cover. We were playing well and competing all over the pitch but a few passes were going astray which was unlike us and this occasionally hampered our momentum. That said, Midge and Glen were working well as a pair and causing the home side problems and it was not long before Midge got his reward smashing in a snapshot with little back lift from 18yrds. The rasping shot must have stung the keepers hands on the way in as he was powerless to prevent it. 0 - 1. Soon after we were still exerting considerable pressure and Midge was able to double our lead with an angled drive. 0 - 2. The Game ebbed and flowed and both teams had chances. A mix up in our defence saw St Ives grab what they thought was an equaliser but this was rightly ruled out for offside.
Half time arrived and we shuffled the pack to make sure everyone had at least a half. Dippy even had 25 mins at right back prior to his month away down under. What the locals will make of him is anyone's guess! He signed off with a good display although I am not sure he will award himself the man if the match this week as James was imperious at the back and Midge caused them problems all afternoon. Midge even drilled home a third for what should have been a well-deserved hat trick, with a neat finish but sadly it was disallowed for some reason. In fairness to St Ives they continued to rotate their players as well and there were not too many weak ones. We seemed a little less determined than in recent weeks and finally they managed to drive one in at the near post. That goal seemed to give them additional belief and they managed to get a greater share of possession which culminated in the equaliser. There were a few corners at each end but the contest finished as a draw (despite Clarky thinking we had lost). The unbeaten run continues albeit we know that we lost two "friendly" points today. The match was actually a bit better tempered than previous encounters between us (Daz did deliver two amazing tackles though in typical style- which were real crowd pleasing crunchers as you would expect) but everyone enjoyed a friendly post match drink.
Next week is the big one though - with the mighty Redbull away. We know we are looking forward to a wonderful pitch, great Pizza and chips, Estrella on tap and scantily clad attractive bar staff to look forward to! That said, all of this will be far more enjoyable if we can finally claim the win against them that we have threatened on so many previous occasions. Have a good week gents and bring your A Game on Sunday...
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