Saturday 12th September 2015
By Luke Johnson
Firstly, many apologies for neglecting match reports for most of last season, I'd like to say there was a good reason, but it mainly boils down to the fact I couldn't be bothered.
Last week we battled out a decent 1-0 victory against Oaks and Reds and Junior Seniors. That game was double dull, no need for a report. Lee Friend scored a cross and Captain Marvel Rohan got sent off for being fouled.
Saturday saw us travel to Peckham Town, a side much fancied for promotion after technically winning our league last season. Even though it's about a 16 hour drive through the worst traffic in history to get there, it's always enjoyable visiting them. A proper nice club, run by good people. A polar opposite of our team! I'm joking, Couchy is actually not a bad bloke.
They turned us over twice last season, so we decided to change our formation to counter their threat. It worked a treat in the first 10, Scott volleying in a screamer (I've over-egged that, but it was a decent strike) from a lovely ball through. Can't remember who played it, but Luke Foulsham has the best first name in our side, so I'll give the assist to him.
Peckham equalised in a move that consisted of 2 wonder saves from Gibbo, an outrageous last ditch block from Ren, a header off the line by Joe, and then a proper scrappy goal. Dan Rose as Lino decided not to cheat and flag it, I didn't think he had a shred of honesty in him, I was pleasantly surprised.
Scott's second goal came soon after, a lovely free kick from Lukey, was expertly taken down and smashed home, 2-1.
They scored again before half-time, decent goal to be fair.
Second half saw the oppo have most of the ball, but we defended well and never really looked like conceding. I brought Dan Rose on to calm the game down, he did so in a way only Dan knows, by tearing round the pitch trying to 2 foot everybody. Man after me own heart, I genuinely love him.
Then saw a bizarre incident in which both sides went down to 10 men. If you look up "handbags" in the dictionary, there's a picture of Joe and their player from Saturday. No point in appealing, Charles Bronson's got more chance of getting off than a reprieve for a red.
We brought on Al Barnes and Lamar for MOM Scott and Aaron (who worked his socks off out of position in the second half, and didn't have a paddy at me like Lee did!!)
The winner came with 5 mins to go, Barnesy playing a lovely through ball to goal machine Lee Friend, who proved I was totally wrong to start him on the wing (sorry mate!), he turned their defender inside out before leathering it home.
There was time for Gibbo to steal the show with an unbelievable stop with literally the last kick of the game, what a hero!
A great result against a very good side, 2 out of 2, and a real confidence booster. Proper team performance.
Funny moments included Lamar tackling himself when through on goal; Dan Rose photobombing the guest cameraman; Rohan forgetting he played for Farnboro and passing to Peckham for a strange 10 minutes; Kobi making the "meep meep" road runner noise every time Lee Friend got the ball and then Kobi getting in his car and using a loudhailer to say goodbye, most odd.
On to next week, away against a load of Monarchs down in deepest darkest Kent in the Kent Intermediate Challenge Auto Windscreens Coca Cola Cup
Team - Lee Gibbs; Dan Hinton, Joe Slater, Tom Rush, Matt Reynolds; Rohan Howell (c), Ray Knight, Luke Foulsham, Scott Wason, Lee Friend; Aaron Evans
Subs - Tommy Sullivan, Al Barnes, Lamar Myers, Dan Rose
Man of the match: Scott Wason