A problematic week selection wise was made even harder as young Billy Wragg texted in on Friday to say that he had ‘the trots’ and was out of the game. An early morning pick up of the water bottles from Mrs Wragg by captain Rob revealed a change in Billy’s diagnosis. Mrs Wragg revealed that Billy was laid up with ‘a cold‘. Billy’s case has now been sent to best medical minds in the country - including Dr Hilary Jones. This left Chap with a bare 11 for the long trip to Ben Rhydding. The trip was made interesting by driver Steve Hogg
. An excited Hoggy was seemingly keen to get to Ilkley in record time and left other drivers Chris Victory
and Kev Sell in his wake as he shot off in to this distance. It was no bed of roses for the passengers in the veteran defender’s car either as the conversation moved on to Hoggy’s daughter’s experiences of going through puberty. Despite arriving in good time, Hoggy’s passengers were clearly traumatised by the experience. All seemed well as Chap got ready, this however was short lived as there was no sign of forward Paul Hogan
who ‘was going straight there’. Despite several phone calls there was no answer and Chap were having to start the game with 10 players. Once the game got underway the numerical advantage began to tell as Ben Rhydding got on top early and opened the scoring soon after following a short corner. This spurred on Chap and they were soon back in level terms as Bubs finished from short range after some dazzling skills from Dave Palmer. Chap were playing some good stuff as they got on top and took the lead after a great strike from Kev Sell. After a great first half performance Chap went in to the interval 2-1 up. Chap started the second half in the same fashion with some good passing play. Chap then soon extended their lead as Bubs finished from close range after his initial shot was saved. Ben Rhydding were posing a threat with both teams battling hard all over the pitch, but they could not stop Chap from scoring a 4th through the impressive Kev Sell. Ben Rhydding soon reduced the deficit as a great run from the one of their forwards ended in a neat finish. Chap were not to be denied and finished the game 4-2 winners. A special mention must also go to both umpires for their impressive handling of the game. Chap celebrated their against the odds victory with a meal of Chips, beans and sausages which had been laid on by their welcoming hosts. Once the food had been scoffed the man of the match went to Dave Palmer for his impressive forward play. The Dick of the day ward went to Steve Hogg
for fast driving and dubious choice of conversation matter. Chap are back in action at Rotherham next week with a start time of 11am testing any Friday night revellers.