This weeks match report is bought to you by Freddie.
Back in the sixth century BC when Babylonia fell, the Persian Empire rose from its ashes and toga-wearing Greek philosophers first started to look quizzically at the stars, the Chinese sage Lao Tzu delicately laid down the first few brushstrokes of the Tao Te Ching, the text that would go on to become the bedrock of Taoism.
Lao Tzu had faith in the duality of the universe. "When people see some things as beautiful, other things become ugly," he declared. Yin and yang. Each thing must, by its very nature, have an opposite – a Fred's Ed’s first half performance and a Fred's Ed’s second half performance.
Ed’s played some really, really bad hockey in the first half, so bad at times I think time even went backwards.
While there were chances, they fell into a familiar pattern. If a player even caught a glimpse at goal, he shot straight at the goalkeeper or wide of the post. If the opposition got the ball, Eds stepped off and let them attack. It was not a pretty result at half time, the score being 0-4.
But as like every game this season, what was a lacking first half, the second half was one that demonstrated some of the positive qualities that the team possess. We showed some fight, we showed some desire, we had our mantra:
We shall defend our goal, whatever the cost may be, we shall fight on the wings, we shall fight in the middle, we shall fight in the fields and in the streets, we shall fight in the hills; we shall never surrender.
And so it was, a battling performance, attacking full backs getting up and down the pitch, leading runs being made left right and centre resulting in a P-flick coolly converted by the captain, 1-4. Further pressure saw a short corner converted, 2-4. Heads perked up, could the impossible be achieved? Alas, no, whereas time had gone backwards in a dismal first half, the opposite had occurred in the second half and the full-time whistle came before the comeback was completed.
MoM - Rahulan
High workrate, won the flick.
DotD - Freddie
Having a different beard to others on the team
Having the balls to step up and convert the flick.
Deceptive assist from the short corner.