Eds lose tight contest
H&W didn't cheat which was a nice change compared to other teams in our league!
Righty ho. This encounter was set against a controversial result before Christmas where, according to my sources, Raj* missed an open goal right at the death to deny Eds a narrow 5-4 victory over H&S. So, an opportunity for redemption perhaps?
A cold and wet afternoon met us at the Rec and, with a fresh 4-4-2 formation and a steely determination, we lined up with a confidence as strong as Bigtime’s resemblance to Oliver Giroud – another good omen surely.
I would argue that hockey was the winner in that first half. Some neat triangles and one touch hockey was attractive to watch whilst Hampstead looked very dangerous on the break. A couple of goals were traded in the opening exchanges and it seemed set for a high scoring game.
I could have quite a few honourable mentions in here but King George was especially impressive at the back proving a great partner to Hopey whilst again Matt ‘Mesut Ozil’ Biggsy was pulling off some silky moves that wouldn’t have looked out of place in Infernos. Bigtime, Raz, and Mylo were also offering some excellent leads.
3-2 down at half time may have felt harsh but the team was galvanised by a real belief that we could easily win this game. And sure enough, cometh the hour, cometh the Raz. I lovely quick move saw the ball getting squared across goal and Raz was there at the back post with, what has to be said, an absolutely cracking sliding deflection that came at him low and hard (calm down Freddie).
3-3 – game on.
This was quickly followed by an incredible reverse stick shot from Bigtime from an angle that couldn’t have been more than 2 degrees or the width of Matto’s pink bandana. 4-3, time to park the bus.
We aren’t great at bus parking… Hampstead get a goal back that their pressure probably deserved. A couple of late shorts from them saw our backs against the wall and after Guy caught a ball right in knee there was quite an obvious reluctance from anyone else to run one into the catapult that had been erected on the edge of the D. A terrible decision from the umpire gave Hampstead one final chance to snatch the game, which they duly did.
However, this report will finish on a highly positive note – everyone put a proper shift in the despite the loss and I (as I am sure we all did) felt incredibly proud to be part of the team. Until you all voted me Dick of the Day again… You can all do one for that.