Kings of the Cup
By Adam Cockayne
No Watto, No Problem
3rd place now a done deal and promotion secured the Ed’s progressed into the Div 5 league cup - An away day against 2nd place finishers Hampstead and Westminster Thirsts.
Without Watto the atmosphere at Paddington Rec was electric, “No Watto, No problem” they chanted. This was received well and the Ed’s were excited of the prospect of a clean sheet.
Raz was again dressed well, the Zara women’s sale is taking his fashion to new heights. Rhino was back from skiing, Jack was still Ugly and Pagels was excited about the thought of turning 30.
Charlie Steel also had a point to prove, shouting at a Southgate player in the game before due to his lack of hair was somewhat comical yet hypocritical.
The game began.
The Eds started well, pressing high, Thirsts were immediately on the back foot. With Pagels and Hopey at the back, and Watto not present, the Ed’s felt reassured the defence was in good hands.
This left the team to focus on attack, the worlds ugliest man stepped up. A one on one with the keeper, keen to dismiss his horrific misses earlier in the season, Ugly Man slotted the ball home – we can only presume that the keeper was scared by that horrendous face.
Individually Thirsts weren’t players to mess with, their skills were obvious, their team play however was not. Eds continued to dominate. Adam actually ran quite a lot.
Harry was next up, through on goal he kept his calm with a clean strike past the keeper. The crowd was ecstatic, Plummer smiled.
The Eds continued to hold off Thirsts well, maintaining possession and continued the fluidity up front. However, short corners were not being converted. Time after time the hairless drag flickers couldn’t get their balls past the keeper.
Hopey, working in partnership with Pagels, got jealous. He was determined to throw some aerials. Stepping up to inject from a short, this was his time. A wonderful flick emerged. Out of nowhere the ball was airborne, a fabulous injection. Everyone was stunned at Hopey’s magical play.
Harry then stepped up once more, with hair on his head he was obviously going to score. Decent finish.
0-3 Eds. Half time.
With a clear message at half time that Thirsts will come back at the Eds, it was time to sit deep and hold possession, and without Watto, keep a clean sheet.
This wasn’t the case, attacking play resumed. Thirsts were back in the game, scoring 3 goals in 15 minutes. Not going to describe them, as frankly who cares?
The Eds continued to push, the crowd now questioning whether Watto would have been the answer to the Eds problems. Probably not but it was worth considering.
Distraught with the fact that he was going to turn 30 it was Pagel’s time to shine. First throwing aerials as easily as Adam eats cake, he then stepped up to grab a goal.
Raz won another short, fair play his women’s fashion really is making a difference. Pagels stepped up, dragging the ball low into backboard. Thirsts were silenced.
3-4 Eds. Game over.
At some point in the game Adam missed the ball twice. It wasn’t that obvious or at a critical point of play, but it’s a factor in his receipt of DoD.
Great. The Ed’s won the cup semi, but the true excitement comes from the thought of another visit to Southgate.
Chiswick M3s, 10am push back at Southgate on 13th April. The Kings of the North are ready, the final awaits.
MoM – Harry
DoD – Adam