October 22, 2005

Match 1 – 21st October 2005: Jack Flash v RRRRs

Jack Flash's patchy showing does just enough…

The first game of the season was a nervous encounter, with new players James and Raj coming into the squad during captain Ed Green's one-year loan to Metz. The newcomers were welcomed into the side alongside Piers, Mark, Rob and John. Due to a continuing lack of a goalkeeper John kindly volunteered to take a spell between the sticks. The temporary custodian proved to be a good choice and pulled off some good saves, keeping Jack Flash's 1 goal advantage for most of the first half. Raj coolly finished for JF's first goal of the season and Piers added another. RRRRs came back in force towards the end of the first half, and managed to turn the scoreline around in their favour 3–2.

The emergence of John from Jack Flash's goal into an attacking force paid off excellently, with my personal man of the match managing to score 2 in quick succession. Mark added to the tally with a left foot volley straight down the middle, which the keeper should have saved, before James managed to make the game safe for the challengers. Jack Flash now lie just one place below the plate qualifying zone in thirteenth, and hope to secure their place in the plate zone with a good win at the same time next week.

Match Stats

Score

Jack Flash 6 – 4 RRRRs

Team (Goals)

Mark (1)
Raj (1)
Piers (1)
John (2)
Rob
James (1)

Top Scorers After Match 1

1 John (2)
2= James (1)
2= Mark (1)
2= Piers (1)
2= Raj (1)


February 24, 2005

Plate Match 1 – 21st February 2005: Jack Flash v Allow!

Jack Flash beaten by Allow! (with some help from snow)

Today's starting line up included regulars John, Piers, Mark and Ed, along with Rob and on-loan player Freddy from Inter Yamam. The game kicked off on a sunny but cold Tarkett Sommer pitch with Mark immediately exhibiting some pace to terrorise the Allow! defenders. In a very open first half with both teams hitting each other on the break, goalkeeper John, drafted in after impressive pre-match shot practice and Allow! goalkeeper Godfrey (who played for Jack Flash against Inter Yamam) were put to the test, and stood up well. A quick break from Allow! saw the only goal before the interval. Jack Flash had several chances to equalise, Piers coming close after finding himself one-on-one with the opposition keeper, only to be thwarted by a very decent save and Mark flashing a long range shot just wide. After the interval Allow! brought in Chris, who had played well for Jack Flash against Inter Yamam. The introduction of Chris saw Allow! scoring a second goal, Chris finished well after a good run. Soon after Allow! had made it 2–0 an almighty snowstorm came over the pitch, with the Jack Flash end in darkness and the goalposts swinging over in the wind. During the snow, Mark managed to finish well under the conditions from far out, possibly past a hampered keeper. Once the snowstorm had abated, the pitch became slippery and almost unplayable, Jack Flash were left wishing they'd scored before snow ruined their chance of an equaliser.

Match Stats

Score

Jack Flash 1 – 2 Allow!

Team (Goals)

Mark (1)
Ed Green
Piers
John
Rob
IY Freddie

Top Scorers After Match 10

1 Mark (13)
2 Piers (8 + 1)
3 Ed Green (8)
4 John (7)
5 Rich (5)
6 Pete (2)
=7 Rob (1)
=7 Ed Smith (1)


February 13, 2005

Plate Draw

The provisional plate draw is out now,

GROUP 1

A5: Wisdom IT
B6: The Giant B's
C7: All For One And One Four Hurst
D8: The Majestique

GROUP 2

A6: The Walkovers
B7: Kazakhstani Stoners
C8: Fouls Are Off
D5: John's Bitches

GROUP 3

A7: Two World Wars And One World Cup
B8: The Dog's Bollocks
C5: Satpal
D6: Inter Yamam/The Red Devils

GROUP 4

A8: My Lovely Horse
B5: Allow!
C6: Atletico Cryfield
D7: Jack Flash

Teams of note, Wisdom IT and My Lovely Horse have supplied players for our team. Mark has played for The Giant B's before, rating them as a quality team. John's Bitches and Inter Yamam have been adversaries this year.


February 09, 2005

Team Latest

Jack Flash FC in The Plate

After forfeiting this week's match with John's Bitches, Jack Flash retain their Plate status at 7th.

News of every Plate fixture will appear here.


February 05, 2005

Match 10 – 3rd February 2005: Jack Flash v Isoc United

Revenge part II

With our players hyped up for a good match, the Isoc boys turned up a full half an hour late. The match began at half past the hour with Jack Flash going immediately on the offensive, with Mark latching on to a loose ball, and playing Piers in to score from close range (which, you would think, is easy. More later). This was Piers' first goal since the last meeting of these two sides in 2 months ago. Isoc United came back strongly and managed to tot up two goals before the interval, despite the excellent efforts of a refreshed defence, under the supervision of Dave, a brilliant goalkeeping effort from our on loan keeper, Chris of My Lovely Horse, and, as usual, John up front giving 110% effort. Going into half time 2–1 down didn't dampen the spirits, Ed gave out orders for Mark to hang back and shore up the defence, which he did with superb finesse. On one foray forwards taking on most of the Isoc team, he found Ed with only the keeper to beat, if he'd have done what Piers did in the first few minutes, that would have been 2–2, but Ed put the ball over, to shouts of "it's not rugby!" and something irrepeatable from Mark, close to "you f@"£%"^g grrr…" Mark need not have worried, but he wasn't to know that he was to seal the fate of this game in the coming minutes. Jack Flash went piling forwards and hit the post up to four times in this period, which lifted the team well. While our newest loan signing was keeping the Isoc tally to two, Mark turned swiftly on the ball and found himself past the keeper, thinking to himself, "good job I'm not Ed, or this would be going to Canley centre" he slotted the ball away with ease. Soon after Mark substituted himself, Jack Flash battled on, but to no avail. Asking to be put back on, Mark attacked with the whole team, Rich having Piers, John and Mark to pass to, he chose the unmarked utility player at the back post, he unleashed a pacy finish past their stricken goalkeeper. Moments later full time was called, however Isoc weren't happy with the amount of time played, after all this game was for a Champions League place. After much arguing, Jack Flash reluctantly agreed to play the final 2 minutes, at the start of which, a beautiful "training ground" (if we had one) move, in which Mark passed the ball through Rich's legs to a running John, resulted in his shot cannoning off the post. Seconds later, a goalmouth scramble resulted in Mark clearing off the line followed by our goalkeeper clawing the ball away, straight down the other end of the pitch, Rich rounded the keeper, and slotted the ball home for his second in two appearances. Despite the "stoppage time" played, and Jack Flash hitting the post four times, they came home with a fabulous win. Ed Green's men look sure to finish in a plate position next week, but indoor practice is going to have to be a priority for the outdoor team, John and Piers experiences in last years competition as indoor regulars is going to be vital.

Match Stats

Score

Jack Flash 4 – 2 Isoc United

Team (Goals)

Mark (2)
Dave
Ed Green
Piers (1)
John
Rich (1)
MLH Chris

Top Scorers After Match 10

1 Mark (12)
2 Piers (8 + 1)
3 Ed Green (8)
4 John (7)
5 Rich (5)
6 Pete (2)
=7 Rob (1)
=7 Ed Smith (1)

League Position

4th


January 27, 2005

Match 9 – 26th January 2005: Jack Flash v John's Bitches

Revenge is Sweet

With regulars John and Piers back in the side for this encounter, and buoyed by the success of fending off Inter Yamam's challenge for 7th, Jack Flash were confident going into the game. Hard work still had to be put in, however, Dave was recalled after his defensive efforts in the previous game, and Mark returned. Piers, John, Ed and Rich came back into the side after various amounts of time off. Ed, carrying an injury took position in goal. The game started quickly for Jack Flash, with Mark ignoring his defensive orders and dashing forward with John and Piers to create the first chance of the game. The first half ended goalless with John's Bitches looking most likely to score, but Piers coming closest to actually getting on the scoresheet, with a lob, which eluded the goalkeeper, but unfortunately creeping over too. The second half began with Mark suggesting he play upfront with 3 back, reverting to last year's tactics, some interesting chances were created but no goals were forthcoming. It was Mark who broke the deadlock midway through the second half with a one on one, which took a fortunate bounce off the keeper and creeped over the Bitches' goalline. A goal against the run of play, seemed to startle John's Bitches a little, certainly their defence was at fault for the second goal. The defence looking like statues, Piers knocked a quality through ball from a kick-in, finding Rich, who rounded the keeper and tapped the ball in at the far post. Throughout the game Jack Flash's defence was organised and effective reducing John's Bitches to long shots which were less likely to test Ed in goal. Jumping up to 5th in League D, a plate finish is looking likely for Green's men.

Match Stats

Score

Jack Flash 2 – 0 John's Bitches

Team (Goals)

Mark (1)
Dave
Ed Green
Piers
John
Rich (1)

Top Scorers After Match 9

1 Mark (10)
=2 Piers (7 + 1)
=2 Ed Green (8)
4 John (7)
5 Rich (4)
6 Pete (2)
=7 Rob (1)
=7 Ed Smith (1)

League Position

5th


January 23, 2005

Match 8 – 21st January 2005: Inter Yamam v Jack Flash

Recruits Star in Tarkett Stalemate

Jack Flash came through spectacularly in this match after recruiting two players. Two short of a full team, Jack Flash scoured the Tarkett pitch for available talent, coming up with a goalkeeper and an outfield player. The match was a tale of missed chances (from both sides) and some brilliant defending from Rob and Dave in the Flash defence to keep out the seven-man Inter Yamam. Full of apprehension going into the match, after learning the team would be playing against a Wolves academy player, Jack Flash still managed to keep Inter out, with unrivalled determination from Dave, Rob and recruit Chris. Mark showed some initiative in his attacking play, going back to last year's tactic, of 3 back 1 up, where Mark would attempt to latch onto balls played into feet and spin off the defence. This game was a showcase for Mark's skill in this field, pulling of a Pele turn, he dashed around the near side of a defender after knocking the ball round the far side, only to see his 15 yard drive poked away at the near post. Special praise goes out to the recruited goalkeeper, who made some spectacular saves to keep Jack Flash in the game. Inter's keeper too pulled off some brilliant one-on-one saves to keep Mark from adding to his season's tally. As goalless draws go, this was no bore.

Match Stats

Score

Inter Yamam 0 – 0 Jack Flash

Team (Goals) Man Of The Match

Mark
Dave
Rob
Chris (recruit)
Wilfred (recruit)

Top Scorers After Match 7

1 Mark (9)
=2 Piers (7 + 1)
=2 Ed Green (8)
4 John (7)
5 Rich (3)
6 Pete (2)
=7 Rob (1)
=7 Ed Smith (1)

League Position

7th


January 12, 2005

Match 7 – 12th January 2005: John's Bitches v Jack Flash

Bitchslapped by John on the Windy Astros

Taking place in cold conditions, heightened by terrible cross-winds, this game wasn't going to be easy for either side. Wisdom IT keeper Andy and striker Danny turned out for this late morning encounter. Jack Flash started the best against a resilient Bitches defence with Ed Green turning well on the ball and slotting it away for an early advantage. Soon, however, JB had equalised. It took a belting finish from Mark to restore the advantage to Jack Flash, running on to a cross, which took a deflection from John, the striker hit the bouncing ball at pace, sending it flying into the net. This was to be the last goal Jack Flash scored, after the interval John's bitches came back with an equaliser and finally an Own Goal from Ed Green sealed the tie, sending Jack Flash down to 7th. Most notable chances were Mark's effort which hit the post, only for him to send the ball back into the other upright. The Bitches goalkeeper had to make a spectacular save late on as a great flick on from Ed Green was struck sweetly towards the top corner by Piers. A good performance by Andy kept Jack Flash in the game until the end of the second twenty.

Match Stats

Score

John's Bitches 3 – 2 Jack Flash

Team (Goals) Man Of The Match

Ed Green (1)
Mark (1)
John
Piers
(WIT) Andy
(WIT) Danny

Top Scorers After Match 7

1 Mark (9)
=2 Piers (7 + 1)
=2 Ed Green (8)
4 John (7)
5 Rich (3)
6 Pete (2)
=7 Rob (1)
=7 Ed Smith (1)

League Position

7th


Match 6 – 2nd December 2004: Jack Flash v Isoc United

I-socked a Killer Punch

In this close encounter, it was the rapid counter attacking of 4th place Isoc United which undid the Jack Flash defence. The Flash began well, taking the lead early on, but some poor marking was punished with some swift, flowing moves from the Isoc boys. Ending the year on a low, the team remain optimistic about their chances of reaching the plate.

Match Stats

Score

Jack Flash 4 – 6 Isoc United

Team (Goals) Man Of The Match

Ed Green
Mark
John
Pete
Rob
Piers ()

Top Scorers After Match 5

1 Mark (8)
=2 Piers (7)
=2 Ed Green (7)
=2 John (7)
5 Rich (3)
6 Pete (2)
=7 Rob (1)
=7 Ed Smith (1)

League Position

5th


Cup Match Round 1 – 1st December 2004: Jack Flash v The Five Bellies

Don't Judge a Team By Their Name

A disappointing result here, Jack Flash seriously underestimating the capabilities of the opposition from their name and league position. A hard fought game ended in a loss for the Flash, with only Piers getting on the scoresheet.

Match Stats

Score

Jack Flash 1 – 2 The Five Bellies

Team (Goals) Man Of The Match

Ed Green
Mark
John
Paolo
Piers (1)
Rob

Top Scorers After Cup Match 1

1 Mark (8)
=2 Piers (7 + 1)
=3 Ed Green (7)
=3 John (7)
5 Rich (3)
6 Pete (2)
=7 Rob (1)
=7 Ed Smith (1)


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