All entries for Friday 18 February 2005
February 18, 2005
"That's ours!" – Anon, whenever the ball went out of play.
"The opposition were much like an elephant, in that they had a pair of tusks." – Nathaniel Christopher, on the 2 opposition players who didn't endear themselves to us.
"I have a lot of respect for him. He supports a team who think Graham "I'm a fucking piece" Taylor is a legend, yet has managed to stay sane. Fair play to the lad." – Manager Daniel Baker, making a comment on the oppositions' best player.
Tardan Stallions vs JM Crusaders
Played 2pm Friday 18th of February 2005
Venue: Westwood Astro Pitch 1
With the rain coming down, the Stallions took to the pitch in their 9th match this season. After an initial bright start, sloppy defending by Christopher led to a goal. Christopher then came off, mumbling something, to be replaced by Baker. This left the Stallions a little short at the back*. A well taken kick in left Hadris in space, and he converted, leveling the score. However, as the attention turned to attack, the defending was not the best, and the opponents scored several soft goals. Pond came off for O'Flynn, who cut himself out a good opportunity, but failed to run on to the final ball. When the call came for half time, it was 5–1 to the home side.
The second half heralded the long awaited return of Baker in goal. Christopher came back on, and atoned for his earlier shabbiness by turning in a good performance. The combination of Hadris, Bellamy and Pond provided the crowd with some very entertaining football, and their persistance was rewarded with an excellent goal from Bellamy, with Pond unselfishly passing rather than going for glory, and Hadris providing the silky link-up play. Pickles came on for Hadris, and also played well up the flank, with a great opportunity coming to him, when the Stallions were 3 on 1. He took a dig from a tight angle, but it sadly went over. Another Bellamy goal, and a couple conceded, and the game was rounded off by Bellamy sealing his hat-trick.
Final Score 8–4
Starting Line Up:
David Pickles [GK]
Mark Hadris [c]
Mark Hadris (1)
Owen Bellamy (3)
Man of the Match:
Nathaniel Christopher – For an assured performance in defence, and because he's not won it yet, and Owen's already had it twice…
*NB: This is a hilareous pun. Think about it.