If football matches were 8 minutes long, then Norfolk'n'Chance would have won 1-0. Sadly, football games are not 8 minutes long so Norfolk'n'Chance actually lost 8-1. However, you know the odds are against you when the pitch is underwater (though that is the same for both teams), the opposition has 4 substitutes to your 0, and one of their biggest players is wearing a Warwick University football team training kit...
Having taken an early lead with a goal in which all five players were involved, it seemed that getting a foothold on the 5-a-side ladder would not be too difficult. The ball was swept efficiently from back to front, up towards the left flank before a powerful finish sealed the all important first goal. Sadly, the all important second (and third, fourth, fifth etc) went the other way, in particular during a nasty 4 minute spell towards the end of the first half in which 3 goals were conceded.
Despite this, a number of positives can be drawn from the match. As the first ten minutes demonstrated, we can evidently play effectively. Also, many of the reasons for the defeat centre on a lack of experience and the fact that it was our first time playing together; the opposition were merely faster on the ball, and superior in terms of defensive and offensive positional play. This organisation can only come with practice and experience as we all work out eachother's strengths and weaknesses, and as we discover what style of play is best for us.
Therefore, as inductions go, it was not as embarassing as the scoreline might lead some to believe. It must also be said that, despite the defeat, it was a good match and fun to play in - even if our efforts were, in the end, unrewarded.