The Ashes - Athletico vs.
Bunky's - 13th August 2005
What was supposed to have
been the first of 'The Ashes' games between Bunky's and Athletico turned in to a
fiasco! Due to Sky moving the Everton v Man Utd game, The Ashes kick-off
was delayed meaning many players were unable to attend the near 3pm kick-off
time (scheduled for 2pm!). When play did resume Athletico ended up beating
Bunky's 3-2. The whole atmosphere was not what it was supposed to be, so
sportingly Athletico Manager Craig and his team have offered to replay the game
when full squads and a set in stone kick-off time can be arranged. Bunky's
appreciate their kind gesture and the chance for both teams to participate in
what hopefully will be a much better match in the not to distant future.
Watch this space for the
The Ashes part 2 -
Athletico vs. Bunky's - 6th Sept 2005
Craig and Sean turned up
early to burn the badges. Both burning each others with respect and
dignity. God did they go up, be warned no naked flames near your squad
shirts, so along with the thick black smoke drifting into the leisure centre and
the ash tray we used smashing due to the heat the evening was going well.
We had to use the sliced lemon tongs from the bar to hold them as the heat was
often too much to take (hope they washed it!). So we had a pile of ash
which we placed in the urn, the lid was glued in place and off to the pitch to
play for this prestige prize!!
Well if the warm up was anything to go by, Russ, Daz and Rich would have been
scoring from the half way line with almost 100% accuracy, Jus would have been
wheezing by the 2nd minute and the rest of the team would have been standing
...but sadly that wasn't the case.
Disco, Russ, Rogers, Rich, Daz and Sean made the starting line up, and not a bad
start was made. Even with little possession, the doors to the conceded goals'
bar were locked tight and a few well timed breaks made it all the way to the
safety of Althletico's keepers hands (Chris).
Perhaps that's 'bigging up' our performance a little, but hey... this isn't an
Athletico web site now is it!!
All the same, we were under a fair amount of pressure from the young sprightly
team... and Craig. To be fair, we had no choice but to be defensive until we
settled into it. With out much time with the ball, it's a little tricky to build
confidence in any match.
Wayne got Athletico's first with a fine shot from distance, Disco no chance.
Then came the goal which could have been the winner for Athletico... oh sorry,
turned out it was.... sorry, didn't realise the ref had made a decision, must
have been difficult to see from the side line, my mistake, I thought he was in
the area, as did Disco.... but nobody questioned the ref's decision... Lee
had scored, Athletico 2 Bunky's 0...
We were starting to look a little static in the middle, Rogers and Russ were
keeping things moving at the back but with only long ball options (which were
nearly always collected by Althletico's Neil) progress was getting frustrating.
Bang! Goal! What the f... Daz had bitch slapped one in from just inside the
Athletico half! Did anyone see him get the ball? Did anyone know he'd
loaded his six-shooter with the trigger already cocked? Didn't matter, He'd
pulled a Daz special out of the bag and we were back in the game. How does he do
it?? This reporter doesn't know.. if he did, he'd have scored more times than a
hooker at a Microsoft conference...
Half time came, a few subs, Bottie came on for Daz, Richy A came on for Disco.
One sub left and the boys were getting tired.
Neil managed to grab Athletico's 3rd for 3-1 not long after the break.
Bunky's were up against it and time was running out. Bottie had a few chances
down the right, but as always, the Athletico keeper wasn't having any of it.
Legs were getting tired and the breaks by Athletico were getting harder to track
back for. Another attempt by Bottie bounced off of the keeper to where Rich was
ready 'Roy of the Rovers' style as he hit the ball Daz'esc so hard into Chris we
think it may have gone right through him and into the back of the net... now
chasing a 3-2 lead, Justin came on for Rogers... Our last substitution... well
timed? Only that time would tell...
A wild shot from Althletico's Frazier met with calls from his team mates to just
run down the clock... it mattered not. By the time the ball was being
contested against the boards - time was called.
Athletico 3 Bunky's 2... a great game fit for any cup final... Athletico should
be weary...they might not be so lucky next time...
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