3rd Oct 2006 - BCI vs. Old Man Asthmatic
BCI 3-0 Old Man Asthmatic
By the time I arrived, the BC I players were ready and waiting
in their old 'red' kit as we watched the second half of the first game of the
'06-'07 league season playing out. The mood was light and confident with good
support from the BC III team.
The Mighty Bunky Chollox were playing the new and unknown team
'Old Man Asthmatic'. It was clear they had named their team after their loyal
and no doubt committed goal keeper who seemed to fit the description well.
Either that or he was the brother of the cocky MK ED keeper/old-timer we know so
well. The rest of their team could have done with a little more effort with
their outfits, but this is about the beautiful game, not the beautifully
coordinated uniforms. They looked young and fit and ready to play, but the BC
faithfulls have seen it all before so confidence remained high.
Danny's well oiled machine consisted of Neil and Jus at the
back, Daz holding the middle with the Captain, and Steve making his first League
match start up front. With Disco and his magic gloves between the sticks and the
Right Honourable Raymondo presiding, we were ready to open the campaign.
7:45pm: Kick off! Not the shaky starts of old, not the
confused and panicky play we've seen at so many season starts, the summer
training was clear to see and there was evidence from every player. The young
opposition seemed quite desperate to make a mark early on, with a light footed
fellow (who had obviously not read his emails telling him not to wear his tatty
old light blue tracky bottoms) chasing every ball, hounding our defence with and
without the ball. The pressure was certainly on and the tempo was fast.
For a short while their defence was holding against some
average attempts to break them down, that was until Daz took control, held the
ball up nicely as Danny made a well timed run down the left. A perfect cross
pitch pass found Danny's left foot and on the first touch he lifted it into the
right side of the net, through the hands of their keeper. A good start.
Controversy rained as Jus took a tumble which he was clearly
not happy about. Some wide armed gesturing towards the Ref. saw no sympathy and
the play continued. Just a few moments later Jus made what looked like a good
interfering tackle against the very player who knocking him over just minutes
before, and the Ref. blew for a free kick… much to Daz's, and everyone's
amazement! Mild mannered Daz took an unusual stance of exclaiming his disgust
with a few well chosen, loud, expletives… which earned him a yellow card…. But
to his credit, he took it well and it only seeded to spur him on for the rest of
Later in the second half, we were awarded a free kick, nice
and central just a few yards from their 'D'… Danny placed the ball down and
waited for Ray to position the other teams defenders the correct distance from
the ball… or did he..??? No, absolutely not. With Daz waiting to his left, and
the opposition all complaining to Ray, the ball was tapped sideways and Daz's
shot was a no brainer. Nicely done…2-0.
With Steve playing his first full match for BC, he was causing
some trouble down the right and seemed to be getting as good as we all know he
can give… but this was only in keeping with the rest of the quite physical
With Daz still fired up, it wasn't long before he pulled of a
trademark play from the middle, past a couple of players and from a little into
their half, it was 3-0. Solid defending under pressure kept the score line safe
and the clean sheet was well deserved.
Let's hope this becomes a 'classic' BCI performance, and sets
the tone for the rest of us.
Captain Danny Match Summary: Almost a prefect game
to get the season off on the right foot......a minor (Tasmanian Devil like
outburst) disagreement with the ref saw a yellow for Daz
Captain Danny Man of the Match: Justin - Boundless energy & crunching in
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