16th Oct 2007 BCII vs. Athletico Shenley
BCII 1-3 Athletico Shenley
Captain Ben's Man of the Match:
Again, difficult to pick just one person, but scoring the goal has to help -
well done Richy Moss.
Captain Ben's Match Summary:
Well, apologies to my team mates and the many spectators that
braved the elements for the match report taking so long, but contrary to what
most people believe, I do work quite hard occassionally!
So, delving back into the mists of time I will undoubtedly
make some mistakes, but this is my take of a great game with a poor result:
Tuesday 16th October, it's 7:45pm, Athletico Shenley are
waiting, and Noah has just started boarding for his next sailing. No really.
I've not seen rain like this for years - it hasn't stopped all day, the pitch is
flooded, and it definitely isn't going to dry out. "Watch out for the slippy
ball" some remarkably perceptive person calls.
Shenley are are a tough team to play, but yet again BC II held
their heads up high, pysched themselves up, and were definitely "up for it" From
the start it was fast, physical, and slippy (thank God someone had warned us
about that earlier) Bunkies held the play well, frustrating Shenley time and
time again, and working hard as a unit. A few chances came and went, the odd
mistake by the defence went unpunished, and it all was looking good.
Shenley then grabbed a well taken goal that left Richy A with
no chance of stopping it. 1 - 0 - regroup, and get on with it! Substitutions
were made, with the team changing regularly as people took a breather and came
back on - a tactic that seems to work well. Ben, Neil and Matty all took some
time off, with Richy Moss and Graham Costello all taking their turns and putting
in admirable performances.
The next blow came from a typical Ray-like decision. Like the
Try that never was on Saturday, this was a key turning point in the game. Ray
blew a free kick but didn't seem to be too interested in saying which way the
kick was, or what it was for. Whilst the Ref is still talking to players,
Shenley take the kick. Confusions reigns as we arenít sure if the ball is in
play or not, and Shenley score. Learning point from this: Ray will continue to
make mistakes and generally not command the game, so we take no chances when a
player comes at us with the ball - we tackle and sort it.
2 - 0 down in the second half and a comeback is on the cards
after a great goal from Mossy - carefully using the flooded surface and his new
boots to scuff the ball into the corner of the net - he clearly new a well
crafted full-on shot from the edge of the area would have been saved!
The last few minutes of the game saw great battling from BC II
who defended well and generated a few opportunities, but perhaps failed to
capitalise on it as well as they should have. The third goal was a well taken
strike that deflected in from the post - a strike no keeper could have dealt
So overall summary (if you haven't got bored yet and are still
reading) is: A great team performance showing strength, grit and determination.
The voting clearly shows how well we are performing together - 5 points
seperates top play from bottom player - and I have high hopes that if we roll
onto the pitch on 30th against MK Ed with the same frame of mind and desire that
we've shown in the first two games, then MK Ed will have a Halloween nightmare.
Voting Players Man of the Match: Richy A
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