7th Feb 2006 - BCI vs. Argash
BCII 2-2 MK Utd
Not being one for wanting to
sound daft but Danny, Dazzy, Justy, Richy, Mikey, Seany warny piddly poo saw
the start of BCII v MK Utd last night. (You can't make this stuff up ya'
Rogers (Capt.) was super-sub
having the misfortune of a work related injury earlier in the week. He got up
off his chair on Monday and twisted something in his ankle.... a lesser
reporter might comment that he should warm up before taking on such a risky
move as...getting up... but I'm not a lesser reporter. A lesser reporter might
also call him a shirt lifting weasel, but not this one... I'd simply like to
point out that what ever the criticism, BC II haven't lost this year. Nuff
So it was a clash of 2nd and
3rd in the league and for some reason, Althletico were out to
support/gear/laugh/abuse the Ref. A Positive start prevailed, good
positioning, good defensive lines, Daz playing out of his normal position at
the back, but taking to it well as expected. Danny holding midfield and Sean
teaming up with BC debutant Duffer up front. Now many of us may remember our
first ever BC league game... for some it was a 4-0 thrashing in the clubs
first ever competitive match, for others it was a nervy half a mach coming on
cold as a sub... but it has to be said, Duffers played like a seasoned club
veteran. Relaxed, enthusiastic, good positioning play, good covering and
a confident right foot... in fact scratch the 'club veteran' comparison...
when have they ever played like that!!
Duffers made an early attempt
on goal, denied by the Utd 'keeper, but a good effort all the same.
'consistent' would be a good word for the teams performance, steady,
unpanicked, battling. It was quite a disappointment therefore, when Utd split
the numerous defensive players with a relatively soft shot into the right hand
corner of the BC goal. Where was Richy? Let's just say he wasn't very close to
the ball as it crossed the line. Perhaps the number of defensive positions
held by the reds gave him more confidence than was warranted. 1-0 to Utd.
No heads dropped, that was the
key. Battle, battle, battle as the Yellows seemed back on the back foot from
the re-start. Danny came close from a corner cross from Sean, but couldn't
quite get the contact to beat the 'keeper. Liquid positioning provided
dominant performance as Daz ventured forward, Danny dropping back to support
Jus, Sean and Duffers keeping Utd's defence guessing.... you know what happens
when a defence gets parted like the Red Sea, Daz stood like Moses with the
ball... there's only one place it will end up as he put BC on the score sheet
with a fine finish. A good team effort.
The half time switch saw no
substitutions... "With consistency playing such an important role, why make
changes" the Capt. may have allegedly thought. Either that or "I'm not going
on, it's Freezing out there!"
More battling, it got a bit
rough and ready out there. The ref showing consistency in some poor decisions,
but unusually, nothing that lead to a goal against BC or a goal for BC being
disallowed. Some physical challenges simply weren't challenged by the Ref
leaving tempers and emotions running high. A Utd player brought himself down
under Dazz's legs, but Danny helped calm things down. Following the free kick,
Daz, fired up, took a long short, curling low and dipping, an excellent save
denied what would have been
Utd were playing a more
probing half, and ended up with a lucky break. Richy was beaten once more as
another touch of defensive confusion left BC vulnerable at the back. Utd
Harder plays, stronger
tackles, more battling. Shouts from the supporters, and the cheers were
ringing over the park when a player scuffed, fluffed or otherwise.
Jus making some good runs into
space with and without the ball, and a nifty toe-poke to beat a defender
gifted Danny the perfect opportunity... choosing to place it and not blast
it... the 2-2 score line pleased the Althletico supporters as much as the BC
With about 4 minutes to go, Danny took a tumble and was clutching his shin.
The colour drained from Roger's face as he realised he'd have to take his
coat off. Most importantly was that we had a sub to go on, could have made
all the difference if BC had been down to 5.
BC didn't stop there
though, more pressure and more sensible play saw a few more opportunities on
goal, most notably an excellent passage of play leading to a well positioned
Duffers, but the 'keeper denied his debut appearance goal for a second time
leaving the crowd cheering his efforts and a rare clapping from all at the
A point a piece gave Athletico
a further lead at the top of the league, but losing the lead twice must have
left Utd feeling more disappointed than BC. 'Well played' for both teams for
an entertaining match.
Cuthbert, Dibble and Grub.
Below follows that anonymous one-liners!
battling performance, deserved to win it in the end. Quality debut from
Duffer. All round superb team performance from BCII."
"Well battled game. Good to watch, good to
play in. BC equalised twice and had the lions share of the game. Some good
keeping by MK Utd denied BC their three points."