11th April 2006 - BCI vs. Debenhams
BCI 3-5 Debenhams
Bunky who ????
A 5th consecutive
loss (if we exclude the default win) has well and truly confined BC1 to
mid-table obscurity - and their worst league position in years, possibly since
stats began, now beckons.
This week’s loss was simply due
to commitment. Not commitment on the pitch, although the team is now
unbelievably quiet and lacklustre when compared to any other period in living
memory, but commitment to the cause.
Tuesday night saw a team
struggling. Struggling with fitness, struggling with their touch and struggling
with ideas. A group of players who need to be playing more often than they are,
a team that needs to find some confidence, some composure and rediscover the
form shown prior to Christmas.
Bunky’s used to see the odd
game of two halves … it now seems to have turned into a season of two halves.
Fighting for the title, unlucky when dropping points and capable of holding
their own against anyone. This year ..?
Flashes still exist, of course.
There were some fine moves, some commendable effort and some well taken goals –
but these are appearing very infrequently now, when they used to scare other
teams and were almost a guarantee when lining up to face a Bunky team.
This reporter understands an EGM
is being considered by the club to address the declining standards and rumours
persist that we may soon see either management or player changes – or indeed
Turning our attention to match,
however, it was clear from the start that Debenhams wanted the victory more.
They harried, harassed and chased everything. That said, BC1 looked sharp on the
break and the previous hammering Bunky’s had given out clearly left a belief
that goals were going to come.
The starting line up saw Rolfey
and Sean return, leaving just Disco absent from the first choice team, with
Ritchie A. deputising for him. Rogers14, Danny and Ben made up the bench.
Midway through the opening
half, Debenhams went 1-0 up, after Bunky’s were caught in possession and pulled
out of shape – and almost immediately afterwards a well struck shot rebounded
off the back and rolled into the net off unlucky Ritchie.
Gaz pulled one back shortly
before the end of the first half, intercepting a poor ‘keeper throw and slotting
the ball home – but Debenhams again capitalised and scored their third seconds
before half time.
Again, BC1 started the second
half well, desperately unlucky with some of the balls played through to Sean
before Rogers managed to pull another one back, striking from just outside of
the area with his right foot.
At 3-2, BC1 went for the
equaliser, leaving the back a little exposed, and couldn’t recover when
Debenhams broke and put the ball between Ritchie’s legs. Another cruel twist of
fate a few moments later, just as BC1 began to dominate, again saw a shot
rebound and as the Bunky ‘keeper scrambled to recover, inadvertently knocked
into the net for a second OG.
Rogers scored his second of the
night with another well taken goal – his 21st of the season and then
capped a great night personally as he also announced to the world that he and
Nikki are expecting their first child – congratulations to the BC2 Manager.
So, on reflection, BC1 could
still have taken something from the game. The difference was that yard and the
little bit of time to find just the right ball that control brings – and surely
this can only be regained with practice and training.
Time will tell if this poor run
of form has more serious repercussions for the Club, there does seem to be a lot
of unrest at the moment, but perhaps nothing that a ‘clear-the-air’ EGM can’t
Below follows those anonymous one-liners!
"A hard fought
battle it seemed, but lack of numbers at the back lead to our down fall."
"Desperate times for the once Mighty Bunky Chollox"
"From that performance, the mid table position is justified"
"Last time we
played Debenhams we won 8-3. A 5-3 loss tonight is a clear indication of
"Since Jan 3rd, BC 1 haven't won a match on pitch. Not so much a slippery
slope as a vertical drop."
"The only form BC 1seem to have is an application form to join a dominoes
"They've lost it.
Totally lost it."
"Back in the day, we used to have games of two halves. One good, one bad. If
only we could reach those dizzy heights again."
"Shocking! This ain't
no fun anymore"
"Is that the correct spelling of "dominoes"?"