An evening’s football encapsulated in one moment: Magic Wond nutmegging Speedy Steve on the halfway line – with a deft backheel.
Both lads have been out with injury – Wondy from pneumonia and Steve with a titanium hip implant- and both are back to their brilliant best. It’s a pleasure to see them return and progress so well.
We welcomed Ken, an Eastbourne player tonight, and Big H over from Bexhill.
When the teams were picked all the clever money would have been on the Oranges with a central spine of Wondy, and the dynamic duo of Super Dunc and Cookie Monster. But the bookies would have had a field day. Team Tango was royally stuffed in every game they played and scored only one consolation goal in three outings. It’s a funny old game.
Game One was won by the keepers Cat and Ricky DLTN. They made six saves each in a three-nil victory for the Pinks. Deadeye was on top form again and took a brace against the Cat, including an oh so simple one on one he was never going to miss. Their third was West Ham Phil’s first-time shot at the near post which went through the unlucky Cat’s hands. He’s been advised for weeks to shoot first time and was justifiably pleased with his goal.
On the other pitch in Game Two, the Blues beat the Lemons with a pair of Riddler goals.
Match Three saw the Oranges put to the sword by the Lemons. They peppered the Cat’s goal and he made a couple of fine saves from Steve and Chairs before failing to get to a cheeky Wingnut chip and the goal of the night from Big H. Howard- playing out due to an elbow swollen like a beach ball – has a thunderous shot on him but, usually, it is power over persuasion and they can go anywhere but this one was drilled with slide rule precision into the bottom left corner.
On the second pitch the Blues went down 2-0 to the Pinks thanks to another couple from Deadeye who recovered from an early clattering from Holy Paul but limped off at the end.
Game 5 was the end for the Oranges. They lost 4-1 to the Blues and it could have been a cricket score. El Jay got two, including a thunderbolt from all of six yards, and The Riddler also bagged a pair. Cookie scored Team Tango’s only goal of the night and Posh Andy made seven stops as a stand-in keeper to prevent Dunc and Cooks from adding to the score.
In Match 6 on the other pitch, The Yellows beat the Pinks with goals from Speedy Steve and Wingnut – both slide rule crackers.
Man of the match: Posh Andy for keeping the deadly duo at bay.