Both turned out on this cold December evening with plenty of players, However, Roger (me) took one kick at a ball in warm up and had to come off injured, and sulked off to the changing room. This did however give me a good opportunity to view and admire the rest of the Canterbury lads, but was unable to retrieve my subs as Barry was hiding in the dark corner under the faulty floodlight.
Tony Newington had the whistle and was in no mood for any nonsense as became extremely clear later.. The first half team consisted of Jan in goal, Barry sweeper, John, Lance, Peter (who grabbed my spot) and Jonathan spearheading.
The first major incident was when one of the Bay B Stroller lads softly mentioned that he thought he hadn’t committed a foul when Tony blew his whistle. Tony then turned into Bear Grilles, marched across the pitch and bellowed ‘Cut that out’… It even frightened me, and I was the other side of the fence.
The game was played at quite a pace and from what I could see, both teams played some nice football. It looked pretty even. Then disaster.. a free kick… and while we were all wondering who to mark, the ball was passed and a shot from the halfway line headed slowly towards the goal, ending up in the back of the net.
New stand in manager Steve Mundin’s unbeaten league record looked under threat. It wasn’t that we were playing badly. John battled away as John does, Peter’s positional play was excellent, Barry was Mr cool at the back, Peter was trying to inspire making lovely one-touch passes, Jonathan was finding good space up front but we just couldn’t break them down. Bay B Strollers have really come on over the last few months. 0 – 1 at half time and heads were down.
Second half brought on Lee, big boss Steve, and Ross in place of Jonathan, Barry and John. I’m not really sure what happened in the 2nd half. Suddenly we were in control of the game. We went on to score 6 goals and they were all crackers, no flukes like we’ve suffered lately.
Lance made the midfield his own and scored 2 great goals, Ross, playing his first game for us after deserting Folkestone, had a fine game and was rewarded with a well taken, angled shot. Lee was getting stuck in and making important interceptions, Steve was upstanding at the back and went on a number of great runs… shame he never had the ball with him. Jan was in total control gathering up anything that came his way. and then there was Pete… I don’t know what he took at half time, but he came out on fire. Full of energy and man of the match from where I was standing, knocking in 3 more goals. We must get him to give the match ball back as they are rather expensive.
There was an unfortunate incident when Alan Austin, the Bay B Strollers keeper flew through the air like superman, hit the floor and stayed there. We think he bumped his head. There was no way he could carry on and an ambulance was called. He’s a lovely lad and really puts his heart and soul into his football. He made some superb saves up till then. I’ve had an email from him today and he’s ok.
Last, but not least, a big thank you to Tony for controlling the game in a fair but frightening manner. It was then down the pub for a drink and sandies. Well done lads, and Steve’s position looks safe… for now.