So off we went to Kings Hill. After half an hour driving aimlessly around the estate, we ended up at the Kings Hill ground. What superb utilities and pitches.
After we had all removed our yellow shirts and replaced them with some other shirts that big boss Steve had with him, we trundled out on to the pitch. It’s a 3G pitch and very different to our 1G pitch at home.
For the first half the team would be Dave R, Roger, Ross, Lance, Jonathan and Jan in goal.
We’d all been studying total football as directed by stand in manager Steve, so in effect no one knew what they were doing.
Kings hill were fielding their new female signing Kate Alderson. No worries we all thought. How wrong we were. Two minutes into the game Roger was brutally hacked down by Kate and had to leave the pitch in total embarrassment. John B took his place. Kings Hill were playing some neat football with a strong midfield and clever movement. We seemed to be having serious problems with the pitch size and markings. There was only one white line down one side of the pitch and a very faint blue line on the other side. You actually didn’t know where you were on the pitch. But we mustn’t use that as an excuse for how we were performing.
Kate Alderson scored their first goal and we came off at half time wondering what was happening.
The second half, Roger came back on with Big Steve while Dave R and Ross came off. It was a rather similar situation with the second half, although we did have a few more shots on Goal. Lance coming the closest. Two more goals ended up in our net… one was a mistake by Steve and the other Steve blamed Roger for.
All in all, it was an enjoyable game played in a good spirit. The Kings Hill lads (and lassies) are a friendly bunch and played well, deserving their first win in the league.
It was then up to the bar for a drink and a chat. Steve, with his total football, was under pressure to retire from management, which he did, and a relieved squad headed back towards Canterbury.
Upwards and onwards.