Date: 20th December 2017

Fixture: Hakuna Juan Mata V Paris Ganja Man

Tonight we seen Hakuna Juan Mata get their season started with an immediate uphill battle against last seasons league champions Paris Ganja Man. Already a strenuous game in hand, the task got even tougher as only 2 players were on the field for kick off! CJ Sutton and Adrian Bennett stood alone against a strong PGM squad. A rapid helping hand from some last minute draft in players seen Ale Reid step up for the keeper position with Ste Ryan and Kieran Jones playing outfield.

A steady pace to start our 30 minute game with not much action as both teams seemed to ease into it. Karl Barker (PGM) who holds the golden boot from last season, had the first shot of the game but was denied by Bennett (HJM). CJ Sutton was on the ball, he intercepted a bad pass, with a quick takeover of possession and on the counter attack Sutton gets the first goal of the game! 1-0 to Hakuna Juan Mata.

Aaron Cairns (PGM) stopped Bennett’s (HJM) first goal scoring opportunity, keeping the score down. Barker then had a couple of chances, the first going over the height line and the second from the halfway line was blocked by Sutton. A simple 1:2 play with Barker and Cairns gets past the defenders and the ball goes straight past the keeper into the right hand post, score is 1-1.

HJM quickly regained their advantage, with a nice nutmeg by Sutton, he passes to Bennett who returns it, Sutton shoots and scores! 2-1 to HJM.

Ale Reid has possession of the ball, but a fumbled pass out sees it go to Barker’s feet, clinical in his finish, and the game is level again at 2-2.

HJM quickly, once again, establish their lead with a prompt response and Sutton gets an early hat-trick to make it 3-2. Cairns then had a hard shot saved by the face of Reid, she doesn't flinch from anything, and has to be admired for her bravery. Bennett with a danger pass across his own area and is intercepted by PGM but the shot is missed.  Barker then has a shot from the right edge of the box and it is successful and it's now 3-3.

A good game of goals and an even match so far. Which way is this game going to go? To the underdogs or the champions?

PGM seem to be taking a stranglehold of the game after 10 minutes, and following a good interchange of passes it’s Barker, once again, with a shot that is saved by Reid’s quick hands. HJM are staying in the game thanks to them putting their bodies in the way of the shots, with Reid also playing her part with a number of good saves. Dillon Power then comes into the game and scores to make it 4-3 to PGM. Cairns then sees a strong shot go high, Power then plays the ball off the boards to Cairns, but to his dismay his shot blocked again by the tenacious HJM. A shot by Cairns after 18 minutes sees PGM go further ahead, quickly followed by a further goal for Barker from the halfway line to make it 6-3.

Ste Ryan (HJM) then makes a great pass from the left back position to Sutton, but to no avail. Barker is in possession playing the pass to Karl Graham who passes to Randle's for another goal and it's now 7-3. 

Zak Clark, showing off some trekkers scores a back heel into the right corner of Reid's goal to make it 8-3. Is there any way of HJM coming back into this game now, whilst appearing to be wilting, they have the next shot with Bennett passing to Ryan but he shoots high. Barker then has a thunderous shot saved by Reid and she isn't so lucky with the next shot which goes into in. Reid doesn't seem have much protection in front of her now as fatigue sets in for the outfield HJM, they appear to have let their heads drop.  Clark (PGM) has a shot, it comes back out to Graham and he scores and it's now 10-3 to PGM. The last shot of the game goes to Graham but he sees it saved by Reid.

The final whistle is blown by Phil Smith and it ends PGM 10 - 3 HJM. MOM goes to Karl Barker.

Sorry, but I took an extended break after Christmas, I am back now!!!! And its great to be back!

First game back to commentate was for our Masters League Frozen Crown were  pitched against Silver Foxes . The Foxes missing their goal scorer Gordon Leyland, without  their normal line up they already have an uphill battle, but they start level, and football can be a funny game! Geoff  Mowbray was our match official for tonight’s game.

The Foxes wanting to make an impression and a quick start with a shot from Jeff Mitchell, in the first 30 seconds! Unfortunately, it went high. For the opposition Jamie Norris had a shot which went wide, but fortunately John Madden was able to intercept the wayward shot. Madden in possession for The Foxes but another shot off target.

Madden found himself in a good position again but his attempt went high off the keeper Tony Robinson. Steve Boyd had the next effort on goal for Frozen Crown and a deflection off a defender left the keeper motionless, and it's 1-0 to Frozen Crown.

Robinson came out to the edge of his area to narrow down Maddens options, only for him to pass it to Boyd, who scores into an empty net and it's 2-0. FC were becoming dominant now and Boyd had a shot from the right hand side which Robinson saved well with his left hand, the ball goes out to Steve Renshaw, he sells a dummy to the keeper, and whilst he is on the floor, passes across to Norris who slots it home to make it 3-0. Norris then kept up the pressure on the next attack, crossing to Madden, on the edge of the box and it's 4-0. Frozen Crown, are alternating their keepers tonight, as they don't have a proven keeper, but they haven't conceded yet. Madden goes in and Billy Lawlor comes out. Paul McKenzie has a rare attempt for The Foxes but it goes high off Boyd. Robinson has the ball for The Foxes  but a poor pass out sees it go straight to Renshaw, who capitalizes on the error with a goal, it's now 5-0 and SF have a massive task on their hands as they struggle to get out of their own half.

Boyd  for Frozen Crown, has possession again, and passes inside to Lawlor, and another deflected shot goes into the net to make it 6-0. Another rare chance for The Foxes  goes to Mitchell, only to see his effort go high. It's normal service next , with Boyd attacking down the left wing, he comes inside and puts his shot under the diving keeper to make it 7-0 at half time.

Ben O'Donnell passes to Renshaw within 30 seconds of the restart and it's 8-0. Madden then hit the post with a good effort, this is quickly followed by another goal for FC from Norris on the right hand side and at a tight angle.

The Foxes finally get a reward for their valiant efforts with a goal from the halfway mark thanks to Mitchell, too little too late though I'm afraid, 9-1. Madden scores the next goal from the left wing and into the corner of the goal to restore the 9 goal advantage. This is quickly reduced again, with an effort, again from the halfway mark from Mitchell after collecting a pass from George Woolton, it's now 10-2. McKenzie then had a rasping shot which Madden, in goal for FC didn't even move, only for it to hit the upright and back into play. It's Renshaw again, with the next goal with a shot from the edge of the area 11-2.

Lawlor then has a shot which is saved but rebounds to the feet of Renshaw and he scores again, and it's now 12-2. Mitchell has a shot straight from the kick off, but the keeper was alert to it and he saves it. The SF are playing deeper and deeper and are inviting all of the pressure onto themselves, as they tire, having no subs tonight. Lawlor has a shot but it is well saved by Robinson, then there is a fine exchange of passes between Madden, Norris and O'Donnell only for the move come to nothing. Lawlor then scores a disputed goal, intercepting the ball from on the line of the penalty area, to make it 13-2, and it was the correct decision by Geoff.

Mitchell then has a couple of shots, but both come to nothing as both are saved by the now keeper for FC Renshaw. O'Donnell then shoots, the keeper gets his left hand to it, but can't keep it out and it's 14-2

Monday 18th December

Fixture: Xavi Dodgers V Karuis2Glory

This game featured Xavi Dodgers against Karius2Glory, the match official for this evening  was Wayne Harold.

Xavi Dodgers kicked the game off and had the first attempt thanks to newly signed , Josh Walters which was saved by Liam Warham, who was playing in goal tonight for K2G. Xavi had a quick response with an effort from Dave McEntee which came out to Danny Power who scored with his first attempt on goal.

Walters wanting possession back won a tackle against Adrian Bottley, and advanced to score and make it 2-0 early on. It was quickly 3-0 thanks to an effort from the right hand side from McEntee. McEntee on the ball again and in sight of goal but it was an unfortunate miss, it was followed up by Walters, but he also missed.

Bottley had the first attempt for K2G only for Ale Reid to save it easily. Scott Elliott had another quick follow up but Reid denies them a second time. Danny Power, with his back to goal passed the ball back to McEntee shot and scored to make it 4-0.

Kieran Jones, guesting for Xavi then saw his first shot go high, thanks to a deflection off Scott Elliott. Walters rocket of a shot go in and it's an easy 5-0 lead for Xavi. Scott pulled one back with the ball sliding in on Reid's right hand side and it's 5-1 with 9 minutes gone. Power was unlucky, when his strike hit the inside of the post and came back into play. The rules of Soccer Dome goals are no sound no goal! Power then won the ball in the corner of the pitch, passed it inside to McEntee who put the ball away and it's 6-1. Walters then saw two shots in quick succession saved by the groin area of Liam, which caused him some pain, but he saved them! Jones was luckier, when his hard shot went in to make it 7-1.

Changing the line up Ste Sendall then replaced Liam in goal for K2G. Sendall didn't last too long on the pitch though as he disputed a refereeing decision with Wayne, who initially sent him off for two minutes but due to a lack of self control, it ended up being a six minute sending off. This resulted in Liam going back into goal, but his team were now down to four men. Warham was in action quickly when he saved with his groin and was left in agony once again.

Power then picked the ball up and thanks to a rebound from his original shot he scores his second goal of the game. Elliott then saw his effort go high again. Botley was more successful with his attempt from the halfway area, going in off the left hand post and it's 8-2. McEntee scored a quick couple of goals, one from the right and another from the left, 10-2. Power followed this up with his hat trick. Jay Caine then passed the ball into Elliott who reduced the deficit to eight goals. Power wrapped up his scoring for the night with an attempt from the right hand side. Caine then scored a good goal, that Reid was expecting to go to her left but he placed it right, and it's now 12-4. McEntee then scored a further hat trick of goals with efforts from the right, the halfway line and running on to the ball, for the game to finish 15-4 to XD. MOM went to McEntee for his eight goals.

Wednesday 13th December

Masters League

Fixture: Stanleys Cask V Frozen Crown

First match to kick off our Wednesday Masters League saw seasoned Frozen Crown come up against newly entered Stanleys Cask. Match official – Geoff Mowbray.

First shot of the game came from Eddie Nimmo for Stanleys.  only to be saved by Ray Murphy in the first minute of play. John Knight then made Murphy earn his keep again and he rose to the challenge with another save. The first goal was claimed by Frozen Crown thanks to a lovely hit by Billy Lawlor.

With the lead Frozen Crown go all out on the attack! Jamie Norris gets the second goal from the edge of the area, quickly followed by another goal from Lawlor, who intercepted a wayward pass by Keith Graham to make it 3-0! Comfortably ahead Frozen Crown dominating the pitch, you could feel the fourth goal coming. Steve Renshaw seen an opportunity but hitting the backboards, the rebound was picked up by Lawlor and the back of the net rang! Keith Graham, had a shot but it hit the bar and came back into play, and the rebound went to Lawlor who went on the counter attack. Stanleys players struggling to get back and defend the quick change of possession allows Lawlor to get the fifth goal to make it 5-0 after only 8 minutes!

Stanleys now determined to level the playting field sees Knight have a shot from the halfway mark but Murphy saves it again. Graham, however was more successful on his next attempt, with a great goal, after excellent play between himself and Chris Keenan, the score is 5-1.

Lawlor then had an attempt saved by Dave Aston as did Norris with a similar effort. John Madden then outfoxed himself with quick feet in front of the goal, but he seemed to confuse himself as well as the opposition. However, he certainly won the day with his next attempt as he shot from the left wing, it hit the post, came back out, hit Aston in goal and went into the net to make it 6-1. Keenan next with a hard shot which went high for Stanleys. Madden with the tekkers pulls a megs and  passes to Renshaw, whose effort hit the bar. Keenan had a shot saved by Murphy and Keenan had an effort go high.

The next goal, came from a pair who were combining well together, Renshaw, back heeling to Madden and it goes in off the left hand post, 7-1. FC scored the next goal also, with Renshaw attacking on his own and scoring himself. He first half finishes and it's Frozen Crown 8 Stanley's Cask 1.

A good restart for Stanleys sees Knight hitting the post, only for Frozen Crown to also have an attempt hit the post via Renshaw. Madden again pulls off a nutmeg, this time on the keeper and it's 9-1.

Stanleys attempting to turn the game around have changed tactics as Nimmo is staying up front, will it work though? It appears to as Keenan has a shot saved but it comes out to Graham and he scores. It is short lived as Madden and Renshaw combine again to restore the eight goal advantage and it's now 10-2. Madden has the next attempt but sees Aston pull of an excellent save, diving the wrong way, but still managing to save with his left hand to frustratingly to Madden. Norris is also combining well with his team mates and it his him, Renshaw and Madden that combine for the next goal, 11-2. Renshaw then passes to Norris who scores. Renshaw again passes across the box to Lawlor, only for play to be stopped due to an encroachment into the area. A short stop in play followed, due to Madden having a shot which rebounded back into play, but it winded Knight in the process. Stanleys  scored the next goal, Nimmo passing to Knight, who won the resulting tackle and he went on to score to make it 3-12. A free kick taken by Renshaw goes to Norris and he scores again, 13-3. Knight then pulls the ball inside to Nimmo, whose shot is saved by Murphy. Keenan suffers the same fate as Murphy saves his shot, but he gives the entire audience the best laugh of the game, when he falls over in the penalty area. Madden then sees his shot partially saved by Aston, but it creeps into the goal an it's 14-3. Last chance of the game sees a Keenan shot saved, it goes out to Renshaw, it is saved and Lawlor hits the bar.

The game ends and its Frozen Crown 14 - 3 Stanley's Cask. MOM goes to the hard working Madden who also got 5 goals!

Monday Night League

Monday 11th December

Fixture: Karius 2 Glory V Athletico Pathetico

This evening we see our brand new team, Athletico Pathetico, make their debut in our Monday Night League. They find themselves up against Karius 2 Glory. Wayne Harold id tonight’s official.

This was our first kick off of the night with a late one of 9pm! Athletico got into the game quickly and an early shot from Dave Collins got Karius’ Keeper Jay Caine into action, as he tips the ball around his post. Josh Caine for K2G quick on the draw with a responding shot putting AP’s keeper under pressure, Sean Kenny gets his hand to the ball with a save. Adrian Bottley for K2G is the next with an oppourtunity but sees his shot go high.

AP get their debut goal and the first of the game! An assist from Collins to Rob Phythian makes the score 1-0 to AP. With a strategy in place and another successful  link up of play again from these two players makes the score 2-0. An excellent start for our newbies.

Josh Caine determined to get on the score sheet, rode a couple of weak tackles to make his way to the goal a clean shot and he lessens AP’s advantage and makes it 2-1. Quick on the bounce, Collins and Phythian again pass up the pitch and its Phythian who bags another goal!

Caine frustrated with AP’s lead takes a speculative strike from his own half, but to no avail! Scott Elliot for K2G is next to take a chance, but his shot is in the clouds! AP hit straight back with Josh Cotton’s  square pass across the box to Collin’s, but his shot goes high again. Edmunds for AP counter attacks after an interception, in full attack up the pitch, he spots the goal and takes a chance…its now 4-1 to Athletico Pathetico.

The next whistle blow was a penalty for K2G. Caine steps up, but it is disappointedly saved with a calm spring from Kenny. Bottley tries his chances down the left wing, making his way down un-encountered – he takes a shot but Kenny denies him once again. AP’s turn with an advantage as they are awarded a free kick. A lovely rally of passes again beteween Collin’s and Phythian’s who are successful for a 5th time. Cotton on Liam Warhams tail steals the ball to gain possession for AP, on the counter Cotton spots Phythian in the prefect space. An easy pass off and Phythian makes it 6 -1.

Caine tries his chances with a toe poke, which goes through a player's legs but his shot is saved. Cotton then attacks down the right side, and it appears to be too easy as he puts the ball away to make it 7-1. Collins follows this up with a hard shot from the left side to increase the lead. Warham then has an attempt which also goes high. AP then pass back to their keeper, only for Josh to pick the ball up, he shoots and sees it saved again by Kenny. Keilty then has an attempt, it comes back to Cotton and it's 9-1. Cotton also gets the next goal from the edge of the box to make it 10-1. K2G then change their keeper with Elliott going in, will he fare any better? His first attempt to save comes from a free kick which Collins takes again, and Cotton shoots and he comes out the better as it goes in. Josh is then sent off for two minutes by Wayne, not that this is going to change the outcome.  Keilty then scores to make it 12-1. Another change in goal as Warham now goes in. Cotton then has two one on ones with the keeper and scores on both attempts, 14-1. Warham comes out and Jay Caine goes back in, he suffers a similar fate as Edmonds scores from the dead ball line. Bottley then gets a consolation goal as his shot deflects off a defender sending Kenny the wrong way and it's 15-2.  Cotton then scores with the last shot of the game to make the final score 16-2. MOM goes to Rob Phythian and it's a great startto the season for Atletico Pathetico.

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