Chequers bounced back from their calamity filled defeat last week to pick up 3 points today. In the 2-0 victory over Dunstable St Mary’s, Tim ‘Ryan Giggs’ Warne scored the first goal and Hinton finished off the game late in the second half. It was a battling performance with the defence cutting out the fatal errors that caused the substantial loss the week before. Chances were few and far between in the first half with either team struggling to get the ball down on the unpredictable pitch. The most notable chance was a claim for a penalty. Smith turned the slow midfielder in the area, put the ball past him and was bundled over. However it was not given much to the dismay of the travelling faithful behind the goal. Chequers pushed on and Stu ‘Pique’ Rolls was dominant in the air cutting out any long ball sent in his direction. Chequers finally got their reward for the hard work when aging midfield wizard Warne beat the keeper to the ball in what was a messy goal. The St Mary’s defender tried one last desperate lunge to stop the goal but it just trickled in for 1-0. Disaster struck when injury prone attacking midfielder Enzo ‘Del Piero’ Sgambati picked up another knock. Questions will have to be asked of the clubs physio after this, as well as their failure to bring Chris Wills back to full fitness season after season. Chequers took this lead in to half time 1-0.
Chequers became more dominant in the second half just failing to find the right pass in the final third. There were a number of long shots, most of them making it to the goal but none hitting the back of the net from Chequers. The most notable coming from defensive midfielder Rob Mardell and the rocket of a shot was clocked at 2.5mph after leaving his boots. The passing also improved at times with Chequers moving forward gracefully. As well as Rolls ruling the skies in defence, Smith was winning everything in the midfield, returning all goal kicks thrown at him. Chequers then had a number of chances from corners that they failed to convert. Club legend Jon Onyon also had a cheeky shot from a corner that sent the keeper scrambling to keep it out. He was then seen to give a little wink to the sky sports camera behind the goal.
After the game Sky Sports caught up with man of the match Stu Rolls. He was quoted as saying “er anything is better than last week really... Yer It’s a team game init and as soon as you stop listening to Neil it becomes a lot easier to play”. He was then asked about rumours in the media of his Spanish lover but declined to comment. Robin Towler was also asked what he thought of Stu Rolls performance and his distractions off the field. Robin Towler replied “about quarter past twelve”.
Injury update: Lightning quick defender Tom Tracey is still out with a vaginal infection. Chris Wills is looking like making a comeback in the next couple of weeks.... as soon as the temperature goes back up. Sgambati’s recurring injury is being closely monitored. Michael Ryan is on the mend but still a few weeks from returning.