Normacot 2 v 9 Smallthorne Village Vets
OK, so there was no match report after last week's disappointment against Travs Rest, but I was busy in the week dropping the strips off and picking me pension up and, to be honest, I was so cold after last weeks game that I didnt get the feeling back into my typing finger until Saturday morning.
Before the Travs game I confidently predicted a 3-1 victory, but I did say we needed Mumph's words of wisdom before the kick off. Well, in true shameless style, the Itinerant Child (one for the Dury fans) went AWOL before the match, leaving his charges worried sick about his whereabouts and distracting their focus from the challenge of Travs. Consequently, Travs unpicked our defence to steal the rewards and knock us out of the title race.
This week, fresh from rehab and with a re-charged mobile, Mumph was back to deliver the hairdryer treatment and stir the team in to life. What a performance. As Player Coach Shing said after the game, "This result was coming for some time and who better to suffer than Normacot. The subtlety of our 3-0-4-0-2-1 formation that was capable of changing in the twinkling of an eye to a devastating 1-4-1-4 set up, was lost on some of the Utd fans in our squad before the match, but it worked to ruthless effect in the game."
6 - 2 up at half time, this could have been totally humiliating for Normacot, but unfortunatley Ash sobered up at half time and started to focus on 1 ball after the break - unfortunately the wrong 1. The back 3 was solid (ish), Shing and Minnow covered every blade of grass and tackled anything that moved, Wayne (where did that fker come from) and Ratter were up and down to support attack and defence in equal measure and with Sess and Browny pulling the opposition all over the place, Ash was usually on the end to deliver the knockout blows. Ruthless stuff. When the substitutions came, Slate and Hoggy slotted in without disrupting the flow. You couldnt even blame Spaz for both of the goals we conceded.
The quality of our strikes was breathtaking, none more so than Wayne's first half volley - fit to grace the premiership. Ash's arial power was outstanding and will give Shamblers something to think about in future encounters. Ses' hatrick a master class in finishing.
If only we had shown such ruthless power in front of goal last week the title would still be up for grabs.
I asked Russ and Blobby to sort out the ratings, but for me everyone was top drawer.
Meir next week. Spaz tells me they have made a few signings in the March transfer Window and, with players possibly returning from suspension, not to be taken lightly.