Goal Sports Giants - 6 – Le’Friett (3), Burrows, Skilligan, Pollard
Westover Wasps Res – 4 – Bean, Myers, OG, Whitehead
Attendance - 3
The Eyres Scaffolding MOM – Thomas Peacock (Pictured)
Fan of the Match – Pete Stubbings
It was a goal fest at the Storm Roofing Arena as Coach Townsend of the Soccer Wasps came to town knowing that if they scored more goals than the Giants they would take all 3 points back to their Westover club base. The Wasp leader was also more than aware that if they scored the same number of netters as the Giants, the game would also end in a tie.
After a sluggish start, in which the Giants were very sloppy in possession – Ed Burrows, making his full debut – managed to race on to a strangely perfectly weighted Neil Prentice through ball and smash home to open the scoring.
This was hugely significant as Burrows was a 40/1 shot for the Giants first goal, meaning the club was massively out of pocket and vice skipper Phil Hill was in the money. “£40 gives me the freedom to eat like a king for a month at Uni, I might even upgrade to proper Super Noodles rather than 8p Morrisons own” Said Phil to touchline reporter Gail Hailstorm – who has recently returned from a week’s holiday at the Crows Nest holiday camping site.
The second goal was once again against the run of play, as the Purple Rudston based outfit somehow managed to double their lead - as top knotted, jet heeled George Friend pulled off a sublime through ball for the Magic Man Kieran Le’Friett to race on to and finish with aplomb.
It had been all the Wasps from the outset as the Giants struggled to get to grips with their 70 yard diags, long distance shooting and being the stockiest team playing style.
It was only a matter of time before the Wasps entered the Giants goal interior, and on 32 minutes that’s exactly what happened.
Mark Bean pounced on a loose ball and did one of two things, either miss kicked the ball, or produced the greatest piece of skill ever seen in Super League, as the 2nd attempt at a strike – from full 19.2 yards absolutely flew passed the despairing Tom Peacock as Bean connected sweet as a nut to fire home. It was a sublime effort!
The Giants backline continued to rock like the Regal Lady in the North Seas choppy waters and Callum Myers pounced on a loose ball and tied the scores at two scores each with a very tidy close range finish.
Like an unwanted puppy after Xmas, the Giants were looking real sad and sorry for themselves after squadering a 2 goal lead, as they trooped in to the changing rooms with their heads down and tails well and truly between their legs.
Half Time – 2 v 2
In an attempt to shore up the deefense Plumpton rang a half time change and removed Edward Burrows from the game and inserted himself in to his gaping hole – that he had left at left back where he had been playing – bringing Jamie Skilligan in to the fray.
Burrows had opened the scoring and also lost all of his puff, having done no pre season training due to having a girlfriend and being in love over Summer.
Skilligan was full of confidence after having his application form to feature in the next series of ITV's Take Me Out with Paddy McGuiness accepted. Skilligan is sure to have every girl keep her light on and enjoy a night of passion in Fernandos.
After only a few moments of being on the field Skilligan made an instant impact as he laid on the assist for Le’Friett to race through the Wasps back line like Justin Gatlin on performance enhancing drugs – and slot the ball past the Wasps goal denyer to send the season low crowd in to a whole world of love for their new favourite player.
It was Skilligan at it again on 67 moments, like a rectal itch that won’t go away however much you itch it, the jinking winger was proving to be a thorn in the Wasps back side as he fired home from on an angle, after a Liam Darling miss shot fell kindly in to his path.
The Giants were two goals clear and playing some decent stuff, finally looking in control against their bigger and much stronger opponents, who would easily beat them man for man in an arm wrestle, when suddenly the Wasps reduced the arrears to 1 netter.
A whipped Wasp corner strike hurtled in to the Giants danger zone like a shooting star across the night sky. The shear pace of the strike, and the fact a number of Wasps were getting a bit too friendly to Pwilly in the Purples net, saw the ball fire off the goal denyer and in to the far corner to make the score 4v3 to the Giants.
Within minutes -“He’s Magic ya know, Le’Friett scores all dem goals” rang out from the Farmers field end as the youngster slammed home and made the score 5 goal bangers to 3, after another through ball by the Giants play-a-maker Neil Prentice who was having more joy against a tiring midfield.
Unbelievably the Wasps were not done with their own scoring, and after a defensive mix up Robert Whitehead slotted in off the far post, to again put his side one point behind.
“Everyone needs someone that's gonna score week in week out, and I’m that man” said Wasps Rob Whitehead post match to Hailstorm, who grabbed a word just before shower time.
The final act of the clash was easily the most impressive.
As the Giants restarted the match after Whitehead’s Wasp goal, Pollard looked up – Charlie Adam Style – and rocketed a strike straight from the centre. Coach Plumpton was about to rip his head off for lowering himself to such ridiculous bad team tactics when the ball dipped, swerved and dipped some more, just out of reach of the despairing Wasp goal denyer. What a strike! A strike worthy to seal any game, and an early goal of the season contender for sure!
With the points seemingly in the bag there was still time for stand in skipper Phil Hill to make an absolute lemon of himself, as the Giants were awarded a 12 yard death strike for a major felony in the Wasp danger zone.
Hill stepped up and casually side foot passed the ball to the goal denyer, it was a disgraceful penalty, and a penalty that will mean he will never take another Sports set piece again. To make matters worse Pollard somehow managed to miss the rebound with the keeper laid helpless on the floor.
It was all over for another weekend as the 3 paying fans made their way home, knowing they had spent their hard earned cash well this weekend on a 10 goal thriller at the Storm Roofing Arena.
A big up must also go to Tom Peacock, the Giants Goal Denyer who if it hadn’t of been for his impressive display in the first half especially, the game could quite easily have swung the opposite direction – south east.
Tune in next week for more local soccer fun!
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