Well last night certainly had that end of season feel to it. The sun was blazing down, the referee failed to turn up, the match coordinator had to keep time but the game was played in good spirits between two teams that approach the game in a similar fashion.
It was all very polite and honest… “Yes fella, I touched that ball slightly, it is a corner to you…”
The first half really lacked any drive or quality in all honesty. A few nice moments from The Revs in build-up play led to some half chances that weren’t taken. Some of the passing was very lazy and lethargic at times, but the opposition could only resort to long range efforts due to a largely impenetrable defence.
And so the half petered out at 0-0. The Revs knew they had to be better and so it was the case. Although the two goals had a huge slice of luck.
Tyman closed down the keeper, who passed it to him instead of clearing his lines and Tyman easily took it around him to tap in and make it 1-0.
The second goal came late on with Beardall driving a ball into the area after spotting James Evans and Jamie Allen waat the back sticks but the keeper made a complete balls up trying to scoop it up and instead allowed it to go under his arms and into goal. Beardall almost looked embarrassed at the goal that also meant he was clear in the golden boot stakes.
Gareth likes to let people know that it was only his third touch of the ball. The other two had come for a team on the opposite pitch, Beardall leaving his man and wondering off like a senile OAP chasing a loose ball. Luckily their effort was scrambled away by Myers.
Tut tut Gareth Beardall!
Lewis Evans had his usual vigour in midfield, but his shooting boots had been left at home and Hartrick had a low drive he scuffed that couldn’t quite be followed up by James Evans.
The true star of last night though was Phil Pinkstone. He was immense at the back but also added some attack in last night. His entire career showcase reel could have been this one game. He should have scored not once, but twice and also produced a cheeky back heel to Lewis Evans at the back post. Ronaldinho in his prime had nothing on Pinkstone last night!
So Phil, where did that performance come from? The answer… “Player of the Season vote is coming up and people always remember the last few games more”.
And so the game came to an end with a 2-0 victory and that brought down the curtain on a solid season. The last 8 games alone yielded only 2 losses – including a narrow loss to the champions and a victory over the runners-up!
The old boys had shown once again that they can compete and everyone is already signed up for the next season, such was the enjoyment!
There was a turning point in the season that we don’t need to go into and since that moment everyone has kept a level head and enjoyed their time on the pitch.
Well done lads on a solid season, a terrific defensive effort that if more goals can be added, will bear more fruit surely in the next campaign.