The team in orange clearly have the sign over The Revs. Are they better? Nope? Do they work harder? Nope. And yet in both games this season they have managed to turn The Revs into ill disciplined, mistake ridden players. They get under the skin and in your head. Even if you think that is not the case, they just seem to jinx the boys in the blue.
And it doesn't help that most of the team were feeling it after the Sunday session the previous day.
That said though, The Revs started the brighter but those issues of a lack of goal scorer outside of Hartrick persist. The Revs had chances. Lots of chances. Vitel misses from L. Evans, Steane, Allen and D. Pinkstone were left to be rued.
At the other end The Revs rode their luck a little when the opposition counter attacked and hot the cross bar as a result. There was also some fine last ditch tackling by the likes of Tyman and P. Pinkstone leading to corners that were dangerously whipped in.
But at 0-0 The Revs were in it, maybe even edging it.
Myers was looking unbeatable and also very handy starting any attacking play The Revs had. However, he was eventually beaten when the opposition crossed a ball in that L. Evans seeemd to be dealing with, but somehow their attacker managed to squirm a shot out and at such point blank range gave Myers no chance.
However, it didn't matter. This was still the first half and so there would be opportunities to level providing The Revs keep a full compliment on the pitch... Simple eh??
P. Pinkstone, the ever reliable rock at the back, had a mare, a complete meltdown. A few minutes before half time he intercepted the ball over the top, but with his hand. The ref had no choice but to sinbin him for deliberate handball.
This you can forgive, tired legs and tired mind... but within minutes of serving his sideline detention he did the unthinkable and caught the ball preventing an attack again. The thing is he did not need to do it as he was more than capable of catching the attacker. So he earned a little bit of unwanted Revs history by been the first player to be red carded at 6aside!
And with around 15 minutes of action still to go The Revs had to cling on for dear life.
There were moments when it looked like The Revs were going to level against the odds with Beardall putting in some great 50-50 tackles and Steane and D. Pinkstone linking up well. Tyman was providing cover at the back and at one point dealt expertly with a 3 on 1 situation and Steane saved a further goal with a great clearance off the line. Meanwhile Allen was tirelessly running himself into the ground and it showed with a tired effort from range that was not pretty, big or clever.
There was always that chance that at one nil The Revs could still nick something, but with no outlet upfront that was looking decidedly unlikely.
One final bit of entertainment as their big numb bastard was tackled by Myers and a paddy at not been awarded anything was the result. Much to the amusement of the watching people.
Eventually, the resistance The Revs had shown a man down was broken with the actual last kick of a fiery game. Myers saved the initial shot, but tired legs were slow to the second ball that was squared into the box for a queue of players ready to tap the ball into an open net.
The final whistle went and the opposition celebrated like they had won the world cup just to rub salt intot he wound more. A bad day at the office.
So, were the opposition better than The Revs? Are they fuck!