So STC travelled to the depths of Kent for a re-run of the fixture of 2 weeks ago, looking to overturn a 3-0 defeat. With numbers galore, STC turned out with 14 with Jordan in goal, Rob left back, the Headmaster in the middle with ‘Don’t touch my face #2’ Davies and Bilbo on the left, Andy Harris right, Gok and Medium in the middle, Roberts out left, Slim and Crabby up top, with Deano, Jeff and Adam on the bench.
On a small and dodgy pitch to say the least, one area of which required a bucket and spade, STC started slowly and found themselves 1-0 down within 5 minutes. A soft goal came from a break in down the left, STC failed to stop the cross, and I’m still not quite sure what happened, but the Farnborough forward was left in acres and finished from 5 yards. Terrible defending and a gifted head start by STC yet again. We really need to stop gifting early goals lads.
For the next 20 minutes it was 1 way traffic and Jordan pulled off a number of fine saves, keeping STC in the game, behind a defence that was looking shaky at best. STC had their moments on the break, but were mostly undone by the pitch which tackled both Harris and Crabby and Slim saw his effort go wide when he should have done better. A couple of air kicks from Roberts, Scott rolling around in the mud, as is custom nowadays, and STC settling as the game went on, was about it for a poor first half showing.
The second half started much the same, with Farnborough on top, but the manner of their second was poor. A nothing bobbling shot from 20 yards somehow squeezed past Jordan at the near post and 2-0. Jordan will be disappointed with this one, but this aside he had a very good game.
With half hour left, Little Scott went up for a header and was caught by the opposition forward. However the reaction was somewhat over the top Scott. So from this writer saw, Scott decided to launch at the player, and on the floor to start windmilling powder puff punches into the blokes mid-rift. A bit of bundle ensued with Scott still raging and screaming DONT TOUCH MY FACE, to Slim’s delight… Scott was removed and subsequently subbed, thanks to Farnborough who allowed him to be replaced allowing STC to continue with a full contingent of 11 men. Yes Scott 11, so you lose and now owe jugs, your 40th will have to wait.
With 20 minutes left, STC were back in it. Gav launched a long ball from left back up to Slim, who played in Crabby with an exquisite touch first time. Crabby held off the challenging centre half and finished well 2-1 and game on.
With frustrations still boiling, what happened next was disgusting. The left back, making no attempt for the ball with eyes only on the man, totalled Bilbo and left him dazed and nursing broken nose. Simply disgusting. With the Headmaster calling out the oppo, the useless ref who didn’t see it or anything else in the game did nothing, eventually booking the offender whilst STC were calling for him to be simply removed/subbed. Card marked for the return fixture next season….. Bilbo, FACEMASK ready for next week.
STC were now all over the opposition, a stark contrast to the earlier periods of the game. Slim and Lee put efforts wide but soon things were level. A mistake by the left back allowed Crabby to muscle and finish well. 2-2. Poetic justice that it was the twat who totalled Bilbo who made the mistake.
STC were looking like the only winners, but were leaving holes at the back, particularly at left back as Jeff pointed out to Scott. But although STC huffed and puffed, they couldn’t find a breakthrough and the game ended 2-2, Crabby a deserved MOM in a smash and grab, but STC really need to start games as they finish them.
So a good result against a strong side, marred by 2 incidents, and the worst referee of the season, but we move on to next week on a good pitch away to Erith. Play up STC…….. and thanks to the Toby boys, see you in Spain.