Away friendly match played on 24 April 2016.
Kicked off at 10:30 AM

STC, playing at their new home from next season, arrived with a bare 11, and the most comical moment of the day was to unfold before kick off.

STC line up with Jordan in goal, Rob and Deano full backs, Slim and Scott in the idle, Sheggs left, Gav right, the chuckle brothers in the middle leaving Lee and Crabby up top. However, Deano decided he was going to be sub anyway with only 11 players and just before the start, picked up the flag and went to the touch line. Err Deano, you need 11 players not 10, numpte, much to the amusement of Scott and the entire opposition. Deano was suffering from man flu, but I didn’t realise that affected the ability to count……..

On a very bobbly pitch, STC started strongly and deservedly took the lead when Roberts played in a ball resembling Glenn Hoddle according to him, or Carlton Palmer according to anyone else watching… Actually it was a great ball from wide left, I’ll give him that, and Crabby made no mistake from close range. 1-0 STC.

The oppo were enjoying a lot of the ball but not making any real chances, although there was some scrappy last ditch defending by the back 4 and STC went into the break 1 up. A strong battling display, particularly from the midfield and Gav especially.

The second half was scrappy affair, STC dropping deeper and deeper with the lino on the phone most of the time and Slim, calling the line not trusting the ball over the top. Scott was sitting in front of the back 4 to great effect and STC should have been 2 up, Slim’s beast of a goal kick cleared everyone and Crabby went through 1 on 1 only to be outdone by an apparent bobble. 1 on 1 Crabby, was Lee’s shout and 1 for the website…

STC were soaking up the pressure and breaking swiftly, Crabby had a couple of chances but the best fell to Rob, who somehow got the ball stuck in his feet when through and could only play the ball behind the advancing Hooky, much to his disgust. That shower is going to be even more interesting now Robby…..

Hooky hit the post with a pee roller on his left peg and what Gav was thinking stepping up to hit a free kick, well it was awful and I doubt he will be allowed to have them again.

The pressure was mounting and the oppo did have the ball in the net following a scramble only for the lino to rile it out. Correctly, for offside. The best part was watching the scorer reaction after celebrating like he had won the world cup, priceless……

There was still time for another Hooky bit of magic, Roberts threw him the ball which he someone missed entirely, but rather than run after it he simply started pissing himself laughing, same old Hooky.

I also have to mention the sprint of Captain Scott, in the last 10 minutes he scorched across the turf to track a midfielder runner, Usain Bolt eat your heart out as he would say after, and reward for all the gym work at last….. (Well according to Scott)

So a 2nd clean sheet in a row and hard fought 1-0 victory. Great effort and battle from the bare 11 well played boys and MOM goes to Gav for a tireless display.

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