A win is a win, but a 3-0 score-line is flattering to say the least.
On a poor, bobbly pitch and gusty winds, STC had a number of absentees, but managed to scrape together 12 willing players, albeit the main talking point, was the Welsh Wizards (self proclaimed) last game in an STC shirt.
STC also welcomed back midfield maestro Captain Pugwash, sorry Captain Scott, but after a first half performance rivalling that of Carlton Palmer, probably wished he was still on the Tenerife beach.
But, we digress, the first half was a scrappy affair with neither side looking dangerous, the only real entertainment for the supporting crowd of 3, was Jordan’s attempts to catch, and the look of hatred on Steve Cousins face, when all Jordan could do was clutch at thin air.
STC were denied a clear cut penalty, but that should have been expected from this ref, who let’s be honest, is not the most un-bias we come across. So 0-0 at half time, although for some reason the Ref also decided to only play 37 minutes. Which, quite frankly, was a relief for the ‘bored to tears’ support on the side-line.
A few home truths were said at half time and STC started brighter in the second period, Scott having woken up finally to start bossing the midfield along with Gavin and the back 4 looking solid as always. The breakthrough finally came in the 60th minute, a decent cross from the newcomer Glenn, was put into his net by the oppositions centre half, 1-0 STC.
The game continued to be scrappy with not more than 3 passes being strung together by either side. With the crowd starting to nod off, Shegs picked up the ball on the wide left touchline and put over a cross (narrowly avoiding being snapped in half from a lunged challenge) which the keeper, inexcusably managed to flap at, under no pressure, and put into his net. The sheepish grin on Shegs face was enough evidence that it was not intended although, in the bar after, with a £10 bribe, this reporter believes the goal to be one of the best he has ever since, that Shegs spotted the keeper off his line, have him the eyes before pinpointing the perfect shot into the roof of the net, unstoppable, a worldy and goal of the season no doubt.
So with the game petering out, it was time for man of the moment, the welsh sheep shagger to come back on, and after much begging, Slim put him up front. This proved to be a managerial piece of genius as after the keeper could only parry a Glenn shot, Phil managed to bundle home the rebound, although he tried his very best to miss. 3-0 STC.
This proved to be Phil’s last touch and what a way to bow out.
So another win which makes it 15 wins, 3 draws and 4 loses for the season.
Man of the match after another towering display at the back, Big Shaun.