As a fine drizzle settled over RAF Halton the Rickmansworth captain was left wondering where his missing 3 players were (including their keeper),
he found the keeper at their home ground & the others were on their way, so with the possibility of delaying the subsequent games if we waited, we put a couple of Thornes in their side (thanks Andy & Evie) to even things up until the others arrived.
With our numerical advantage, we pressed hard from the start, but they held firm, Brian deftly deflected one just past the post and Deven’s stretch couldn’t quite reach it as it whizzed past him too. As their players arrived, they became more cohesive, but that wasn’t before Andy had hit the post for them (I will be having words!). The first half ebbed & flowed, neither side creating anything clear-cut.
With the addition of a keeper to their ranks for the second half, they started the stronger, forcing a couple of short corners & shots on goal from open play which were all dealt with comfortably by Terry & the defence. But as the half wore on our numbers & overall fitness (ok, just the numbers) began to tell and we took the game to them, there was a goal-line scramble, Deven nudged the ball goalward Paul hurdled the keeper, landed on his bum and the defender on the line swept it clear, so close. We even got a couple of short corners, which is more than we have done recently. By this time they were getting ragged & a youngster got a green for dissent which he decided he could up to a yellow by carrying it on from the touchline. We pressed & pressed, Tim had a good chance saved, we just couldn’t get anything past them.
Still, a clean sheet is always pleasing & that showed in the votes for man of the match with Terry cleaning up once again.
Thanks to Peter Kamali & Roger Macklin for umpiring so ably as always.