4th XI - 20th April
So, here we are. Last game of the season vs the Champions elect - Sutts.
Having come of a pasting the previous week, we wanted to exact SOME revenge. If by 'some' revenge we mean 'don't lose by as many goals' then mission accomplished.
Coxa started the brightest and created the first chance of the game - which was well saved from a Whitts effort.
COXA also defended well with Jimbo and Jonesy doubling up on their pacey winger to keep him at bay, so it was gutting when we find ourselves 1 down, when a long throw wasnt fully cleared and a shot from close distance deflects off Jim and diverts the ball in.
Oh...then...the ref blows the whistle....for a water break!!! Just like what they did in the world cup in Brazil...only then...we knew about it. This time, we didn't and after the ref blew his whistle again Halfpenny heads to the other half of the pitch thinking it was half time. Alas...it was a goalkick to us.
Quite soon it was 2-0 as a through ball split the D and a cut back and finish into an empty net.
Half time. The good news was, even though it was 2-0 at half time last week (and we got spanked), it felt a bit different. We were still in this game. The next goal was crucial. Good job we got it then.
COXA keeper rushing out his area to clear his lines, smashes it up field, a flick on from Harmer straight into Smiddy Jrs path and finished for 2-1.
The men in green pushed on. Andy Howell running the show in centre mid....then he got booked. But more brilliantly was the fact that the guy he felled, got up and squared up to our Andy screaming profanities...only for Andy to give it back...and the oppo backed away like a little kid. #doublehard
Sutts could have been 4-1 up if it wasnt for 2 big saves from the COXA keeper, Critchlow. Throwing his body on the line and taking a post to the balls. On that...kudos to Russell for managing to control the ball with his nuts in the second half. The ball (not his) made that really funny THUD noise (I'm sure you know the noise...not quite the normal football noise...its a bit duller). Ever the professional.. Russ just jogged back into position without flinching. FLINCHING....Greg....Greg took a ball to the face!! THE FACE and he didn't even flinch, or go down or nothing. That was impressive.
A few more chances were created as COXA pushed on.
My Jay Buckerfield moment of the week goes to Greg. Playing the second half in an advanced position, Greg gets the ball out left and knocks it forward. He then has to do a Gareth Bale vs Barca and run off the pitch, as the defender is fouling him by pushing him out, only for Greg to get round him and gather the ball. Wonderful to this point. His first touch is a good one..but he gets tackled straight away and the ball goes out of play for a throw. And poor Greg ends up in the fence. Wonderful and pointless. Special mention goes to Mark Stern who decided that doing keepy uppies in your own box before clearing it was the best way to clear the ball. (It worked)
The final nail in the coffin came as Clapham pushed harder for an equaliser. Ball over the top and the striker knicked in around Markus, who had played exceptionally well all game and poked the ball towards goal(ish).
Welcome back to the stage Richard Critchlow, who is this weeks winner of the Rich Smith gaffe of the week. The ball is poked but isn't going in. However the ball ends up in the net as Critchlow tries to save/control the ball only for it to bounce up, hit the inside of his right ankle and divert the ball in. Egg on his face (and at this point... It would have cooked it too...as it was so hot and I was slightly sun burnt).
Special mention to Dave Hamilton who played his last game for Clapham and, as always put a big shift in.
3-1 the final score and thats a wrap for the 2017/18 season.
Its been a pleasure.
Updated 12:53 - 30 Apr 2018 by Frank Barretta