Scorers: Jonathan Johnson (2), Dave Oakley, Ben Carter
Christmas came early for Poly as we gifted them three first half goals as we struggled to cope with the roller coaster like pitch of elf-like proportions. To be fair, they showed a lot more passion and willing than us and thoroughly deserved their 3-0 half-time lead.
We had a chat at half-time and realised that if we didn’t work harder Santa probably wouldn’t be calling at our respective abodes, so we made some minor adjustments and started the second half 4-4-2 much to the disgust of Skips, but somehow it seemed to inject some Christmas cheer and we pulled a cracker of a goal back through JJ. Poly then handed over their present to us by kicking Jed not once, not twice, but three times in the box and not even the Grinch of a ref (Johnny ‘he talks to animals’ Morris) could deny us the penalty which JJ expertly converted.
We were now like a super-charged sleigh (unstoppable). Our third goal came direct from a corner – not difficult as it seems the distance between the corner flag and near post was about as far as you could throw an overweight St. Nick – but it was still a great strike all the same, delivered with some power by Dave Oakley.
By now we were riding high like 11 revellers after their Christmas party, but as we all know, it doesn’t always end well and we were holding our heads like a nasty hangover as Poly stole the game, and our merry Christmas, with five minutes to go when we failed to close down their strange talking midfielder and he fired in from 25 yards. At least we can concentrate on the league in the New Year. A disappointing end to the first half of the season, but hey, cheer up, Itsssssss Christmassssssss.
On behalf of the 4th team, may I wish Mark “The Thespian” Burns and his family good luck on their new adventure in Canada… I have alerted the mounties.