Ibis 3s 0 – Alexandra Park 3s 2

League | January 21, 2012

A trip to west London, never a thing to be relished proved as much with the majority of the team turning up with about 40 mins to kick off. This to be followed by the country ramble to get to the pitches. Regardless of this we were ready for kick off by five past two.

With the team looking pretty settled we set up in our usual fashion. Michael in goal with a back four of Tom, Will, Jonesy and Fevzi. New boy Johnny Fitzpatrick started alongside the three’s very own Terry Hurlock (ex Millwall need I say more), Jed. On the flanks were Ash the Flash and Liam the terrier. Fraser started behind the Beast (Johnny’s description of Kurt). Stuart and Seb graced the bench.

At Kick off there was a gentle breeze which meant that even on a bobbly pitch the conditions allowed a certain amount of decent football. We started well with Fraser linking well with The Flash and The Terrier in an attempt to get behind their defence. The Beast was putting himself about although their defenders were well organised. Ibis wre generally always looking for the long ball and flick on, but Jonesy and Will were winning most things mainly due to the poor quality of the ball through. Tom and Fevzi looked lively, with Tom looking especially lively as he tried to work up an appetite for his mum’s birthday meal out. We created a few half chances but nothing really clear cut. Then from a Liam corner the keeper fumbled a scramble ensued with the ball ending up with Flash who laid it back to Jed on the edge of the area, who fired a piledriver into the bottom corner.

We nearly scored again from another goalmouth scramble that led to the Beast’s header being cleared of the line. Ibis had a brief spell were they pushed us back and we had to clear a few corners. But generally Michael was a spectator. Johnny was settling into the game and began to become more of a team player. The second was a peach, Jed fired a left foot pass to Tom, this alone was impressive although he might not have meant it. Tom slid a beauty for The Terrier to latch onto like his master throwing him a ball, he took a touch and fired in a cross that Fraser buried from 10 yards. Absolute quality. This took us to half time by which time the wind was gusty to say the least.

Second half and we knew Ibis were there for the taking although the conditions made it difficult. Regardless we continued to play some good football with Fraser and Johnny dictating the game more and more. Seb came on for The Beast and began to stretch their back line. Flash began to get more and more space to exploit with some excellent back up from Fevzi who began to get more involved in attack, and gave Ibis a taste of the Demir shuffle (poetry in motion). Again we created plenty of opportunities without delivering the coup de grace. Ibis had another spell of pressure and Michael was forced into one outstanding save to deny Ibis low to his left. Stuart came on for the restaurant bound Tom. With twenty to go Ibis looked spent and we were well in control. Chances fell to all the front four with Flash nearly meeting a super cross, he also hit a post and had a Van Persie like volley saved. Seb who looked lively hit a superb volley which floored their defender from three yards, it would have made a cracking goal. Eventually we saw the game out comfortably, but as with the previous week the scoreline should have been more impressive.

The game was all about us and I’m sure on a better pitch we would have put them to the sword. Everyone put in a shift. Michael although mainly a spectator dealt well with the occasional Ibis attack. The back four were largely untroubled and there was no need for any heroics, I doubt they will have an easier afternoon. Jed was brilliant, winning most headers, covering the defence and driving the team forward. Johnny had a great debut and his second half performance especially bodes well for his AP future (4s next week, only kidding). Fraser is showing real quality, and in the hole he dictated so much that was good about our play. Also he did a defensive shift when needed. The Flash and The Terrier were brilliant. They terrified the defence at every occasion and did their defensive duties as well. The Beast was not quite at the races but never gave Ibis any rest. Thanks to Stuart and Seb for coming along as subs, it is never nice travelling so far for part games. Seb looked dangerous as he linked well with the wide men, and Stuart slipped into Tom’s place.

Another clean sheet and three points. As usual there will be tougher games in this league but with this team spirit and desire to win the division all obstacles are surmountable. Winchmore in the cup next week. That is a proper tough game. We are on the back pitch at the club and we know from previous cup games what we can achieve out there. I want everyone there sharp so that we get set up and have a proper warm up, because we need to hit the ground running on this one to make sure this team gets a well deserved semi final appearance.

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