Having happily handed back the captaincy to Mr Brough, he gave it straight back for our first league game of the season, as he was away across the Channel for a little “delice de France”.

With only one friendly under our belt and the usual late cry offs , the 7s looked a pale resemblance from team last year, some might say a good thing. Nethertheless, the twelve of us – a mix of experience (over forty), new and young players – were eager to start our campaign on a good note against Old Finchleans , only by name mind you, as mainly a product of their youth team or some other social community program… Stop! I would like to apologise straight away for this comment (plus any others I was going to make), as we have been advised not to get personal or insulting towards clubs, players and referees alike which would result in match report being censored. It’s a good thing as it will make the rest of the resume much shorter.

We lost one nil, a goal in the first half, in what was a hard fought ninety minutes. Defensively Dereck kept the back four organised, while our own personal “Jesus”, Ewan worked tirelessly in midfield. We had some good individual moments too, but too often we weren’t able to finish them off. Finchleans probably deserved to edge it, as they were fitter and better organised.

Still a disappointing result, but on the positive we’ve still managed to keep the score line respectable for our first outing and should improve as a squad as we play few more game together.

Team: A. Sievewright(GK), S. Payne(LB), D. Graham(CB), T. Pagdin(CB),

(C)L. Caudebec(RB), J. Kennedy(LM), E. Flynn(CM), B. Kemplen(CM), H. Rollingson(RB),P. Lynch(CF), T. Keverne(CF)

Sub: O. Edge(RM)

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