A brief report on the 6s first round cup win against Old Actonians.
After conceding an early goal against the run of play, the 6s new look front line of Josh Roberts, Mike Graves and Paddy Knight ripped apart Old Actonians to put the home side 4-1 ahead at half time. Knight scoring the pick of the goals with a powerful turn and finish. Roberts and Graves winning everything in the air and linking up dangerously together to also both find the target.
Highlights of the second half included Keeper Mike Jones’ excellent penalty save, and a bullet header from Paddy Knight. Knight was then hatrick chasing and with team mates, including Ditmir, streaming forward in support he attempted a long range effort that flew high and wide of the target. Ditmir’s brief description of events: “Greedy C*nt”.
With the game all but won, the 6s can be forgiven for losing a bit of concentration in the later stages of the game. A glaring mistake from ageing ex captain Tolcher gifted the visitors a distant life line and outlined exactly how low his career has slumped since hitting his mid 30s. Luckily for AP they managed to defend resolutely for the remainder of the second half to safely book a place in the next round.
George Waldrum was introduced up front but just as he was getting in to the game a return of the ankle injury, that has plagued him in recent weeks, cut short his day. Waldrum will need a few weeks off to recover properly, but it may not be completely bad timing for the forward. Waldrum has now ended his career as a TV Journalist after winning the recently mentioned EMMY award. He felt it was the best decision to go out at the top of his trade and is now focussing on building his successful removals firm, “Waldrum’s Removals”. Waldrum had earlier arrived at Albert Road in his brand new white van which really impressed all of the lads. Many of the younger 6s players, such as Tommy, Dan Ware and Ditmir, who see Waldrum as something of a role model and father figure, were particularly excited.
Leading by example, and to give AP the final say in this game, captain Jack Parsons drilled his first goal of the season into the bottom corner from the edge of the penalty area to make the final score 7-3. On the journey home in Waldrum’s van, Parsons was immediately excitedly describing his 30 yard screamer that clinched our win. Being Parsons’ first competitive goal this season, and with him unlikely to add to his tally anytime soon, the skipper can be forgiven for his happy exaggeration.
Strong performances from Matt Conlon, Gavin Johnson, Jack Parsons and all of the front three. MOM though has to go to Paddy Knight, who scored two good goals and was always a threat.