Scorers: Keverne (3), Brown (2), Edge (2), Wyn-Dennis
Another strong performance from the mighty 7s in a local derby match that almost descended into trench warfare due to the appalling pitch conditions (despite referee and groundsman Mark Carter spending 4 hours on it the day before – you won’t see Mike Riley doing that).
We went straight to it from the off – a looped cross/shot/’hoof it’ from Olly Pugh caught Nigel in the opposition goal out and he went down like he had been shot from a well-positioned sniper. Tom had the composure to collect the ball and (very precisely) but the ball in the net.
The 8s fought back almost immediately – a keystone cops moment in the middle of the park (think 3 or 4 grown men writhing around on top of each other in the mud) allowed their striker to nip the ball past Mr King to make it 1-1 after 5 minutes.
We soon retook the lead though – a free kick from Scants was gracefully (and rather surprisingly) headed in by Olly Edge from the right back position. We were now dominating the midfield and the strikers and wingers were running through at will. Only a couple of great saves (and some poor misses) kept the score down. Eventually Tom decided he was fed up of missing the tap-ins so let fly from 25 yards to make it 3-1. Then best goal of the day – a rejuvenated James Kennedy was having a storming first half – he stole the ball in midfield, went on a mazy run before sending in a cross right onto the outstretched boot of Andy Brown who volleyed it powerfully past Mr Bagley to make the score 4-1. Again our forwards were treating the one-on-ones with distain and only applying themselves when it came to the sublime.
The second half continued in much the same way – Andy added another, Tom completed his hat-trick and Olly Edge helped himself to a brace from right back with another decent shot. David finished off the rout with an accomplished finish from the umpteenth pinpoint through ball from Scants.
A really excellent and enjoyable game and a brilliant performance – roll on next week….