Alexandra Park 7s 2 – Alexandra Park 6s 3

SAL Minor Division 3 North | October 11, 2014

Scorers: Weston, White

So finally, after much hype within the club, the first El Classico this season between the 6’s and 7’s was here. A game which had so much build up during the week, with both sets of players getting involved in the banter via Twitter. A game which promised much and I think those who were there to see it on Saturday would agree.

It began with us winning the toss and choosing to play up hill. The game started brightly, with us having more of the goal scoring chances and Lewis in particular at right mid putting in great work down the wing. Ben & Dan, up top, continued to press their defense and work hard throughout the first half. We may not have played our usual game, that has earned some good results for the 7s so far, although we did manage to take the lead through Ben. His goal was a touch of class! Beating the trailing defenders & rounding the keeper to slot home. We knew however the 6s would come back at us, but Alex and Charlie at the back managed to withstand what they threw at us, mainly in the form of Tris. Half Time came with the score at 1-0.

We decided to make one change with Rob coming in place for the injured Charlie, which saw a reshuffle of the back four. We continued to search for the safety of a second goal but were denied by inches on a couple of occasions and the resilience of their defence. And then came the game changing moment. A debatable penalty conceded around the 60th minute. Up stepped their player, who slotted the ball just under Gustavo’s reach and brought the score to 1-1. What followed was a manic 10 minutes in which we imploded, losing concentration and discipline. Demonstrated by the fact that we conceded two quickfire goals and a sending off to Will Dudmish, for a moment of stupidity whilst already having a yellow to his name. The score was now at 3-1, we did try to rally and salvage something from the game but it was all too late by the time we grabbed our second goal. Which I have to say was a spectacular strike by Tom White into the top left hand corner from some distance.

So after five goals, a penalty and a sending off, the drama came to an end with the 6s edging it at 3-2. Defeat was hard to take but hats off to the 6s on their result, we look forward to making amends in the return fixture! However, on a more positive note Broomfield also lost their 100% record and allowed us and the 6s to fill 1st and 2nd in the league early on.

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