Match Report - 31 Oct 2010, Clapham Rovers Clapham Rovers beat Hurlingham Energie
Match report from Bunny
Clapham Rovers 5 – Hurlingham Energie 1
An extra hour in bed should have transpired in us having our best turn out of the season. So when 15 players Saturday night, turned into 9 players at kick-off on Sunday morning I presumed there must have been some kind of Zombie uprising in London the night before.
For future reference – girlfriends unwilling to stand in the rain, hangovers and altercations with Police are not suitable excuses for pulling out Sunday morning. If you say you are available to play then please turn up, or give us enough notice to find replacements. If Matt Wright can turn up with a receipt for £136.00 in his pocket from an unknown source and his last memory of the night before being a sex act with a 40 year old Brazilian stripper then there is no excuse for the rest of you not being there!
Thankfully the ref being a bit of a hero allowed us to put the kick-off time back 15mins – which meant we were at least able to start with 10. Credit to the 10 that started, we came out the traps like a dog on heat and played some lovely early stuff to make it look as if it was us who had the extra man – not them. We were quickly one up when Dai’s brother (Gareth) picked out Chris at the back post to slot home. And if it were not for some questionable finishing reminiscent of the absent ‘Hitman’ Harley – we could have feasibly been 4up inside 15mins.
The second came via a penalty, won by Adam as a result of a wild lunge by the on-rushing keeper and tucked away by yours truly. By which time Jim (2009-10 player of the season) had appeared on the side-lines prepared to make his first foray into action this season after recovering from a hernia operation (not only did he make it back quicker than Lampard – he was looking just as svelte)! After a couple of rusty first touches and a second half 40yard attempt that ended up further away from the goal it started he was back to his usual self winning header left right and centre.
Goals three and four came in quick succession. Poor defending on both occasions let Adam and Gaz in for simple yet composed finishes. It was looking like a bit of a cake walk at this, but a bit of complacency slipped in to allow the oppo to score a well taken goal that the imperious Sheva who hardly put a foot wrong in goal could do nothing about. At which point one of their players called out ‘see they’re only human!’
A second penalty awarded from a swipe by an increasingly temperamental and volatile goalie – was shanked on two occasions by Matt Wright and is thus never to be seen over a set-piece again this season!
The second half saw an early bundled goal from Adam, supplied by Chris’ cross to take the score to 5-1. We took our foot off the gas at this stage and although we could and should have raked up a few more goals – if was difficult to keep the concentration levels up amid all the in-fighting and chaos that was occurring in the Hurlingham camp. Their keeper finally saw red for headbutting Gaz, I was on the wrong end of an X-rated challenge that probably should have got the same punishment and one of their players had a hissy fit when substituted… ‘WHAT! Your substituting ME! ME!’, alright pal your no Lionel Messi – get off the field you chump.
Basically they were a group of jokers and had to be separated from fighting with one another later outside the changing rooms. But all credit for us for not stooping to their level and just playing our own game to get the job done.
Man of the match goes to Chris Godwin – who playing in a wide left position - beating his man on countless occasions and produced plenty of end product in the form of crosses and his first goal for the club.
Next week sees us take on Razors who are top of the league – they have a 100% record so let’s show them how far we have come since game 1 and give them a good pasting. Kewy has promised us to take us all to a Columbian brothel if we get the job done. Matt Wright and Carswell were there last Saturday and said it was a right hoot!
I was extremely disappointed to hear about the no shows. Think of others if you feel like dropping out on the day and letting your team mates down. With a large squad, each Sunday someone will be told that they can't play so that you can. I have no problem with people having to drop out but please let me know by Saturday at the latest. Not turning up on the day when I can do nothing about it is selfish and unforgiveable. Two players no longer play for the club again for this reason. Don't let it be you.
13 Teams Games
Razors 7 7 0 0 40 5 +35 21
Clapham Rovers 'A' 8 5 1 2 27 22 +5 16
Simon Ridge 5 5 0 0 16 4 +12 15
Inter Yalamb 5 3 0 2 12 7 +5 9
Tooting Bec Rovers 6 2 2 2 16 17 -1 8
Star 7 2 2 3 15 18 -3 8
FC Lonsdale 7 2 1 4 13 16 -3 7
Pacific Sporting Jubilee 5 2 0 3 12 11 +1 6
Lambeth United 7 1 2 4 9 20 -11 5
Athletico Sky 4 1 1 2 7 13 -6 4
Wessex Rangers 'B' 6 1 0 5 8 20 -12 3
Hurlingham Energie 5 1 0 4 8 28 -20 3
Northcote Falcons 2 0 1 1 2 4 -2 1
Clapham Rovers Clapham Rovers 5 - 1 Hurlingham Energie ()