Match Report - 29 Jan 2012, Clapham Rovers Clapham Rovers beat Dynamo Clapham
One game does not a season make but after our 2-0 defeat in September against Sunday’s opponents, Dulwich Tandoori Cobras, I know we’ll all be looking to take revenge. A win against them could take us go second in the league.
We were unlucky to lose back then after creating so many chances and, aside from facing a keeper who was having a blinder, we can also attribute our loss to curse of Nick’s Dad striking once again as we’ve never won when he’s come to watch. I’m confident that a more clinical performance and a the absence of said parent will see us take the points.
It’s our first league game for a while and now is the time to make our charge for league glory.
Clapham Rovers ‘A’ 6 – Dynamo Clapham 4
This hugely entertaining game saw us line up in an unfamiliar 4-2-3-1 formation with myself eager to have tactical fiddle.
The self proclaimed ‘Dream Trio’ was reduced to the ‘Deadly Duo’ as Bunny and Matt protected a back four of Juan, Carswell, Jimmy and Miles. The ‘Terrible Threesome,’ Nick, Gaz and Smudger, supported the ‘Lone Ranger’ Jim up top. The ‘Invisible Man’ aka ‘The Clown Prince’ was in goal (me -you’ll soon hear why I should receive that name)
The results were extremely positive as we carved Dynamo Clapham apart on numerous occasions. They simply couldn’t deal with our movement from midfield with the ‘Terrible Threesome’ either chasing a flick on from Jim or running at their defenders with pace. It is certainly a tactic I will look to employ in future. In the end we ran out deserved 6-4 winners in a hugely entertaining. Matt summed it up when they equalised to make it 4-4 when he said ‘How the hell is 4-4!?’ At times we murdered them and they scored 2 fortuitous goals. All that was missing from the game was a first Rovers goal from Miles Birch who charged about upfront for the last 30mins and was desperately unlucky on several occasions. It’ll come son!
Goals were shared about between Nick (2), Jim, Smudger, Carswell and Gaz.
Nick got 2 goals coming in from the left and smashing past the keeper.
Jim with a poacher’s finish after their defenders screwed up
Smudger smashed it past the keeper from inside the box and Carswell scored a goal from a corner which went in off the bar.
Their goals came from me twice being lobbed, one from 45 yards and the other from me making a woeful clearance to their attacker 30 yards out. I then swapped with Miles on for him to beaten with an absolute screamer from outside the box. The good news this week is that we have a keeper for this Sunday!
9 Teams Games
11 6 3 2 29 16 +13 21
Dulwich Tandoori Cobras
8 5 2 1 34 7 +27 17
9 5 2 2 28 16 +12 17
8 5 1 2 24 16 +8 16
Clapham Rovers 'A'
6 5 0 1 21 10 +11 15
Worcester Park Rangers
9 5 0 4 29 30 -1 15
Wessex Rangers 'A'
10 3 1 6 18 39 -21 10
10 1 1 8 16 46 -30 4
11 0 2 9 14 33 -19 2
Clapham Rovers Clapham Rovers 6 - 4 Dynamo Clapham ()