|Date||12 March 2016|
|Result||W 4 - 3|
GS: Matt Dewhurst 3-F,F,F Ethan Barron 1-F CARDS: GREEN Luke Russell
SAVING THE BEST TILL LAST
Sheffield Hallam 7’s 4 Chapeltown 3’s 2
An inconvenient illness denied your captain his last appearance on the blue turf, but we prepared for the visit of Chapeltown in good spirits for the final league game, hoping to round off the season on a positive note. It was left to Will McKane to have the honour of minding the kids, being the oldest player by 30 years, as no one else on the team is more than 18.
In an exciting, open game, we actually played very well in the first half only to find ourselves 2-0 down at half-time. Some excellent movement and one-touch passing saw us create a host of chances, only to find their goalkeeper in fine form, notably when he saved a Freddie Ward penalty flick and a Matthew Dewhurst lofted shot. A number of other shots fizzed narrowly wide.
After what was obviously the most effective half-time talk of the season (“change nothing, just keep playing the same”), the second half was just stunning. From back to front we gelled as a team and Chapeltown were simply overwhelmed. Goalkeeper Oscar Spooner wasn’t letting anything through, Luke Middleton (what a run late in the game!), Oliver Jones, Harry Curtis and Ravi Padam were resolute and uncompromising at the back, and Freddie and Kip Ward, Luke Russell, Zak Lovell, Tom Woodruff, Ethan Barron and Matthew Dewhurst ran rings around the opposition until they were shattered. Matthew’s first goal started the fightback; then Tom Woodruff outran the defence on the right and slipped the ball onto or over the line: goalline technology needed! Matthew made sure anyway for 2-2. Another great passing move found the youngest member of our team, 13 year old Ethan Barron, at the far post and he finished it off in style. Matthew then completed his hat-trick, in his last game for the club (for the moment at least).Finally, Luke Russell managed to keep up the family tradition by getting his first green card in the last few minutes.
It was a fantastic match, as the spectators in the grandstand all agreed, and I was delighted to just stand by the dugout and watch. A very proud finish – four wins and a draw in the last five games. It bodes well for next season......