GS: Ian Russell 1-F Pete Frost 2-PC,PC
NO GOALKEEPER? NO PROBLEM!
We had limped through our previous fixture, finishing with 9 fit players, so to have 14 available for this fixture boded well. And that included a number of players over the age of 18! Wow, what a bonus, especially with the return of the flying doctor, Will McKane, back from long-term injury. However, no sign of a goalkeeper minutes before the start, and frantic phonecalls to three different keepers yield no positive results. So, the captain, armed with a helmet and sweatshirt, and with ‘goalkeeping privileges ‘ as the umpires put it, started as ‘kicking back’.
Five minutes in, one-nil down, and under pressure, it looked like a heavy defeat beckoned. But slowly the game turned in our favour, as we daringly pressed up the pitch, utilising our extra outfield player to our advantage. Matt Dewhurst and Kris Woolhouse saw shots go narrowly wide before an incisive right wing move saw Jeff Sorrill’s shot parried into the air by the goalkeeper and Ian Russell whacked the rebound home. Shortly after, Pete Frost showed us how good his short corner routine can be, burying one in the corner.
Into the second half, and another Frost special found the corner of the backboard. 3-1, and coasting! As the game wore on, Slazengers seemed to get more and more demoralised by the fact they couldn’t get past a team without a goalkeeper, and we should have no doubt scored more as our rampaging forwards created several good chances without being able to convert. At the other end, the opposition, despite a few short corners of their own, looked like they couldn’t hit a barn door with a banjo, except for one shot on target skilfully deflected off the line. A welcome three points, moving us to closer to safety in the division. But, I think we might still pick a goalkeeper for next week.......
Scorers: Ian Russell (Free play), Pete Frost 2 (both short corners)