On a sunny morning at Linford, the mighty 4’s took on the bottom of the league Barnes team. Attempting to bounce back from a tough 5-3 loss last week, they were in the mood for revenge. After a robust warm up of Stiller ‘opening the gate’ excessively and Blobby on the running track, the game started.
Almost instantly PHC were on the attack, working the channels with the strong midfield. After a scrappy bit of defending the ball bounced to Phil who pushed it left for Chris Brinkworth to finish it off. This was the start we needed. The next goal was a quick affair with Phil and Chris working their way through the Barnes defenders after the ball broke loose from a strong defensive stop by the solid PHC wall, Chris slotted his second. With Jimbo throwing his stick down in disgust after a huge air shot, we kept chipping away.
Soon PHC were on the attack again this time they shared the ball round from the back getting a well worked goal, this time Phil receiving an assist and netting the goal. Just before half time it was el capitano himself that got on the score sheet, whilst diving into the goal! Leaving the team 4-0 up at half time.
After a solid team talk, with such points as, ‘Woon, don’t just run at me saying your subbing off, I need a warning’, ‘Lads, one of them is a really angry old man’. Soon the action was back on with a more relaxed attitude. This caused us trouble as Barnes got a goal back after a lucky rebound of the pads.
However soon Andy Sewell got things rolling with a solid assist this time for Dave Young, who distracted his opponents with his unnecessarily bright shoes, allowing for his shot to bobble up and loop over the keepers leg. Then finally the moment came, after a short corner broke to Rory, he played the ball back to Chris Brinkworth who beat the keeper to complete his hatrick. This seemed too much for the Barnes team as they pulled one back at the end to finish the game, 6-2.
This gave a much needed return to winning ways for the 4’s, with solid defensive work, topped off with a lot of quick counterattacking and unselfish play.
MoM: Chris Brinkworth
DoD: Nick Woon