A Win, A Prayer, Hopes And Dreams Until 6.57 pm
Le Glamour (4) Mercedes (0)
Le Glamour knew a point against last years all conquering Division 3 Champions would be enough to claim second spot outright on the ladder. A win and a favour from Scotch against Windsor could see a possible grand final against Windsor next week.
A tough physical encounter was expected and the message from ‘Hot Fuzz’ was simple ‘Give as good as you get, play our game and beat these Pr#$ks’.
From the kick off Le Glamour’s football was excellent. Two and three touch passes were strung about with ease as Mercedes were pegged back in their own half. With only seven minutes gone Le Glamour opened the scoring.
Stuart Smith sent Damian Holoubek through on goal with a cracking through ball and having made a ‘mug’ of the Mercedes full back calmly slotted home across the keeper.
Mercedes responded by sending long balls forward but Harry Smith and Jack O Stevens stood strong under the aerial bombardment. Such was the domination of Le Glamour both full backs were often bombing forward on the overlap to cause Mercedes additional problems.
Le Glamour grabbed a second mid-way through the half. Having been awarded a free twenty five yards out Ian Hendrie Jnr stepped up to curl an absolute gem into the top corner. Thursday’s intensive one on one training session with dead ball specialist Matthew Bate had obviously paid off.
Half time and 2-0 to Le Glamour….
Second half saw Mercedes up the tempo and physicality. A change in formation saw Le Glamour under the pump as long ball after long ball was sent into the Whites 18 yard box.
Mercedes had a couple of sights on goal but the defensive line stood strong and bodies were put on the line. Le Glamour refused to yield under the relentless pressure and as Mercedes pressed they were hit with the sucker punch.
A quick break down Le Glamour’s right saw our resident cheeky shit (Damo) leave a trail of Mercedes players in his wake. Having reached the bye line Damo’s cut back was perfectly weighted for Le Glamour ‘Fox in the Box’ Ian Hendrie Jnr aka Phil Collins to grab his second and the Whites third.
3-0 up and time to empty the very fresh (unused) bench. Kirsten Staff replaced Liam Mulligan on the left and was quickly posing problems with his pace, quick feet and an ability to antagonise anyone wearing green.
A weary looking Master Bate made way for Mustafa Momin in midfield before Jacko and Ian Begg were withdrawn due to injury concerns.
Young Edward Mitchell was sent on to shore up the right back position and a revved up Campbell Hopgood was thrown into the mix to kick anything in green.
At 3-0 Mercedes seemed to give up. Le Glamour continued to play football continually causing problems down both flanks. The boys in White wanted another goal and after ‘Staff Infection’ was hacked down in the box Phil Collins duly converted the penalty for his hat trick and Le Glamour fourth.
4-0 it finished. Second spot secured (C Team best ever finish) and as a cold beer or three was enjoyed thoughts and prayers turned to Scotch (the team not the single malt just yet) and Windsor Gardens. A 3.15 pm kick off meant a wait and another beer or two.
At 6.57 pm the dream died. Windsor 4-1 winners over Scotch to secure the title with one game to go.
Beer doesn’t seem to be cutting it right now. Time for the single malt me thinks (thanks Steve Saf and the England Cricket Team).
To the C Team be proud of your achievements as it has been a fantastic season and a win next week would be the icing on the cake. That’s It!!!!
Referee’s Best On Ground:
Damian Holoubek (Cheeky Shit)
Leandro Lopez Digon
Worst On Ground:
Scotch for losing.
Congratulations to Windsor Gardens on winning the League. They were the bench mark this season and we gave it a damn good go.