Saturday, 22nd August saw Le Glamour take on the no nonsense, agricultural, long ball specialists from the hills aka Mt. Barker.
Le Glamour have struggled in recent times against the direct style of their opposition and things looked to have become somewhat more difficult following the withdrawal of young Chris Roschi with man flu and the unavailability of club stalwarts Campbell Hopgoodand Crab Sticks.
With second spot and a Champions League place up for grabs, our beloved Chairwoman Melissa Bock broke out the cheque book to help bolster the ranks.
An eleventh hour bid to snaffle Pedro from under the noses of Chelsea failed at the death, which left Le Glamour scouring the park lands, pubs and thanks to Matthew Bate involvement Veale Gardens public toilets for reinforcements.
Having scraped many a barrel (often twice) Le Glamour were able to lure former C player Sean Nunan, Chris Neale and Ellery Shopen into the squad to potentially inject some additional flair and razzle dazzle.
From the kick off it was brutal as Mt. Barker went about their game plan of kicking, upsetting and generally trying to bully you off the ball. For the second week running Le Glamour found themselves a goal down after they failed to deal with a long throw.
The deficit was quickly wiped out as Liam Mulligan
ran through and chipped the keeper from Harry Smith perfectly weighted (cultured hoofed clearance) through ball.
The rest of the first half was a physical battle as Mt. Barker attempted to out muscle Le Glamour. Roared on by a partisan home crowd of at least 10 people Le Glamour gave as good as they got and began to establish a foothold in the game. Half chances began to be fashioned but couldn’t be converted.
Half time and one all.
The second half was delayed due to crowd trouble and the deployment of Police to stifle the unrest amongst the passionate home fans. Following several pitched battles the fans were driven back and order was restored. Once the flares, a donkey and bottles were removed from the pitch the referee was happy to proceed with the second half.
Le Glamour attempted to play football, Mt. Barker attempted to kick anyone and everyone. Their valiant efforts lead to their #10 seeing red and the upper hand being handed to Le Glamour.
Phil Collins aka Ian Hendrie Jnr was the first to benefit smashing home from close range to make it 2 – 1. Kevin Bock was next up and grabbed Le Glamour’s third from a set piece corner routine.
Kevin Bock then turned from hero to villain after he somehow conceded a penalty for glaring at the opposition striker in a menacing and threatening manner.
Despite big Daniel Aikin’s best efforts the penalty was converted to make it 3 – 2. Squeaky bum time.
The obligatory barrage from Mt. Barker ensued but Le Glamour stood firm, weathered the storm and added a well deserved fourth at the death.
4 – 2 the final score. The Mt. Barker monkey finally off our back. It wasn’t pretty at times but we will take it. Matthew Bate was quick to point out how nice it is to spank said monkey.
To those that started and those that came on as substitutes thank you. The effort, committment and work rate was outstanding.
To the hooligans on the side lines your banter and heckling is something that makes this club what it is. The support was and is very much appreciated.
Best On Ground:
Leandro Lopez Digon
Jack O Stevens