|Posted: 01 December 2014 at 5:56pm | IP Logged
AFA CUP Home to Old Suttonians
This is the second report from the 5's correspondent Tim Winter, now known as Telegraph Tim by Tom Kelly Senior.
Not sure if that's a compliment on my journalistic skills or more likely an insult on my passing ability.
However I digress and we had an important Europa Cup game against Sarf London opposition in Suttonians, who came into the game in the same sort of form as us.
Much changed line up from last week with numerous people returning and others going missing at the thought of this North/South tear up.
We started with a 4-4-2 formation against a younger opposition playing a 4-5-1 style and naturally the two large lads in the middle were struggling.
Luckily the returning Lee "T Rex" Farrnace (so named cos he puts his hands up to his chest when avoiding ploughing in to someone), Rob "Birthday Boy" Johnson and the other two regulars were keeping out the wave of attacks.
Slowly we started to exert some control and the game became more even with attack and counter attack a feature again. ( No end to the entertainment for the spectator and his dog).
Wide on the left Nii "Electric " John was charging up and down the wing and linking well with the forwards and on the right Pete "Static" Johnson was …. lying down bemoaning the previous evenings festivities.
However with the pressure building on our goal panic was setting in and finally it snapped.
Tom Kelly played in Tomi "Hayley's Comet" Odiase who smashed the ball home to put us into the lead 1-0.
Incredible that for the second week running we'd taken the lead.
This week though we learnt from experience and we concentrated very hard on not conceding immediately. This lasted all of 90 seconds when Lee gave away his customary penalty with a brutal body check on their on rushing forawrd.Pleading innocence and with the opposition and John Farrell calling for his dismissal the ref just pointed to the spot. Lee immediately asked the ref if he'd mind always reffing us and John F went into a sulk.
Even though he looked nothing like Tomi the Suttonians penalty taker was clearly related and sent the penalty into orbit. Big let off and we reached half time still leading.
We came out for the second half and continued to attack and defend in equal measure.
Mick Ward tried a screamer from the half way line that smashed 3 yards into the centre forward who took off on a dangerous run that nearly led to Limp wrist having to make a save.
Midway through the half we won a corner. Pete Johnson was sent over to take it and with the sun in his eyes delivered a superb ball to the back stick where the gazelle like Mick leapt highest and tried to knock the ball back to Pete. Unfortunately he got his angles all wrong and the ball nestled in the back of the net. 2-0. Yes 2-0.
The game was now there for us to win and we had a strange tingling feeling of a 2 goal cushion.
Ant rung the changes by bringing on John "OG" Farrell for Mick, Nick "Abacus" Platon on for "Static" and Jamie O'Brien for himself.
It immediately went wrong with no one marking and Nick shouting " I've got 3,4,5,6, no 7 players to mark here" hence the Abacus nickname. It would have been helpful if he'd marked one of them.
Then came the incident of the game. Tom Kelly Jnr,who was again having a fantastic game, collided with one of their player and went down holding his face. There were calls for the ball to be put out which in true Corinthian spirit Old Suttonians ignored. This enraged big Tom and he squared up to the offending player with his Prada handbag. The Suttonians penalty taker sneaked up behind Tom and gave him a little push in the back with his Primark bag and Tom went down like Mario Balotelli.
He is now forever Tom Ballotelli Kelly. The real reason he'd gone down was because again the T Rex had tripped him up in the penalty area.
Anyway the excellent ref calmed everyone down the handbags were put on the side and Little Tom had his lipstick reapplied and off we went again.
Naturally all the excitement exhausted us even more and Suttonains scored a cracking goal.2-1
Limp wrist doesn't get beat by any old goal these days.
We still had time to break out and Telegraph Tim was able to find the energy to join the attack. The chance was created for him by excellent play from Tomi and Jamie but his carefully placed shot nestled neatly in the bottom of the goal..ie's gut.
In the dying minutes with Suttonians throwing everything at us Limp wrist's grandad John produced the save of the match, low to his left deflecting the ball for a corner with his walking stick. James is claiming the save and to be fair he may have had more to do with it.
No time for any more action and we held on for a great win.
In the dressing room afterwards there were choruses of "Happy Birthday" for Rob and Ant didn't realise it was his birthday. We couldn't believe it as by playing Pete and then Nick in front of him all afternoon we thought Ant had wanted Rob to see loads of the ball as his birthday present.
On to next week.