For a pirate impersonation that Johnny Depp would have been proud of!
Having spent a significant chunk of time on the touchline being patched up following my head-on-stick collision with an Ely mis-hit I felt safe in the knowledge that I could delegate the task of writing the match report to this week's LoM… Little did I know it would be me as a result of the said incident! So in caveat, I take no responsibility for any factual inaccuracies in this week's report due to a combination of mild concussion and only being able to see out of one eye for most of the match thanks to the Jack Sparrow-style eye patch hastily fitted by the home team manager/first aider.
The day started well despite the usual Siberian wind blowing in from the fens. Our CTO (Chief Tactical Officer), Rob B, gave us a briefing on the day's tactics and the slightly unfamiliar 3-4-3 formation. We started well, pressing deep into the Ely half from the push back. Within minutes, Steve B managed to get a deflection on a Jo D cross, which had the keeper beaten but just sneaked outside the post. South continued to put pressure on the Ely defence and it wasn't long before Steve B found himself on the end of another perfectly weighted cross, this time finding the net. The away team continued to press but it was Ely that re-discovered their mojo and equalised shortly before half-time. This definitely rattled the visitors.
Lifted by the half time talk from our CTO, South pushed hard to break the deadlock but, despite several shots on target from Rob B and what would have been a 'goal of the season' candidate from Jo D, it was the home team who found the target to grab a closely fought three-one victory. South continued to push right until the end with several promising attacks, but couldn't close the gap on a well-drilled Ely side.
MoM was a three way tie between Micheal G, 'Rock' Radford and Simon K, the latter taking the captain's casting vote. There were several other MoM-worthy performances however, including a confident league debut for James Y and Jo D with his excellent 3D skills in front of goal.
LoM…had to go to Captain Sparrow!
Next weekend we have an intra-club friendly, which will be a great opportunity to get back to basics and perfect our 16s, short corners, pressing, etc. in a full match environment, so please try and make it if you can.