For getting into a car with a complete stranger!
As the title suggests, the weather around the rather inappropriately named California Road venue was far from clement, with a vicious wind whipping up a small sandstorm as the toss was made. Fortunately it was won, giving us the advantage of playing with the as-yet-unnamed storm.
The visitors started with our usual gusto, making early forays into the St Ives D one of which led to a shot from Ollie R being deflected by the keeper straight to Howard S, waiting on the near post. With no obvious path to goal, the South skipper slipped the ball across the goal where James Y was waiting to bag a long overdue debut goal.
One-nil up early in the first half; this felt promising! South continued to pile on the pressure, with defence and midfield working well together to get the ball out of our half to the forwards. Rookie South keeper, Jo D, had little to trouble him throughout the first half other than trying to stay warm.
Battling the increasingly strong and now head-on winds in the second half, South continued to dominate play. A series of short corners (now wind assisted!) eventually led to a second goal from a Simon T strike hit low and hard towards the near post.
Soon after another incursion into the St Ives D was only partially cleared to Howard S, whose shot appeared to be on track to sneak outside the far post if it hadn't been for Rupert E waiting to finish the move.
The South forwards and midfield continued to pile the pressure on the home defence which led to two further strikes from Simon T for a well deserved hat-trick, but undoubted star of the show (and MoM) was 'Hurricane' James Yu, who just gets better with every game!
LoM would have been an 'Andy T backstop' if it hadn't been for Simon T admitting over tea that he had got into a car with a complete stranger (coincidently called Andy) on the way to the match whilst waiting for a lift from the real Andy T!