We lost the early season fixture against John Benedikz's gang, and generously allowed Mr B to score. We weren't about to allow this to happen again. We thought.
Okay, we got the win, by some margin, due to…
a first goal for the club for John Gourd, deftly placing the ball into the net from four feet off the ground (the ball, not the man).
yet another R Barton reverse stick special, from a fine Seb Dias through pass.
Joe Whittaker steering a Nick Greaves cross into goal with a bundled effort in the second half, after Young Greaves had decided to demonstrate to Old Greaves how one should play as right winger with a dribble down the line, dodging though defenders and not being happy until he had passed it over to Joe.
lots of effective running, passing and persistence from Greaves Junior who, after a short corner rasper was ruled slightly high, got his reward when a quickly taken free hit outside the circle by the Rock was slipped to Nick Greaves, who collected, moved into the top of the circle and flicked the ball into the far corner, with some slight assistance from a defensive stick along the way.
We did complicate things by mixing in some free hits aimed roughly at head height, and some novel passing on to Newmarket feet when other options seemed frankly too conventional. These paled into insignificance beside a bizarrely slick move when Jason James, otherwise a deserving MoM winner at the centre of midfield for his control of the game and constantly effective tackling and passing, managed to deliver a pinpoint cross IN OUR OWN D to that man John Benedikz, who buried the ball into the net from a narrow angle. This was enough to earn JJ the Lemon vote, and the third time in the season when MoM=LoM.
Everyone else contributed to a decent overall team performance with a reshaped line up.
And so a triumphant 2017/18 season ends on a high: nineteen wins; Div 6NW(S) champions by seven points; over one-hundred goals. Roll on Div 5.