Saturday, 10 March 2018
3rd IX in a battle with Hereford
To say this was a match of two halves would be a complete understatement. However, what was not different in the two halves was the effort of all the Abberley boys - it is amazing how it makes them feel when they work hard for any scrap of reward (and it was real scraps in the first half!). They showed a real enjoyment of the challenge and I was incredibly proud of them all.
So, to the match..... having arrived at Hereford's ground with our goalkeeper filling a plastic bag with his lunch and another player feeling a bit dizzy, we could see that there was a tough afternoon ahead. When the opposition coach announced that they had an A team player as he had been involved with Hereford FC that morning (clearly one of the best players in the area!), we already felt slightly under the cosh. 5 - 1 down in 10 minutes with Ryan, as we came to know him, scoring 3 and dominating the game. Felix had broken away and slid home a goal, but it did seem than this was not going to stem the tide. Dima and Jaspar in defence, with Dan coming back to help them out, were putting their bodies in the way of everything and Kit, despite his empty tummy, was diving around like Tom Daley. However we were 9 -1 down at half time, but the boys had worked so hard and I was so delighted with their effort.
Their coach offered to mix the teams at half time, but we came back with a counter offer - it cost me 50p for the transfer fee and Ryan donned an Abberley shirt and played in midfield for us! He was simply excellent in winning the ball and distributing it to Abberley players. He called them by name and encouraged good play - a real gentleman. The Abberley team refocused and scored early through Harvey. Will T was everywhere and Elliot hassled their players whenever they got possession. Hereford scored late but a 1-1 draw in the second half was a real achievement and the boys were so pleased with themselves.
Well done to Kit, Jaspar, Dima, Dan, Will T, Elliot, Harvey, Felix and Henry for putting in the bravest football performance I think I have ever seen.
Many thanks to Ryan who made the game a fair one and contributed brilliantly in the right spirit.