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Friday, 2 February 2018

3rd XI v Lucton (H) Won 3-2

3rd XI v Lucton (H) Won 3-2

A fabulous match saw Abberley prevail against a decent footballing team and high winds.

The outstanding player on our side was Kit, whose athleticism, stoicism  and beaming smile were evident frequently as he made one remarkable save after another. One moment he was drawing gasps from the crowd by deflecting an exocet over the crossbar; another, he extended a perfectly-timed telescopic left leg to foil an incredulous opponent;  frequently  he threw himself across his goal to catch a goal-bound shot with aplomb.

Hector, our heroic goalie in the last match, can only have marvelled at Kit’s performance, but he must also have marvelled at our first goal. Ryan struck a corner cleanly from the right. Felix met it with a superb half-volley on the near post, sending it into the roof of the net and sending his team mates into orbit with excitement. Our second goal was a less spectacular, bundled over a muddy goal line by a gleeful Hector, who could be forgiven for being about seventy yards out of position.

After half-time we turned into the teeth of the wind tunnel-like gale. We expected Lucton to come at us hard and they did. Despite Kit’s brilliance, their first goal was no surprise. Our team struggled against the wind like salmon battling upstream. The ball would return towards them if they kicked it too high or not cleanly enough. Lucton streamed forward as if unable to hold their positions. What followed next was gloriously unexpected. Two skilful passes released Sebastian towards our opponents’ goal. With pace and precision, he drilled the ball past their advancing goalkeeper, to make the score 3-1.

Lucton were not done yet and neither was the wind. They combined to pile the pressure on Kit’s goal. Our defences were breached again and this led to a dramatic sequence of Lucton corners in the closing minutes of the game. However, Captain Kit (was he actually wearing his underpants outside his trousers or flew this way and that, blocking the advances of the Lucton horde. The final whistle blew and everyone involved knew they had been involved in an excellent match.

Congratulations to those mentioned above, as well as Ryan and Felix, who both showed commendable spirit in their best performances of the season so far.

Mr Keeble

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