With many regulars out this week F&O welcomes back Beebee snr from injury and Southwell after a 5 month hiatus also from the PLD conveyer belt Chris and Bryan come back to work on their combined 3 caps.
From the off Skins looked comfortable in possession and were knocking the ball around well, Southwell was enjoying himself and nutmegging people for fun it only looked a matter of time till skins would score. Shortly after Brench said to Mitchell we gift you a goal in a minute Southwell got on the end of a Greenwood pass and rounded the keeper it looked like it would be an early goal but he hit the side netting from a tight angle. Would this give a spark for the skins and prove Brench wrong? In short no.
Skins quickly went 3-0 up after Nic unfortunately put the ball into his own net twice sandwiched between a calm Greenwood finish.
Brench replied for bibs from close range after skins got caught trying to overplay from the back and then bibs looked to build on the momentum but were unable to capitalise and it was skins that scored next when Green slotted last Brench and just before half time Skins scored again to take a 5-1 lead.
The second half had a relaxed Sunday afternoon kick about to it with Bibs rarely getting out of their half. Southwell was continuing to nutmeg everyone in sight and he scored to extend the skins lead.
Virgo was having a great game and when he picked up a loose ball inside his own half and his teammates shouting shoot he was happy to oblige and when Curry jumped out the way the ball crept past Beebee in goal to make it 7-1.
Wilson rarely on a beatdown like this started to throw in some slide tackles to keep the score down, Brench out jumped Kev (insert gag) to make it 7-2.
You know things are not you day when Mitchell starts skipping past players and shooting and when skins scored with the last kick of the game an 8-2 score line didn’t flatter them.
Great team performance from the skins with Kev, Mann and Curry all playing great games but Southwell takes the MOTM he was pure class tonight.
It always amuses me pre-match when you talk to the F&O stars and ask who's going to win. And guaranteed every player you turn to says we're going to get smashed! Greenwood predicted 6-2 and Curry 4-0 all heavy defeats.
It was definitely a clash of styles though with the goal threat coming predominantly from Skins, whilst you had the possession game of bibs. Last week was similar and with the teams being mostly the same it was set up for another tight game.
Nothing much between the teams in the early stages and at least the quality for me watching was far superior to last weeks dog shit first half. Tricker who's distribution in goal last week cost a goal, this week created one. He threw the ball John Elway style to Brenchley who turned Mitchell and forced the ball past Green in goal. Mitchell claimed during an interview the next day he was blinded by the lights.
It was a lead that probably Skins deserved on balance and they looked most likely with Brenchley in good form throughout the half.
Bibs had their moments and Luis was seeing plenty of the ball running through midfield. Greenwood too was pivotal to any attacks and a speculative shot went in through Baker who was possibly surprised to be tested from that range.
The game was shaping up nicely and Green and Brenchley had a collision which left both hobbling.
1-1 at half time and Bibs were still not confident. Curry said during the interval "watch them take over. They've got the fitness, they will win".
Watching from the sidelines the half time whistle helped Skins as they were starting to feel the pressure with Greenwood, Chaz & Hunt keeping the ball well.
The 2nd half started and some excellent keeping amongst a fair few players kept the scoreline close. Virgo being the stand out as he saved well on a number of occasions, denying King Luis a fair few times. Curry made a great save too and Macleod also covered himself in glory as the keepers shone.
Eventually the third goal went in and it looked to be decisive when Greenwood tricked his way past Brenchley and Bahrami near the goal line, finished for 2-1.
The lead was short lived as Brenchley side footed into the bottom corner past Mitchell for 2-2.
An incredible double miss from Ridley and Virgo kept things level. Greenwood got a touch as Ridley and eventually Virgo made a mess of an open goal.
Towards the end Bibs had a late long throw and a goal bound header for Greenwood was blocked on the line and this eventually lead to a Skins break away but once that chance defended the game ended for 2-2.
A fine game, which had everything, except bar the great winning goal like last week.It was also the first draw in 8 F&O games.
MOTM - Chaz - It was tight on the votes this week, with 3 players gaining 4 votes and one with 3. Chaz wins ahead of Brenchley & Virgo on the basis of fewer MOTM awards. From my vantage point it was deserved, but you could make a case for a fair few. The Sandwich Man was a composed and steadying influence throughout and was the pick of a very competitive midfield battle.
The venue of comebacks was at it again as Bibs fought back from 2-0 down to stun Skins who looked after 50 minutes to be cruising.
The first talking point was an early Skins goal. 'Tricker it's a goal kick' 'Paul on the floor' these were one of many cries from players on both sides and the watching Eason on the sidelines. But no Tricker threw to Virgo who insisted he was passing the ball back to start the game again. Either way Curry nipped in and a disastrous start for Bibs. I should add the goal kick was as a result of a speculative Mitchell cross which hit the bar. The Ivorian defender is getting closer to his first BACA goal.
Bibs were playing at a tempo way too fast and they were losing possession on a regular basis. When they did string a few passes together they looked bar far the more dangerous team. It was an interesting clash of styles with the patient build up from Skins while you had the crash bang wallop approach of bibs.
A fine turn by Green past Baker saw him centre invitingly for the king of winter who much like Gazza in 96 was a millimetre away from scoring. Ridley too was having the occasional pot shot and Green became the first player to clear the BACA site with a right foot shot that was closer to the North Stand goal at the Amex then the 'theatre of comebacks'.
At the other end Hunt had a couple of headers but for all of the Skins possession on chances Bibs were well in the game.
1-0 at half time and the same pattern continued.
Brenchley smashed a post soon after the restart but then a lovely layoff by Bahrami, released Greenwood who fired past Ridley for 2-0. It looked a long road back for Bibs now.
They were given an immediate tonic when Brenchley turned and found the bottom corner.
The game was now stretched and Skins had several opportunities to use men over on the attack but often failed to find the killer ball and the move broke down.
The equaliser came from a corner and Brenchley lost Mitchell at the back post to head past Amir in goal.
The comeback was complete when Green found space 15 yards from goal and unleashed a pile driver in of the post for a goal fitting to win any match.
Skins had a late flurry with a long throw but bibs repelled any shot and the game was over.
Some desolate Skins players left the pitch and even today Mitchell was close to tears discussing last nights events.
Whilst not one for the purist it was another twist again in the mode of an Agatha Christie thriller.
MOTM - Matt Green - not just for the goal but a fine performance, winning tackles and rarely misplacing a pass. Rounded of by a winter goal of the season contender.
All eyes were on BACA tonight after the weekends indoor match. With McGhee upset at losing out on the KoW there were scouts galore on show to take a look at the Colombian wonder kid who had played football for Tottenham Hotspurs and Athletico Madrid.
In fairness the lad himself didn't big himself up too much, but Erik Hall wannabe Adam Dallinger was waxing lyrical about the young Colombian.
With What's App literally exploding in anticipation the game got underway with Skins edging the early stages. The Colombian was neat and tidy on the ball, but no suggestion as yet he was going to massacre the ageing F&O defences in the way young Thai Beebee had for much of his 43 caps.
First real highlight was a fizzing Matt Green drive which almost snapped the cross bar. Moments later Dallinger cried for a foul after the merest of contacts from Tricker. This led to Curry going in on the keeper one on one and finishing well. Moments later he almost had a second when he improvised with a back flick and forced a fine save from Greenwood.
Bibs were yet to get going although there were signs. Brench forced a fine save from Eason who had to take on the gloves for the remainder of the match after suffering from an achilles injury.
Not soon after a great Bibs move saw Ridley finish emphatically after the Sandwich Man had played him in on goal. 1-1 and it stayed that way until half time.
Skins were becoming less and less of an attacking force and it was Bibs who were pressing now. Sandwich Man with an outside of the foot curler, found the top corner for 2-1. Wave after wave of pressure but Bibs couldn't find the third, until Chaz again finished one on one with Eason who got a hand to it but couldn't prevent the clinching goal.
Skins best moments came when Wilson hit a fierce drive but Dallinger blocked close to the line. Brenchley made a couple of routine saves, but in truth Bibs were by far the better team and were unlucky not to grab a 4th when Greenwood hit the post.
It ended 3-1 and well deserved bibs victory.
MOTM - Chaz - A virtuoso performance from the midfield man. More known for his tackling and grafting he added a couple of well taken goals and an assist to overwhelmingly win the MOTM vote.
The Beast from East almost put pay to an astonishing run of c.200 week's of consecutive F&O matches but even the artic minus -6 temperatures weren't enough, as a hastily arranged game was arranged inside at King Alfred.
With Lamprell desperate to rid himself of his Bukake porn downloads it meant the commandant with 60 second ab belt came in for his 4th appearance.
Bahrami who has a knack of only inviting players slower than him, which is quite some feat, brought in ageing Matt Hyams who had to have a hot bath before the game to try and avoid injury. The hot bath wasn't enough as the creaking veteran made it to 12 minutes before his calf gave out and he spent the rest of the evening in goal.
With veterans vs it took the new comers a while to adjust to the rapid pace of the F&O legends. Bish, bang, bosh it was 3-0 in two minutes as Bibs started the game on fire. Whether they took their foot of the pedal the game very quickly turned around with Edwards the main threat. With about fifteen minutes gone it was 4-4 and the game back in the balance after Edwards and the returning Williams both scored.
The commandant was enjoying the freedom of the penalty area but unfortunately for the Iranian his goals were chalked off despite his continued celebrations.
Brench was doing his best to get Bibs back on track scoring a fine goal, coupled with rallying cry.
The KoW who has been having a tough time at BACA of late was getting in on the act scoring five and playing a blinder to keep bibs on top.
At 7-7 the game was still relatively even but then Bibs pulled away and the goals flashed past Hyams in goal. I think the game ended 14-9 although Brench in the pub felt he scored 8. With Macleod scoring five and a count up in the pub I think the MOTM king is slightly over exaggerating his performance on this occasion. MOTM this time was unanimous as Macleod took it comfortably.
We were soon joined in the pub by former Brighton manager Mark McGhee who had heard about the KoW performance and was hoping to sign him as a free agent until the end of the season to aide Barnet in their relegation scrap. Unfortunately for McGhee and Barnet the King had departed and the chance to sign the F&O predator had passed.