A rare 7 aside game at the theatre of comebacks saw yet another team come from behind to win as 14 players gave us a cracking encounter on a warm Thursday night.
With Nyle & Luis both getting late call ups they joined bibs who were 300 caps short of the experienced Skins line up.
It was Bibs who made an excellent start, knocking the ball about like under instruction from Pep Guardiola. The biggest surprise was that their early dominance wasn't rewarded with a goal. In fact after such a strong start it was Nyle who picked the ball out of the net first when Prosser on a decent run of scoring opened the evenings account. The goal came when Curry came on to the pitch and the increased energy and pressing meant the early spell of dominance, quickly subsided and the match became a much more even encounter.
Brenchley hit the post then Chaz & Wilson returned fire as their efforts also hit the woodwork.
It took a moment of magic from Wilson to find young Luis with a sublime first time ball straight to the Colombian stars feet. He finished calmly to level the score at 1-1.
Fellow new comer Nyle then made it 2 in 2 in his early F&O career as Bibs turned the scoreline around to lead 2-1 at the interval.
As well as the post being busy we were hit with a fair few injuries, notably the Hat going off for a short spell and Nyle having to keep goal at certain times. Brench with a thunderous challenge on the Hat, hurt himself in the process and was struggling to breathe directly afterwards.
Chaz spurned two glorious chances when well placed and the goal at his mercy. Hunt too hit the bar after Eason had played him in. At the other end Brenchley hit a post for Skins.
It was the midfield all energy duo of White & Curry who won it for Skins. They combined for Curry to level then from a corner White's second attempt went in for 3-2. The game was up when White squared for Curry to tap into an empty net.
Late in the game Nyle roared out from his goal to make it 4-3 and set up a grandstand finish, but despite plenty of Bibs pressure the Skins back line was resolute and Bahrami made some decent saves in the last 11 to preserve their lead.
MOTM - Neil White - An all action display for Whitey tonight holding off Curry & Prosser for the MOTM vote.
There was the rare threat of rain before the game as 'the theatre of comebacks' produced another top draw affair.
Conditions were in fact very good with a light breeze and the perfect football playing temperature. The rain for the most part held off, apart from a 20 minute burst deep into the second half.
It was a pretty even start and the first keeper change on 11 minutes still saw the game locked at 0-0.
Enter Rich Lamprell with his 3% save rate. He actually managed to reduce this further with two conceded without making a save!
The first goal came when Hunt anticipated an Eason ball into Beebee and he strolled towards goal before driving it though Rich's legs.
The second goal was an excellent move and finish and it was Hunt again who finished on the run into the roof of the net.
2-0 to Skins and the game had changed in a blink of an eye. Fortunately for Bibs Rich vacated the goal and it tells you much about his quality of keeping when you're relieved to see Virgo between the sticks.
Virgo made a good save from a trademark Brenchley pile driver as Skins looked for a third. At the other end Bibs were missing chances galore. Greenwood pulled one out of the air a'la Bergkamp but saw his effort blocked. He then played in (bald) who tripped over his feet with the goal gaping. Curry went through one on one but was denied by Green and Prosser who went in goal after again made some crucial saves.
The Bibs pressure paid off and their opening goal came from an unlikely source when Chaz ghosted in at the back post to nod home. Soon after Greenwood levelled for 2-2 and that's the way it stayed until half-time.
Skins were relived to get into the break on terms as Bibs had dominated the final 20 minutes of the half. The game swung back in Skins favour as they started the second half really well, with what was there best spell of the match.
Hunt scored his 3rd when the Skins defence backed off and he beat (bald) with a decent finish.
Moments later it was Prosser who scored his second in two games after a clever move from a short corner. 4-2 to Skins and once again Bibs had a two goal deficit to overcome.
Curry on a fine goal scoring run, made it 8 for the season when he tapped in at the back post after Eason had played a ball into 'the corridor of uncertainty'.
4-3 and game on. White also made it 8 for the season and what looked like a crucial 5th for Skins, side footing home after Eason elected to punch under pressure from Bahrami. 5-3 going into the last keeper change and it seemed certain that Skins would see it out. Prosser by this stage taking the last two keeper changes due to injury.
Greenwood gave Bibs a lifeline for 5-4 and then Beebee with a miss right out of the Virgo training manual, blazed over from less than a foot with the keeper on the deck. A huge let off for Skins who were struggling to cope with the increased pressure.
It was Greenwood again who found (bald). The big man surged powerfully towards goal before finishing under Prosser in goal to level things up.
Things were getting heated as the teams were both pushing for a winner. White who was a thug all night, had a verbal pop at Chaz. There was six fouls called in the match a new F&O record! A good job flu victim Ridley missed this one, otherwise we may have had 20 minutes of injury time.
5-5 with around 5 minutes to go. Skins came back and Brenchley forced a corner and with only two minutes left White appeared to over hit a cross but Hunt showing great athleticism headed the ball back into play. However the ball was called out to give Bibs a goal kick. Soon after Eason exchanged passes with Greenwood before the MOTM cracked in his hatrick to win the game in the final 90 seconds. It was the only time Bibs had been ahead all game which was a bitter pill for Skins and their army of travelling fans to swallow.
Another thrilling comeback at BACA with eleven good goals.
MOTM - Danny Greenwood - A display reminiscent of a prime Bryan Robson. Showed leadership qualities and some sublime touches
No match report this week as I was in Greece.
Skins won 6-4
Short and Shit rolled back the years as they repelled all second half Skins attacks to edge a five goal thriller at BACA. For the first time in two matches we saw an even game, which swung one way then the next.
With The Sandwich Man & The Hat arriving a little later than expected we got going just before 19:30. Skins made a sloppy start and they were punished when John the Hat at the 3rd attempt managed to prod home his 5th goal of the campaign.
Bibs were well on top and playing the ball nicely through midfield. It was surprising that Skins weren't able to add to their lead such was their early dominance.
Somewhat against the run of play Whitey got in on goal and finished well for 1-1.
The midfield workhorse soon made it 2-1 after a defensive blunder where Bibs let the ball bounce from a simple hoof upfield from Brenchley. Whitey was on the end to make it 2-1 his 7th of the season to take him level with Beebee for the Summer golden boot.
It was now skins who were flying and Bibs were indebted to a couple of decent Green saves. One of which denied Whitey his hatrick. Skins had other chances but Beebee in particular was finding the Falmer field rather than the goal.
Another goal against the run of play but this time it was Bibs that profited as Tricker's shot which was heading wide hit Mitchell and the ball went in off his back past Brenchley in goal for 2-2.
2-2 at half time and the match was well set for a blistering second half.
Surprisingly the only goal of the 2nd half came when Lamprell tried to nick the ball ahead of Curry but couldn't make it and Curry in red-hot form scored what turned out to be the winning goal and took him level with Beebee & White with 7 goals.
Soon after John the Hat started feeling sick and having chest pains so he decided to jog off the pitch. 8 vs 7 for Skins now and surely they'd make that count but no they couldn't and in fact it was Bibs who looked more likely to hit another.
The Skins numerical advantage lasted all of five five minutes as Beebee injured his ankle going up for a header with Chaz.
7 vs 7 and Skins were now pouring forward. Mitchell who was looking for his 3rd MOTM in a row and two efforts on goal and Brenchley who marshalled well by Short & Shit couldn't hit the target.
With time running out Skins could only force the occasional corner and throw as Bibs held firm and were resolute in their defending.
In the dying moments Greenwood escaped down the left and squared for Virgo with Eason out of his goal. The microscopic defender somehow took an air shot and the ball trickled harmlessly out for a goal kick.
MOTM - Tom Green - Good to see the young lad back in the unfamiliar position of dominant defender. A display reminiscent of Brian Kilcline as he took no prisoners to see his team home to a deserved win.
A rare demolition took place at BACA this week as Skins took a pasting from a fired up and motivated Bibs side. It was a night to forget for Skins who lost Southwell to a calf injury with 15 minutes to go but they were already 7-1 down by then and it was somewhat surprising that a) the lead wasn't increased and Whitey & Brenchley didn't get on the score sheet.
The game started relatively evenly and Southwell just missed the target as he looked to keep his winning run going.
For all of Skins decent possession early they looked ever so vulnerable at the back with the usual steadfast Matt Green being replaced by the South American flair at late notice.
Later in the game the South American resembled a Colombian Grant Mitchell as he went seeking retribution on Curry for what he felt was a robust challenge.
It was Curry who opened the scoring Skins wasting possession and a Brenchley ball found the all action midfielder and he finished past Virgo.
Virgo was beaten again when he couldn't see through bodies and Tricker's well struck effort went in for 2-0.
It was 4-0 at half time with the fourth being scored by John that Hat finishing well at the back post. I can't recall the scorer of the 3rd but I think it was Curry with his second of the game.
The best chance of a poor first half for Skins came when Southwell set up Beebee but his first time shot from 2 yards was saved by Voss a rare save for the win machine.
Skins had to score early in the second half but they were still being dominated for the most part. Baker did get one after Southwell found him to restore some respectability.
A brief flurry from Skins who had chances but King Luis blazed over when well placed and at other times he couldn't get his shot away.
The brief comeback was halted when John the Hat who played well throughout took the game away from Skins with clinical finishing to take the match ball home after three perfect forward rolls.
With Southwell out of the game Skins could thank Virgo for keeping the scoreline at 7-1 as he battled it out with Brenchley to the death.
It was a complete performance from Bibs and all 8 could have had a chance of MOTM but in the end it was Mitchell just from the Hat. That's two in a row for the defender who could become the first ever player to win 3 consecutive awards next week. Jac Edwards & Tom Green have had opportunities to perform the hatrick but both came up short.
MOTM - Jason Mitchell - Playing some fine football since he lost the Claire's accessories head band. Should probably dislocate his finger more often.