Apologies in advance chaps I'm having a complete memory blank and I can't remember half the match, which probably explains my poor performance tonight.
Due to a high number of absentees this week we were down to 7a side but welcomed back Jac and a debut to Jordan Caulfied (no relation to Corney). A tufty, blowy and gloomy evening for the fat and old faithful tonight.
Colours started off well and looked good on the ball but tried to walk the ball into the goal were left frustrated early on especially when the KOW was denied by an amazing save from Curry early doors.
Colours were left frustrated when Green crossed from the left hand side of the pitch and Kev was left clawing at thin air as the floated over him. Jordan was having a fine first twenty minutes but started to fade with the pressure of the headband and borrowed size 11 boots resulting in multiple falling over episodes.
Jac was running the game for the colours and was linking up well with Chaz and Greenwood and Jac scored a fine team goal when he finished well into the bottom corner.
And that is all about I can remember, Bibs went 2-1 and then 3-1 up I think the third was a Jordan OG. Jordan then scored from close range for colours but then two quick strikes but the game beyond reach for the colours.
The game finishes 5-2 to the Bibs and it could have been a lot more. Colours lost shape chasing the game and Bibs capitalised on some suspect defending.
A very good team game from Bibs tonight who put in a well organised performance and colours will rule the early missed chances.
MOTM - Tom Hunt, tough to pick tonight as good performance from Green and Curry but Hunt just gets it after his robust performance in the middle of the pitch and a fine goal keeping display.
Fat and old welcomed back Colin, Beebee snr and Dan Voss into the fold on what was a blowy Thursday night.
Both teams looked confident and knocked the ball around early, Colin was up to his usual tricks and was shouting out its tufty out here lads and in truth he wasn't wrong as Kev went tumbling after tripping over a daisy.
Bibs had a lot of possession and looked to try and get in behind Kev and Lamps out wide but lacked the final ball to create a clear cut chance.
Chances were few and far between and it was only after Bibs failed to clear a corner that Brench fired in a shot that deflected of Chaz and flew past the Bibs goalie at the near post.
It was 1-0 as the teams changed ends and Bibs started off quickly as White was causing trouble down the right flank but the ball wouldn't fall kindly as chances for Steve (bald), Beebee and Green came and went.
Finally after Mitchell picked the lose ball up and played in Chaz a slick passing move was finished by Green. Skins looked to respond with Curry and Butler looking to play in Brench to try and muscle his was in but Wilson was playing well and managed to stop him.
Soon after Butler struck a fierce shot that seemed to fly high and wide but after a review and asking Butler if he though it was in the goal was given, Bibs looked confused but the game got back under way. Greenwood was getting more of the ball and he let a rasping drive that flew past Steve (bald) and again the dubious goal panel got together and it was not given much to Bibs relief.
Bibs were throwing everything at the skins defence and a mixture of wayward passing, bad finishing and some desperate defending managed to keep the Bibs strikers at bay.
Pete who was having a quiet game by his standards managed to produce a fine individual effort to get in behind Wilson, Pete was bearing down on goal when Wilson got back and clipped the flying F&O winger who went down calling for a free kick, Skins walked away mumbling "not again, he's on the floor again" but this time it was a foul and Pete wasn't injured.
With time running out Brench picked the ball up and started running towards goal, Mitchell jockeyed like he has done for years getting ready to try and block the left footed pile-driver but Brench pulled out a move not seen since the Zap in 2001 and dropped a shoulder and went right leaving Mitchell looking lost and confused as Brench chuckled to him self as he went past, Fat and Old defenders will be in trouble if Brench starts going both ways!!
Final score was 2-1 to the Skins and In truth it was a very even game, Bibs will wonder how they only scored one goal and skins will wonder how Beebee kept a clean sheet after being bombarded in the final 10 mins. Good performance from Green and White for the Bibs and from Curry, Brench and Greenwood for skins.
MOTM - Chaz, a fine performance from the sandwich man in a losing effort.
With a number of regulars out this week the game was back to 8 a side as we welcomed back the KOW and Butler.
Brench nursing a knee injury decided to try his hand as Steven Spielberg this week to catch some fat and old magic for the website.
Skins started the game well knocking the ball around and looking comfortable in possession. Steve (bald) got the first after a defence mix up from close range. Soon after had a great chance to double when he missed with a unmarked header from inside a foot.
Bibs were playing deep but managed to get some width with Curry providing a pass for Whitey to rifle home with a fierce strike. Steve (bald) scored again from close range to give skins the lead as they looked to turn their possession into more goals.
Tom Hunt then looked like he went over the ball when tackling Luke and was forced to go off with a nasty looking knee injury. Brench answered the call as we managed to find some kit, boots and after he finished his fag we continued with the game.
Curry scored a fine goal cutting in from the left to square the match, Brench was pinging the ball around like Dan Marino looking to use Curry and Whites pace out wide but he was soon given a chance to score after some fancy footwork only for Luke to make a fine save. At the other end chaotic scenes as Danny made a fine save from Southwell screamed at the KOW to clear but not once but twice he kicked the ball into Brench as Greenwood was on the floor laughing. Some how bibs hung on to half time with the score even.
Brench who was keeping Mitchell company at the back soon burst forward and produced some vintage magic skipping past 3 players and drilled the ball into the bottom right corner. Soon after Butler who was putting in a fine shift capitalised on a mistake and slotted the ball past Southwell to give Bibs a 4-2 lead.
Southwell hit a low shot the found the bottom corner to make in 4-3 and a nervy last 8 minutes. Skins were having all the play now and with Lamprell spreading the ball out to Ridley and Southwell causing chaos it was some desperate defending from Mitchell and Greenwood. A long range shot seemed to catch Mitchell by surprise as he tried an unusual technique like a volleyball move and just managed to push it over the bar, dubious goal panel got to together and honest Pete confirmed it was just over.
With the last kick of the ball Butler just got in front of the KOW and scored from a yard to give bibs a 5-3 win.
A close game tonight and I feel skins will feel hard done by with this result, good games from Virgo, Southwell and Steve (bald) for the Skins and Danny, Curry and Brench for the bibs. Shout out to Tom hope your knee is ok fella.
MOTM Craig Butler
A good performance from the newcomer who got his first win tonight. Full of running and scored two good goals.
A busy Waterhall saw Rich Lamprell take over pitch duties from Pete Ridley and in combination with Kev Virgo they went about the task if getting the dimensions and pitch markings in harmony for what looked a close encounter on paper.
The parking problems at Waterhall meant Southwell as usual was late and the Sandwich Man usually so reliable couldn't make it due to a puncture en route. Remarkably F&O were able to get in a replacement within fifteen minutes of the news of Chaz's no show in Sam Lawrence who hasn't played for some time due to working in London now.
It meant Southwell & Brenchley swapped teams and Brenchley's bibs made a very competent start. Green & Virgo were dominant at the back and in Bald & Brenchley they had a front two posing constant questions of the rarely paired Mitchell & Wilson.
Bald to Brench who turned and fired past White for 1-0.
Lawrence was impressing in goal and when he volleyed first time he beat White who's comical keeping meant his starting position was nearer Braepool than Waterhall.
2-0 and it was all bibs as they dominated the first twenty.
A combination of bibs dropping their standard and Southwell getting more involved saw them draw back level quickly before half time. Southwell's excellent close control and finish made it 2-1 and then White with a clearance from his own half beat Lawrence who was caught in no mans land.
Southwell could have scored a great team goal after being put in by Bahrami but his shot was saved.
Half time 2-2 and Skins would have been pleased with how they came back in the second half of that half.
Soon after the restart Brenchley finished well despite a big hand by Southwell and the bibs lead was back for 3-2.
Whitey had a golden chance to equalise after (Bald) had made a meal of the first shot but he miraculously saved the rebound from a yard at the expense of a corner.
Skins didn't have long to wait for an equaliser as bibs failed to clear on a number of occasions, most notably Lamprell who tried to dribble out from the back but lost the ball and Whitey was on hand to tap home from a yard for 3-3.
Skins were now well on top and they looked far more threatening at this stage of the game.
Eason made a hash of a back pass clearing it straight to Southwell centre pitch and the in form striker finished beautifully for 4-3. It was at this point that Eason was laid out with a back injury which meant he had to stay in goal for the last change leaving Brench to play out the full 80 minutes.
Bibs had a golden chance to level. Lamprell done well to beat Mitchell and with a 2 on 1 bibs should have made sure but a combination of Bahrami & Wilson denied Lamprell's first effort then that of Green's as bibs piled forward.
Bibs were made to pay as with six minutes to go Southwell completed his hatrick with a simple side foot finish past the injured Eason for 5-3.
Brenchley made one final surge into the Skins box and squared for (bald) and not for the first time, the sizeable frame of Bahrami was there to divert the ball away.
MOTM Carl Southwell - His threatened this for a while as his fitness and form have improved and tonight he was somewhere close to his best with 3 clinical finishes and some sublime touches. Some other strong performances from bibs whilst for Skins only Brenchley and Lawrence played anywhere near their top form.