An eventful pre-match build up saw a late venue change and 'King of the Tufty' Colin turn up uninvited to save the day as Ashley failed to show. Like a pig in shit Colin revels in a high degree of tuftyness and he rolled back the years as he produced a commanding defensive display in the knee high grass.
With the match kicking off later than expected the match was reduced to 64 minutes at 8 minutes per keeper.
It was Curry picking the ball out of the net first when legendary goal poacher Macleod ran into the ball and deflected the ball in after only a few minutes on the clock.
It was another very even F&O match with both sides doing their best to combat the lengthy grass.
White had a decent claim for a goal ruled out when his shot went through Virgo's hands who was struggling in the chest high grass. In fairness I had a good view and it was marginally over.
At the other end Beebee had another marginal one ruled out. This one too looked close but after much debate this goal was also ruled out.
Beebee was dazzling in the early moments and was a major concern for bibs defenders. Drifting deep he was linking up well with Curry and Deen and it was that quality link up play which created the chance for Ridley to finish for the leveller.
Skins were edging it now and creating chances, particularly with the revered right foot diagonal from Wilson to Curry. Approaching half time Beebee again found space and his shot come cross was swept home by Tricker for 2-1.
Half time 2-1 with the briefest of end swaps as the light was already deteriorating.
Only 3 minutes into the restart the Hat somehow missed an open goal on the goal line, but such was the ridiculousness of the miss the ball stayed in on the bye-line. Some quick thinking saw the Hat redeem himself with a pull back for Green who struck through a Skins jungle of limbs. 2-2 and game on.
The winner came with 20 minutes to go and it was a moment of magic from the Mitchell's. Jason drubbing forward from defence beckoned his offspring to make a forward run and that the youngster did as he was found with a inch perfect ball by his old man through the tufty grass.
In on goal he managed to finish just in off the post as the ball seem to take an agonising age to go in, much to skins disappointment.
Both teams hit the post in a frantic finale one was a Green header which hit his own post.
Eason had to make a one handed save past the post when debutant Nik Baker only 26 but qualifying through ballast headed towards the bottom corner.
Skins kept pushing but Josh again in goal was equal to any efforts coming his way.
Harley too was influential throughout and won a number of headers and kept a calm head as Skins laid siege.
With the light fading the game was over and another tight nail biter for F&O fans at Waterhall.
MOTM - Colin Harley thank the lord the eccentric veteran was there as Ashley no showed. It was 50 year old for 50 year old as him and Pete swapped teams and it was Colin who came up top in the battle of the Werther's.
In a game fit to grace any stage, 100 cap hero Wilson just fell short as bibs fluffed their lines on their skippers big stage. Instead it was a man less than half the age of the experienced stopper and with only 2 caps that was the hero. Young Josh Mitchell produced a commanding display supported by his old man as well as several saves as chances galore went a begging for Bibs.
The game started at break neck speed with Macleod netting the first, but that was cancelled out quickly when debutant John (hat) levelled. It was shots and goals galore as both teams pressed forward.
Skins always held a slight lead as Bibs couldn't quite get their noses ahead. It was tight at half time with the sides level but then Tricker visibly and audibly annoyed by a twisted ankle hit a purple patch when his first time rocket volley beat Wilson who had early made a fine uncharacteristic save. The goal galvanised Tricker and Skins and soon Tricker was playing the clown by tricking Colin into calling his team mate Alan instead of John. This caused much merriment to those around but none more than Paul who soon hit his second to put Skins out of reach.
Bibs scored late through the Hat again when his speculative shot went through a ruck of bodies for 6-5 but Skins were potent on the counter and they put the game out of reach for 7-5.
Whitey on the score sheet denied his old Sunday team mate Wilson a 47th win from 100 games but the veteran still has a healthy 46% win rate and moves to the top of the hundred club.
MOTM - Josh Mitchell - Some excellent defending and text book keeping, just kept him ahead of his dad for MOTM.
A late shift to Waterhall after cricket stopped play at Patcham Place meant the F&O sand purchased by Pete minutes before kick off wasn't needed.
The sacred turf was used for god knows what last weekend as Tricker cleared some glass and Whitey & Hunt were discussing whether they had found a used sheath as the players warmed up.
There was more fore play then penetration as Skins dominated the early stages. Curry had to be alert in goal as Ridley & Beebee both went close as Bibs couldn't get out of their half.
Despite their pressure early the game tightened up and the first goal was a flash of brilliance from the KoW who surprised everyone by shooting from more than 10 yards away and with his weaker left foot. The daisy cutter was perfectly placed and beat Curry in goal.
The dynamic winger was straight out on pitch after and immediately caused problems as he flashed a ball invitingly across the box. Bibs were definitely back in the game and their pressure was rewarded when Curry who done his best to miss, just kept the ball under the cross bar from the goal line after lively Southwell wing play.
1-1 and it was looking a pretty even game at this point. With half time looming Skins went into the dressing rooms the happier when the rapid Russell just beat Hunt in goal to the ball and finished from close range for 2-1.
Not much in it but Skins went for the jugular and pummelled Bibs like a lubed up arse-hole just after half time. Beebee and Russell were linking up well and they were too hot for Mitchell & Virgo to handle at the back. A Beebee shot was diverted into the goal by Russell who was having a fine game.
3-1 became 4-1 and then 5-1 with some great play on the counter by Skins as bibs continued to enjoy decent possession.
Curry scored his second for 5-2 but Beebee hit an unerring shot past Mitchell for 6-2.
Josh Mitchell then embarrassed his dad by scoring past hime for 7-2 before Southwell got the score back to 7-3.
Tricker scored a disputed 4th but when Pete gives the goal you know it's in so 7-4.
Beebee secured the win with the 8th for Skins who deserved their victory.
Some strong Skins displays from Russell, Harley, KoW, & Beebee but the stand out players for me were Ridley & Wilson at a combined age of 128 were faultless at the back.
MOTM - I'm going to give it to golden oldie Ridley who won most 50/50's and was strong throughout.
An inspired change of pitch saw F&O enjoy their 9th location (I think) in their magnificent 3 year history as they celebrated their anniversary with another spellbinding encounter at Patcham Place.
Despite the late change the kick off was only delayed by 8 minutes, although crucially at 0-0 the pitch was made wider which played into the hands of Bibs who had a lot of runners.
Eason returning from a 4 week absence and back injury was concerned about the rabbit holes and made that point on numerous occasions as bibs, cones, soil amongst other things was used to alert players to the treacherous nature of the surface.
Bibs scored the first goal when Southwell via a slight deflection side footed home from 12 yards to get the scoring underway.
Win machine Maxmillion was hoping to keep his 100% record going and he netted the equaliser somewhat against the run of play.
It was Maxmillion who kept Skins in the game as he responded on three occasions with goals after Skins had gone ahead.
(Bald) scoring numbers 2 & 3 and already having a great game. 3-3 game on but it was here that a mixture of good finishing from Bibs and lapses in concentration from Skins created the first gap in the scoreline in the evening.
Southwell & Bald again on the scoresheet as Bibs started to play some lovely stuff on a great surface, assisted by a brief shower minutes before kick off.
Skins to their credit responded well and Edwards pulled off a number of fine saves to deny Skins a way back into the game.
These were big turning points as Bibs turned the knife with their 6th for 6-3 and the gap was starting to be concerning for the Skins players.
It was only Edwards in goal pulling off Worldies, Curry, Butler & (Bald) all took their turns to mainly deny Brench who was having one of those evening in front of goal. He had more chances than Nick Cotton but a mixture of Ridley throwing his ageing body on the line and inspired keeping meant the MOTM record holder was drawing a blank.
Ridley was the only keeper to blot the copy book for Bibs as he turned into a statue for a Russell goal which was probably a cross. At this point 6-4 Skins were turning up the heat and Butler was in the wars first a clash of knees with Eason then a elbow/chest injury as Brenchley used all of his considerable weight to try and force the ball home.
Butler needed treatment and in the end had to retire hurt as Bibs finished the match 7 vs 6. But it was they who scored the next when Edwards scored with his left foot 7-4 with only 15 minutes to go.
Brenchley at last registered a goal at the 18th attempt but only via a deflection past the otherwise impregnable Steve (Bald). Skins kept pressing but a mixture of manful defending from golden oldies Wilson & Ridley kept the lead in tact.
In the final stages Skins had their 2nd reasonable penalty shout after earlier Ridley had hacked down Maxmillion. This time (Bald) punched Eason in the boat race but once again the point was proven in F&O you need to commit GBH for a penalty to even be considered.
Another great game at a new venue which proved popular with the players and fans alike. If we play their next week, which looks favourite we should look to bring some soil or sand to fill the holes as Brench was tackled by one near the end!
MOTM - Steve (Bald) a sensational all-round display by the big striker. The white Paul Furlong took the game to Skins and with four goals and numerous saves is the Pantene MOTM.