On a bitterly cold night, King Alfred much like a soup kitchen provided refuge for the F&O players who based on television footage appeared to have gorged heavily on Christmas treats in the build up.
With two debutants on show, there was always an element of lucky dip with the teams. In fairness the first twenty minutes were cagey and even and we had played a third of the game with no goals.
However the final 40 minutes saw Skins give Bibs a thorough festive hiding as a combination of gift wrapped errors and fine finishing saw Skins score 4 goal in a ten minute spell up to half time.
The debutant, walking football sensation Colin Addison-Milne was at the heart of everything Skins produced and despite his age (Bill reckons he might be 60 or very close) he had enough about him still to terrorise the Bibs back line.
All six Skins players scored as they ran riot. Bibs had some chances but a combination of poor finishing and good keeping from Hunt, Virgo & Highland kept them out for the most part.
OMB finished well to open the scoring for Bibs but it was already 6-0 by then.
The game finished 13-3 and Skins were deserved winners, although the game felt more even than that.
MOTM - Amir Bahrami - Tied with a 60 year old with votes but due to a hastily arranged rule change over MOTM the Muslim Pig's in Blanket's fan gets the nod and his second MOTM for a controlled and disciplined display.
It was an unusually mild night which greeted the F&O lads for this Christmas cracker at BACA. With Beebee out with a broken nose, Dangerous Dan came back into the reckoning as for the first time since Stanley we played with just the fourteen players.
As always the game started fairly evenly but the opening goal came from a well worked corner from Ridley and Dangerous which gave the former the opportunity to finish well into the bottom corner for 1-0.
Greenwood was relishing the extra space in midfield and when he saw the physio Nik of his line he chipped the big 6 footer who discombobulated allowed the ball to kiss the roof of the net for 1-1.
The Hat unbeaten in 10 was in the thick of the action and when he found Tricker with a reverse ball the striker finished well to turn the game around at 2-1.
No half time this week to try and get ten minutes per keeper in and Tricker only moments after scoring should have made it 3-1 but scuffed a shot wide when well placed.
At the other Dangerous played in Ridley who showed great pace to outstrip the defence and level for 2-2.
It was bibs that went back ahead when Whitey this time broke free of the defence and finished for 3-2.
Both teams were still well in the match and we creating chances. The equaliser came when the Physio kicked the ball straight at his team mate virgo and there was the Hat to finish in off the post for 3-3.
Virgo had a great chance to restore the lead but couldn't sort his feet out and the ball was scrambled away. Curry went free but his shot was touched onto the post by Eason in goal as both teams were looking to avoid yet another draw.
Skins sprung the break away and Greenwood with all the time in the world, showed a cool header to finish in off the post for 4-3.
Bibs continued to press forward and they found Wilson in fine form with saves galore using a mixture of body parts.
With bibs pressing with two minutes remaining, the ultimate jobs worth and all round wank stain started blowing a whistle and shining a light to stop the game at 9pm. F&O continued to play on until the floodlights went off and the game was up.
MOTM - John the Hat - Wins MOTM on a recount as him Wilson and Green all had blinders. I'd also put Curry up there too who was a constant menace with only Pete from Bibs getting a deserved vote. The Hat was clinical in front of goal with good movement and a celebration of Premier League quality. Will he try it on the wood of King Alfred Wednesday?
The season of goodwill to all men didn’t extend to Brighton Uni Sunday as the first ever abandonment was triggered by a challenge Joey Deen which left Beebee with a nose like Phil Thompson’s.
Both men showing true desire and hunger to win the ball clashed near the edge of the penalty area and it was Beebee who came off the worse, his face a crimson mess and his nose in disarray.
The game has just passed 40 minutes so the 2-2 score line stood and bibs will thank a fine Bahrami goal 3 minutes before the injury as they went off to the pub avoiding defeat.
With late pull outs and a late call to Andy to bring the equipment we got underway 7 vs 7. Bibs were knocking it around the back nicely but not seeing to many sights of the Skins goal. At the other end Skins had the pace and legs to counter which they were doing to good effect.
Eason who hadn’t long come out of goal went up for a corner and an inch perfect delivery by Bahrami saw Eason rise well at the back post and his header was guided into the roof of the net.
Skins looked more threatening with White on pitch and his direct running was causing some problems. Him Beebee and Hunt were linking well and after a spell of sustained pressure Hunt levelled for 1-1.
They almost went 2-1 up just before the break when Hunt hit the post and from the rebound Mitchell made a great save with his feet.
With 33 minutes on the clock we took an enforced half time as one of Wilson’s kids needed a shit so we waited until the youth had finished curling one out.
Conditions were worsening with the cold and wet but they got back underway with a change of ends.
Another Bibs corner resulted in Brenchley winning the header but he couldn’t keep the ball on target.
Just after half time Beebee found space to hit Skins second goal of the game as with their first real chance of the second half.
Still over half an hour left, or so we thought. However in what turned out to be the final few minutes Wilson played the ball in for Bahrami who back heeled into the roof of the net for 2-2. A great goal and one that would be continued to be talked about in the pub after.
Then the match ender as Deen & Beebee contested a 50/50 that ultimately curtailed a very close game.
The F&O physio Nik got his rubber gloves out to tend to the stricken forward as his nose was dripping like a fat birds Tampax.
MOTM – Andy Beebee – Rescued the game by bringing the equipment, scored a goal and then got his nose smashed. Eventful!
Will he wear a mask this week or next a’la Gazza?
Skins paid a heavy price for poor finishing as they suffered a 3-0 defeat, with Bibs producing a well organised and patient display to pick off their opponents.
Bibs got into an early rhythm Hunt in particular excelling in his midfield role.
The first goal came from a poacher to rival ‘The KoW’ with the Hat prodding home after White spilled a shot into his path. If the Hat plays Sunday there could be an interesting sub plot with the Crown vs The Hat in a battle of the gun slingers.
1-0 and bibs were playing some neat football. Brenchley got away down the right but fell over as he ran out of pitch. Earlier in the warm up he done his best John Terry impression falling over as he tried to crash home a penalty past Hunt.
Greenwood and Beebee all had efforts on goal but they were struggling to find their range and when they did, inevitably there was a bibs body in the way.
Hunt finished well for 2-0 as Bibs continued to look comfortable.
Harley had a great chance to reduce arrears but headed over after Voss headed across goal. Prosser almost scored the greatest goal in F&O history when he showed great acrobatics to force a save from big Nik in goal.
Skins were pushing forward now but were undone when Brenchley was played in and for once he kept his footing and slotted home for 3-0.
Half time and bibs knew they had to keep concentrating as the game was still fairly even in terms of chances.
After riding an initial storm which included a great save from Hunt, bibs showed their clinical nature by keeping the ball well, thus preventing the expected onslaught on their goal.
In fact the best chances fell to Green who hit the ball so hard the cross bar is still shaking and Hunt hit the post as they looked to further punish Skins with a 4th.
Virgo & Nik in defence were rarely breached but when they were in the final ten minutes Eason made a save one on one with Greenwood then kept out a Tricker effort with his knee.
That was the final action of a competitive game and only the 4th clean sheet in F&O history.
MOTM – Kev Virgo – A defensive display of the highest order from the ‘little un’ who punches well above his weight.
It was a night of celebration as 100 cap man Greenwood and his mate Mitchell (without a win in almost four months) claimed a win at a cold and blowy BACA last night.
With the pitch free we were able to get underway at 7:45 and play 9 minutes per keeper with a half time interval.
Early stages suggested this encounter would be even and there was little in the way of goal mouth action as Skins looked the more comfortable in possession. Greenwood stung the hands of Eason after 6 minutes as the big keeper palmed his effort away from goal for a corner.
Hat & Tricker were proving a handful upfront and testing the returning Harley who was making some fine last ditch slides in the first half. The first goal was a cracker Tricker dummying intelligently for Greenwood to lash home for 1-0. It was 2-0 not long after as Skins threatened to run away with things and the Hat tapped home from close range.
Bibs were desperate to get back into the game and when Bahrami set the ball up for Beebee the frontman produced a rasping drive in off the post for 2-1.
With the teams changed round for half time it was turning into a tight game with both teams having chances. Ridley was having a good game at the back with Mitchell Hat & Tricker were linking well.
Bibs looked like they had the advantage with Virgo pushing into midfield and winning some balls but they were picked apart when Wilson lost possession in midfield and the counter allowed Hat to finish for 3-1.
It seemed like Skins were back in control but then Ridley threw the ball out to Green but this was intercepted allowing (bald) to bundle home. There were angry words between Dallinger & Ridley as Skins threatened to implode on Greenwood's big night.
Once again though Bibs conceded a poor goal when Greenwood given the freedom of Falmer finished after a fine ball in from Mitchell.
Harley was showing signs of fatigue and when Bahrami threw the ball to him, he was disposed by Ridley who played in Greenwood who celebrated his 100th cap with a hatrick and MOTM award.
Bibs to their credit continued to fight and they found a glimmer of hope when Hunt scored for 5-3 with just over 10 minutes left. Beebee hit a post and Mitchell made a miraculous save from Hunt to keep the scoreline to 5-3.
Some serious time wasting by Mitchell & Ridley ensured the final minutes were relatively secure with Skins dropping increasingly deep. Eason put an inviting ball into the box which just eluded the heads of Hunt and Beebee as the clock ticked down.
In the end a deserved victory for Skins and a great night for Greenwood despite Beebee forgetting his 100 cap.
MOTM - Danny Greenwood - A fine hatrick and some excellent distribution