"Wes have you brought the lube?" Mark Brenchley 7:35 Thursday 2nd November BACA
No lube required tonight as no ones arse hold took a pounding with both sides playing their part in a fiercely contested match.
With an earlier kick off of 7:45 allowing for Deen's late show we were underway and both sides were looking evenly matched with little to choose between them.
Ridley looking to atone for last weeks air shot, must have thought he was in for another horror night only two days past Halloween. It was more trick than treat when the balding veteran took an inadvertent touch with his right foot before air kicking again and falling over. Cue howls of laughter from the other 15 players. Not to be deterred he was soon back in the action down the left but ran the ball out of play before the predictable expletives ensued.
Skins were looking for Brenchley early doors but he was well marshalled by Mitchell who was having a good start to the game.
Chances were at a premium with the Skins team working hard to deny space to bibs. Deen at last wriggled free of some challenges and his superb shot smashed the under side of the cross bar and bounced to safety as Skins had their first real let off.
It took 28 minutes for the deadlock to be broken and it was the free scoring Tricker who added to his BACA account as he slipped two challenges before rifling past Virgo in goal.
Bibs tried to hit back and Josh made a couple of decent saves but from nowhere Skins went into the break two nil up when Wilson fed Brenchley who was afforded the freedom of Falmer and he finished powerfully through Deen in goal for 2-0.
Bibs had a good spell just before half time as they passed and probed the Skins back line and it was unfortunate for them the half time whistle stopped their momentum.
The second half didn't start to well for Bibs but they were given an Iranian lifeline when Bahrami deflected a Mitchell centre in past Brenchley for 2-1.
Skins should have regained their two goal lead when Mitchell & Deen gave the ball away from a goal kick. Brenchley rounded his mate in goal but ran out of pitch, he cut back and laid in Tricker who seemed certain to score but he hit the side netting and a huge relief for bibs fans and up and down the country.
That miss was compounded when a long throw by Hunt was glanced on by the curly hair of Beebee beating Dallinger in goal to mark his 100th cap. The game had turned around and when the Iranian Mark Hateley had a chance for his second it could have been 3-2 but he fired well over from 10 yards.
Bibs felt they had a penalty when the veteran Ridley decided to mount Hunt and aggressively maul a lad half his age. The appeals for a penalty were waived away and Skins broke at the other end.
Ridley was in the thick of it again when in goal and a vicious strike hit the F&O treasurer in the solar-plexus laying him out and requiring medical treatment.
Skins won it when Bibs lost the ball just inside their own half and Skins broke through White wide right who centred for Brenchley who gobbled up the chance for 3-2.
Skins were desperate to hold on and queue Ridley with his kill the clock antics. First suggesting a replacement ball was flat and then looking every bit his 50 years of age as he gingerly hobbled to retrieve the ball in scenes reminiscent of Michael Watsons last mile at the London Marathon.
Bibs were desperate now and a few long range effort were repelled by blocks as the Skins defence stood firm and in the final action of the match Eason wide right put in an inviting centre which eluded everyone and the game was over.
MOTM - John Curry - Tremendous energy as always but plenty of nice touches too. Combining work rate and technique. Wilson who was second in the votes had a great game especially as he carried Dallinger through most of it.
Ridley deserves some praise to for responding to the early air kick and producing time wasting and play acting that any old pro would have been proud of.