The warning signs of a draw were there before the game. Firstly draws tend to come in two’s, secondly Phil was playing and thirdly Brench predicted a draw based on the 8 aside teams. With Dallinger & Youngman making it up to 9 we kicked off just after 7:30 after a minor pitch invasion when a tournament liked the idea of holding up F&O.
The goals were moved back and Kev marked the pitch giving Rich his ‘wet dream’ of a good length. Rich so turned on by the width would go on to score two a feat which nearly earned him MOTM.
Bibs started extremely well and were soon well in control. Patient build up and good movement from Tricker & The Hat upfront were causing untold problems for Skins who were reliant on Mitchell & Green getting them out of jail a few times.
The first goal came from an unlikely source. No not Curry this season’s top scorer but the penalty spot. Mitchell was adjudged to have fouled Curry in the box as both went up for headers. Mitchell pleaded his innocence, but the feeling amongst the majority was that the Ivorian stopper had gone through his man to compete for the ball. Curry picked himself up and drilled high into the roof past Greenwood who got a slight hand on the ball but couldn’t stop.
Bibs were now rampant and a goal of the season contender followed as Chaz & Southwell combined brilliantly with the former sandwich maker, teeing up Carl to drill home into the roof for 2-0. Bibs were brimming with confidence whilst Skins were in turmoil as Green departed his defensive duties with Ridley moving to the back.
Surprisingly the 3rd goal of the game went to Skins as for the first time they played some good football in the Bibs half and Lamprell finished from a tight angle through Virgo in goal.
Skins may have thought half time 2-1 great let’s get back in the changing room and get things sorted but a long range effort from the Hat went in past Ridley for 3-1. Bibs continued to press and forced numerous corners but 3-1 at half time was a fair reflection on the first half.
Skins came out much improved after the break with Lamprell, Beebee & Greenwood starting to dictate terms more in midfield. Bibs cause wasn’t helped when Tricker with a shimmy and turn hurt his side and spent the next 10 minutes in goal until he had to conceded defeat and leave the pitch to a standing ovation from the Bibs fans packed away at the Amex side of the pitch.
The numerical advantage for Skins seemed to spur them on and Bibs were dropping deeper and deeper with only Curry has an out ball. Lamprell made it 3-2 when a cross went straight in as Mitchell may have unsighted Hat in goal. Skins were on the charge and it took some good defending from the back 3 and a few slices of luck to keep the lead.
At the other end a rare foray into enemy territory for Bibs saw Prosser make a fine save from a Chaz header.
The equiliser came as Lamprell with two bites of the cherry saw his 2nd shot deflect in off Greenwood for 3-3. Still around 20 minutes left and Skins were now looking the likely winners.
Southwell now injured as well made a series of decent stop as the pressure ensued. Youngman was also a casualty as the pace of the game was taking its toll and he spent the final 15 in goal with a hamstring pull.
Bibs pushed back were making it difficult, although they were almost architects of their own down fall when first Wilson tried a back header but this was read and Southwell was out to smother. Moments later Virgo tried a risky back hill about 3 yards from his own goal but somehow Bibs got away with this and cleared their lines.
9pm and the whistle was blown for a 3-3 thriller.
MOTM – Carl Southwell – A great first half performance on the pitch and then a fine 20 minute goal keeping masterclass, reminiscent of a young Bobby Mimms.