A new era of F&O football begun at BACA Thursday as the new winter pitch looks set to host 7 months of turbo charged soccer.
With only 60 minutes available the pitch was quickly set up with a late change in the teams with John the Hat replacing Colin who had pulled his back only 2 hours before kick-off in his garden!
Skins started much the brighter and they dominated the early stages with plenty of possession and the odd pot shot but no telling chances.
Greenwood who was revelling in the space afforded to him in midfield was closed down far too late and his drive was deflected in off Eason which wrong footed Hunt who may have had it covered.
1-0 and it was no more than Skins deserved.
Bahrami had a shot turned over by Virgo who was enjoying the short goals.
Steve (Bald) missed a golden opportunity to equalise when he couldn’t turn the ball home from two yards with the goal gaping.
It took a trademark Wilson long ball to break the deadlock. He chipped into the box from deep inside his own half and when Green and one other challenged Macleod the ball went straight into the goal for 1-1.
Skins who had looked so comfortable up until this point started to show some signs of weakness.
They could however had gone back ahead when Macleod with a terrific back heel released Greenwood who fired straight at the keeper.
It was two moments of magic which gave Bibs their two goal lead as they completely turned the game around.
First the ever willing White chased the ball and back heeled to Hunt just before it went out for a throw. From then it was all about the Hunt finish as he slammed the ball home into the corner from 18 yards.
Not to be out done White scored a goal at least its equal when he turned and fired in past Ridley.
Skins were shell shocked and looked to mount a comeback. Curry & Tricker forced saves from the bibs keeper and the Greenwood hit a ferocious rocket which was palmed over by Bahrami.
The Iranian was feeling pretty cocky at this point and gave Greenwood some verbal’s which immediately back fired when a corner flashed into the Bibs area and Greenwood first time steered the ball home from close range. 3-2 and the game was back on.
Eason had a diving header cleared off the line when he stooped low from a Hat corner. The resulting set piece again from The Hat was again met by Eason but this time the header went wide.
With Bibs killing the clock it was decided to add on 5 minutes of stoppage time taking us up to 9:06. Nervy times for bibs but they managed to restrict Skins to just two Tricker efforts which both missed the target. Game over and a tight and enjoyable start to life at BACA. Skins players weren’t happy at the end and there was some sombre moods and faces as they made the long trudge to the car park.
MOTM – Danny Greenwood a 3rd MOTM in 4 games for the rejuvenated midfield maestro. Bibs struggled to cope all game with his passing and movement rounded of by two goals.