There was a tense pre-match build up with the media frenzy surrounding the debut of Go-Karting star Barnaby Pittingale who once beat a young Lewis Hamilton on the track. The formula one star was rumoured to be in attendance watching his former foe dip his well manicured toe into the F&O pressure cooker.
Whether it was the threat of the gypsy's or Mitchell's head band the former Sports Personality of the Year didn't make his way to a packed out Waterhall.
The usual cagey opening didn't materialise tonight with both teams going for it as Pete measured a far wider than usual pitch with added dip.
It began 9 vs 8 with Harley turning up after 7 minutes of play and just avoiding a ban. It was great to see the old war horse back and in typical Colin fashion his first pass saw his boot travel further than the ball, as his size 9 travelled dangerously into the Bibs penalty area. It was just a shame for Skins his cross didn't beat the first man!
Both teams made use of the additional space with some excellent passing. Thai had the first crack on goal forcing Curry into a magnificent save against the post.
However the next shot from young Beebee sped through Curry into the net. Thai was looking in ominous form and as quick as a flash he had made it 2 then 3-0 with powerful finishing.
Rocked but not deterred Skins continued to play their football and when Brench came galavanting up from the back he finished past Lamprell for 3-1. Eason's shot was parried out by Lamprell and Green pounced for 3-2 after being denied in similar circumstances by the flame haired keeper.
The comeback was complete when Ridley taking no chances claimed the goal like a heroin addict claims methadone as he roared fist clenched back to the halfway line.
3-3 and the tide had turned. It was Ridley again who felt he scored the 7th. A shit cross seem to go both over and wide but Pete was certain it had lobbed Lamprell and so the inquest begun. 13 cap Dallinger got into the act as both men verbally joust and argued over the goal. In the end much to Ridley's utter disgust the goal was ruled out.
3-3 at half time and it was Skins who came out of the blocks the fastest. Brenchley & Green combined to set up Brench who's volley just whistled past the post. At the other end Southwell having another good game hit the outside of the post as the score remained at 3-3.
Skins would rue some profligate finishing when Thai waltzed past the defence to net his 4th of the game. It quickly became 5-3 as Bibs took a foot hold once again in this crazy match.
At 5-3 Skins had some great chances to reduce areas but a combination of dog shit finishing, wanting to walk the ball into the net and Lord Barnaby in goal they couldn't reduce the deficit and predictably they were made to pay as bibs went out of site through Thai again with Southwell & (Bald) also joining the goal scoring party.
Ridley was still incensed by the award of two of the bibs goals and was still trying to claim his second deep into injury time despite the score moving to 9-3.
Hunt via a Wilson deflection made it 9-4 but two goals at the death gave the scoreline a rather lopsided 11-4 win for Bibs. No doubt they deserved the win but the margin of victory was harsh on Skins who contributed to a high quality game.
MOTM - Thai Beebee - Fucking lethal - Special mention to the ginger Pirlo (Lamprell not Dallinger), White & Southwell. Wilson & Virgo were solid at the back with (Bald) being a lively focal point up front, young Barnaby Esq played well in goal too.