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1st February 2022 @ 6:06am – by Ralph Warburton
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Another of my musings as I wake to the early hours of a pre-dawn world , and before I sample the BBC offering of match of the day .

Thinking of how words evolved . Take the humble carrot . By the by, sales of these orange vegetables at about 60p a bag makes me think just how much does the grower get !!

But I digress. Carrot in French, Carrotte. In Spanish ,Zanahora. In German ,Karrote. In Swedish , Morot. In Dutch , Wortel . How on Earth they vary so much . Fascinating when you put them down on paper .

But to our game .

Balls, Medical bag, water, spade ( for dog mess) my papers, training cones, bibs and off I drive to the COOP for the delicious croissant .

Now! The match

We play against J S Bailey . Famous cheese makers of Nantwich .

At The George's pitches in Crewe .

Referee Is top referee of the league, Des Evans .

Off I drive with all the kit loaded ready.

We are planning our new kit for what will be our 10th anniversary season . It looks superb thanks to the efforts of Kev Rodgers- our famed number 3 and top coach for us . We have received excellent sponsorship -- from Whitchurch , Adderley and the wonderful new team of Jay of EMS Cheshire, currently working on the Methodist Chapel.

Again an excellent turn out of players but our top scorer, Nick Gregory , is away in Bahrain on business.

Here at at The Georges, changing rooms clean and warm if a tad cramped .

Bright mild start to the day . 16 men turn out for the game. JSB have 14.

Playing on pitch number 1

Light training session and warm up routine before we play .

Kick off sharp at

1100.

Before we got going the pitches were awash with gulls . Promenading about and taken flight now and then .

The play. Usual Fast play .

Watery sun beaming across the pitch and into our eyes. All the next 8 games including this one are cup finals for us , as we strive to keep on top of the league . All are looking to tip us off the top place we hold. Up to us to ensure they do not succeed.

Playing a 4-3-3 formation as manager Kev Mort seeks a basket full of goals today, playing as we are against the bottom team of the division .

Bit of a mish mash at present as each side tests each other

1112

2nd corner to us . Then 3rd corner to us. Kev Rodgers takes it , straight to the head of Paul Bowker, who nets!

1-0

We are off and running .

JSB playing hard and a vicious tackle takes Dan Rooney down. First of many.

1116

Paul Bowker sliced down , hurt him that did.

Clouds have opened up and the low watery sun getting brighter in our eyes .

1125

A very scrappy mess of a game so far .

1128

Corner to JSB . 1st for them .

Our men getting ratty with each other -- not a good sign at all. Cohesion is our normal way ,but no way at present .

James Craig taken down in another of JSB's signature tackling. Man to man marking by JSB is so very high and very effective. A far far better team than when we last played them .

1140

Long signature throw in by James Craig , wasted .

1144

Shot by Seb Burrows is tipped over the bar. The closest we have cone to scoring a second -- gone .

Half time . David Farral here as he tours the games .

Kev Mort harangues the players for their poor showing so far. "We are playing down to their level " " calm down " .he says.

Second half.

1150

Off we go .

Clouds more or less gone . Sun seems even brighter .

Corner right away for us but no gain. Another corner. No gain.

Kev Rodgers to Seb Burrows , heads home , but goalie saves.

1155

Free kick to JSB . No gain.

JSB goalie hurt in an attack. Recovers well.

Then free kick to JSB. From distance . Good shot that Connor has to tip it over the bar.

They have for sure upped their game over the past months .

1212.

We for sure do not look like scoring again . Play very ragged. No thread to the play.

Corner to JSB. Punched clear by Connor in goal .

Their number 4 slices Andrew Betteley down and gets a yellow card.

Callum Mese off as Toni Sindstadt comes on as sub.

Their number 3 booked fir harsh tackle . Ben Walker on for Will Cork.

1225

JSb score !

1-1

Well deserved as we played like we all had two left feet. Fully deserved , as they had really upped their game . Final minutes and Seb Burrows sends in a fine shot , saved by the goalie's legs .

Sam Mason off and Thomas Capewell on. To give us height in their goal mouth . Does not work -- and game over .

Draw . Two points lost.

Off to the Leopard for curry and chips from our joint sponsor .

Still atop the league .

Next Game is away in Winsford versus Princes Feathers

Ralph Warburton

Audlem F C

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