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12th October 2020 @ 6:06am – by Ralph Warburton
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Sunday 11th October

My mind flying all over the place in this early morning .
Have had a week with Microsoft having screwed up my pc and my iPad . Getting there gradually with the aid of two of my sons . Being totally hamhanded in such matters.

So, nearly back to my usual state vis a vis the internet etc and my address book.

A bit more meandering. On Friday I bought some asparagus tips from our superb COOP . £1 for 8. Seems so immoral -- was that we have this little bag flown all the way from Lima to eventually land on a shelf here in Audlem . Something seems not right given our real need to stop this world of ours sinking beneath the pollution and plastic we are stuffing down it's throat .

But . Down to earth and to football.

Today we face top of the table Broadhurst F C . Riding high and playing very well. Another long journey to Winnington , outside Northwich .
Before we start play I attend on behalf of Audlem F C , a brief celebration of Alan, recently deceased and having been associated with their club for well over 50 years. This was followed by an immaculately observed 1 minute silence on the centre circle by all players etc.

Kick off
1100.
Pitch in good order , well drained but sadly the lines are virtually non existent . Bright sunny day -- some very high cirrus in a startlingly blue sky and warm .
As usual, frantic start as players warm up and the testosterone rises.
( Seb Burrows pays over the £12 he was fined for a yellow last game -- our first card of the season.)

1103
First real attack on goal and we hit the side netting.

1105
They score !
0-1
So hope we are not in for a hammering .

1107
Free kick to us . Results in the first corner and again for us. No gain.

1109
They score again!
0-2
Two mistakes -- and we are two down. Poor play .
Still attacking and we win another corner -- but no gain. Clouds drifting away slowly .

1125
Great racing run by Will Cork as he attacks their goal. His shot sadly hits the side netting.
Best chance so far.
Referee books BFC player. For a foul and then sin bins him for foul language . 10 minutes to cool down and a chance for us versus 10 men.
Free kick to BFC , straight at our goal, but Connor Baxter tips it over the bar.

1140.
0-3 . Stupid soft goal.
We were sliced apart.

1145
Free kick to us from what suspiciously looks like inside their box. But. No. And no gain.

Half time .
Second half and manager Kev Mort plays subs. On come Alyn Burcea and new signing Paul Bowker.
Mark Parker off. As is Sam Mason .
Warmer still now as fluffy white cumulus have replaced the high cirrus .
James Bebbington comes off and Seb Burrows comes into the play.

1205
And they score again
0-4
Viscous tackle on Will Cork and referee books the offender.
Shape in nowhere near as good as last week and our first half was poor .
We are shaping better in this half but cannot get a clear shot on goal.

1225
Kev plays more subbing and on comes Ben Walker. Jack Welch off and Chris Messe -- new player comes on .
Rest of the game better by us but not good viewing . Trying our hardest to at least get a goal.
But no go.

Full time and all troop off. Changing in a damp rutted car park .
Team drive off to meet at The Rifleman in Nantwich . To welcome snack Chicken pie

Next game at home when we meet AFC Talbot of Nantwich

Ralph Warburton
AFC

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