Audlem F C
SUNDAY 4th April
A great day for our team as we now are allowed to play after shutting down before Christmas.
Kit all assembled . Balls inflated . Medical bag checked.
And off I drive at 0930. First to the COOP for those superb croissants . And coins in my change for later when players pay their match day subs . This week only charging them 3 as all players will be given the chance to play. 20 said OK . We shall see .
The pitch is superb . Firm. Clear of dog poo. Lines well marked . Light morning frost soon gone.
Given Covid Rules as applied by the New Annexe , we cannot have showers nor the use of the changing rooms.
So men have to change in the open by the picnic tables .
Our opponents- Sydney Arms – arrive dressed ready.
In the end we have 16 players plus our player manager, Kev Mort .
Referee today is Ian Hurdle and very good to see him here again. A fine firm referee but with good sense to let the game flow .
As we get kitted up, I note the sad absence of the Church bells, pealing out to welcome the congregation. Have been silent so long and such an integral part of our village life.
Kick off . And the waves of testosterone so evident as players go at speed – so happy to be playing the game.
The League in their wisdom (?) decided to change todays play to a friendly after much "argy bargy" from some teams .
But to us it win , win , win!!
Kev Mort as Mgr,, Thomas Capewell as Skipper, Connor Baxter in goal .
Plan is to use roll on roll off subs to ensure fair chance of playing for all.
We in our Marston's Red Kit and Sydney Arms in blue .
Fast and furious is the play from both sides.
Kev Rodgers feeding a long ball and Alyn Burcea meets it. Fights his way round a crowd of defenders – and scores!
1-0 . What a way to start!
On the play goes. Few folks coming and going in the morning sunshine. Families so happy to be able to be out in the fresh air .
The bells of St James peal out ! They ring what seems like a quarter peal . Wonderful. Perhaps in response to us scoring? He said, tongue in cheek.
Play goes on , still fast AND Kev Mort making changes as the minutes tick by. Some dirty play by Sydney Arms get the tongue lash of the Ref.
First corner of the game – goes to SA . Superb by them but it flies over the cross bar .
No gain .
Fierce up-field attack by SA , but Connor pulls of a fine save.
1140. Long shot on our goal and Connor tips it over the bar.
2nd corner for SA .
Still no corners for us
Goodly smattering of folks here now as dogs are walked by. Some advice shouted out to encourage us.
David & Debbie Robertson here – long time supporters of the team.
And they very generously tell me they are donating £100 to us for our funds. A very noble gesture indeed.
Off we go again. Leading still
Some tired legs evident after such a long layoff
Free kick for us . 1st one. No gain
Free kick to SA . Just outside the box. Kick sails over the defence wall – and Connor saves !
A drinks break declared by Referee Hulme .
1225 . High ball by Kev Mort , loops over the defenders -and into the net!!!
A superb goal
2 – 0
Nice to see such a score line. Sydney getting more riled .
Referee has to severely admonish one of their men. No booking though .
Now SA attack hard , seeking to get on the score sheet. . Shot palmed away by Connor. Playing very well between the sticks .
Some hand bagging dispute . A bit of pushing and shoving which Ref calms down.
Long free kick, taken by Dan Rooney – and his shot loops over all players – and skims the bar. What a near chance for another goal
To sum up.
Superb team work . Great subbing by Mgr Kev Mort who scored a real fine goal. .
Man of the Match goes to young Ben Walker.
Referee comes over to say how disgusted he was with the play of some of the Sydney Arms Team . Good refereeing throughout .
A fine victory . . Next game is on the 11th
Away to White Horse in Nantwich