Here we are for the very first game of this new decade. A decade that will be so different from all the last five such times of our history. Yesterday I drove into the village to buy croissants etc for my guest and it was like driving on a film set where all inhabitants had mysteriously disappeared. Empty roads . As if the country was holding its breath and bracing itself for what this January will bring to us .
But. – To my game.
The morning is calm and at present dry as I prep for the match.
We play a new team this season, named Princes Feathers F C . A team that on paper we should beat .
Good turn out of players for us and for Kev Mort our manager who is now running the club on his own , with my assistance .
Referee is Jack Hubbard. A young man newly appointed . First time he has officiated at a game for us.
11.00 and as per usual fast pace as teams get their dander up. Bright slanting sun and a light cool breeze . Our magnificent bells ringing out in the calm air. The fantastic ADAS team busy clearing away all the Christmas trees and lights of the festive season . Such a lovely atmosphere in the village .
First free kick goes to us . No gain.
Great run by Will Cork gives me some heart . But no score .
Fine chance for Mark Parker but his shot is smothered by their goalie .
First corner to PF and followed by another -- no gain .
Ball falls well for Andrew Betteley but again the goalie gathers in the ball.
Super ball by Danny Mahoney to Ross Henderson who feeds Mark Parker and he nets with a fabulous volley!
PF have a shot but balloon it well over the bar.
Use of the "F" word being used a lot by PF .
The sun now hiding behind the clouds and the air that much cooler .
Vast majority of play is in our half !
Busy scramble in our goal mouth -- and again we allow the opponents to score . Seem to do this quite a lot
Shot by PF just wide. Pressure a lot on us.
PF still camped in our half of the play .
Great feed by Paul Ashley to on running Will Cork and he puts it away
Super timing , just before half time
Subs played as Sam Mason and Will Cork come off -- going to see Crewe in their cup tie versus Barnsley. On come Lewis Williams and Trevor McDowell .
This half and we are bossing the play . No more is PF camped in our half .
First corner to us. No gain
Marvellous fly over by a Spitfire as its Merlin engine roars overhead .
Kev Berisford on replacing Mark Parker .
Lewis Williams down as an elbow bloods his nose .
Water magically restores him.
Paul Ashley off . He is the daddy of the team at 44.
Tom Smart on .
We win our second corner. No gain .
Andrew Betteley off and replaced by Ben Walker.
Fabulous feed by Seb Burrows met by Kev Beresford who scores !
We then win two corners on the bounce but no gain .
A win for us and a round of beers from me. Man of the match awarded to Danny "ever running " Mahoney
Off we troop to the Bridge Inn for Adam's welcome grub . Have to abandon my Volvo as cannot fire it up.
Next game for us away against Princes Feathers again -- from a rearranged fixture . They play way up in Winsford .