This Sunday we are again playing at home .Pitch heavy with frost in the early sun. Quite hard in the tennis club goal area . Overall the pitch still bearing up well which is a real tick in the box for the remedial works of last April /May . Even with the very wet days we suffered. This is exampled very well by the
mud on the roads put there from the harvesting of maize from sodden fields .
I am, as per my habit, up well before dawn and I busy myself with computer work as planning for the 20th Music and Arts Festival gets rolling.
The Grand Big Switch On (and arrival of SANTA) on Friday night -- by our magnificent ADAS team -- a band of such men and women , who ,with full merit
do serve this village -- so many man hours given so freely -- was again a great success.
The RNLI team again captivated the children on the wharf as SANTA sailed in aboard the Audlem Lass, scattering the floating candles .
Up to the big tree. Lights switched on . Great village night. And the Santa Grotto opens.
Additionally the New Opening of the Grotto on the Saturday by the traders of
the village was set in motion .
SANTA sleigh in operation (as per my brief on the web site)- on 7th & 8th .
Hoping for dryer weather!
We turnout in our yellow strip. (The blue/ white one is getting tired and we
will need to seek help in funding a new strip )
Opponents are AFC Talbot as we hope to build on the very good match of last
Referee is again Darren Waters- one of the top referees of the league .
at 1105 after inspection by the referee of the pitch. All agree to play .,
AFC Talbot in red and black as legs get going and all warm up .
First serious shot and it is on our goal but fired wide .
Talbot big heavy team .
Weather clouding over now as temperature drops again .
First corner and it goes to us. No gain.
Referee warns one of their players -- keep mounting off and it will be the sin bin .
Tom Smart chopped down hard but gets up ok .
A penalty -- perhaps a bit harsh- awarded to Talbot.
Not a good start
The Kev Beresford gives unwanted advice to the ref. Sin binned !
Off the pitch for 10 minutes .
Corner to us. No gain
S rallph play at present and such a contrast to the way we played and dominated last Sunday .Flow of good play missing
Free kick to foes but no gain .
Kev B back on from the sin bin.
Referee lectures Paul Astley . Too much mouth again. Frustration making many errors in play .
Great shot by Paul but goLie saves . First proper attack so far.
Corner for us . No gain
In the dying minutes , Will Cork has a shot that is saved.
Referee lectures Lewis Williams . So much niggardly stuff today .
We still not attacking their goal very much.
Subs played as Andrew (Beko) Betteley comes on as does Mark PRker. Both known for their goal scoring talents .
We just seem to be going nowhere. Too much rush and hope in our play .
Then . Madness!
Sliced apart by stupid easy goals .
A p roper thrashing .
Referee thank fully blows up and it is over . The warm glow of last week dead.
My photo sums us up. Hung up and out to dry .
Who knows. We play away next Sunday versus Sandbach FC
We shall see.
Ralph Warburton AFC
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