Real Chiddingfold 5 Interchid 5 (Friendly)
17th October 2004
ĎOh, didnít you know Ė heís been
playing in goal for Midhurst for the last six years.í
A good opportunity for absolutely everyone in the club to
have a good, fun workout.
In the back of the Managerís mind though, was a real
worry; our regular star goalkeeper of the last four years, James O, had
announced that he wasnít going to be able to play for the league team any
more, due to pressure of work and his other commitments. The obvious replacement
was Theo , who had often played in goal in the past and, thanks to his dadís
genes, always been outstanding. However Theo was developing into a John Terry of
a centre back, and we really didnít want to lose him there.
The game began and Mike , playing in defence for Inter, was
a very cool presence. For Real, Greg Kent, making a rare but welcome appearance,
was nipping everywhere, and put them 1-0 up after good pressure from Dan , who
was in inspired form.
Inter began to get into the game though and Scott broke
through, only for Theo in the Real goal to block well. Will
got Inter back on level terms soon afterwards with an excellent shot and
Inter were starting to put some good feet-to-feet passing moves together,
especially out of defence.
Realís shape was on the messy side and joint Man
of the Match Rupert took full
advantage for Inter, smacking the ball into the net, 3-1. On the Real side Alex
Hacking was keeping his head well but Rupert put Inter 4-1 up after a lovely
Next Rupert found himself one-on-one with Theo again, but
Theo was equal to it, parrying the ball and scooping away Richardís follow-up.
Jamie G was also having an outstanding game in midfield for
Real, but Rupert made it 5-1 just before the break with an immaculate long-range
shot from wide on the right, in at the far post.
Half-time and we decided to make some changes. Rupert was
given a lightning transfer across the city to Real and Mike
mentioned that he didnít mind playing in goal, so joined him. He
proceeded to make some very brave saves. The manager started to take notice.
At the other end, Jamie G, taking his turn between the
sticks was also impressive, pulling off one cracking save at the feet of a Real
striker, and Rupert started where he left off, lobbing Jamie after a loose
clearance to pull a goal back for Real, 5-2.
Inter werenít taking it lying down, though. Hassie
was in top form and Will smashed a terrific shot in, which Mike turned
brilliantly round the post. Real had their tails up now, Theo giving an
unflappable performance and team mate Ross pulled yet another goal back,
side-footing the ball in from a goalmouth scramble, 5-3
Richard in the
Inter midfield was everywhere, as were joint Men
of the Match Interís Tom
and Realís hard-tackling David
S, with Anthony also firing on
Next, ecstasy for Theo Ė a cracking goal from the edge of
the area, 5-4. Finally, who else but Rupert made the score a very satisfying 5-5
with a lovely strike from outside the Inter box.
By this time the manager had been chatting with Mikeís
dad Martin behind his sonís goal. Yes, Mike was good in goal, heís been
playing there for Midhurst for the last six years, And yes, heíd be happy to
play there for Chiddingfold.