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

Martin Lloyd

 

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 Scott flick.

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 all cylinders.

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.

All this Ė and they were Millwall supporters as well!