Dynamo Chiddingfold 2   Locomotiv Chiddingfold 10 (Unfriendly)

 

24th April 2005

 

‘I don’t believe it … I scored!’ Theo

‘I don’t believe it … I scored!’ Jon Br

‘I don’t believe it … I scored!’ Mike

 

Incredibly, it was only 0-2 at half time!

The inaugural Bacon Sarnie Invitation Match was Lionel Cozens-Smith’s idea – an opportunity to have some fun at the end of the season with bacon sandwiches afterwards (thanks to top Catering Manager Mike Oatridge).

The teams had been carefully picked to be as equal as possible; the big difference was that one team played as a team, the other were a series of individuals, none of whom wanted to think about defending.

The first fifteen minutes was end–to-end, played with great spirit and enjoyment. Locomotiv Man of the Match Tom opened the scoring with a superb break down the right, fighting off last season’s Player of the Year Lewis  and slotting into an undefended goal. Locomotiv pressed hard – prompted by David Short, Jonny S blazed just over the bar and overall Man of the Match Greg Kent always looked a threat – but Dynamo held firm.

Then it was Dynamo on the attack. Throughout the match, whenever Dynamo threatened, it was usually Scott or Will  creating the pressure, with Lewis straight back to the form which made him so formidable last season.

On about twenty minutes Tom broke clear again and made it 2-0 to Locomotiv, soon after Jon Bn for Dynamo ran the length of the pitch, literally from his own goal area right into the opposition’s, only for Mike to push his shot wide.

At this point the usually lethal Hassie  for Locomotiv missed a completely open goal, to the enormous enjoyment of everyone, then Steve  for Dynamo cut in well from the right and let fly, to be blocked well by Mike.

For Dynamo, Reece  was solid, spraying a succession of intelligent balls over the pitch, and his team mate Ross  in goal was always alert. In the last ten minutes of the half, the blues (Dynamo) were much more in the match.

Right on the stroke of half-time Alex Hacking had a terrific shot well saved by Mike yet again.

Into the second half, and Kirk for Locomotiv was brutally hacked down as he hurtled down the left wing, then Tom tried his luck with a super run on the other side of the pitch, laid the ball off beautifully to present Hassie with a gift of a goal, which he blazed way over the bar again to hilarity all round. Undaunted Locomotiv attacked again and this time Jonny S was unlucky to see his shot go just wide.

Finally, the inevitable third goal came; Dan  brought Hassie down (don’t know why, he was bound to miss!), Eddie scored from the spot, but had to retake for encroachment in the area, and scored again, 3-0.

Still Locomotiv attacked; next good work from Tom on the left again put Greg through, only for him to hit the bar, then at the other end of the pitch Will pulled off a great save from a rare Dynamo attack.

Dynamo were crumbling visibly now, leaving their keeper completely exposed and trying to get back into the game as individuals. Locomotiv duly exploited the space at the back and, after some good movement, Ed made it four. Shortly afterwards Tom did the business again and this time Jon Br scored – an extremely rare event - to ecstasy all round.

Dynamo pulled one back in the luckiest of circumstances – Eddie, by now in goal, cleared the ball only for it to rebound into the net off Jon Bn, 5-1. The game had until now been played in a great spirit but the goal gap began to get on the nerves of one or two players and Jamie G was sent off to calm down for a bit, as nearly was Dan.

Next another unusual event – centre back Theo  broke away and made it a joyous 6-1 – no-one in the Blues seemed bothered that there were seven attackers versus two defenders and a keeper.

The Blues did get another goal after a goalmouth scuffle, Richard  smashing the ball into the roof of the net, and Ross was also unlucky to put the ball over the bar again. Lewis in goal was having a great game (he needed to) and all in all Dynamo had enough chances for several more goals.

The third centre back to score was Kirk, in spite of a terrific Lew double save, 7-2, then Jon Br (I can hardly believe I’m typing this) raced up the pitch and scored from a breakaway, 8-2. Even more extraordinary Mike joined in the fun and made it 9-2, with Tom wrapping things up to make it 10-2 right at the end. It was notable that one or two of the Dynamo players, Steve  and Man of the Match Dan  particularly, never stopped trying or thinking. If the others had followed suit the score would have been very different.