Real Shepperton 3 Chiddingfold 6 (League)
13th February 2005
‘Bring back Lionel!’
Naomi Taylor after
second half referee Chris North gave a decision not to her liking
A comprehensive victory over a poor Shepperton side, which
could easily have seen us score twice the goals we did.
A reluctant but valiant referee Lionel (press ganging
still alive and kicking in these rural backwaters! - Ed) blew the
whistle and, on a small pitch, it seemed like Piccaddilly Circus out there at
times. But the boys opened the scoring early on when Scott put the ball across a
crowded penalty area for Jonathan Bt to slot home from 10 yards. Shortly
afterwards Rupert broke clear, with excellent but unneeded support, and smacked
the ball home, 2-0.
The boys were really getting into their stride now and,
after work the previous training session, their heading was vastly improved. A
superb clearance from Theo in central defence put Jon Bt through again and he
made no mistake, 3-0. Then, after creating an opening with some impressive short
passing, joint Man of the Match Richard
took the ball round the keeper, 4-0.
We were looking seriously good now, displaying some very
impressive passing football, with Richard, fellow Man of the Match Jamie and Hassie all on top form. In defence, Theo
has come on in leaps and bounds; decisive, calm, authoritative and sure-footed,
he is playing more and more like John Terry. Mike in goal made several brave
saves too and one particular move, involving Hassie, Richard and Eddie, which
ended with the ball scraping the bar, had the coaches purring on the touchline.
Half time came and went (a relieved Lionel, who had been an
excellent referee, made way for qualified ref Chris North) and we duly went 5-0
up after Richard battled away to win the ball for Jon Bt, who swept it
majestically in for his hat trick. We were first to every ball, positive,
exciting and very classy – if only it could always be like this!
To their credit Real kept trying to make a match of it and
pulled a goal back by way of a lucky rebound about ten minutes into the half.
They made it two not long afterwards with a super shot but never looked like
getting into the game and were, by now, arguing amongst themselves.
Then the Mighty Barton got his fourth, shooting home after a great breakaway, and confusion in our defence gifted Real a third goal not long before full-time.