We Came. We Saw. We Were Conquered
Protect the Keeper.
Protect the Keeper….. wise words from Billsy as the Wapping squad discussed tactics on how to deal with the league favourites (Old Loughts). That is all we had to do… protect the keeper. How hard could it be???
Whilst Ailis was quietly chuckling to herself for her joke “Billsy has put away her balls” on the goal line, the rest of the squad set up for the first push back focused on what was going to be a difficult game. For the first minute, it looked like Old Loughts had under estimated the sheer power and skill of Wapping…. and then they scored their first goal….followed quickly by their second. Remember ….. protect the keeper.
Realising that our tackles and tactics weren’t working, Wapping opted to give away short corners. Some would say that this is protecting the keeper. Well…. after 5 or 6 penalty corners converted EXACTLY the same way… spectators could be forgiven for thinking that maybe Wapping weren’t going to come away with a win from this game.
So tackles weren’t working. Conceding short corners wasn’t working. Maybe allowing Ailis to save a penalty corner might make her life a little more varied? Well the Wapping outfield managed to deliver on that. Twice. Through the assistance of Holly’s feet. [i]You are very welcome Ailis…. and well done for saving one of them (apologies that none of us were paying attention though to your stupendous save!)
A couple of minutes before half time, Wapping secured and converted a short corner into a well deserved goal. Well done Fran. I have uploaded the pictures of proof that it happened.
At the half time whistle, the Wapping squad grouped together to discuss what could be done to bring the game back to Old Loughts. From the squad’s perspective, there was one glaringly obvious thing that needed to be changed. The forwards and defence should swap positions. Fool proof plan.
In the final 18 minutes, Old Loughts scored a few more goals, Wapping scored another goal, Babs and Holly got green cards relating to tackles. With only a few minutes left, and Billsy’s mind already diverting towards the beer bag she had brought for the squad, the female umpire stopped the game. What was going on? Why had she stopped the game? Why was she calling Fran over? What was that she was fumbling around for in her skirt? Steady on…. is that what I think it is? Fran has been yellow carded. Pah ha ha ha…. Fran walks off the side of the pitch…. seething after securing her first yellow card… for not what she has done personally, but because both Holly and Babs have been carded for bad tackles, the umpire thought it was important that Fran was made an example of by her bad tackle… BRILLIANT!
The final whistle was blown, Old Loughts had won, Wapping had lost. So we cracked open a selection of cold beverages from the beer fridge and toasted to our sporting prowess (from last week).