A new dawn, a new day
Team of the Year front-runners continue their unbeaten run against top of the league
…and so the moment had come for the Inglorious, back to fortress JO to kick off the second half of the season against the wretched 6s. This was no ordinary Saturday, but was the day that became known as Derby Day. Although many games were on the schedule at JO, there was only one that made the spectators salivate in anticipation, one to make the beer cans empty and then fill again repeatedly, one game to rule them all.
The day started well for the Inglorious, as a new face to many joined the ranks, in his first game back from a serious injury that had side-lined him for the first half of the season. Hainsey joined the ranks of the Inglorious, although it was noted he still needs to receive the proper liquid greeting to seal his time here. Meanwhile the 6s were suffering from bouts of desertion as suddenly many players were unavailable and even their old leader had run to the eastern parts of the world to avoid the mighty Inglorious. In his place, one of the Inglorious’ legendary ranks stood, Frosty had become loved by the 6s scum, as he had been trained in the fire pits of the Inglorious just the year before.
As the game began the light was fading and the cold was closing in on the heroes on the field. The crowd were ready and drawing breath in anticipation as the ball was rolled back to the 6s and the game was a foot. The 7s began strongly, matching their counterparts stride for stride and skill for skill. After around 10 minutes and a few defensive strongholds, the Inglorious broke through the sixes talisman, and in on their defences. The dark prince picked up the ball, and drove down the left half of the opposition D, beating one then another, until he reached the baseline. With a glorious flick of his saber he delivered the ball across the goal, and there waiting was none other than Adam Burch himself, fresh back from injury, to tuck the Inglorious into a truly deserved lead.
Not long after the 6s onslaught began, the Inglorious may have awoken the beast. Forward they poured onto the defensive ranks of the inglorious, wave after wave. The midfield ranks of Peeler, Julio and Hainsey being called to aid the defensive line. In the end it was telling as none other than the M3 coach popped up to deflect the ball past a stricken Trojan and Inglorious defence, 1-1. With half time looming and the Inglorious feeling bereft of the advantage they had just lost, they poured forward and wrestled the momentum once again. Maxim Leefe partnering Canons in another new look defensive pairing at CB, drove forwards only to lose the ball wide on the right. However much to the 6s surprise young Max was not done yet, he chased his man into the corner, stripped him of the ball and all his pride, and drove once again along the baseline of the 6s D. As he approached traffic, Max looked up to see the 7s own midfield talisman, Sahil, marauding for the top of the D in support, he pulled the ball back perfectly for Sahil, who dispatched the ball into the far corner of the net past a diving 6s keeper, 2-1 to the Inglorious and an upset was on the cards.
Halftime came and went, and the Inglorious were supporting each other and their efforts to that point. Meanwhile at the other end of the field Martin was making his ranks cry with harsh words and a hairdryer treatment to make Sir Alex cower. This however seemed to work, and in the second half the 6s were re-energised in their task. The Inglorious held strong, through cards and many corners, until on one such corner, Canons was caught breaking early, and the inglorious ranks were exposed. With only three to help Trojan defend the reloaded corner, it was always going to be a tall ask. And so the ball was moved well around the D and the inglorious defence and into the goal for 2-2……….NO! the ball had failed to go outside the D post injection, an error so costly the 6s may rue the decision come the end of the season. Goal Disallowed and Inglorious still ahead.
Yet more attacks and corners followed for the 6s, as the Inglorious showed the sort of fighting spirit that will hopefully help them to a promotion push as the season winds to its close. Kitchen and Barton marshalling their foes into the wide areas to stop them entering the D. Eventually however, the 6s new leader found a chance to prove himself to his forces and did so admirably, showing the sort of fight that can only be nurtured in the Inglorious ranks, scrambling the ball inside the post from open play for 2-2. Ten minutes to play and the game could go either way. Not two minutes later and the Inglorious forwards again posed a threat, as Griff, Bateman, Fareed and Adam pushed to create chances. Seeing a chance, Sahil picked the ball up and drove in from the left, slamming the ball across goal and into the post! So close to a killer blow for the Inglorious. And so the anticipated grandstand finish was not to be, not even the solitary 7s corner of the game could break the deadlock, and the spoils were shared, on the field at least.
Mom rightly went to Sahil for his sterling effort all game, and DoD to Canons for failing to score the corner, and Crispin for his inability to pick out his own team mates.
The inglorious now sit 5th in the league table, in a scrap for third place, but just 5pts off the top, with the top two in a shootout next week. Next up for the Inglorious is another long journey to Clacton, and a must win encounter for the Inglorious. A win there and they will be in the promotion fight, a loss and they could be out of it already.