Saturday 22nd November 2014 @ Longlevens School, Gloucester
Gloucester 1 – 5 Erdington and Saltley
Team: Harvey, Shaun, Brandon, Teon, Jermaine, Troy, Tyrese, Kane, Shilo. Hayden, Kye
Driving to the game I was suddenly hit with the realisation that I hadn’t packed my flippers. The rain was coming down so hard that I could hardly see where I was driving. Luckily the clouds parted, allowing the sun to break through, soon after our arrival in Gloucester. As ever, our hosts were pure class, taking care of our every need and treating the boys like pros. I always look forward to an away day at Gloucester! With a bit of luck, we’ll have such a setup our selves one day in the not too distant future. For now we’ll make do with mismatching shorts, unflushable toilets and our great team spirit to get us through!
The game couldn’t have started any better, with Tyrese smashing in a first-time shot early in the game. The St. Joe’s midfielder was at his best today, using his strength, vision and teckers to keep the team ticking over from the heart of the pitch. More pleasing, his attitude was perfect as illustrated by the arm he put around Harvey’s shoulder immediately after The Gunter keeper conceded a penalty to leave the scores at 2-1 (although it was a class penalty and there was nothing he could do!). Prior to the pen, The Ton scored a second through Marsh Hill wing wizard Troy. A week after celebrating his tenth birthday, the Blues star jinked in and out before slotting the ball home. Once again he demonstrated the telepathic understanding that he has with fellow Year 5 player Kane, with both lads linking up well shortly before the goal, as well as many times after.
The second half saw the introduction of Hayden and yet another Year 5, Kye. With the average age of the team falling, the quality of the football did nothing of the kind. Our third goal came courtesy of Hayden who finished from close range after good work from someone or another down the wing (you know what my memory is like!). The fourth goal was a toe poke from distance from captain Shilo, who deserved it following a return to form today. With the game closing and with the chips being served up, Shaun side footed into the bottom right hand corner following trickery down the left of the highest order from Troy. It was Biggy’s first district goal of the season and it was clear to see from the way everyone ran over to him that the lads were more than pleased for their popular teammate.
Overall I think this was our best performance of the season and everyone of you should be incredibly proud of your efforts. We’ve got a tough game next week against unbeaten Redditch so we better make sure we bring more of the same to that match.
Man of the Match – Tyrese
I’m sure Tyrese won’t mind me saying this, but last season there were times when he acted like me as a 15 year old! I remember me as a 15 year old and I was a moody pain! However this season he is a new man. Mature, hard working and always looking to encourage his teammates. Well done Mr Nolan! What a class young man!
The final word should be saved for Gloucester who as ever were hosts of the highest quality. Thank you everyone associated with this fine district and good luck for the rest of the season.
Up The Ton!