Groundhog Day for the Hounds... by Dunc, 31st Oct 2009
Funny thing the fixture list so far – the season’s 10 weeks old and this is the third time the firsts have met Saints Old Boys – and the Reserves played CSV ‘A’ for the second time in a week!
Saints Old Boys 1 – 0 Hounds
Groundhog Day for the firsts – the third week in a row with ‘nil’ recorded against us. Which isn’t going to help us win any games…! Andy picked up MOTM. There’s a wild rumour circulating that we finished the game with 11 players on the pitch! A chance to forget about the league for a week with a lovely away game in the GFA Cup up next.
Clifton St Vincents A 1 – 3 Hounds Reserves
I hadn’t realised before last week, but CSV were unbeaten before playing us. Which makes the 2 victories in 2 weeks even sweeter – especially as the games will probably rank highly in the “toughest games of the season” table.
The scoreline probably flatters us a little – the main difference between the teams was Mike in goal – no CSV player managed to get the ball past him all afternoon (that in no way belittles Steve H’s MOTM performance though!) The only player to beat him was Sturge – twice. The second time, Sturge went to play a back-header to Mike, but gave it a bit too much and the ball flew over Mike’s head. We all watched as the ball took a huge bounce (in slow motion, obviously) and just cleared the crossbar. Man, that was close – and I think would have brought the scores to 2 each. CSV’s first was created by me though – losing the ball a bit too easily to their winger, who fed their nippy striker, who drilled one across goal, which was intercepted by a well positioned Sturge. But his clearance took a direct line to the near post where it ended up in the back of the net. Of course, we all now know what that means – The Sturge Goal Index™ needs updating!!
SGI: -1 (Goals scored:1, own goals:2, penalties conceded: 0)
Back to the game – having beaten CSV last week, we knew they would be right up for avenging that result. Their goal came early in the first half and we knew we would have to work hard to even contemplate a win. Thankfully, up stepped Steve H and produced 2 goals of quality – both shots from outside the area giving the CSV keeper no chance at all. Great strikes. [Note to Fordy – none of that is true. Honest.] I remember the second – a throw-in to Dan K who held the ball up well, played it back to Steve H who had time to take a touch before drilling the ball to the top corner. The first goal I was loitering in defence and couldn’t see what was happening. Dan K put the ball in the net from a long throw-in by Steve H, but was given offside – probably incorrectly. 1 – 2 at half-time.
The second half started with the wind in our faces and the sun in our eyes. Nice. CSV threw literally everything at us – but as already stated, nothing would go in. Thankfully, our 3 subs gave us fresh legs at the right time – Luke B (playing for the first time in weeks) was kept very busy on the left, Jeeves came on and created a nuisance of himself just behind Marek [unfortunate turn of phrase that…] who held the ball up brilliantly in a lone striker type role. That still didn’t stop CSV – I’d swear at one stage I had their right winger, 2 strikers and a midfielder all running at me at once – they’d obviously noticed I was shattered in the last 10 minutes of the game. Much to our relief, Sukhi found acres of space in midfield, shaped to shoot from outside the box and drilled a delicious left foot strike into the CSV goal. That 2 goal cushion made us feel a bit more comfortable and we saw out the rest of the game.
Awesome win against a very good team.