Tebby v SGFC Reserves by Jeeves, 26th Oct 2013
Given the recent run of bad results, playing top of the league and the usual pre-matchday scratching around for players, I was expecting the all too familiar loss on Saturday.
Pre-game the bantz in the dressing room was much better than normal, probably because of the extra space (the firsts were away in the GFA Cup) but mainly because of n_MAN’s motivational music. Now most would expect some hardcore bass to be pounding out of a ghettoblaster, Crazy Gang style, unfortunately we had to settle for Simply the Best by Tina Turner. To be fair the song choice could have been worse but the main problem was that we had to make do with n_MAN’s phone which struggled to get above 2 decibels.
So to the match…
Playing with the wind first half we hoped to be ahead at half time and given the balance of play we deserved to be. Defensively solid and boosted by the return of Timedine we looked dangerous going forward. However it was the addition of newbie Rob that seemed to make the biggest difference. He probably should have had a hat trick of headers in the first half but just failed to divert the set piece deliveries on target. Although we played some neat football we did look dangerous with our Stoke City-like attacks – Simon’s long throws being flicked on by Rob in the box caused Tebby all sorts of problems. Despite the pressure and the fact that Desk Job could actually have been doing his Desk Job in goal we went in 0-0 at HT.
Tebby seemed to think that they had won the game by not conceding but we had other ideas. We continued to pass the ball well and defend set pieces strongly, yet it seemed that the match was destined for a draw. That was until a moment of magic from Sam when he received the ball, back to goal 25 yards out, turned and bent a shot into the top corner. 1-0. At this point we decided to get in the ref’s bad books and picked up three bookings, two of which were for dissent (not Ridders this time) and one was a scything shin pad breaker from Ticko.
There was a one piece of danger left to deal with late in the game when a Tebby striker broke down the middle seemingly with just Dan to beat. On a yellow card, Ticko flung himself in the box to block the shot with an outstretched foot – a match winning tackle.
Back to mid-table and if we continue to play like that a top 5 place beckons.
Tebby 0 – SGFC Res 1
Bookings: Charlie, Sam, Ticko
Attempted Weasels: 0
n_MAN shuffles: 0
Ref rating: 5 (deducted 2 marks for ridiculous substitution procedure)