Another 8-a-side game today, and this time we had a sub !! Fantastic!
Once more, Ged donned the short stick as the final cog in the midfield quartet of scrace, smith, moss, bauer. Despite strong work at the face offs, Mellor saw far too much of the ball in the first quarter and turned their possession into 3 unanswered goals. An early time-out tried to steady the HMS Timperley and the crew responded admirably, building up a good head of steam, and steering tight line through to the half time siren. The second quarter was level pegging at one each, a debut goal for Samba Sutton (assisted by Bruce Smith) on his return from the dreaded lurgy.
We were still in this one at the half, and all it needed was inspirational words from the coach, and we'd be cruising the highway to another memorable victory. Sadly the words seem to have the opposite effect, and we suffered another 3 goal deficit quarter (1-4) to leave Mellor leading 8-2 at the end of the third. (i really need to work on my team talks !)
So that was it. Inspirational words were not the key. Maybe bribery was. On the promise of muffins, cakes and all things good if we drew or won the last quarter, the lads re-entered the fray. They hustled the ball, and in truth dominated the early play, to take a 2-0 lead, Samba completing his hatrick. Could we hang on. Some more great saves from Barney seemed to be taking us there until 2 late goals from Mellor had us biting finger nails and anything else that was in reach.
And then it sounded. The final whistle.
The cakes are on me !!!
Well done to all that took part. In truth, Mellor are a strong side and this team battled hard throughout and should take a lot of pride in how they forced mellor to play some excellent lacrosse to get their result.