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Updated: Jan 25

“I have a cunning plan” Never have the words of Baldrick struck such a telling chord or perhaps seemed so apt as on Ruskin’s Monday morning get together (including much cake)

With attendance records climbling week after week SHWFC could be forgiven for optimism this week

As the cast of thousands stretched in 2 or possibly 3 lines along the Arcoframe Arena touchline to warm up

El Presidente and Chancellor Meldrew conferred briefly with Football Supremo Andy Man(anger) to arrive at their “cunning plan”

Three simultaneous games, with Bibs a plenty or possibly not, what could derail the ambitious pioneers? Well intentioned undoubtedly but maybe a little too ambitious too soon!

Things started well with members rising to the occasion with a vigorous warm up quickly ticked off and so to the tricky assembly of 6 teams Klaxon warning!

This was a tad more tricky than hoped with some reluctant to go to their allocated tasks Nevertheless with great spirit and determination play did eventually get underway no matter how long it took to persuade some into bibs colours that clashed with their eyes

The teams selected to celebrate the morning were;

Blue - John Pidgeon, Enoch, Liz, Thatto Dave, Tom Stretch, Donal and Julie (so seven right there as a minor complication not that any of their opponents complained)

Pink - Paul Jennings, Grazer Clark, Lord Rainford, Tony Snakehips, Little John and John Wickie Whittaker

Black - Daz Samo, Dave Seagull, Andy Man, Mark NR, Charlie and Willo

Colours - Les Meldrew, Jeff Betty, Haggis, Sheila, Harry the Hatchet and the Triallist (remaining on trial until the end of the season at least)

Green - Eamon, Tom Derby, Cockney Rebel, Dave Prime, Anita and Robin

Purple - Gaz Clark, Jill Thomo, Andy Zac, Eileen, Roger and Jane (returning from injury and multiple holidays)

Officiating were Tony Kenny a first outing as a figure of hate and derision Chopper Williams reprising his role as the man with the card

El Presidente arch-villain and North Wales Tax Exile (that money was only resting in my account) Just Three Rounds of games were possible after the bib-gate delay but there was much to admire in the general level of football on show

First Round Blues v Pink - with a strong team aided by the extra body Blue proved too strong for the plucky Pink Helped by a very disciplined formation