Like all things vintage it takes time to mature and builds slowly. Monday’s session was again blessed by reasonable weather conditions. Tony was a late withdrawal with the result that we started with 7 against 6. Tony’s partner required his attention and he left wishing everyone left a good game. The goodwill continued through a vigorous warm up with the demonic Chairman surprising no one with his choice of torture. The Reds - Jeff, Phil, Alan, Martin, Wayne, Andy and John Davies started brightly though found the ball heavy and slow across the AstroTurf. The Blues - Colin, Tom, John H, David, Joe and Steve made light of the numerical disadvantage in the early exchanges. As the pace of play increased Reds took two chances to lead the contest. Andy and Phil set Jeff free to test the Blues rearguard, as half time approached 2 quick replies meant the score was poised at 3-2 in favour of the Reds. All to play for in the 2nd stanza. Time for Wayne to swap sides to level up proceedings in numerical terms.
The action in the second half was quite even for long spells. The Reds had sprung an early surprise with veteran midfielder Davies J employed as a lone striker. His work rate belied the years and his graft was rewarded with a well taken goal to advance Reds hopes of an against the odds win.
Blues made the best of their late chances to draw level after Jeff had encroached the area. A twice taken penalty was fired home by Tom to bring scores level. There was a frantic end to play with both sides seeking victory. The whistle signalled an end to play, a hard earned draw a fair result 5-5. Wayne entering the St Helens Beacon WFC folklore as the player who played on to winning sides in one match. As a Red he help plot their first half 3-2 lead, only to achieve a similar score line as a Blue for the second half! The overall game was good to watch though it did take both sides time to master the slower ball across the ground. Once the pace was picked up there was lots to enthuse over.
So we move on to Wednesday’s game treating each game as it comes, as no one ever said in a serious manner.
Well done to all