Sunday 22nd October 2017
By Mark Harrington
Supporters: James St John and son.
Boys this is now getting out of hand!......I am running out of superlatives to say about you all. Once again the football was amazing and the level of performance by each and every player, especially in the first 45 minutes was of the highest order.
Great partnerships have been formed all over the pitch and even when the team changes the new player just comes on and plays at the same high level as the one that departs.
The pre-match talk was of the arrival of the new kit which has been generously sponsored by James St John (Jumbo). We are enormously grateful to Jumbo for this gesture especially as he retired earlier this season after his fifth vasectomy operation and will probably not get to wear the famous red and yellow of the Guild again. As you can see from the below picture his hunter wellies accompany the shirts well but could we play as well as we look? In the words of Obama "Yes we can!" Sanatogen are not a bad side but in the first half we made them look so inferior and the half-time score of five to nil was no injustice. We could have taken the lead even earlier than the we did in the 12th minute but it was worth the wait as Dean Murphy again scored from an acute angle and completely fooled the oppo keeper with another near post finish. This has happened a few times already this season so it is no fluke when Dean pretends to cross but then fires in hard and low past the near post.
Jez Mooney who again chased anything that moved doubling the Guild lead in the 16th minute with another customary finish from outside the box. The goals came thick and fast with Allan Fines smashing in on 19 and again on 26 minutes with Frank Pearce doubling his career goals with a penalty in between in the 23rd minute after Alan Fines was bundled to the ground when clean through on goal. Frank had a superb game at right back winning tackle after tackle and rightly being awarded Man of the Match for an all action display. The 'Downham Destroyer' finished the match with a bloody nose after an accidental clash with the oppo winger. Thankfully there was nothing broken but it was hard to tell if any swelling existed as most players agreed his hooter was the same size in the warm up.
There was not much to say at half-time other than to congratulate a superb 45 minutes and recognise it would be very difficult to replicate such form. The oppo cleared their heads and to their credit rallied and we have stand-in keeper Neil Pearce to thank for a couple of neat stops in the second half to keep the clean sheet intact.
Jez Mooney continued his Forest Gump impression in the second half and continued to run and run and deservedly grabbed his second, chasing a through ball and rounding the keeper in the 85th minute to complete the six - zero scoreline and make it six wins on the spin. The only disappointment was that Alan and Jez did not complete their hat-tricks which would have been fully justified in what is fast becoming a lethal front line partnership.
The defence again stood firm and supported by the midfield of Dean Wyatt, Dean Murphy, Jason Miller and Paul Tanton who covered every blade of grass and winning every tackle and header. Some of the triangles and neat one twos being played kept the ball moving and they completely dominated their opposite numbers throughout the match.
It was good to have Simon Davies back from injury to complete 45 minutes but in an unfamiliar centre back role rather than forward. You would never have guessed it is not Simon's natural position as he played with the calmness of a seasoned veteran. Oh wait a minute he is....anyway, his cultured performance was to be admired and he played the ball out from the back on numerous occasions rather than the more agricultural way.
Special mention to Damien Preston for being in more positions than the Kama Sutra. Damo occupied the roles of centre back to left back to centre midfield. Tom Naughton got valuable minutes under his belt with his recovery from injury with some nice touches on the right of midfield and was unlucky not to open his account for the Guild. Joe Champ again gave his usual Rolls Royce performance at left back and worked well with Tant to set up attack after attack.
Right, all this back slapping now has to stop.....please give me some negatives to write about as I've run out of positive material! In all seriousness, super performance lads and let's keep this run going. We are proving to be a match for anyone and Sundays are really enjoyable and worth looking forward to.
Baltic Vets at home next week. Until then enjoy the week.