Tonight was a bitter/ sweet evening for the boys in orange.
Firstly it was wonderful to see Jordy Chubb pitch side after suffering a horror injury last week that will see him sidelined for a minimum of 4 months. The lads had rallied around and had got the young striker a ‘Get Well’ card….a small token of their appreciation for Chubb’s contribution this season. The result of the game however, left little to be desired.
FWH welcomed former FC Club player Dave Rawlinson into the fold, a no nonsense defensive minded player who sports a beard that a rogue viking would be pleased with. He signed on the dotted line after some nifty transfer work from the men behind the scenes. FWH went into this table topping clash knowing that a loss would see them lose their grip on first place in the league.
The starting line up of Sharkey, Scoffs, Gregg, Woody, Jock, Gaz Killip and Wren began brightly with Killip coming close within the first 30 seconds after intercepting a loose pass, unfortunately for the orange men, he dragged his shot inches wide of the post. A long period of BSB pressure followed, quick interchanges and speedy wing play had FWH pinned back in their own half for extended periods of time but the men in orange held firm until some dubious refereeing cost them a goal. Woody, always the enthusiastic tackler, caught one of the BSB players late….the referee blew for a free kick….as the ball hit the ground, the BSB striker ran onto it and slotted into the net. FWH players stood waiting for the free kick to be given, only to hear the ref say, “Ah well lads, we’ll give the goal”. Shortly after this the men in orange struck back. Some adventurous forward play resulted in 2 corners in quick succession, the second somehow found its way to the roaming defender Jordan who toe poked it back to Woody, he unleashed a powerful strike that hit the upright, rolled along the line and hit the other upright, only to be tapped in by leading goalscorer Paul Wren. As the half ebbed by, FWH soaked up a lot of BSB pressure. As the referee declared there were only 2 minutes of the half remaining, a long shot from BSB found its way through the defence and into the bottom corner of Sharkey’s net….FWH were losing 2-1 at half time.
Dubious goals panel
A subdued half time saw the men in orange return to the pitch looking deflated. The second half began with BSB creating some great chances only to find Sharkey in inspired form between the sticks. Woody grabbed the game by the scruff of it’s neck and played a long ball forward for Paul Wren. Wren, leaping into the sky like a mighty salmon was yanked to the floor and a penalty was given. After playing some mind games with the keeper Woody stepped up only to see his penalty saved by the afro sporting goalkeeper, Scoffs reacted quickest and thumped the rebound into the net….2-2!
FWH had the potential to go on and progress from here, however this comeback ultimately failed to materialise. A wild shot from distance managed to creep through the outstretched hands of Sharkey and crawl over the line, with frustration mounting FWH went in search of an equaliser (for the third time).
This adventure was to prove the downfall as a swift BSB attack sliced the defence in half and left a three against one situation that BSB finished well. The game finished in a 4-2 loss and saw the men in orange slip into second place in the league table.