As you might remember from an early blog, we’re big fans of Alkerton Rangers, an Eastington football team local to Worktop Express® HQ – such fans, in fact, that we decided to sponsor the team and provide some snazzy new uniforms.
Or so we had you believe.
Sponsorship was a mere guise; a ploy, cleverly crafted by our football-mad male employees, who longed for nothing more than to test their mettle in a match against the Rangers. Since the sponsorship was announced, the Worktop Express® Allstars football team had been biding their time, practicing on Monday evenings, just waiting for the moment to strike!
And then – at last – they got their wish. A match was set for Saturday 18th August. There was no going back…
Dan Wilson, Trade Sales Impresario by day, Matt Le Tissier Mark II by night, will now share his recollections of that epic day:
The Date: Saturday 18th of August
The Match: Worktop Express® Allstars v Alkerton Rangers
The Kick Off: 10.30am
It was the first time we have played the team we sponsor – and although it was Misfits vs Professionals we were hungry for the challenge!
You may note from the picture that the Worktop Express® Allstars team is a little slim compared to the Alkerton Rangers – and indeed the game got off to a slightly unorthodox beginning as we had to borrow a player whilst waiting for the rest of our team to arrive. Amateurs, eh…
Anyway, let the commentary begin!
- We settled into our positions and a darting run by Sean Burford, coupled with a lucky deflection, led to an unlikely opening goal for Worktop Express® Allstars! Sean took the chance like a seasoned pro, burying the ball into the bottom corner with his unfavoured left foot.
- Alkerton were visibly riled by this and spent the next 10 mins pressing the WEA net. After 10 minutes of pressure, a break through the defence led to a good finish. 1-1!
- Not to be defeated, WEA gathered themselves again, and the introduction of some fresh legs to the pitch meant a resurgence in attacking play. Shortly after WEA took the lead again, through a fine effort from Tom Haines from all of 20yards. 2-1!
- Alkerton would not give up! They once again persisted in long balls over the top of our ageing defence and on this occasion found success once more, 2-2, what a game! The crowd were beside themselves…
- With time running out in the first half, WEA tried a new and untried tactic, with excellent results. Stuart Brown stepped up to take a goal kick, with the ambition of clearing the Alkerton defence and for Tom Haines to latch on to, for his second…which he did in style!! 3-2 WEA, was it possible!!????
- With the rain holding off and the air temp gradually rising, players found that their legs were only just holding out. Half time couldn’t come quickly enough.
- Refreshed and rejuvenated both teams entered the pitch once more. The battle scars from the first half were evident on the muddied shirts of many a WEA player.
- But the side-lines had now been bolstered by the arrival of the ‘Chairman’ of the club (Managing Director Mr M P Rees): perhaps this would be enough to maintain the lead.
- Alkerton started the better and peppered the WEA goal, now tended by Marcin Samelczak, but with little luck or accuracy. Marcin stood his ground and made some excellent saves.
- WEA now saw this as an opportunity for the counterattack. Sweeping balls across the 6 yard line and several corners from the likes of Stuart Brown and Dan Wilson came close to extending the WEA lead. Close but no cigar.
-Alas: time was ticking on, and unfortunately the average age of the WEA team, combined with the lack of experience playing together as a team, began to show. Alkerton drew level with a well-worked goal halfway through the second period.
- With all the will in the world, WEA tried to hang on for the last 10 minutes. Weary legs everywhere, last ditch tackles from the 2 sturdy centre backs apart, we could do little to hold off the final onslaught. Alkerton pipped us to the post with a goal just minutes from the end.
-As the ref’s whistle blew we knew that although the record books would show a loss, in WEA hearts this had been a victory for the ‘misfits’ and Alkerton were dignified enough to even admit that they had had a lucky escape.
FINAL SCORE; WEA 3 – ALKERTON RANGERS – 4
Perhaps next time the story will be different – might there be a Worktop Express® Allstars victory in the distant future?! – but for now, a big well done to all those who participated.