Forgive us for all the sport-related posts of late, worktop fans, but when it became apparent that our Worktop Express® Allstars team and Alkerton Rangers would be doing battle once again, we simply had to get a match report.
Below is a commentary from our resident Brian Moore, Giovanni Sangiovanni; please read on for insight into this thrilling and rather epic rematch…
The Date: Saturday 11th of May
Venue: Farmer Brown’s Field, Eastington, Gloucester
The Match: Worktop Express® Allstars v Alkerton Rangers
Kick Off: 10.30am
The much anticipated return match between Worktop Express® Allstars and Alkerton Rangers. A David versus Goliath match-up, Strictly Amateur Vs. Semi Pro, although on paper it was mission impossible, the Worktop Express® Allstars were hungry for revenge!
- As both sides settled into their positions it became apparent that this was to be a game of strategy with neither team taking unnecessary risks, like two Russian Chess Grandmasters sizing each other up!
20 minutes in to the game a deflection breaks in to the path of the midfield maestro Dan “Wonderwall” Wilson, a shimmy, a sidestep, a shot, Goaaaaaaaaal! The crowd break into spontaneous applause (all 8 of them!) as Worktop Express edge into a 1 – 0 lead.
- This spurs Alkerton into ever increasing and desperate efforts, wave after wave of attacks are repelled by the Worktop Express® Allstar defence led by stalwart Stuart “Fortress” Faulkner and reinforced by James “Chopper” Murray and Josh “Terrier” Williams.
- As they weather the storm you can see the Allstars players grow in stature and confidence, with Team Captain Tom “The Hitman” Haines – supported by the robust Stuart “Bomber” Brown – leading by example and dominating the midfield arena.
- Half time cannot come quickly enough for the tiring Alkerton players and as the referee blows for the break they trudge wearily to the side-lines for a brief but welcome rest. This is in remarkable contrast to the Allstars who jog eagerly and easily to the group pep talk held by their manager Andy “The Cobra” Cotty.
As the whistle blows for the second half it is obvious that Alkerton Rangers, rejuvenated by the halftime refreshments, are still up for the battle! They start to string together passes leading to two incredible saves from the Allstar keeper, George “The Cat” Szuhay.
- The Allstars, bolstered by the athletic ability of their keeper, sweep the ball majestically from player to player ending with a pin point pass to Sean “Too Tall” Burford. Burford, leaping like a glorious salmon, headers past the hapless Alkerton goalkeeper.
- Encouraged with the two goal margin, “samba” style Brazilian football breaks out with nonchalant “no look” passing and step overs prevalent among the Allstars players.
- With Alkerton desperate to get on the scorecard, the game goes in to overdrive in the last 10 minutes. A certain looking penalty shout is turned down by the paternally challenged referee following a dubious challenge on Czaba “Crazy Legs” Pataki by the desperate Alkerton defence. As the game nears its finale a lightning quick interchange of passes from defence, through midfield, leaves the Alkerton striker one on one with the Allstars keeper, resulting in a well-taken and well-deserved goal for our hosts.
The referee finally blows the whistle for full time – and the Worktop Express® Allstars run out the winners! The crowd goes wild: what an effort, what a team, what a game!
So there you have it: fantastic and courageous efforts all round, lads, well done! Praise must go to the entire Allstars squad – including Adam “Roids” Smart and Daley “Linford” Lewis for their cameo performances – and of course our gracious hosts, the Alkerton Rangers.
Until next time…