P 4 W 2 D 1 L 1 = 5 points Game week 2, Total of 6 points
1-1, 1-0, 2-1, 1-2
Much more like the Elite of Old, but probably not enough to keep us in Div.4 Unfortunately.
Right lads, for those of you that didn’t make it along last night, you missed one of the best nights in a long while. The guys battled for everything, tracked back for everything, hustled during all 4 games, and did it all with a smile. It was great to witness.
Recent results obviously affected the crowd on the sidelines ready to cheer on the boys in red. A disappointing turn out of one (not directly connected with the NE) witnessed some of the best football played by the boys in weeks.
A little bit of a scare at the start for the fairmer when the handing out of the strips had to be delayed by 7 minutes due to the late arrival of Chopstix and Y Cardy. Slapped wrists was the punishment handed out to both players even though Y Cardy claimed it wisna his fault and was the fault of the Dwarf driving. Apparently he had trouble reaching the throttle peddle.
Last weeks’ games showed that even though we were in Div 4, there were no easy games. Changes were made again to the squad, with Sye, Tinman, Chesney and Big G all coming into the 8.
The first game was against Norfolk & Chance who had beaten us heavily last week. This week rather than going all out for the wins, we played it a lot tighter, by playing two at the back with one of the defenders making forward runs whenever they could to support the midfield. This was working well as the Elite was keeping possession and frustrating the opposition. The only thing that didn’t seem to be working was the lead inserts that Chopper had obviously had inserted into the toes of his boots. The ball was apparently too light…….Anyway, we then had a moment where we switched off and allowed N&C their one shot on goal. Unfortunately it slid under Sye in goals and we were 1-0 down. The heads stayed up and we were rewarded with a great goal courtesy of some fantastic passing from the back that culminated in Chopstix slotting the ball home. Young Andrew on the sidelines was going mental after witnessing the Elite double their “goals scored” tally for Division 4 in only the first game of the week. The Elite kept pressing, but unfortunately didn’t get the winning goal their play deserved. The lads came off a little disappointed, but our tails were up.
Full time 1-1
Next game was against the Locker Room. They don’t seem the same team without Thumper at the back, but the wounds were still healing from last week where we had been thrashed 5-1 by the same team. The Elite got straight into them from the off and the two at the back was working well. We weren’t committing so many bodies forward and it ensured we weren’t leaving the defence and goalkeeper facing two marauding forwards every time we lost possession in the other half of the pitch. The game was very even with the Elite having a few chances breaking forward coming to nothing. Then came Big G. He picked the ball up in the middle of the pitch and with the Locker room standing off him, he unleashed a shot that sailed past the keeper and into the net. The crowd on the side went into raptures as the players tracked back for the re-start. The rest of the game was all about keeping things tight at the back for the Elite and the players did that superbly.
Full time 1-0 and the first win of the night for the Elite.
Our rest game was once we had played all 4, so it was straight into the third game against Jossie’s Giants. We battered them last week and still managed to get beat 1-0 which was very hard to take, so we had a point to prove. Again, we started well passing the ball about confidently when Tinman burst forward from defence. Y Cardy was screaming for the ball on the right side, but Tinners ignored him completely and unleashed a superb shot into the net from all of 10 yards out. Y Cardy still seemed to be having a go during the celebrations, but this was Tinners moment and he wasn’t caring. The game then got very scrappy with a few dodgy incidents particularly involving Chopper and their centre forward. Chopper definitely was having the measure of the forward and he was getting more and more agitated. The ball then broke on the left touchline and using all of his experience, Chopper invited the forward into one last rash challenge where he aimed a kick at the Elite player. It was right in front of the ref, and he was sin binned for two minutes. He took a while to go off as he was arguing and shouting obscenities to the ref and the Elite touchline. He then came back on the pitch but was promptly sent back to the sidelines by the alert ref as the game was offering to boil over. The Elite were using their one man advantage well and started pushing for a second goal that would put the game beyond the reach of J’sG. While the Elite were pushing forward, we again committed too many men forward and were caught short at the back. J’sG went through and equalized the scoring when still down to 4 men. This was a blow, but it only got the Elite more determined. The 5th man was waived to come on again and both teams were back at 5 each. The Elite kept pressing forward and were rewarded again after some slick passing through the pitch ended with a sweet finish by Y Cardy. The J’sG were not finished being dirty bassas though, and this was proved as a second player was sent off for the remainder of the game for another rash challenge followed by another volley of insults at the ref. The game went on without further incident and the Elite recorded their second win of the night.
Full time 2-1
Straight into the last game against the young lads of The Gent’s Club. As discussed last week, this was a bit like Gary Glitter and his gang, but they have some pretty decent young players amongst them who are lightening quick as we were about to discover to our cost. They started brightly as the heroes in red were showing some tired legs. We kept our shape pretty well more to do with people having run their hearts out in the previous 3 games rather than listening to anything I had said and we weren’t making so many forward runs. We were also trying to frustrate the GG’sG but they were making some good runs through the Elite defence. The inevitable then happened and we went 1-0 down. Again the team spirit shown was fantastic, and the Elite pushed on for an equalizer. The pressure paid off and Y Cardy grabbed a second goal of the night when he slotted home to level the scores. The lads were tiring and GG’sG were making more and more runs into the Elite box. A shot then went in from the right edge of the box that went straight through the legs of Sye in goals to put us a goal down for the second time in the game. The Elite still pushed forward in search of a second equalizer, and with the last attack of the game, Shando sent a superb ball across the box only for Chopstix to be a fanny hair away from connecting and sending it into the empty net. The ref then blew for full time and the Elite had suffered their first and only defeat of the night.
Full Time 1-2
Last night was chalk and cheese compared to the last few weeks. The crack was great (discussing Grifter’s future in porn as well as Y Cardy running about in the skud yet again while changing) but more importantly, the team spirit was back. As I said at the start, the lads fought hard for one another in every game and that was brilliant to see. Keep it up please.
Kudos to Chopper, Yeatser, Shando, Chopstix, Sye, Tinman, Big G and Chesney for the effort yet again. Superb lads.
Good support again from the touchlines from Grifter, Lee and Andrew, thanks very much.
‘MON THE ELITE!