L.O.B. vs Jacklington – Keep Playin’

Keep Playin'
The latest third-person account of my weekly attempt to play eight-a-side football – we wear grey… Keep playin’

At the risk of sounding like Jose Mourinho – and you all picturing me frothing at the mouth and laughing like a maniac as I type; Friday night’s game against Jacklington was another result unfairly snatched from the clutches of the Greys, who were the better team… again.

Wearing mixed shades of yellow, Jacklington started a man down. And things looked even better for the Greys early on, as midfielder Big Chris thumped a long range shot in from the far left side of the pitch.

Making the most of their one man advantage the Greys continued to push Jacklington. And defender Paul, who was playing more of an attacking role than usual, hit the post after a good driving run down the middle.

The Greys squandered a few more chances until new recruit Ollie smashed one in from pretty much the same spot as Chris’ strike to make it 2-0 at half-time.

Back up to full strength Jacklington put in more of a shift in the second half, and a searching run and cross found an unmarked Yellow head on the edge of the box; 2-1, and to be fair, it was some header.

Despite the setback the Greys were still the better team and kept driving forward, desperate to kill the game off. At this point, however, Jacklington’s keeper suddenly turned into Gordon Banks, making a series of party-pooping, beer-souring saves that filled the Greys with an ominous sense of déjà vu and dread.

Sure enough, things fell apart just before the final whistle, when defender Mark, who’d had a great game, stuck out a leg at an otherwise tame-looking Jacklington effort. The ball flashed off Mark’s shin and left Greys keeper Yusuf dumbstruck – he might as well have not had hands. And that’s how it finished: 2-2.

Conspiracy theory, you say…

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