L.O.B. vs Haggerston – Keep Playin’

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

I think I was the saddest-looking person on the Tube last night, even though I was sitting next to a drunk, recently dumped Chelsea fan who was inhaling a Big Mac garnished with his own tears. The truth is, the Greys’ recent string of draws and defeats has been tough to swallow, and last night only added to the misery.

Two players cancelled on the day and one had to be talked down from the ledge. But in the end, a strong-looking Greys team lined up to face Haggerston.

Early on the action was fast-paced and evenly balanced, and both teams came close to scoring. Haggerston, however, had a secret weapon up their horrible, fluorescent green sleeves: a shameless striker who played, as new Greys recruit Ahmed said after the game, “with a sleeping bag.”

Some Greys players were more charitable, describing the cheeky striker’s decision to capitalise on the league’s no-offside rule and spend the entire match in their penalty box as “smart,” and “clever.” But in this bitter blogger’s opinion it goes against protocol, breaking the unwritten rule all other teams seem to adhere to; namely, that it’s simply not the decent way to behave.

At one point, before the Greys had even kicked off, the offending striker was already halfway into opposition territory when bewildered looking referee Ash Pedantic called him back.

Haggerston went one up when the star of this week’s post hit the upright and headed the rebound in himself. The Greys pulled one back when stand-in defender Duncan careened down the right wing and found Adam, who made the most of the chance and tucked the ball away.

Then, of course, a long ball found Haggerston’s controversial star in space, and he finished neatly to make it 2-1 to the Greens at half-time.

As usual, the Greys kept fighting, even when Haggerston’s camped-out striker scored his first “legitimate” goal of the game to make it 3-1. But without a dedicated finisher, the Greys couldn’t make the most of their possession and that’s how it ended. Another gutsy performance that deserved better. Keep playin’…

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