L.O.B. vs N.N.D. – Keep Playin’

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

It’s getting to the point where I can almost copy and paste the same review; a losing streak. And frustratingly, it’s more a combination of missed opportunities and bad luck than the result of poor form.

Last Thursday the Greys took on N.N.D., and as usual they started well. Manu held the ball up in midfield, finding space and grey shirts willing to plug it. Playing in eight shades of yellow – from Colombia to Norwich City – N.N.D. pushed backed just as hard and both teams were unlucky not to score.

Ten minutes before half-time, against the run of play, Norwich City cut in from the right wing and smashed a long range shot past L.O.B. keeper Yusuf to put N.N.D. one up. The Greys struck back almost immediately, as Adam turned his marker on the edge of the box and played the ball in to Ahmed, who stuck it past N.N.D.’s keeper before he even had time to react.

The Greys pinned N.N.D. back in the second half, seemingly taking turns to surge forward and flash the ball past the St. George’s Park End goal. But disaster struck when the Greys failed to deal with a corner and Norwich City stole a second to make it 2-1.

The Grey’s threw everything they had at an equalising goal, huffing and puffing but hitting a brick wall. And defiantly, that brick wall justified his flash leopard-print goalie kit with a series of impressive saves; first snuffing out a good Thomas chance in the box and then reacting well to power-save a cracking Adam shot that seemed destined to ripple the back of the net.

To add insult to injury, an N.N.D. clearance found the Greys outnumbered at the back and Colombia chipped the ball over Yusuf as he charged out to close down the angle, sealing a flattering 3-1 win for the Yellows…

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