L.O.B. vs Daily Grind – Keep Playin’

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

Last week the Greys took on Daily Grind with the kind of make-shift lineup you’d expect on a rainy Friday night in London. But the show must go on. Ringers Martin and Hammam made up the numbers and our heroes in grey rolled up their sleeves and got to work.

Daily Grind made the first move, knocking long balls over the top and forcing Greys keeper Yusuf to soak up the wet conditions with a couple of neat catches and saves. And returning left-back Julien worked his beard off dealing with threats down the left and through the middle – which is crucial when you’re using an attacking two-man defence.

The Greys had a few chances but on the whole Daily Grind seemed most likely to score. Then, suddenly, Daily Grind’s keeper failed to deal with – what should have been – a pretty straightforward back pass. His miss-kick went straight to Greys winger Ollie, who reacted well and stuck the ball in the back of the net before the keeper could recalculate. One nil.

The second half was the same, mostly. Wet. Ugly. And filled with crucial refereeing decisions – or lack thereof. Daily Grind lived up to their name, putting in a workmanlike shift that was hard work keeping up with. But the Greys dug their heals in and dealt with it.

Again, somewhat against the run of play, Ollie came closest to making it two nil. But Daily Grind’s keeper made up for his earlier error, sticking a leg out and stopping the ball on the line. The rebound fell to a grey shirt but went sailing past the gaping goalmouth.

In the end, one goal was enough. The Greys dogged tackling and defending held firm, with defender Koyes putting in his regular share of hard tackles and strong headers. It was the kind of victory you savour, especially in the pouring rain. Especially at 8:00pm on a Friday.


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