Saturday 12th August
Burridge AFC found themselves a goal down at half-time on a barren pitch more in keeping with the golden lawns of the Wimbledon tennis championships. With a collection of new players thrown together, there was little time for exchanging pleasantries - versatile stalwart Kristian Hewitt reverted to goalkeeper before the break after keeper Alex Clegg aggravated a previous wrist injury. We all wish him well.
During the second half - and playing without the back up of substitutes - Burridge improved substantially. But, not before going two goals down. Left back Luke Sanderson was unable to keep the ball from crossing the line after a corner kick. This seemed to galvanise Burridge, and before long they were back in the contest; debutante Ben Hutton stepped up to dispatch a right footed free kick from twenty-five yards. This was quickly followed by the equalizer, Kristian Hewitt's raking clearance evaded the Solent defence, and Bryn Schwodler gathered the ball in his stride before lashing home.
It appeared Burridge could go onto win the game, but in spite of their improvement they gave away a late penalty, which gave Solent victory. But Burridge can be encouraged with a fairly resilient performance that can only be improved upon.
4-4-2: Alex Clegg (Kristian Hewitt), Luke Sanderson, Alan Newman, Matt Birks, Jay Schwodler, Greg Baker, Ben Hutton, Kristian Hewitt (Justin Newman), Steve Froud, John Hutton, Bryn Schwodler
NB NEXT GAME VERSUS ALBION, MEET AT 6PM AT MOUNT PLEASANT HAMBLE.
PPS YOU HAVE ALL BEEN CORDIALLY INVITED TO MANAGER PETE LYON'S BARBEQUE ON SUNDAY AUGUST 26TH AT 2PM AT HIS HOUSE IN OSBOURNE ROAD IN WARSASH.
GIRLFRIENDS WELCOME - IF YOU HAVE ANY.
**I regret to inform you all that our new goalkepper Alex Clegg has broken his arm. I spoke with him at 11:30am on Sunday, and he told me that he was at A & E 'til 8pm, and now has his right arm in a splint. It was painful this morning, and he will be going back to have the arm set in plaster. Alex remains in good spirits and hopes the break will heal in eight weeks. I'm also glad that insurance is in place to sort him out at work.**