Burridge went down to their first league defeat of the season against a buoyant Capital side. Perhaps yours truly should have known how the Saturday afternoon was going to pan out when inadvertently walking in on Capital’s manager in the process of evacuating his bowls – not a pretty sight and it got worse.
Burridge went into the game yet to concede a league goal, but if it wasn’t for their goalkeeper Sam Schwodler and his keen reflexes the loss could have been even more comprehensive. After going in at half-time two-nil down, Burridge began the second half at least suggesting that a come back could occur; but Capital’s third goal vaporised such hopes.
The only high point for Burridge came when Ben Hutton tried his luck from the sort of long range better suited to a nine-iron. Capital’s goalkeeper looked on with the wide eyed astonishment of someone catching sight of a U.F.O - not a football. The ball returned from orbit crashing against the cross bar, Bryn Schwodler did what all good forwards should and followed up to give Burridge consolation.
The post match analysis within the home dressing room produced words of frustration and disappointment, scattered around like the errant passes that preceded them on the field of play. Their punishment comes in the form of time; they must wait seven whole days until the next fixture and the opportunity to atone for this most unsatisfactory result, and perhaps hope to discover who the real Burridge team are: inconsistent pretenders or battle hardened challengers – at the moment the jury is still out.
4-3-3: S.Schwodler, L.Sanderson, K.Willsher, M.Birks, J.Schwodler, G.Baker (S.Froud), M.Reeves, B.Hutton, J.Hewitt (J.Newman), P.Andrews (L.Fielder), B.Schwodler Unused sub: M.Sanderson