Saturday 21st October
Burridge managed to leave this game with some credit against Wessex Combination opponents. This seemed like an impossible task after the opening quarter of an hour, when Burridge were torn to pieces. Before some players had even touched the ball, Vospers were two goals up with the smell of blood about their nostrils, there total dominance suggested that an avalanche of goals was about to subside. But, such is the perverseness of football, things were about to change. Burridge midfielder Ben Hutton delicately evaded several challenges, and after being denied illegally the chance to shoot on goal, the referee blew for a penalty kick.
Up stepped Greg Baker, his brand new Addidas World Cup size tens still fresh from the box to stroke home. Vospers had been rattled, lowly Burridge had the temerity to score past them and this seemed to vex them no end. They were soon to be back from the dead, just like Jesus. But instead of a wooden cross it was a Justin Newman right-wing cross that was the catalyst for resurrection. The Vospers goalkeeper cam flapping at it like a doomed contestant at the annual Bognor Birdman. Greg Baker collected his spill and walloped home the equalizer.
During the second half Burridge fought on resolutely without ever really being able to control the game. Vospers - fresh from a half-time grilling - created several opportunities to go in front, and what turned out to be the winning goal came from a corner from the right, diverted high into Sam Schwodler's top left hand corner via a neck. Not conventional, but Vospers were off the hook, whilst Burridge held true to their motto: Win or lose, on the booze.
4-4-2: S.Schwodler, M.Sanderson (J.Schwodler), K.Willsher, P.Dyke, L,Sanderson, G.Baker, M.Reeves (J.Hewitt), B.Hutton, J.Newman (S.Froud), B.Schwodler, L.Fielder. Unused subs: P.Andrews, J.Hutton