and (cough, cough) Test Park 4-3 Burridge
Burridge began their double-header fiasco, and....well, they lost. Bryn Schwodler netted, while Greg Baker scored two. One was a little beaut, mind you. He made a very loud cry after doing so too, but enough of that. After seemingly having it in the bag with ten minutes to go - they lost the first game 4-3. Oh well.
Anyway, to the good bit. Where the goodies win, shall we?
Such has been the unforgiving rainfall of this football season, Burridge had to travel to the outer reaches of Stubbington to fulfil a double headed fixture with Test-Park. On first inspection, the playing surface looked fit only for agricultural grazing land, not for footballers of the highest calibre to stroke accurate passes to the nearest given millimetre. Not at all.
One could only feel pity for the lonely set of goal posts, who were held prisoner by rutted grass - their neglect only magnified by the strangulation of the two crossbars from entwined layers of electrical tape. Each colour of adhesive representing the passing of another hour and a half of tedium and long ball mediocrity. But with no other way to attach the net to the quadrilateral necessity of the goal posts, the sorry old white frames would continue to wear snippets of the past while they waited for Saturday once more. The wonderful day when footballers would look upon them with awe as symmetrical rulers of their domain, rather than the cold indifference of the early morning dog walker, who would recognise them only with a turbulent hosing from a four legged friend's bladder.
All the goals came in the first half. Skipper Kristian Hewiit finally rattled the ball home at the far post from close range after Test-Park offered resistance. He ran off in jubilant celebration with both arms outstretched to the sky, evoking powerful images of Gary Lineker in all his Mexico 1986 World Cup pomp.
Test Park equalised with a penalty after Paul Dyke was adjudged to have brought down his marker. But left back Luke Sanderson popped at the far post to thump home from an almost identical position to Hewitt. It was his first goal of the season and enough to give Burridge victory.