Sunday, 2 March 2008

Bishopstoke 1-1 Burridge AFC

Saturday 1st March
Eastleigh Rugby Club

The look on Mark Reeves's face said it all. His pursed lips smiled thinly, but his cold blue eyes told another story. He looked up to the clouds, that were too few in number to spoil a cobalt blue sky. It's been, what? Three years now since he first pulled on a Burridge jersey, and in all that time not a single goal to his name. Not until today, at Bishopstoke Rec in the wind, and how it blew. Thing is Reevesy's no goal bodger, he's just been busy doing other stuff, the ugly stuff.

Wearing his fair hair closely cropped and always putting in a solid shift in the Burridge midfield, Reeves scrambles around the field of play, going balls deep into tackle after tackle in size eight Adidas World Cup football boots, and since battling his way back into a starting position after Christmas he's gone damn close to breaking his duck. Firstly, volleying against the crossbar against Inmar, then striking the base of the post from the edge of the penalty area against Hythe Aztecs. So you could say Mark Reeves was due a goal. Just not like this.

As an unwilling accomplice I feel partly responsible. Bishopstoke are younger and faster and they were counter attacking and I was playing at centre half. What with the wind blowing a gale, I'd decided in the warm up to stick to the safety routine I alluded to in an earlier post, by sending it long and sending it high at every opportunity. The ball that is. Although looking back on that previous sentence, I needn't have pointed out the wind, it would've made no difference to my routine. Defenders are there first and foremost to destroy, and that is what I was trying to do.

The questionable weight of - what I hazard a guess at being - a well worn Mitre Delta was played forward into our penalty area. With alarm bells ringing about my ears I strode forward, hoofing the ball with the laced instep of my right foot with all the power I could muster, hoping to find distance and reach safety. On re-entering orbit, I wanted my clearance to land on a railway track or into a field of disagreeable cows. Hell, I wanted it to land on the moon. I did neither. Instead, I drove it into Mark Reeves' taunt buttocks. The left cheek if I'm not mistaken.

With its new wind assisted trajectory in place, the ball sailed high backwards toward goal, and over the head of 'keeper Ben Stanfield into the net. 1-0. I've seen it all now, what were the chances of that? Thank-you, goodnight, why do I waste my time playing this stupid bloody game and is it going to be one of those days. Thankfully not. The second half highlights were mainly giving the referee a verbal what for. Burridge skipper Kristian Hewitt, as is customary these days, got a booking for his troubles, after a bit of afters, that frankly has been rumbling on from the last two games with 'Stoke.

It was left for Sam Hewitt to make amends for last week's early bath. From inside the penalty area he dropped the shoulder, gave a shimmy, and with space he'd bought struck low under the keeper's right hand. The rot has stopped, but Reevesy will want to put this one behind him.

4-4-2: Stanfield, L.Sanderson, M.Sanderson, K.Hewitt (C), Jones, Baker, Reeves, Dyke, S.Schwodler, B.Schwodler, S.Hewitt (Hutton)

Unused subs: J.Hewitt, Andrews.

Scorer: S.Hewitt

Booked K.Hewitt

14 comments:

Anonymous said...

Arse! Feck!

Father Jack

Herr Becheley said...

Very good, my babies. Very good, but why the boy no play? The one who wear jewelry in his ear like a girl. The one they call Kelly. Rob Kelly. Listen, he is important to my plans. I cannot have - how you say - rapscallions and prison dodgers like Justin Newman breaking his spirit.

First boy for Bishopstoke, who look like Stuart Barlow, he who play for Everton in 90's. He with nice blond hair, like girl. He no score 'gainst you on weekend.

I make sure of that.

I go round he Mum's house on other day and I threaten him like I threaten previous Burridge manager Herr Barfoot, you no score 'gainst my babies tomorrow or I cut you in you special place.

He peed pants.

I tell cos his jeans go all wet in his winky zip.

Bring me promotion my Burridge babies and I throw 'onouray party with special ladies I buy from continent.

fields said...

watching those planes descend into eastleigh airport was great fun.

AP Sports 0-3 SportingWessex
Bishopstoke 1-1 Burridge AFC
Freemantle 0-4 Inmar
Hythe & Dibden 3-1 Netley Central

Anonymous said...

Well done boys, sounded like another cracker!

Jonny Ronseal said...

Justin Newman? He's just so adaptable and I think it's fair to say we've found him a great new position. Well done Justin, soem great line calls with the flag.

Don't know about you, but I've got to take a look at my refuelling methods after games. Lately my piss on a Saturday night isn't just golden brown, it's congealed.

fields said...

You wants to get on that special H20 nips.

Full-Time website is now updated with stats from all league games. (Excluding the 3-2 loss to Mich+Tims, as they haven't added that result for some reason)

Appearances, subs on/off and goal scorers to boot. In the unlikely event you happen to spot a mistake, you will be greeted with a stern F-YOU!

http://full-time.thefa.com/Index.do;jsessionid=D8EA1F3CC6ADB865459006112587B12D?selectedSeason=5345665&selectedDivision=2576230

Jonny Ronseal said...

Didn't Bryn "Wrigleys" Schwodler, have a wager with his brother Sam on who'd get more goals? He'll have to go some now seeing as he's six behind.

Raise your glasses to Kristian Hewitt, who's on a one man mission to make sure the Southampton League referee's end of season dinner and dance is the best yet.

Reynold said...

Mark Reeves own goal! Good grief, I hope he got a rocket up the arse...wait a minute, that's what got us in this mess in the first place, didn't it.

fields said...

how many people have been sent off this season? is it just the hewitts against mich & tims?

Anonymous said...

no fixture Sat lads

Van Der Sar said...

So I assume we'll just be having a game at training tonight?

Excellent!

Mark said...

Or indded a skinful on Friday! Not me though as I've matured. I'm 29, far too old to be going to nightclubs. Bathroom sinks don't clean themselves you know.

Anonymous said...

Vander you need practice in catching back passes from reevesy

administrator said...

Results couldn't have gone any worse for us in Senior 1 this afternoon.

Bishopstoke 3 - 1 Netley
Sport Wessex 7 - 0 AP Sports
Hythe&Dibden 2 - 6 Inmar
AFC Hop 1 - 1 Comrades
Durley Res 1 - 5 Freemantle
Mich & Tims 2 - 4 Hythe Aztecs

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