Thursday, March 7, 2013
Open Space International 2, Fluxton 2
With only two hours remaining until kick-off Fluxton had just nine players, writes Alex Paget
However, thanks to a couple of last minute signings a potential 3/4/1 formation became a more orthodox 3/2/3/2 and, whilst gaelic football and martial arts don’t particularly lend themselves to the beautiful game, 11 is 11 and so the game started as such until it became 10 versus 10!
The unfortunate Rich Rapps hadn’t managed a shot on goal before he was subjected to a savage stamp on an ankle ending his game a quarter of the way in.
The Flux made all the running and should’ve been ahead by the time a wayward cross found its way into Matty Sercombe’s net to give the hosts the lead.
With half an hour of the half remaining, the familiar battle-back began again!
Heads never dropped and, despite some agricultural football, a missed penalty, a continuation of the opposition’s studs-first tackling and some liberal refereeing, the greens found themselves ahead with ten minutes to play.
The Flux had done it again! But no, a rare chink in the defence, and a striker not previously worthy of the title made things equal!
Despite frenzied efforts and the employment of the now famous ‘Flying Wedge’ formation, it wasn’t to be.
The Man of the Match award went to Tristan Long who was to be seen standing in the car park, gazing out at the pitch long after everyone else had gone home!