Last week’s first ever game for the newly created Mens 5s team was a crushing defeat at the hands of another club’s first XI and it was going to be interesting to see how they would respond. Excellently, as it turned out. Playing at home against West Hampstead who came fourth in this league last year and who thrashed our 4th XI at their place, we fully expected a tough afternoon and the early encounters appeared to confirm this. However, we were out of the blocks quickly and within five minutes were two up, skipper Matt Dodd causing his usual chaos (going on to score four goals) and Nathan Conn (with two) being a thorn in their sides, the latter scoring with an amazing reverse stick strike. And this is how it continued. We kept scoring. And scoring. They even scored with a fluky corner rebound. After that we carried on scoring. Admittedly, we were massively bolstered by the fact we had Lamby in our midst and he so thoroughly dominated proceedings in the middle of the park he had the opposition pulling their hair out trying to get near him; he helped a bit, however he was ably supported by Will Smith (including a couple of goals from very accurate if mishit corners) and George in the middle, while the defence coped manfully with anything that was thrown at them, including a great performance by our new Canadian Doug Harris. The Hammers couldn’t comprehend what was happening to them and they started to get very rancorous, mostly aimed at our two umpires; Hutts and his partner maintained their cool admirably without resorting to cards. We even thrived when down to 10 players when Andy Sumser suffered a nasty cut below the eye. However, this all left us with a faint bad taste; West Hampstead thought they had been harshly treated by the officials; in truth, they had simply been thrashed.
Additional players: Doug Harris, George Russell, Nathan Conn
Additional scorers: Nathan Conn 2, Doug Harris