With no Ladies’ games on at the club on Saturday, it was a slightly eerie feeling turning up with no one else at BRN (obviously too inclement for the tennis players). Once everyone else had bothered to stroll in for a half-hearted warm up 25 minutes from the match start (dear oh dear), there was a fear that we could be half-cooked for the game against Leighton Buzzard 1s. Last year, the Buzzards had been strong and ended up narrowly missing promotion but have started poorly this year; it transpires they have lost 5 or 6 players to impending fatherhood (what’s in the water over there?!) and are struggling for numbers and turned up with a bare 11, including their coach. A potential banana skin then, but we started positively and had a lot of possession, although the opposition looked dangerous on the break. First goal came courtesy of Charlie P, who’s finding his scoring boots, when Rodders missed the ball completely from Ollie but Archie was on hand to pick up the pass and find Charlie who scored from an improbable angle (again). The Buzzards left wing and player/captain then mugged Ollie and then caught Atkins half way between committing at the top of the D and back on his post and the ball was swept it on the reverse. 1-1. Luke had a marvellous chance but fluffed his lines with the keeper stranded before Charlie scored another and then the Piper opened his account on the stroke of half time to make it 3-1. The Yellows always posed a threat and we certainly didn’t look secure at this point, although both Mahons and Ed W made serious inroads into their area and Jules and Tom were calmness personified in defence. Cameron Saint also had his best game so far for us. Charlie then scored a hat-trick tapping in at the far post, assisted by their defender who helped the ball in, but Leighton Buzzard scored almost immediately with a well worked goal down the left, and could have scored another but was denied by the sprawling keeper. Eventually our superior numbers told and we wore them down as Ed W scored a great individual goal and Luke smashed in another two, to make it two hat-tricks for the team on the day, much to Chris Maidlow’s chagrin. Special mention to Dick and Dawsie, who officiated with calm authority and made the game so enjoyable.