With our three midfielders all otherwise deployed elsewhere on club duty up until the start of the game, our umpire being called away at short notice (hope all is OK?!) and then Hutts being called away midway through the game to tow an ambulance out of the mud, the signs were on the wall...
That said the team started reasonably brightly against a typically dogged Windsor side, if not a little rushed at times. Possession was good, pressure was being applied dutifully, defence and goalkeeper were on it and short corners were being won. But that was as much as Falcons were getting, short corners have been squandered in recent weeks, so maybe some practice is required for next season??
However after 20 minutes Dunlo did manage to score from a short corner that was passed around the circle to give the Falcons a 1-0 half-time lead.
In the second half, Windsor appeared to field some changes or had I just not noticed these fresh skilfull legs in the first half - a coincidence that the Windsor 2's game had been abandoned on the other pitch, but perhaps my eyesight isn't what it once was...
Anyway the Falcons often complain about a lack of competitive fixtures and they most certainly got it in the second half, especially on ever tiring legs. Attacks were few and far between, Dunlo picked up an injury and had to leave the field, Buzz and Whitey too picked up some damage but with only a bare 11 had to both play through... With Paul Brees covering for Richard Wilsdon in goal and making some fine saves it appeared the Falcons would see the game out, but a debated short corner in the final 2 minutes saw Windsor get the equaliser they had been seeking.
Falcons continue to top the table and now visit Southampton with a kick up the behind to remind them no game is won until the final whistle.
MoM Paul Brees with honourable mentions for Steve Jones and Phil Dunnill
Thanks to Andy Kaye for stepping in to umpire :)
Apologies to Jan for not getting the message the game had been bought forward!!
Our thoughts and best wishes go to George Gullain in the 6's fixture and we wish him a speedy recovery!!
Thanks to Evelyn Hargreaves for the excellent photos.