It's always difficult to adapt to a team who metaphorically "park the bus" and stick eleven players behind the ball from the first whistle and it took the Men's 4s about 20 minutes to work out how to play Sonning 3s. Having said that, I had more problems exiting the Hawks car park later in the afternoon as one of the away teams had physically parked their bus and blocked me in. Sonning visited us on the back of a heavy defeat and you got the impression they were on a damage limitation exercise. We were without a few regulars, but had Danny Newcombe, Gary Mahon, Pablo Poulter and James Holder to strengthen our ranks and we proceeded to dominate possession and eventually broke down their defence through Charlie Robbins with a fine tumbling finish from a difficult angle. Our other pilot, Rob Manson, found the chink in the young Sonning goalie's armour, that being the straight shot, and he quickly grabbed a couple of well struck goals from corners. Robin added to his three goals last week with two more, once he'd had a few sighters, pinging a couple of shots over the bar. The pattern of play continued after half time, but we only added one more with a fine diving finish from Elliott from a good move. We, as a club, were grateful to Tom Boggs for selflessly agreeing to travel down to Haslemere with the Falcons, when arguably he should have played for the 3s; the downside was that I had to play in goal and was 'delighted' to pay a tenner for my three touches. I did shout a lot, however. It also has to be stated that the game was played in a great spirit, in no little part due to the umpiring of Dave and Geoff, who was being assessed and no doubt passed with flying colours. It was great to have Danny's words of wisdom at half time and hopefully the team learnt from the experience. Certainly better than having to listen to my usual bollox. Now I just need to find that CRB form to sign or my days as a volunteer coach for the colts are numbered.
Additional players: Adrian Murdock, John Carey, James Holder