Another welcome match report from the SW19 international media bureau. Incidentally, if you want to join such a highly regarded (?) organisation, please don’t hesitate to get on the mailing list
Anyway, here’s the Wingate report….
As it was my 250th game in a row, REPD pissed me off (SW19 note: hey, you offered…) gave me the honour of reporting on Half Inch(ley) 3 Robbed 2. Now, we werenâ€™t robbed as such but, had we fielded a stronger side, we would have comfortably won and now be looking forward to a home quarter final against Tooting and Mitcham. And that pisses me off.
Okay, so I knew that we would be fielding an under strength side, and it looks like the youngsters playing will need to strengthen up a bit themselves if they had any dreams of making an impact in the first team this season, and I knew that our record in this competition isnâ€™t amazing, but apparently this was our â€˜first teamâ€™ county cup competition this year, i.e. taking it as seriously as we did in the Surrey last season.
I might have been listening to completely the wrong people about this but, if true, we should have been able to put out a stronger side and saved playing all these non first-teamers for when we played Ash next week.
A brief look at the sides left in the competition* would have made anyone feel confident that we could have gone all the way and won it at Bromleyâ€¦ actually, fuck it, well done Dave for putting out a weak side.
*Disclaimer: I havenâ€™t actually looked at the teams left in the competition but theyâ€™re probably rubbish.
Anyway, enough with that garbage and on with the stuff you really want to read aboutâ€¦
Plus Points: Beasant, Paris, Connery and King looked half descent but need quite a few more â€˜adultâ€™ games before theyâ€™ll be able to make a real impact on the first team.
Minus Points: Losing. Waiting fucking ages for a tube home. Freezing.
The Refereeâ€™s a: Cunt? He stopped the game at every chance he got, failed to let Niall Connery come back on after treatment for at least a minute and denied us probably two good penalty shouts in the first half. At least he pulled his hamstring before the start of extra time.
Them: Cunts? Well, thatâ€™s what their goalkeeper said to our chav fans behind the goal after saving a pen that the referee did give. Gave the finger to them as well. Nice bloke.
Truth is stranger than fiction: After about five minutes they had a net-busting shot. Literally. It took a step ladder and a 4 minute delay to fix it after the 4â€™ groundsman ran out and realised he couldnâ€™t reach the top of the post to reattach the net to the goal frame.
So, was it worth it: Only for Harveyâ€™s cross which fell on Smeltzâ€™s head. Great goal.
In a nutshell: At least we can now concentrate on the League. And the FA Trophy. And the Surrey Senior Cup. And the Ryman League Cup.