Autumn Festival report

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Autumn Festival report

Postby Probably Shirts » Mon Nov 13, 2017 7:33 pm

Many Shades stumble as winter draws on

The Many Shades’ Autumn Festival on 12th November proved to be a chastening experience for the players. Two new signings were meant to be playing, a striker we thought was called Neil, and a French defender called Des Draps-Propres. Sadly it turned out that the striker didn’t have an “e” in his name, and was actually called “Nil”. Out of interest we looked up our new French defender’s name on Google Translate, and found it means “Clean Sheets”, which we thought was a good omen. Unfortunately he didn’t show up at all.

With the game against Hemel Hempstead being played only 24 hours earlier, it was a much-changed squad who strode out to face the dangerous Bognor Regis Town first up. The game was decided by a last-kick goal which the Many Shades felt aggrieved about as the central timekeeping ref had blown for time on his pitch, but the actual match ref hadn’t. As every schoolchild knows, always play to the whistle. The match ref’s whistle. Bognor’s manager said afterwards: “the lads enjoyed it … they think they won the league after winning a game.

Next came two games against what turned out to be the strongest sides on the day, Retro Rangers who found too much space up front and won 4-0, and Emsworth & Hayling who beat the Many Shades 3-0.

In the next game the lads were slow out of the blocks and found themselves 3-0 down before half-time against a lively Southampton DFA. The game was held up for a while for overworked goalkeeper John Kennett to receive treatment after he caught his feet in the astroturf and landed on his face. The Many Shades put up a determined show in the second half, but couldn’t quite find a way through.

Finally they found themselves up against Mountbatten WFT, and again they proved unable to break through and find the killer finish. Although they lost 2-0 both goals were of a very high quality and actually it wasn’t a bad performance, coming as it did at the end of a very disappointing run of games.

The Festival winners came from the pivotal match between Emsworth and Retro Rangers, with Emsworth edging it 2-1, both sides winning their other four games. Final placings: Emsworth & Hayling (15pts), Retro Rangers (12), Mountbatten (9), Southampton DFA (6), Bognor Regis Town (3), and Many Shades of Grey (0).

Your brave and spirited squad was: John Kennett, Barry Ingram, Martyn Bishop, Barry Carter, Barrie Gray, Dave Hall, Jeff Pickering, Mick Sidwell, and Barry Tindall.

So just shout “Barry!”, and half the outfield will answer!
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