Costa Cup tournament report

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Costa Cup tournament report

Postby Probably Shirts » Sun Oct 29, 2017 6:36 pm

Mid-table mediocrity for Many Shades

The second running of the Costa Cup, hosted by Emsworth & Hayling WFT, was held on 29th October on the lush plastic pastures of Park Community School. In spite of the clocks going back overnight, we all turned up on time, a victory in itself, it seemed.

We opened our account with a match against Weymouth WFT, a new opponent for us. We quickly asserted ourselves on the game, using the same 7-a-side pressing game that we had employed against Maidenhead a couple of weeks earlier. Sure enough, Bobby De Ste Croix opened the scoring for us, and although it wasn’t until the last minute that Rich Bishop added our second, the win was rarely in doubt.

Next up were our hosts, Emsworth & Hayling. They were pressing equally hard, and gave us a serious work-out, eventually forcing one too many mistakes and deservedly earning themselves a 1-0 win. Our next opponents were Pompey ITC A, and we found ourselves struggling for form and fitness, and were frankly run ragged by a strong Pompey side, the 3-0 scoreline just about summing things up.

Our next opponents were Southampton Strollers, a side we had beaten earlier in the year at the Bobby Moore tournament in Fleet. Although we felt that we should have got something out of it, we never really got going, and a defensive error (or should that be “yet another defensive error”?) gave them a soft goal which was the difference in the end.

Were we downhearted? Yes, but we had a couple more matches to play, so we got on with it. A particularly mobile Pompey ITC B side threatened to pull us apart down the flanks, but some vigorous defending and at long last a few positive passing moves helped us earn a decent 0-0 draw.

Finally we faced a side from Basingstoke, Tadley Statin Strollers, and although we were beginning to tire, we worked hard again (especially when one of our number was sin-binned for 2 minutes for persistent running [and fouling]) and with the unfamiliar form of Dave Hall leading the line and scoring the only goal of the game, we ended on a win.

Overall, not the best all-round performance we’ve put in recently, but coming fourth out of seven the mid-table mediocrity was a satisfactory outcome all things considered.

Your Many Shades squad was: John Kennett, Barry Ingram, Pete Dolamore, John Morgan, Stew Russell, Dave Hall, Collin Hon, Rich Bishop, Bobby De Ste Croix, and James McIlwaine.
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