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Match Report from Robin
It looked as if it would be another odd number of participants until word came through that David Platt would be joining us to make up the numbers.
David was welcomed by everyone but he was not recognisable as the former England International – no wonder this was not Platt but Blatt.
Nevertheless six Reds, including David, who was new to the game, started off in dominant form. Five of this side had been selected for next Thursday’s match at Vinuela and were expected to win comfortably.
Not so, and the Blacks showed that they would be no pushovers. Early on a scorching net bound shot from Eamonn was touched onto the post by Teflon Eddie. The rebound as met by Eamonn whose even better second effort was brilliantly turned round the post for a corner by the Molyn Molly Molyneux (**ck it) Wolverhampton keeper.
Throughout the match Eddie continued to display his shot stopping prowess, including a point blank save from Jim King, whose good positional sense was not always matched by the accuracy of his shooting. He could have had a hat trick.
On the other hand, Colin the Manc in the Black’s goal did produce a hat trick of a different sort. His cap was knocked flying from his head by an attempt on goal. He caught the headgear as the ball narrowly missed the target.
Lesh scored a good goal for the Reds and later went on to provide for Diego who had earlier struck the post.
Gary was twice back on target after a number of misses including one attempt that went way over the bar – an unusual occurrence for him as he has recently been either underneath or slumped on top of a bar.
Tony J. was generously credited with a goal for the Blacks although many would swear that he was in the goal area when he shot.
A special word for James who covered more ground than anyone retrieving balls both from within and out with the pitch area.
Final score.Reds 4 Blacks 1