Time until the next game at Benalmadena Polideportivo

 Report by Rory

There was truly an international flavour about the game at the polideportivo on Monday, with the reds parading their new signing Marco on his debut showing more than a passing resemblance to the golden boy of Italian football Alesandro Del Piero (91 caps 27 goals). He was well supported by two energetic Hungarians, Johnny and buddy Les, fresh from their recent humiliation of England in the UEFA Beano cup for teams desperate to win anything.

The blacks were set up well, with a solid back four including Pete sweeping at the back and Alvin and Mark putting in an energetic defensive performance and limiting the number of shots for the reds. Glyn put in a great performance at left back doing a good job of disrupting Les’s forays down the wing. Up front Max the deadly Dane prowled in front of the reds’ goal in his usual threatening manner. Hamid with his titanium knees was the blacks’ playmaker supported by Bambi (WTF!!) in the hole.

The reds were slow to set out their stall (cheap bracelets and sunglasses) and allowed the diminutive Dane too much space. Within the first 10 mins he made them pay with the fastest hat-trick ever recorded at Walking Football, and simultaneously removing two coats of paint off the inside of the reds’ goal. The stunned reds were happy to welcome the late arrival Manuel into their team, and this seemed to steady them at the back, allowing Breck to pick out some good passes and drive the team forward. With Stoke City’s favourite son Ken switching to the blacks the sides looked well matched.

The reds’ midfield general Terry, eventually started to exert some control by bringing his slide rule out of his back pocket and threading some great balls through to his eager forwards. Forza Marco! The tall Italian front man unfurled his striking skills to keep the reds in it by deploying his long limbs, latching onto a through ball and slotting the ball past the blacks’ keeper. Could the reds salvage something from the game? Johnny’s biting tackles were starting to wrench control back for the reds. However, with the reds’ defence focussing on Max the dynamic Dane it opened up an opportunity for Rory to latch onto a nice pass from Hamid to curl the ball into the top corner past the packed reds defence. Blacks 4-1 Reds. But the reds were not despondent and after a quick free-kick caught the blacks defence with their feet planted in 2 foot of quick setting concrete, a quick ball into the box picked out Marco, and the big man wasn’t going to miss such a gift. Golazzo! Blacks 4-2 Reds.

Bambi managed to put in some firm tackles (WTF!!) to stem the reds’ fightback and Alan was playing a blinder, although when shooting, the only barn door he managed to hit was one in Alicante. Good effort though Al. Mark, who had been playing a blinder up to that point in a defensive midfield position made a foray forward and was nicely put through by Sonic. He brilliantly kept his balance and drilled the ball past Alan in the reds’ goal. Blacks 5-2 reds. Just as the reds looked like they might get back into it up stepped bionic knees Hamid who scored a brace of goals with his left foot. You wouldn’t want to get in the way of any of those blockbusters, although he did dislocate his him in the process. Blacks 7-2 Reds. The plucky reds could not be killed off though and sure enough with Dave and Terry surging forward they managed to find the Italian goal machine to pull one back. Blacks 7-3 Reds. The reds were given further encouragement when Dave uncharacteristically curled a beauty into the top corner to keep the match alive. Blacks 7-4 reds.

With the clock ticking down Mark managed to pick out Stanley Matthews understudy Ken in space near the goal. The jinky wing-wizard steadied himself before picking out the bottom corner to seal the game in the dying minutes. Blacks 8-4 Reds. A much closer game than the score suggests with some great goal scoring pyrotechnics and a couple of hat-tricks. Well played lads. Special shout-out to Steve Loasby for doing a great job as referee and interpreting the complex WF rules. The boys moved onto the bar to discuss whether there are more bees on earth than stars in the universe. Answer next week.