The warriors took on Hawkwell BC yesterday in a friendly match that was a great credit to both teams. With a much revised line up, due to a few last minute losses due to injuries, imprisonments and staying up until 3am and missing the bus (David Cadge), we had to shuffle the pack!
The team started of with a 4-3-3 system. Goalkeeper Dan made his Warriors debut and pulled off a number of good shot stops throughout the game and gave plenty of encouragement to the team.
Burger lead the back four in his new ‘Rudd Guillit’ sweeper style, marshalling Cameron ‘The Wall’ White to make a formidable and slightly scary looking centre back partnership. Young Nathan Goodman stepped in to replace Karl who was injured early on in the match and made a very steady debut with Jay also making a very accomplished start at left back.
The midfield pairing of Dan and Matt were as usual, a powerhouse full of hard running, skill, tenacity, coughing and emotion. Aaron made his debut at right midfield and was a tireless runner always showing an option for the midfield.
Our secret weapon Moses continues to shine and is surely destined for greater things! Let us hope he remembers us when he is famous. His drive and skills were a constant threat to the opposition.
Lee returned from urgent family business in London upon hearing of his call up and once again made a number of threatening runs, hit the post and was unlucky to be ruled offside when finding the net.
The only weak link for the Warriors was old coach Long, who with 2 rickety ankles, spent most of the game watching the ball fly over his head.
The Warriors found themselves behind early on falling to a very unfortunate deflected own goal from captain Matt, but kept together rebuffing numerous attacks to reach halftime 1-0 down, whilst soaking up a lot of pressure we always looked a threat on the break.
The game changed on its head after 60 minutes when Matt decided to make amends for his O.G in the most spectacular fashion, hitting the goal of the game, a fantastic 30 yard blaster that flew into the net. Even more amazing was the celebration that followed, in particular the ‘caterpillar’, that took the away fans breath away and earned a bigger cheer than the goal from the bemused crowd. Within 10 minutes the Warriors had taken the lead, albeit with the help of a slightly dubious penalty, that Moses calmly tucked away.
At this point it looked that the Warriors were about to record their first ever victory and were beginning to play some good football.
But full credit to Hawkwell who were a team full of pace and skill and never gave us a moments peace and allow us to get the ball down and play. Constant pressure eventually told and the equaliser was duly followed by a 3 minutes from time, heartbreaking winning goal.
Full credit for both teams for the way the game was played in such a good spirit, it was a real pleasure to be a part of. The Warriors can be proud of the way they kept positive and fought hard to the final whistle, in terms of team ethic and football played we really are getting there. Lets look forward to the rematch.
thank you so much Hawkwell Baptist Church for your support and for helping us with the mini bus we really are very grateful and also to Rob Collins who did a brilliant job reffing the game so professionally.