Harboro Vets 4 GNG Vets 2
League & Cup Double Still A Possibility
Harboro Vets 4 GNG 2
So another season closes with this home win against GNG a win that if Leicester Road slip up on Saturday sees us complete a league and cup double who’d have thought it? We line up with Lardy in the sticks, a back 4 of Lord Charles, Shambles, Adam & Nice Guy Ian, a midfield of Robbo, Gaz O, Rodders & Kris up top are lil Chris & Pal T. The bench is literally full of heavyweights in the (mis)shape of Scott, Fletch, Woj & Chee. The 1st half saw Harboro' kicking up the slope, with both sides still in with a shout to win the league it was always going to be a tense and at times tetchy affair and both sides created chances but it was GNG who took the lead when the offside trap was sprung (Note to GNG & Whetstone get a linesman that doesn’t blatantly cheat it helps the mood of all concerned) and the visiting forward slotted past Lardy. This did seem to wake us up and we created chances but we were thwarted by a mixture of poor finishing, poor refereeing and blatant cheating from the visiting linesman. Kris puts in a marker for chump of the week when calling for a Robbo cross he arrives early in the box then has to retreat only for the ball to smack him on the back of the head, he atones for this minutes later when he beats his man and then unusually shows both self and ball control to fire a ball in which the defender scrambles away for a corner under pressure from Paul T. We have a series of corners all of which are scrambled away, the bench are left scratching their heads as the last one sees the ball arrive dead centre of the goal a yard out only to find no player had the foresight to do the same. This brought the comment from Fletch that that’s where he’d usually be stood we imagine he meant that literally for 80 minutes that’s where he stands. Down at the other end Lardy makes a couple of great man and ball clear-outs (possibly not the only clear out he’d had all day) which raises the temperature of the opposition, this goes up a further notch as the referee fails to see what everyone else in the ground sees and waves away a stone wall penalty but what’s good for the goose as they say sees him do exactly the same at the other end. We finally get back on level terms when Kris has another out of body experience and becomes a footballer momentarily again beating his man and crossing for lil Chris to force the ball home at the far post . Rod then feels the full force as GNG revert to type as they take offence to his tackle and give him what we would term a good kicking while lying on the floor, this finally sees the referee get involved and he warns Rod about his conduct. Lardy then flattens the visiting forward with a great challenge which brings GNG to the boil. The bench do their best to calm things down by explaining that we’ve put the ball out of play so could you now go and peel your player off the turf as he makes the place look untidy.
Second half starts and with no changes to the team or the referees lack of willingness to blow his whistle Robbo is upended in the box again the referee wants no part of it, Robbo took the decision like the tackle on the chin – not with a chump nominating shout of “If it’s not a penalty book me!!” We continue to press and next for a penalty shout is lil Chris and again nothing doing. Tempers begin to fray and Kris nails chump of the week when asking the visiting manager to leave the field this gets into a handbags at dawn scenario which quickly escalates into a farcical game of shove ha’penny. For the record your honour this is the 2nd season running that Kris has started on a pensioner and it has to be said Anthony Joshua has nothing to fear - in fairness neither does the undefeated left midfielder of the wooooooooorld Robbo. The referee finally sees sense and gives a penalty when Adam skips under a bouncing ball not once but twice and Matt gives up the will and just slaps the ball away. The penalty is despatched for 2-1. The Gaffer makes changes and hooks Nice Guy and Paul off for Woj and Scott. Scott’s first action is to flatten a visitor off the ball this again raises temperatures, minutes later Scott rises salmon like at the far post to knock down for Kris who in attempting to keep his shot in Leicestershire scuffs it tamely at the keeper who in turn rolls it back to lil Chris who spurns the opportunity knowing full well his time will come to wrap up a jug buying hat trick. We decide it’s time for Fletch to replace Chump of the week elect Kris and test the hamstrings. We draw level when we slip Chris in for his second of the night, strangely he looked offside but the linesman who has flagged everybody offside all night (I was even given offside returning to the dug out with a cup of coffee!) failed to flag maybe feeling the pressure? So 2-2 going into the last 15 and we now start to turn it on and we force a corner which the keeper tips onto the bar and Adam gets up higher than anyone else to head the ball home. Question is are his tops made of rubber and his bottoms made out of springs he’s bouncy bouncy bouncy fun fun fun oh the most wonderful thing about Adam is he’s the only one (Oh come on who doesn’t love winnie the pooh) GNG look spent now and the friends of GNG on the line have suddenly gone quiet and begin to leave. Chee enters the fray for Lord Charles – are you sure? and fires the standard Chee exocets at the visitors one of which we are unlucky not to convert.The game is wrapped up when Chris completes his hat trick. Woj then dislocates his hip as a ball takes a bobble and he swings and misses big time. There’s still time for Chris to add a 5th when he breaks through and goes 1 on 1 with the keeper or square for a tap in Chris ignores all and we settle for a corner.
So the game and with it the season ends, one that we can all take pride in undefeated since November, a cup win and possibly a league win to go with it. More importantly we’ve been a long long way together through the hard times and the bad…