The Men’s 4th Team travelled to the “Dragons’ Den” having already been relegated. Despite this source of frustration, the team were determined to beat a Dragons side with whom close games had been had previously in the season.
We started off strongly, and had chances to enter the ‘D’, but chances for Magpies were few and far between and, although the defence, especially Walker, Herschel-Shorland and Rob Bensly, did well to repel them, Dragons managed to create some goal-scoring opportunities. However, Murray Graham, in typical fashion, was not going to let anything into the net and, at half-time, the team knew they had a chance of still securing the win, since the score was, at the time, 0-0.
However, injured captain David Blackmore soon put the mockers on it by suggesting that we could sneak a 1-0 win, for early in the second half the Dragons forward slotted home from a tight angle, and this was soon followed up by a rasping drag-flick which was slammed home into the top right corner, leaving neither Graham nor the post-man a chance.
Magpies battled back into the game and Matt Bensly, debuting for the side, was particularly impressive out on the right, causing their experienced full back a number of difficulties with his skill and positional nous. However, although Matt, Greg Jagger and Harry Haigh continued to make chances, none were put away (including two tame short corners) and their striker slotted his second and the team’s third late on.
A frustrating day for the team as, like most games this season, things just did not run for them and, on another day, the result would have been very different. Credit to all 11 fit players who soldiered on against a youthful, pacy, skilful Dragons side who dispatched our 3s last week.
Player of the day: debutant Matt Bensly