Santa’s Team v The Elves (Home ( Not Friendly ) w/ice)
Facing cold conditions the annual Development Dads v Lads fixture was played out in high spirits to a festive crowd. The santa’s team was packed with quality to face chief elf Oneorse Openslays team of mischievous elves. The lads started out full of running and soon put the santa’s under pressure during the first quarter, with elf loads of Curries, Caston’s and Emms’ all forcing saves from Santa Flatt in goal. After this the santa’s began to recover, some might say realising the game had now begun, and by the end of the first third were getting back into the game with santa’s Bardwell and Kinsman joining up to find santa’s Hall and Currie up front, who had started Christmas early by letting the Elves off several chances.
After some heart warming medicinal rehydration the santa’s started out the second third with more purpose. With santa Brand having finished the calls to cancel his 2pm 3rds fixture he joined the fray and santa Emms brought himself on to spearhead the attack with Santa Hall. This soon paid dividends as they linked up via santa Caston and santa Emms rounded the reach of Elf Fairweather in goal to dive, some less complimentary members of the crowd might say fall, and push the ball home. After some jubilant celebrations, and some unseasonal booing from the crowd, santa Emms subbed himself off again for a rest and more rehydration. This spurred the elves into life and with chief Elf Read making use of his bench strength, Elves Wicks, Flatt, Jackson and Chapman were all making headway. Elf FHS soon found Elf Emms Junior in the D, who with his back to goal rolled out to nutmeg Santa Flatt and level at 1-1. This time the Elves weren’t sitting back and they soon found themselves ahead courtesy of a well struck shot from the top of the D from Elf Brice to make it 2-1 Elves.
After a rousing team talk the Santa’s set about levelling the game in the final third. With Santa Mobb’s now on the field having dropped off the turkey, Santa Curry broke down the right and with his trademark reverse reverse stick found santa Caston and then Hall who calmly made the score 2-2 from short range. What happened next can only be described as elfish mischievousness at its best. Spotting umpire Smith had his back to the bench, elf Mobb’s brought himself on at the back for the elves as a twelfth man and tracked up field to get on the end of a move he started and score his first competitive goal on a full pitch. This sent both the elves and the crowd crazy, and with time running out the santa’s squandered a couple of chances and allowed the elves to record their first victory in the snowflake cup 3-2.
Thanks to all parents for bringing nibbles and mulled wine, special appreciation to the Mobb’s and Hall families for creating the hot turkey and stuffing rolls, and thanks to James, and Larky for umpiring.