Birkbeck 3-2 Goodenough
Wednesday 2 March 2016, 1-2pm
Your correspondent: Chris Baker
Three quick fire first-half goals were good enough for Birkbeck to see off their opponents at Coram’s Fields.
After a couple of disappointing results, the boys in blue were desperate to turn things around but knew they would face stiff opposition from a Goodenough team that came into the match sitting on top of the league.
It was to be a competitive contest from the outset. Before the teams had even gone out to get warmed up there was a heated discussion about the size of goals and rules that would be applied. The Goodenough captain/goalkeeper sounded on the brink of tears in the dressing room while pleading his case. Eventually a toss of a coin meant that Birkbeck FC would be playing with the usual goals and rules (as they have done for 10+ years).
Once the game finally got underway, Birkbeck were quick out of the blocks and started brightly. Keeping the ball nicely and creating chances, seemingly at will. Krish opened the scoring from close range after some neat interplay in the build-up.
One soon became two with Chris B notching another poacher’s effort from inside the penalty area after Gary B had miscued at the back post following Chris M’s surging run and cross from the left-hand side.
The third Birkbeck goal, midway through the first-half was probably the pick of the bunch with move starting from the back, being passed into midfield before the front two combined to present Diego with an excellent opportunity that he took full advantage of. Calmly slotting home a first time side-footed strike into the bottom corner to give the goalkeeper absolutely no chance.
At this stage BBK FC were looking rampant against a disorganised and disjointed Goodenough outfit.
But if the Birkbeck boys thought they were in for an easy game they were very much mistaken. Their opponents slowly grew into the game and started to dominate possession and territory as Birkbeck legs started to tire.
Goodenough fashioned a number of chances but found stand-in goalkeeper Rob in excellent form when called upon. They did however manage to pull a goal back before half-time when Goodenough’s eccentric striker (who goal hung for the entire game whilst wearing a bobble hat and mouthing off) scrambled the ball home.
The second half was very much a rear-guard action from Blues, with Birkbeck sitting back in numbers looking to use the pace and trickery of Tae on the counter attack when the opportunities arose.
Will and Gary stood firm at the back, dealing with everything that was thrown at them, included the threat of a jaw-breaking punch from one of the chunkier (albeit skilful) Goodenough players.
The game seemed to be petering out towards a hard fought 3-1 victory but unfortunately Goodenough pulled another goal back to make it 3-2 and ensure that there would be a tense and nervy conclusion to proceedings.
But the likes of Krish, Andi and Chris E worked tirelessly to ensure that the precious one goal lead was preserved.
And so it finished 3-2 to the boys in blue. A really gritty and determined display from everyone who should take great pride in a job well done. Onto the next one…