Blackheath & Elthamians Men’s Dynamos

Match date: 25/01/20
Opposition: Blackheath & Elthamians Men's Dynamos
Home or away: Home
Result: 4-2
Scorers: Tim Orman (2) Chris Baker (2)
Man/ Woman of the Match Tim Orman and Chris Baker
Match Reporter Sameer Kahn

Before the teams had even crossed the white line, news had made its way through the stands that the 2nd placed team had lost thus opening the way for New Beccs to climb the table - however 'a break is not a break until you hold your serve' and it would be incumbent on New Beccs to produce the right performance

Struggling to create clear cut chances early in the game, short corners were earned by the forward trio and Baker was able to convert such an opportunity by side-stepping 2 kamikaze 12 year old runners to create enough space to fire home the opener

Blackheath grew into the game and while creating little, ably capitalised to score an equaliser gifted to them by Beccs on the half hour mark; and so the two teams went into half time on level terms at 1-1

Some words, both stirring and astute, from Carver at half time had Beccs understanding that a difference in appetite was the only reason for not being ahead

It was therefore surprising that Beccs conceded again 5 minutes into the half to find themselves in the wholely unfamiliar territory of trailing

Blackheath tails were raised at this stage and a calm maturity to counter the warmed blood and youthful ambition of the opposition was clearly required. All but Baker had understood this as he overstepped the mark to rightfully be sin-binned by the authoritative but Paul-Weller-haircut-tribute-umpire

A now-gritted Beccs defence of Cain, George and Bishop reestablished the barrier that allowed Byrne to relax between the posts and with 15 minutes to go it allowed the front half of the team to press on

The pressure eventually told and a much-needed short corner variation that saw a slip right to the newly-reintroduced Baker allowed him the space and time to free his arms and drill a brutish strike to equalise

Beccs now sensed blood and some more regular link up play between the midfield and the strikers, often between the two Darleys bore fruit when Orman received the ball at the top of the D, was able to find some space on his preferred reverse and cleanly LBZ-ed(sic) into the opposite corner of the goal to take a 3-2 lead

Beccs professionally spent the remainder of the game in the opposition half, perching over short corner after short corner (though rarely threatening to shoot, let alone score). Orman eventually killed the game off, taking charge of one of these scrappy situations and pushing the loose ball into the net to make it 4-2 and moving Beccs into second in the league

And so it was...Skipper and Smith trotting off the pitch, happy in the knowledge that the teens making up the opposition had just had their weekend ruined having been dealt an early lesson in false hope

Man of the Match honours, appropriately, split between Orman and Baker, scoring 2 each