The Perceys won this hard-fought game after coming from behind in grand style. Missing the influential Head and Scales, the boys in white were reduced to a dead seven, with Clare being persuaded to run the line. Badders returned to the fold, fresh from his gate vandalising antics last week. Much entertainment was had in the Percey’s dressing room before the game with everyone making some well-chosen comments about Ballo and Clare. Really, boys, at least be original.
Due to the absence of Head, Whisky Down started the match at centre-half. About 30 seconds after the kick-off, Ballo made the first mistake of an error-strewn performance when he gifted the opposition the ball deep into his own half. Fortunately, he was able to close down the BTFA striker enough to force the shot wide. After this slightly dodgy start, the Perceys started playing better; indeed, after 20 minutes they went in front after a good run by Ballo was followed up by a great defence-splitting pass (see, I do occasionally contribute in a good way) that Cole was able to run onto and he finished well.
Several more chances followed, all of them spurned, but it should be noted that the BTFA team were moaning quite a lot at referee Keith Hawkins (who it has to be said, does have a slight megalomania problem at times) This suited the Perceys, though, because this meant that we were free to play our unique brand of free-flowing football. Yes, we were, so there. Terry was again on fine form this evening, although some of his efforts at shooting were a little…. wayward, shall we say. The message from the rest of the team was to keep having a go; the law of averages says that Danny was bound to hit the target at some stage! Half-time came, with the score 1-0 to the Perceys.
The start of the second was very much the way of the Perceys…the opposition ‘keeper being very much the busier of the two stoppers. A blatant foul on Terry resulted in ref Hawkins awarding the Perceys a penalty. Up stepped JD to take it, having finished these with aplomb on several occasions in the past. For some reason, though, he seemed to forget that you are actually supposed to kick the ball (rather than just stepping up to it and stopping!) and the ref decided that it meant the penalty was over. Without Whisky actually touching it. A bizarre moment. However, about 10 minutes into the half Ballo thought it might be a good idea to pass to Cocksy, but instead passed it straight to the opposition striker, who scored and then celebrated as though he had won the F.A. Cup. Tosser. Still the Perceys pushed forward, and it was from a Perceys corner that they managed to fall behind. One of the BTFA defenders had a mad swing at the ball, and it went to the Perceys left where Ballo was actually aware enough to try to cover the man there…somehow, the ball contrived to strike the heel of the jammy git and it fell right into the path of the unmarked striker. The celebration this time was akin to the kind of revelling more associated with winners of an Olympic gold medal..he practically did a lap of honour. Somehow finding themselves 2-1 down, it was time for more of that much-vaunted Percey Mackrill spirit (no, not James…hah!) After this, a slight change of formation was in order, with a crocked JD (probably still smarting about that penalty) replacing Kingdon in goal.
Practically the rest of the match was spent camped in the BTFA half. Several more chances went begging, most notably by Ballo when he found himself 1-on-1 with the BTFA keeper….he did manage to get a shot away, but the goalie saved well, the bastard. It wasn’t long though, before the constant probing (oh, i say) reaped its reward. A good move which involved most of the Percey players saw Cole unleash a shot that gave the goalie no chance. Now the panic in the BTFA ranks was obvious, and their fears proved well founded just 4 or 5 minutes later when Terry Murray capped a fine evening by scoring a good individual goal. (see? we told him he’d score if he kept trying!) Not long after that the ref blew up (figuratively, which here means “not in reality”…;-) ) for full-time.
So, another solid performance from the Perceys…after last week’s 14 goal marathon it was possibly disappointing to only see 5, but the result was good, and it does mean that the Perceys are still undefeated this year…so, yay!
Team:Kingdon; Badcott; Ballard; Down; Cole; Cocks; Murray