DBFC 2 – 0 Kennedy Town FC

Where and When: King George fifth (KGV) school field on 13 February 2023 at 21:00 kick-off

Squad: Travis, Tita, Riggers, Anago, Nik, Jonatan, San, Tong, Emerson, Crommy, Pius and Mike.

Scorers: Mike and Crommy

On a surprisingly humid February evening at 9:00pm, the DB Vets lined up against Kennedy Town for a late night match at KGV. DB, despite having 28 people on the WhatsApp group chat, lined up with only 11 players, with a last minute new signing player to arrive later to make a squad of 12. A perplexed Gazza was charging around the pitch complaining about being let down, before having a quick chat with Assistant Manager Paul Crompton to decide the starting formation and positions for his eleven players .

With Travis in goals (2 matches now covering for Bradders’ dislocated pinky) and the back line of Nik, Riggers, Tita and Anago the team looked solid and needed to be, with reports of spritely attacking Kennedy Town forwards and wingers having caused DB issues in the previous game. A midfield five of San, Crompton, Tong, Jonatan and Emerson, with Crompton in the number 10 position, looked set to take command, while Pius started upfront with strict instructions to stay up.

DB started well, controlling much of the play, keeping the ball and quickly snubbing out any Kennedy Town attacks. As the game progressed DB started to get some joy down the left side of the pitch with Nik and Crompton linking up well and producing several dangerous crosses, one of which resulted in a goal mouth scramble and several blocked shots before Kennedy Town managed to get the ball away.

Further pressure from DB produced a couple of half blocked shots on the edge of the box and some dangerous corners. One corner, lobbed in, saw Nik rise like the proverbial salmon but couldn’t quite reach the ball, glancing it beyond KT’s far post. A few minutes later a second corner saw Rigby put a left foot volley chance over the Kennedy Town crossbar.

After 25 minutes of the game and not much to show for the continual pressure, new signing Mike Mah was brought on as centre forward, with Emerson taking a rest following his hard work non-stop up and down the left wing and Pius dropping in at number 10 position and Crommy to left mid. Only 5 minutes later Pius collected the ball in midfield and danced passed a couple of KT players before passing the ball to Mike’s feet firmly planted on the penalty spot with his back to goal. Mike seemed to weave in and out of a couple of defenders, while remaining on the same spot with the ball glued to his feet before spinning 180 and smashing a shot into the top corner past the KT goalkeeper to put DB into a deserved 1-0 lead. What a start from magic Mike!

Half time saw Gazza demanding more shots and less ‘tippy tappy’ from the team. Meanwhile Pius decided to down Titas entire bottle of water, much to Titas’ disgust. It was a pretty humid match but despite this Tita decided not to refill his water bottle because KGV water fountains are not up to his high standards?! Gazza, can you get a few Evians in next week? I like the strawberry flavour!

The 2nd half continued pretty much the same as the first half, with DB playing out well from the back, despite Kennedy Town deciding to try and press. Half chances continued to flow for DB but unfortunately no one listened at half time and shooting at goal still seemed to be off the agenda. Travis was pleased to receive a pass back, which finally involved him in the match. He was even more pleased to find a DB player with his next pass. There were more silky skills shown by Mike, who seemed to beat several players again and again, without really going anywhere. Eventually DB won another corner and Crompton snuck in at the back post with a simple header to make the game 2-0. Five minutes later Crompton again turned up with a curling ball that hit the inside of the bar but chose to narrowly stay out of the goal.

In the end it was a good team performance and 2-0 was probably a fair result. DB were always in control, having a little too much quality for the hard working Kennedy Town team to deal with. Looking forward to the next game. Let’s get a few more down for the squad!