DBFC 3-1 HK Krauts

3 November 2018 at Happy Valley Pitch 2 with 16:30 KO.

Squad: Ricky (GK), Morse, David, Bryn, Will, Christian, Danny H, Jamie (Captain), Darius, Kafi, Pius, Marco, Josh, Charlie and Brendon.

Scorers: Christian, Darius and Pius.

MOM: a close one between Jamie, Darius and Christian but the Manager called it for Christian this week.

DBFC had a squad of 15 players yesterday but many regulars away (Danny Loup, Jordon, Matt H, Scotty, etc.) so in stepped new player Marco for his debut and a return of DBFC’s young 16 year protégés, Josh and Charlie. In the absence of Jordon, it was Jamie Bone who took the captain’s arm band.

Playing teams at Happy Valley pitch 2 tends to be a bit of a leveler because of its relatively small size and this proved the case against HK Krauts. However, DBFC were still happy to be there, instead of a pitch in some remote part of the New Territories where the League has been sending us a little too often. HK Krauts set up to defend (probably because of last week’s thumping 7-0 by HK Scottish) and they put out a 5-4-1 formation. DBFC practically played all game in Krauts half but struggled to find an opening through their packed defence. Darius and Jamie, wide on the left and right, were putting in loads of great crosses that DBFC were centimeters from connecting with on a good few occasions. Then one cross did work; Darius whipped in a cross, from the right, across the face of HK Krauts goal, for Christian to storm through and side-foot the ball into the Krauts goal. Unfortunately and despite the chances, pressure and dominance that DBFC showed, it stayed 1-0 at half time.

The second half was much the same, other than DBFC changing from 4-4-2 to 4-3-3. Finally, DBFC’s second goal came after 20 minutes of many frustrating attempts to score in the second half and it was from the boot of Darius. One of Jamie’s many attempts at a shot from 25 yards again struck a Krauts defender but this time spun up into the air just outside the Krauts right post and Darius reacted first to dash in and catch the ball on the volley to direct it into the far corner. This was just rewards for DBFC and 2-0 was a little more comfortable for the supporters at the touchline. However, this comfort was not long lasting because as DBFC pressed forward to find a 3rd, HK Krauts were now taking a chance pushing a few players forward and although the DBFC defence were pretty well solid, a long ball was not headed so well to clear and fell towards a lone HK Krauts striker who collect and shot from 25 yards into the bottom right corner of the DBFC goal. HK Krauts sniffed a chance to get something from this game but in doing so they committed players forward leaving gaps at the back and DBFC made them pay, when Darius broke down the right and won a corner, which he set up and took himself quickly to send a great cross to the far post for Pius to coolly head into the corner of the HK Krauts net unchallenged. Game over.

There was a scary incident in the first half of this match when the lone 6 foot 2 inches HK Krauts striker tried to out-jump 6 foot 3 inch David. David won the header but the HK Krauts player was slightly late and seemed to head David’s shoulder. The striker went down like a bag of spuds and within seconds we realised something seriously wrong when he didn’t move. Morse and Kafi were first to react; Morse turned the guy on his side and alerted everyone him being unconscious and seeming stopped breathing; Kafi pushed his fingers into his mouth to pull back his tongue. The guy came around and was carried to the side of the pitch to wait for the ambulance. HK Krauts let us know that the guy was released from hospital ok and with just a very sore head. Well done to Morse and Kafi!

A good crowd returned to the Pier Bar for celebratory drinks and the usual Tequila shot fines, voted on very democratically under the supervision of Captain Jamie. It was good to see DBFC’s prodigal son Tom Halder showing at the match to lend his support and making it to the Pier bar to join the celebrations. It was Tom’s birthday after all ——- many happy returns Tom!