DBFC Vets 6-1 USRC 1911

15 March at King’s Park Pitch 3, K.O. 7.30 p.m

Squad: Bradders, Ben, Morse, Steve W, Steve R, Michel, Pascal, Rudi, Scotty, Crommy, Angelo.

Initial subs: Bazz, Fouad, Ariel.

Scorers: Scotty 2, Crommy, Rudi 3

The manager had very few selection problems, with only 11 kitted up by KO time so we started with a strong bench of late arrivals. Our games against USRC seem to follow a familiar pattern and this was no exception – USRC with plenty of “pep” in the initial stages but proving increasingly frail at the back as the game went on. This time we went 2-0 ahead in the first half hour: Crommy a constant threat running at their defence, crossing to the far post for Scotty to finish at the far post. The second goal was a simple tap in by Scotty after the Keeper fumbled. Bradders took one for the team, getting clattered as he cleared a corner from under the bar. We brought on our 3 subs and this energized us further, taking us to the break at 2-0 up. We knew that the next goal would be vital and we had the chance to score soon after HT after a penalty was awarded for handball in the box. Scotty’s confidence was high after his two goals, but this was matched only by the height with which his penalty cleared the cross-bar. Fortunately we did not live to regret the miss as we kept surging forward, with the USRC defence unable to cope with our direct runs up front. Rudi put the game beyond doubt with our third with a well taken strike on the run after the ball was pulled back from the left touchline. Or so we thought as USRC made it 3-1 after we failed to clear a long throw, which was flicked on to the far post and put in from close range after a goal mouth scramble. A USRC comeback was averted as Crommy made it 4-1 with his “swinger” before Rudi finished USRC off with two more – the first (and his second) another good strike after arriving late in the box, and his hat-trick with a penalty after another hand-ball in the box. All in all this was a good team performance with some good individual performances. The spine of our team looked solid, with Pascal and Rudi in front of Steve W and a very Theresa May sounding Morse, and our forwards simply too strong for the USRC back-line.

MOM:  Rudi, a lot of graft and a hat-trick to match.

Reported by Steve Wozencroft