A game of two halves? Not half!
New season. New League. New kit. New everything. Well apart from the opposition. Yes, our old pals from Bingley arrived at Soggy Bottom (aka camp High Royds) ready to battle for 3 points (or to the death), whichever came first.
To be fair, the Bingley boys started really well, looking sharp and full of energy. Our lads, on the other hand, started as slowly as an old Nissan Bluebird I once owned – and looked equally as rusty.
The slope and swamp-like penalty box at the bottom end were hampering us at the back and it was proving difficult at times to clear our lines. Bingley took full advantage of their territorial advantage taking a 3-goal lead early on.
It was starting to look like one of those days until a smart throw from Charlie and a couple of neat passes from Harry & Josh found Jenson in space on the edge of the box. One touch and his rocket like shot found the top corner. The lads were back in it!
Just as we were starting to see the green shoots of our passing game re-appear through the mud, Bingley broke and scored a fourth from nowhere, the ball sticking in the mud whilst their striker ran onto it and struck home from close range.
Big Jim was just about to call half time (with some encouragement from the more outspoken parents), when Oliver found a good pass down the wing, Finn & Joe combined nicely and passed to Ben in space, who placed a clever little finish past the keeper with aplomb.
4:2 Half Time, “we will take that” said the parents with a huge sigh of relief.
The second half couldn’t have been more different; there was grass in our penalty box for a start. But the boys suddenly switched ON. Harry, Jenson, Finn, Ollie R bombing forward with abandon. Jake’ Joe, Josh & Connor starting to pull strings in the midfield. Whilst Luke, Joey, Oliver & Charlie were looking so much more assured across the back.
The more we pressed, the more Bingley struggled to escape from a ‘now’ very muddy final third. And what followed was basically a goal-fest on steroids (akin to Menston last season) The goals came thick and fast, and in all shapes and sizes. So much so, that I can’t remember in which order. All I do remember are two beauties from Joey (the Viking raider), a long distance crackerjack from Hazza, and a smart finish each from Finn & Connor.
With 5 minutes to go we were 7: 5 up….and relax!
But Bingley weren’t done (they’re almost as competitive as the Guiseley Mums bowling team) and in true fashion they notched again to make the last 2 minutes almost unbearable.
Finally, Big Jim remembered he was timekeeper and called time so ‘Sam the ref’(who was top drawer throughout) could blow the final whistle on a really excellent and fair game of football. It’s good to be back.
7:6 Great result, and a winning start to the season. Well done lads.