With Will and Cameron seeking a move to another club during this January transfer window coaches Dave and Mark started the game with Max in goal, Dan, Leo, Basil and Jay along the back; Kiernan, Sam and Dylan S in midfield; JR up front and Alfie and Ed on the wings.
Playing on the all-weather full size pitch for only the first time in the clubs history the game commenced at such a fast pace that most fans (home and away) thought the players would run out of steam but free from the shackles of knee high mud the frenetic pace of the game did not change which is a testament to their fitness provided by the mid-week training.
The game was evenly fought throughout which led to an enthralling game of football, full of creative passing and near chances. The best chances fell to the home team who having seen Alfie hit the post from a header were soon rewarded with a goal from the head of Leo following a precision hit free kick from Sam. A Dylan S shot went over the cross bar a few minutes later that would have doubled the score and surely taken the game away from Collingham who were certainly on the back foot for the latter period of the first half. With JR off through injury and Jed on for Dylan S the Stallions kept to their game plan and on the break Ed struck the ball sweetly from the edge of the box only to see it go over the cross bar.
The away team regrouped and came out of their dressing room in search of an early equaliser. The Stallions elected to leave Alfie and Kiernan on the bench for the start of the half which altered the balance of the team allowing Collingham to dominate the mid field and push their big players forward. This plan worked and after 10 minutes they scrambled in an equaliser following an initial fine save by Max. The away team could smell blood and the advantage was going their way until coaches Dave and Mark swapped Dylan P and Jay for the force of Kiernan and the left foot of Alfie. With these changes the game seemed more even although a controversial off side decision by Andy, mid-way through the half (as he struggled to keep place with the game), only subsided when a similar iffy decision was awarded to Collingham at the other end of the pitch.
Towards the end of the game Alfie almost scored an equaliser but in fairness the away team had some half chances of their own that were quashed by good defending and goal keeping.
The game ended, and both sets of players and fans agreed the score was a fair result. Will and Cam joined the rest of their team on the pitch at the end of the game after all other teams in the district told them to “get lost”!
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