"A grey drizzly morning for the predominantly red connected orange LB to venture to the blue side of Bristol… does anyone smell gas? Lovely pitch with early morning skim, all the ingredients for a good game of footy. We welcomed Gouldy back at CB, Pete on the wing and Benno up top, usual suspects everywhere else. Craig on vacation in Brean. Interesting start to the game, LB facing up the slope, under early pressure from Cribbs who were right up for it, took us a while to settle and we couldn’t really get our game going, Cribbs playing a really high line catching Hookie offside every time! Give yourself a yard! 15 in, Cotts slipped a pass between their full back and CB this time Hookie timed it perfectly and had a long run up the field for the one on one with the keeper, he did what he does best, sat the keeper down, rounded him and slotted it in. 1 nil LB. We started to get going and took a little more control, soaking up the pressure and using Pete, Hookie and Nicks pace and energy to break quick and direct. This time it was Pete's turn, he broke down the left, worked well with Benno, got it back, again rounding the keeper and walking it in for 2-0 LB.
Second half we were down the slope and had a couple of good chances, Gus through one on one, wrestled back by the short Cribbs full back in a goal scoring position, no action taken by referee. Hmmm. Hookie was then clean through, nailed by the keeper, & again no action taken by referee. double Hmmm. That said, the LB back 4 protected Del in nets really well and with 15 to go, Hookie broke through and slotted for his second and 3 nil LB.
A good hard game of footy, Cribbs were a good passing side but didn't have many clear cut chances. Good luck to Cribbs for the rest of the season. MOM nominations Mika, Pete and Nick.
Cribbs Vets Report:
" We started with a squad of 14, average age 45 (including 6 over 50s!), but without our top scorer, Steve Coates, who was dropped as he hadn't scored in the last 2 games (officially he was away for the weekend!), and we started with a new 'strike force' of Turns and Stan! As Turns said himself "it will be the most nauseating partnership since Shearer and Sheringham!!"
Cribbs started brightly, and had all the early play, with LB looking to hit us on the break. Then, against the run of play, LB struck twice in the space of 5 minutes with their first real attacks of the game to go 2-0 up. Both goals came from long balls down the middle where their forwards outpaced Spraggy for the first goal and then Paul Kirst for the second, to round Scott in goal both times, with everyone else watching from the halfway line. After this, our defence tightened up (a bit!) and LB were continually caught offside before they could threaten our goal again, while our best chance of the half came from a goalmouth scramble where Kirst and Spraggy tried to make amends, but Kirst's 2 shots were blocked on the line, and then Spraggy had an air shot with the goal at his mercy!
There were few clear cut chances in the 2nd half from either team, and the most interesting incident to report was when Stan managed to keel haul to the ground one of their players who was probably more than twice his weight and size! We were also lucky not to give away a penalty halfway through the half when first 'John Boy' Hingston shoved their forward in the back, and then Scott cleaned him out to prevent a certain goal! Our much vaunted attack didn't really create any clear-cut chances, and our main threat came from set pieces delivered by Turns, who was unlucky 15 minutes from time when his free-kick hit the post and went wide. Then with less than 10 minutes left, we had most of our team in their box pressing for a goal when Turns lost the ball in their corner, and they broke away from one end to the other with at least 4 of their players to two of ours to score again to make the game safe at 3-0.
Whilst it got a bit niggly at times, including a bad challenge from behind on Andy Paraskeva, it was a close competitive game played (largely) in good spirit.