"A game played in gusty boggy conditions at Frys.The usual close physical game where a couple of bad tackles from both teams did mar what was a good advert for 45s footy. Barely for once had a strong side and goals from Mike Jim and a bullet header from Paul Loftus saw Barely take the 3 points.
I disagree with some of the comments from Russ. We had a decent ref
We had 3 injured players still on the pitch. One removed in the first half after a bad Recliners challange. Only a tired 63 year old on the bench who had already played 45 minutes.
No one from Recliners were represented in the bar afterwards. Russ im disappointed. "
Recliners FC Report:
" Very little to cheer in this muddy, wind-dominated encounter at Fry�s. Despite both sides� attempts to play football, the elements dictated otherwise. In a topsy-turvy first half Barely took a deserved lead but Recliners levelled, only to quickly go 2-1 down. The game began to become a bit irritable, largely due to the incessant whining of Barely�s No9, a quality player who clearly failed to understand what playing in the BCL was supposed to about. The referee did nothing to help matters, failing to spot a whole raft of niggly, but inconsequential tackles. The second half saw Recliners level terms within 5 minutes, as Toby Dykes atoned for a poor initial shot by rounding three defenders and rifling into the roof of the net. Thereafter things went south after a wholly unnecessary and dangerous two-footed, off the ground tackle by the Barely No9. Barely were asked to remove the player and said they would, but then claimed they had nothing on the bench to replace him with, tho they had a sub who was later used so one can only conclude that their desire to win was greater than their desire to uphold the ethos of the league. Sad to see for a long-standing BCL club...... There can equally be no excusing the retribution exacted by the Recliners striker minutes later, charging into the back of the No9, but it has to be said that, had Barely removed the player, the whole thing would�ve been diffused. With 10 minutes to go, Barely won a free kick on the left and the resultant cross was met with a fabulous bullet header to secure the tie. Recliners has a late chance to equalise but squandered a great chance. Overall, a draw would probably have been fair in a game which was poorly refereed from start to finish. Barely largely comprise a really nice set of lads - proper Corinthian vets - but they maybe need to consider whether retaining the services of a player who completely fails to understand what the BCL is about is genuinely worthwhile. The low Corinthian score is less about the No9s behaviour and more about Barely�s refusal to do anything about it. "