"Good weather, good game and good spirit all round.
An enjoyable game on a sunny Sunday on the slope.
A striker on form made the difference - wish we had one of those!"
Decliners FC Report:
" A gorgeous morning for a day out to Somerset on the Shipham slopes. Decliners won the toss and opted to play up the mountainside first half, quickly creating a solid base camp before climbing into the Shipham half and creating numerous chances.The return of super-striker Rob Sharp gave Decliners a cutting edge that they have recently lacked and, after squandering a couple of decent chances he overcame his altitude sickness and duly opened the scoring after 20 minutes. Shipham were soon on level terms, only for Sharp to restore Decliners lead. Shipham hit back immediately but Decliners were in control and Russ Isaac made it 3-2 with a well placed shot from 20 yards. Decliners had a penalty saved before Sharp completed his hat trick, as well as rattling both posts, before half time.
The second half was more of the same as Sharp ran the Shipham back four ragged, completing a second hat trick, but Shipham continued to attack when they could and pulled back a consolation goal. Just when it seemed that keeper/manager Dik Bisket might not treat the team to the now-weekly spectacle of being lobbed, he delighted everyone by not only getting lobbed by a wayward, off-target shot, but also managing to change its harmless trajectory and palm it into his own net.
Sharp retired after bagging six goals and, wIth both sides now sporting a minimum of six strikers at any given time, it was left to Decliners mob-handed strike force to find the net for themselves. Which they repeatedly failed to do, even when presented with a chance on the actual Shipham goal line.
Daisy and Phil marshalled the back four superbly throughout, and there was great midfield running from Skrimmers and Paul Gaffney.
The game was played in proper Corinthian spirit - half point deducted for a few too many, late but innocuous tackles, and Shipham are to be applauded for their constant efforts in getting the ball on the deck and playing proper football. Really nice bunch of lads and a credit to the BCL. They were a better side than the score suggests, but on the day they couldn�t live with a rampant Sharpy. Their lad reffed the game and did a great even-handed job.
We all retired to the Star after for famed Shipham hospitality -beer, sausage and chips and sunshine. Eleven goals, moments of excellent football, moments of complete knobbery, beers and laughs. This is what Sunday mornings are for.......