"Rapids first home match at Radstock Town and Tom Hanks made an appearance in the dressing room.
Manager Gregory stressed this was a 'Big' game and although Keeper Geoff was unavailable he wasn't 'Cast Away' and luckily Kev Presley was able to step into the'Dragnet'. 16 of this weeks starting squad had dwindled down to 13 but with Sam 'Catch me if you Can' Gurner making his debut, there were few concerns.
'Captain Phillips' Morton finally arrived and Rapid were off! Once again the pattern of play was sloppy before Rapid began to impose themselves on the match. Gurner was to open the scoring as he rolled back the years, showing that he could still come alive in the box. Rapid were to continue to threaten and waves of attacks saw Gurner complete his hattrick and Utility man Clive Slocombe net his first for the club.
The second half was a much more even affair and Decliners set up to press Rapid back. However they were unaware of the off side trap beating prowess of current top scorer Ant Presley who netted twice before Kevin Costner fanatic Slocombe added his second.
Very good match on 'The Green Mile'of Radstock Town, Decliners playing the game with true Corinthian spirit! The most concerning aspect on the day, the comment that the team talks were now 'Terminal'.."
Decliners FC Report:
" Decliners made the journey to Radstock with a squad that had originally been 16 shrinking to bare 11 in less than 24 hours. Luckily Rob and Simon volunteered to help us out, so at least we could match Rapid in terms of numbers. Sadly that was the only thing we did match them at, as their superior fitness and organization soon began to tell. A torrid first half saw Decliners pegged virtually in their own area as wave after wave of Rapid attacks kept coming. At HT there was four in it, but it could easily have been many more. A HT change of formation with the 3 Simons all deployed up front and a resolve to at least 'keep the score below 55-0' certainly helped. The second half was a much more even contest until the legs began to go and the Rapid attackers sprung the offside trap for 3 late goals. All credit to Rapid, a good side, great attitude to Corinthian spirit, including the chalking off of a goal scored as one of ours was down injured, and good hospitality in the bar after. We'll look forward to playing them again in the return leg. "