The Spice Boys (Eng)

0

v

3

Skidmarks (Eng)

Rapid Bosco Navas (Spa)

1

v

1

Telferscot FC (Eng)

Prospe FC (Spa)

0

v

2

Ladzio FC (Eng)

Bruton Black Cats (Eng)

2

V

0

Atletico Bardino (Ita)

 

We were reaching the climax of Group B and with 5 games each already under their belts, the teams now had just 2 games left to stake their claim for the knock-out phase of the tournament. We had an absolute belter of a game in store at the start of Round 6 as The Spice Boys met Skidmarks.

This promised to be an epic battle The Spice Boys had a maximum 15 points from their 5 games. Skidmarks were not far behind on 12 with just the 1 early slip up. A win for The Spice Boys here would mean the Group B title was in touching distance. A win for Skidmarks would put them level with their opponents and really open things up. A draw would benefit Prospe FC who were level with Skidmarks on 12 points at the start of play.

We expected a close game but it ended up a little one-sided certainly in terms of the final score. Iain Congdon's third strike of the tournament put Skidmarks 1-0 up. Richard Keeley also scored his third of the day to make it 2-0 before Luke Hatfield's sixth of the tournament completed a superb 3-0 win. This was vintage Skidmarks.

The Spice Boys had lead throughout Group B until now. It was tough on them having won all 5 games before they would now nervously look for the result of Prospe FC who could join these two on 15 points going into the final round of fixtures.

 
 
 

The teams in 4th and 6th position were up next with Rapid Bosco Navas versus Telferscot FC. Rapid Bosco Navas's hopes of reaching the Cup were hanging by a thread the situation at kick-off was that they needed to win both their last games and hope that Skidmarks and Prospe FC both lost their last two in order to make it through.

Telferscot FC's ambitions at this stage would realistically be to make the Plate competition. They currently sat 3 points behind their opponents and so a win here would give them every opportunity in the final round of games. They also had to keep a watch over their shoulder as Atletico Bardino were only 2 points adrift and could knock them out of the Trophy qualification place that they currently occupied.

The game began well for Telferscot FC with Dominic Stober opening his personal account and putting his team 1-0 up. It looked like that might be the winner but a late equalizer from La Rata Martinez ensured Rapid Bosco Navas would take a point from the game. The goal was not without controversy as there were claims that the ball might have gone out of play for a throw-in during the build-up. The goal stood and the game finished 1-1.

 
 
 

The battle at the top of Group B saw a three-way tussle between The Spice Boys, Prospe FC and Skidmarks. Before play the former had 15 points and the latter two had 12 points. The Spice Boys and Skidmarks were playing each other on Pitch A so at least one team would drop points. Could Prospe FC take advantage and close the gap?

They had a good opportunity against a Ladzio FC team who had so far lost all their games. Prospe FC were on a run of 4 successive wins having scored 11 goals and conceded just 1 in that period. This looked to be a home banker on the pools coupon but this was a coupon buster on your accumulator.

Ladzio had shown glimpses of what was to come in many of their games including getting close to The Spice Boys in their last game. It was here against Prospe FC that it all came together. The hero of the game in an attacking sense was Ricardo Sumal who bagged both goals for his side. The hero of the game from a defensive perspective was Sayem Bablu Ahmed who kept his first clean sheet of the day.

It was a stunning win for Ladzio FC given the form of the two teams today but it shows you can take nothing for granted on a football pitch. The result was a crushing blow for Prospe FC's Cup hopes. Ladzio FC climbed a place to 7th and had a very real chance of qualifying for the Trophy.

 
 
 

The last game before the final round of fixtures was to be Bruton Black Cats versus Atletico Bardino. Bruton Black Cats had so far had a mixed day with 2 wins and 3 defeats. They currently sat in 5th position (Trophy qualification place) but could potentially move up to 4th position (Plate qualification place) with a victory.

Atletico Bardino started off with 3 defeats but had recently stopped the rot with 2 draws. What they needed was a win! To do this they would need to find their goal-scoring touch. They had sorted out the defence with two clean sheets in a row but desperately needed to add to their goal tally. It seemed a long time since their goal in the opening round of games of Group B.

John Phillips bagged a brace for Bruton Black Cats back in Round 3 and he was on the goal trail again here in Round 6. It was another brace as he scored both goals in a 2-0 victory that did indeed see his team climb above Rapid Bosco Navas and claim fourth place in the table. The defeat, combined with Ladzio FC's win, saw Atletico Bardino slip to the foot of Group B.

 
 
 
Team
Pld
Won
Drawn
Lost
For
Agst
Pts

Skidmarks (Eng)

6

5

0

1

16

4

15

The Spice Boys (Eng)

6

5

0

1

15

6

15

Prospe FC (Spa)

6

4

0

2

11

5

12

Bruton Black Cats (Eng)

6

3

0

3

9

10

9

Rapid Bosco Navas (Spa)

6

2

2

2

5

6

8

Telferscot FC (Eng)

6

1

2

3

4

9

5

Ladzio FC (Eng)

6

1

0

5

4

16

3

Atletico Bardino (Ita)

6

0

2

4

1

9

2

 
 
 
Group A
 

 
Group B
 

 
Group C
 

 
Group D
 

 
 
 
Trophy
 
Plate Knock-out
 
Cup Knock-out
 
 

 
 

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
   
 
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