Results
 

S & OP FC (Eng)

0

V

6

JNJ High Wycombe A (Eng)

JNJ Poland (Pol)

1

v

3

JNJ Zug (Swi)

JNJ Russia B (Rus)

1

v

0

Gerri Hatricks (Eng)

 

S & OP FC and JNJ High Wycombe A kicked off Round 5 of Group B. JNJ High Wycombe A had already secured Cup qualification but another win here would secure the Group B title. A draw would be enough to achieve this if JNJ Zug failed to win their last game and if JNJ Zug lost their last game then JNJ High Wycombe A would be Group B champions regardless of this result.

For S & OP FC there were all sorts of possibilities Cup qualification, Plate qualification or even elimination. If they won, JNJ Zug lost and JNJ Russia B failed to win then S & OP FC would finish second and qualify for the Cup. If they lost and JNJ Poland won then they would be eliminated (unless JNJ Russia B lost by more than 2). Any other permutation of results would see them in the Plate. All complicated stuff but the simple equation for S & OP FC was to win their game and hope the rest would fall into place for them.

With the match underway it soon became apparent that victory was going to prove beyond S & OP FC as JNJ High Wycombe A were surging into the Cup Semi-Finals as Group B winners. There were 3 goals in each half for the league leaders as they wrapped up a stunning 6-0 win and in the process sent out a message to their rivals for the overall tournament honours.

Alex Woodger added two more goals to his tournament tally plus there were strikes from Thomas Lee, Rob Buckland, Alex Parkinson and Sam Benson. S & OP FC would now have to sit and await their fate.

 
 
 

S & OP FC would only have to glance over to Pitch B to see JNJ Poland in action against JNJ Zug to see what was happening. S & OP FC now needed JNJ Poland to lose to make the Plate which, obviously, meant JNJ Poland had to win their final group fixture to qualify for the Plate and avoid elimination. It would be a tough task against JNJ Zug who currently sat second in the table and needed a result themselves. JNJ Zug's fate was very much in their own hands a win or draw would see them qualify for the Cup. A defeat would leave them vulnerable to the advances of JNJ Russia B.

JNJ Zug got off to the perfect start as Marco Mader's fourth goal of the tournament put them ahead. It got even better for them (and S &OP FC) in the second period as Sisu Kurtaran (second of the tournament) and Georg Poletikin (fifth of the tournament) put them 3-0 up. They were charging towards the Cup Semi-Finals. Tomasz Gawluk's fifth of the tournament reduced the deficit to 3-1 but it was too little too late for the Polish team.

JNJ Zug had secured Cup competition and JNJ Poland had missed out on Plate qualification. Despite this, we thought it was a good debut for JNJ Poland and results didn't always match their performances.

 
 
 

The final game of Group B was JNJ Russia B versus Gerri Hatricks. For Gerri Hatricks the game was quite academic as they would finish in 6th position regardless. For JNJ Russia B there was much more riding on the game. They needed to win and hope JNJ Zug would lose. They also had to hope that if S & OP FC also won their goal difference would be enough to see them finish second ahead of S & OP FC and JNJ Zug on goal difference as the three teams would be locked on 9 points.

That was the task facing them before kick-off. I am sure they would have heard their subs/supporters scouting the other pitches for score updates and they would have quickly learned that S & OP FC were out of the equation on Pitch A. JNJ Russia B could not focus too much on the other pitches as they still had a job to do themselves. They were doing that at half-time as they lead 1-0 thanks to Maxim Yurevich.

At this stage it would have not been enough as JNJ Zug were winning. Could they see this game out and claim victory? Could JNJ Poland do them a favour?

The answer to the first question was yes as the game finished 1-0. The answer to the second question was no as we'd seen above. JNJ Russia B would miss out on the Cup for the first time in their 3 years participation. For Gerri Hatricks it was time to rest their weary legs, enjoy the bar and cheer on their sister squad, Tekkers Lovakia.

 
 
Table
 
Team
Pld
Won
Drawn
Lost
For
Agst
Pts

JNJ High Wycombe A (Eng)

5

4

1

0

18

2

13

JNJ Zug (Swi)

5

4

0

1

14

12

12

JNJ Russia B (Rus)

5

3

0

2

10

9

9

S & OP FC (Eng)

5

2

0

3

10

17

6

JNJ Poland (Pol)

5

1

1

3

8

10

4

Gerri Hatricks (Eng)

5

0

0

5

1

11

0

 
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