we entered the second round of games in the Cup
group the competition was really hotting up and
we had the mouth-watering tie of Legends
The current Cup group leaders against the team
with the best qualifying record who had narrowly
lost in the opening game. This was a must win
game for Shabbier and defeat would most likely
mean no silverware to show for their days exploits.
A draw would effectively end their chances of
winning and a win meant they were right back in
it. Although in a superior group position a win
was just as vital for Legends given the form of
9 Nana Budds who were level with them at the top.
Group B winners and current Cup Group leaders
struck first in this fixture through Santiago
Londozo Gil and the provisional group table was
looking healthy for them. Shabbier would need
to hit back and hit back fast to keep their tournament
alive. Cometh the hour, cometh the man as MP Matthews
drew the teams level at half-time with his 12
th strike of the Valencia fives. At half-time
we were still level at 1-1. The game was balanced
on a knife edge and the teams probably learnt
at the turnaround what was happening on Pitch
B (which we'll come to shortly) which only heightened
the tension and need for 3 points for each team.
teams battled hard as they looked for the elusive
next goal – the longer the game went on and the
more chances that came and went meant that increasingly
the next goal was looking likely to be the winner.
When that goal came it was Luke Adamson of Shabbier
who came up with the goods and earned his team
a hugely valuable 2-1 victory. With both teams
on 3 points they would be looking for Prisoners
on Pitch B to do them a favour and keep 9 Nana
Budds progress in check.
win for Prisoners
would put all teams level on three points and
give us a final round of games whereby any of
the four teams could still win the tournament.
9 Nana Budds on
the other hand had the opportunity to go top of
the table on their own with a draw or a victory.
When Alex Easter broke the deadlock for 9 Nana
Budds it was looking good. Their position was
even healthier at half-time when they turned round
with a 2-0 advantage.
tiring Prisoners side fought hard in the second
half but could not stem the flow as the goals
flowed. Easter went on to complete a hat-trick,
Gary Myhill scored twice and further goals from
Will Crowther and Jack Kennedy rounded off a 7-0
win that put them in command of the group. Prisoners
hopes of glory were over and 9 Nana Budds were
odds on favourites to claim the title.