Results

Legends (Spa)

1

v

2

Shabbier (Spa)

Prisoners (Eng)

0

v

7

9 Nana Budds (Eng)

 

As 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 versus Shabbier. 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.

The 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.

Both 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.

A 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.

A 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.

 
Table
Team
Pld
Won
Drawn
Lost
For
Agst
Pts

9 Nana Budds (Eng)

2

2

0

0

12

4

6

Legends (Spa)

2

1

0

1

5

4

3

Shabbier (Spa)

2

1

0

1

6

6

3

Prisoners (Eng)

2

0

0

2

2

11

0

 
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