U9's Meteors Put Up a Brave Fight!
By Gavin Davies
Bazza Gibbons scores Meteors only goal in tough encounter
Storm Brian could do nothing to dampen the sprits of the mighty U9's Meteors as Victoria Colts rolled into Newton Park on a rainswept Saturday morning. Having been on the wrong end an undeserved 3-0 defeat a week earlier at the feet of River Rio, parents and kids turned up all wrapped up for the team's second game since the team's near collapse in August.
Starting with some quality training, including the classic "run to the other side of the field and back," the team looked roaring to go and it wasn't long before rookie manager Gavin "Koeman" Davies gathered in his team for a team talk and to reveal the starting line-up. However, the seeds of revolt and defeat were already quickly planted when veteran keeper, Hodgey, took an early swipe at Davies with the cutting line "How did Everton get on in the week?" A clear indication that the club will have to have stern words with Al Hodgson, the keepers agent.
The starting line-up was revealed as Hodgey in goal, a back 2 of Price and Pollard, a holy trinity in midfield of Psycho Davies, Bazza Gibbons and Whitty Jnr. And upfront, Hatchet Harry.
The game started well, AC Hoylake dominating early on with good running, strong tackling and plenty of shouting. In particular the marking at set-plays was incredible. So much so that if a Victoria Colts player had gone home at that point he would have been taking an Meteors player with him!
But then, against the run of play Victoria colts took the lead! 1-0. And it was at this point that Meteors Manager Davies lost control. Under increasing pressure from the record attendance of 17 + one toddler and a dog, Davies began switching players around. In addition, coaches Phil, Big Baz and Jamie joined in the terrible decision making and before the team knew what was happening it was half time and 3-0 to Victoria Colts. The highlights from the first half included a fast dribble from Jude Davies and superb cross and the cat-like reflexes of cheeky keeper Hodgey who kept the score line respectable.
In the second half the supporters saw the appearance of Leon Woods in goal who defied all the known laws of the universe to pull of a wonderful one footed, diving save. Also making his mark was new signing Alfie who gave us a glimpse of things to come with 'bite your ankles' tackling in defence.
And then, as manager Davies talked new kits with chairman Paul Williams in a weak attempt to distract him from events on the field, Bazza Gibbons displayed international standard composure to score the Meteor's only goal of the game.
As the game wound down to it's 6-1 conclusion there could be no doubt that every player played their part with lots of hard work and commitment and as long as they continue like this they get the results they deserve.
Man of the Match: Jude 'Psycho' Davies
As for manager Gavin Davies? He could do worse than to listen to the sideline advice of a certain Matthew Hayes.