Wednesday saw the 1st XI in the first round of the BUCS cup playing against Greenwich 1s. The team travelled all the way to the outskirts of South London to zone 4. Captain Yessennagger was sure to arrive on time, which resulted in him taking no chances with the journey, ensuring that we got to the train platform a good 45 minutes before the train was due. Nevertheless, after some very questionable chat on the train consisting of US congressmen and homoerotic sex acts the team arrived keen to invoke some revenge on the team that prevented the 2s from being promoted last season.
Unfortunately, due to the growls of the empty stomachs of the homeless, the usual team was unavailable and Captain Yssenneggar was forced to shuffle the team tragically displacing Andy “Big Gun, Goal Machine” Balme from his preferred position as striker to all the way down the pitch at left back. After warming up in the rain with the scent of burning garbage wafting in the air the match was ready to get underway.
BL started with pushback however soon after the first whistle some defensive lapses lead to a quick goal being conceded. Both teams soon settled into the match and with BL pressing forward, some sustained pressure in the offensive third resulted in a furry of short corners being won. Eventually following a bit of a scramble play in the D, the ball was dispatched calmly home by the countdown king himself. Unfortunately quickly following this play from BL unraveled into a tangled mess, which saw further mental lapses essentially hand Greenwich another 2 goals and with that the first half ended with BL looking at 2-goal deficit.
After some constructive words at half time BL came out the second half as a new team. With some newfound structure in midfield and confident transferring across the back three, BL dominated possession pushing Greenwich onto their back foot. A deserved breakthrough eventually came in the form of midfielder Tanni finding himself in unfamiliar territory in front of the goal. After a great ball from Mr. Manville, the lanky ultimate Frisbee convert was able to direct the ball (albeit somewhat awkwardly) past the goal keeper, pulling 1 goal back for the Raiders. Greenwich was unable to find a hole in the BL defense for much of the 2nd half and resorted to throwing airel after ariel in an feeble attempt to gain an offensive foothold. President Ike inexplicably felt the need to throw his stick into the air to defend against the overheads though he most likely felt that he was due for a yellow card. Regardless, BL was able to sustain the pressure and eventually Ike was able to slot home the equalizer with just under 2 minutes to play. Despite some strong pressure by the boys in black and white, as well as a deliciously worked short corner in the dying moments of the game it was clear that the match was to be settled with penalty flicks.
Former President Rufio calmly deposited his flick into the back left corner of the goal followed by current President Ike who figuratively “shat the bed” pushing his attempt just wide of the post. Captain Yssennagger coolly sent the keeper in the complete opposite direction doing his part to keep the visitors within reach, however right back Krish momentarily forgot that he was meant to put the ball in the net and his defensive half got the better of him as he beautifully cleared the ball off the back line wide of the goal. Up stepped Viagra who clinically placed his shot just under the goal keeper with the ball stopping millimeters past the goal line just to taunt the scrambling goalie. Fresher goal keeper Johnny played the shootout extremely well guessing right on 4 out of the 5 shots but was unable to keep enough out to secure BL the victory. Final score after P-flicks 4-3 to Greenwich. Looks like an hour and a half of P-flick practice in on the cards for next weeks training session.
MOM: Ash Patel (After an unexpected pint off win) Chris Ellis, Krish Patel
DOD: President Ike for the impulse to wildly flail his stick overhead