With a number of players missing through ryder cup commitments a bare 11 + super sub Ben headed north.
As the European team clearly understands teams in orange do well on Saturdays as they went storming ahead to an 8-4 lead. Golf on the radio isn’t really the engaging entertainment it can be on TV. This was made evident by the excel chat going on between Berry and Bayford (solver function).
Arriving with plenty of time, legs were stretched, team talk was clear and the warm up brief it was clear the pitch nor the opposition were of a high standard. However after a couple of early chances for Adel which arguably could have been put away by Bayford North Shields took the lead. This was quickly leveled through some slick passising leaving Harris with an easy finish. Again the home side went ahead from some poor Adel defending, fortunately the next time North Shields touched the ball was picking it out the back of their net 2-2. The game was scrappy and end to end with the defence not getting much rest Adel again broke down the right and Harris was on hand to apply the finishing touch 3-2 half time.
The team talk was clear about the key battles what was working and how we should do better to transfer points of attack. Focused Adel started to take charge with another goal from Harris and one from Bish Adel were cruising at 5-2 job done. Unfortunately a few moments of poor decision making and lack of concentration allowed North Shields to wonder through the D and score a couple sloppy goals 5-4. Ben (still on the sidelines) was beginning to fear the worst and a potential opposite of last week needn’t have worried long. As a quick break away this time down the left gave Bayford a neat little flick to restore the 2 goal cushion. With the final minutes coming Adel once again worked the ball out the defence through midfield to the front line, this time Harris playing the ball in front of the on rushing Bayford to tap home 7-4.
All were relieved when the final whistle came with a positive result. The changing rooms were more like saunas and the heat carried onto the delicious teas which poor Gaz will struggle to deal with the rest of the week. Ben never made it onto the pitch. Jimmy has less hair than Sam. Europe will win the Ryder Cup.
MOTM – 4 goal Sam Harris clinical (apart from the time you hit the post)
DOTD – Phil Bayford despite the 2 goals and hatrick of assists a couple of other chances went begging.
Thanks to Jamesy for driving. And our ultras for their support home and away.