Following the successful trip to London the previous weekend, it was time for the 1st XI to continue their pursuit of an invincible season whilst looking to retain their Garrison Cup crown, against last season’s runner-up and familiar opponent, Port Sunlight.
Ramblers once again set up with a strong youthful side with 3 subs, which is credit to King Louis’ leadership to date. It can’t be easy playing with a big group of young hungry Cheshire boys and trying to keep them all happy…..although his experiences at boarding school has stood him in good stead to deal with such an occasion.
The less said about the first half the better. Port Sunlight were equipped with some of their familiar stronger players, with the addition of some new faces who added extra quality.
As a result, Ramblers struggled to get into any rhythm, with Sunlight dominating the majority of the first half. The opening goal came from a corner at the clubhouse end. The Sunlight player was first to the ball and had headed the ball comfortably wide before Kim Jung Phillips got in the way, deflecting the ball over the outstretched arm of Brett Pickford who was still on his line. 0-1 and minus 1 to Phillips’ goal stats for the season.
Despite the friendly nature of the Garrison Cup, our leader was lucky not to be given his marching orders when he puffed out his 34DDs and shoved them into the Sunlight player’s chest, who appeared unfazed. The ref stepped in before handbags were drawn and the lads made up in typical ramblers fashion.
Half time 0:1.
If you want to get a feeling for the half time team talk, think Phil Brown, Man City 4-0 Hull City at half time on Boxing Day 2008.
Despite Holt’s repeated aggressive behavior towards the opposition and his own players, the familiarity between the two teams shone through when Shields accidentally stood on the centre half’s toe, causing him to charge at him like a raging bull before giving him a hug when realising who it was.
The captain’s half time speech gave the lads the kick up the arse that was required, and the Ramblers performed much better in the second half.
15 minutes to go, and the Ramblers desperate to avoid a first defeat of the season, drama unfolded. Sunlight had the ball on the edge of the Ramblers box at the tennis court end, when Bradshaw pinched the ball without touching the opposition player, who dropped to the ground as the ref waved play on. Bradshaw played the ball out to Kresnyak, who played the ball through to Shields, who also managed to avoid clipping the opposition player (despite what he may say), and finished with a dink past the big keeper. Both teams went wild for different reasons, resulting in a yellow card being shown to one of the Sunlight lads.
The Ramblers dug in after the break and could easily have stolen a winner but 1-1 was a fair result in the end and the Yellow and Blue invincible machine goes on. Up the Ramblers.
(Phillips – OG)
Assists : Kresnyak
MOTM – Shields
|January 25, 2020||2:00 pm||1st XI Fixtures||2019-20|
|14 Moor Ln, Thornton, Liverpool L23 4TW, UK|