Liverpool Ramblers Vets v Northop Hall Vets

Match Report

If wins are like buses, this was a Marchi Mobile EleMMent Palazzo. It is hard not to get carried away, but the quality of passing, in the first half especially, was breathtaking. If the Chairman had not been waiting for the bride to arrive in a South Walian church (not his … yet) the captain would have named an unchanged team for the first time in living memory. Mornington came in after a brief sojourn in the 1st XI, Chester went to left midfield but otherwise it was business as last week. This mean that the bench included McGuckin and Gendall, surely a first in terms of statistics and quality. The opposition had obviously been standing with their feet in finest Welsh manure. They were massive.

With twenty minutes gone, there was a risk that panic would set in; the Vets were in complete control of the game, but a goal just wouldn’t come. Killen and Clay were running the show from midfield but yet somehow the game remained scoreless. Then Chester slipped a slide rule pass through to Lewis and his finish was deadly. Cue the onslaught. Mornington hit the bar from 37.5 yards out, the ball ended up in the net through an undefined number of bounces. A video review might have it down as an own goal, but the purpose of this review is to inspire not crush confidence. The goal is his. Lewis surprised everyone for the second week running (can it still be a surprise then?) by passing to Chester soon after and the tap in made it three. Killen then provided a sublime through ball for Chester who scored his second with ease but was winded in the process and made way for Gendall. Not a bad swap.

It was Formby Marks and Spencer oranges this week, the quality of the citrus for once did not eclipse the quality of the football. Maybe the new lime green Tupperware was a good omen too.

With fifteen minutes gone in the second half a Lewis shot was well saved but Mornington was on hand to scuff home the rebound at the second time of asking. Bodey limped off at 5-0, some fool having mentioned the possibility of a clean sheet. Mornington was then gifted a hat trick after Gendall sprinted the length of the pitch (remembering for once to take the ball with him) and provided the perfect cross.

Power tipped a long-range effort over the bar and it looked like the clean sheet had not been jinxed. Then with 5 minutes to go a corner was conceded, and a towering header smashed into the top corner. Harthan shouldered the blame honourably (for once) after the final whistle, but actually there wasn’t really much he could do (this report has still got that trying not to crush confidence going on).

A brilliant performance, a brilliant win, can’t wait for next week.





Date Time League Season
November 10, 2018 2:00 pm Vets XI Fixtures 2018-19


Moor Lane
14 Moor Ln, Thornton, Liverpool L23 4TW, UK


Club1st Half2nd HalfGoals
Liverpool Ramblers Vets XI426
Northop Hall011