Result: Won 2-1
A much invigorated Chelmsford Vets side welcome St Albans to Stalag Luft 3, having won 2 of their last 3 league games. The game proceeded along the lines of Paul Brickhills famous second world war story, yep keep guessing……..
Hilts Hull and MacDonald aka Gordon Jackson aka Woody lined up against an in form St Albans side, fresh from holding top of the table Indian Gym to a 1:1 draw. With pre match banter “Knoxy” declined our gracious offer to don the Chelmsford Green in favour of choosing instead to play on the “winning side”, that was a decision he was going to regret in the bar after the game :-).
With our escape plan set, pressing ahead on all 3 tunnels Tom, Dick and Harry, the likes of Tim “The Scrounger” and Kim “The Fixer” Hansen running the show in midfield, we had St Albans on the back foot. Chelmsford playing quick, open hockey exploring gaps in the St Albans defence. A flowing move down the left, fed through by “Weavy Neavy” in the midfield found, “The Fixer” in space to slot home for Chelmsford’s first goal. St Albans pressed and were repelled, by a well organised, disciplined defence, Hilts barking the orders from the back. Big X aka Richard Attenborough aka Richard made a fabulous save to his LHS from a well worked St Albans attack opening up the Chelmsford defence on a rare forward venture. Phil “The Forger” then volunteered to take Hilts place in the cooler for a 3 minuets break 🙂
The first half ended with Chelmsford 1-0 up and full of confidence, “The Tunnel king” Seager re affirmed the game plan, “more of the same please gents, when the lights go out were going to make a run for it!” Chelmsford took the field for the second half.
Hilts, Macdonald, “The Tunnel King” and “The forger” (refreshed from his enforced sit down) contained the St Albans forwards to a couple of short corners throughout the second half, Hilts getting lucky with the deflection of a goal ward bound corner strike. Chelmsford pressed the St Albans goal “The Fixer ” finding himself in possession from the breakdown of a corner, with skill and guile found “The Scrounger” unmarked on the penalty spot, “The Scrounger” making no mistake slotting the ball away for Chelmsford second of the match.
Our midfield continued to contain St Albans ability to muster any forward threat, Weavy Neavy pressing the ball at every opportunity. St Albans did capitalize with an interception, which they duly converted despite the efforts of Big X.
So another 3 points in the bag, is this the start of The Great Escape