Result: Loss 0-4
Chelmsford Vets season opener at Chelmer Park, had our gallant heroes comprising elements of Vets and Evergreens, (which is becoming the norm) welcome Spencer, league winners of 2016. Spencer turned up without a goalkeeper, over confident some might think, no so, the reality being their GK got lost in a local garden centre and arrived 15 mins, after the start of the game. In true Vets Hero’s fashion Chelmsford loaned Spencer Chris “Jake the Peg” Jullings, as a kicking back, who then proceeded to distinguish himself in front of the Spencer goal, with nothing more than shin pads and the Evergreens “do or die”, fighting spirit to protect him, much to the frustration of the Chelmsford forwards. Our Hero’s had much of the play in the first half pressing high and forcing opportunities on the Spencer goal, Jake being the difference between the two teams. The Spencer forwards has pace and skill, with a number of counter attacks being thwarted by our hero’s. One such break resulted in a ball being “Pinged” in to the Chelmsford D and running through the back of the goal, “Goal!” was the shout from opposing centre forward, surely not, so much for our sportsmanship. Half time finished 0-1 with Chelmsford now facing a full strength Spencer team Including the Horticulturist.
Normal motivational speech from Nigel “Captain Fantastic” Seager, “Come on lads we’ve got this “, had our Hero’s lining up for the second half. Again some of the best approach play with “Weavy Neavy” and Brucy “one good knee” Evans combining well. Spencer always looked dangerous on the counter, one such foray had our Captain “no so fantastic” this time present their LW with the ball on our Penalty spot, with just our Irish international Legend GK to beat, which he did L.
Our hero’s threw caution to the wind and the players forward with Ed and “Twinkle Toes” Smith going close. Spencer countered with two further well taken opportunities, pace and quality of finishing being the difference between the sides. Our International Legend distinguished himself with a brilliant glove save to his right but to little to late in his own words.
With Chelmsford Vets and evergreens still looking for their first win of the season, tune in for the outcome of next week crusade against Eastcoat Past Masters.