Sunday 30th October

Croydon Athletic v Comets (Russell Cup)

We prospered despite McGrumpy’s best efforts to derail our progress (1. got stuck in horrible traffic on the way back from Birmingham. Journey took an hour longer than expected and we arrived (including 3 footballers) at 2.03pm and 2. Failed to copy Fiona M on the teamsheet so the poor thing thought there was no game!) Oops. My profuse apologies for being useless.

Our teamsheet had a slightly fresh look to it with Abi in at left back, Whitney switching to the right, and Marie on the right wing, making her first start. Thought that Marie had her best outing in a Comets shirt and her half time replacement, Silvia, looked REBORN on the right wing. I thought we played a very solid game of football. Relatively untroubled at the back (apart from their speculative 25 yard looping shot for the goal was unsavable I can’t remember much being asked of the imperious Marella), solid in midfield, and dangerous up front.

Hazel stole the show with a VISIONARY display in central midfield. Her touch was perfect and distribution sublime. Everything came through her and she was constantly available and always choosing the right options and developing the play. Absolutely brilliant and worthy of her Woman of Match award.

Our first goal was from Hazel herself, a brilliantly struck 20 yard curler into the top corner. Their equaliser came before half time but we came out with the bit between our teeth in the second half. Whitney scored one of her trademark 30 yard screamers before Sonal bundled one over the line from close range to put us safe. 3-1 to the mighty Comets. Does this count as a cup run?

And finally, comedy moment of the day provided by Sasha, who had been fed so much red wine by McGrumpy on Saturday night that she could neither walk nor talk. He first action from the subs bench was to get herself a death burger from the local van. When Tina (excellent again in the holding role) had to come off on 60 minutes I have to say that I introduced Sasha to the action with slightly baited breath. And you know what... she was BRILLIANT. Got involved in some tough challenges at left back, cleared everything that came near her and even took a ball in the face for her troubles. Massively exceeded expectations. And to our knowledge did not throw up the death burger.

Coachy