best one in the league, the civil service sports ground
Bryn Thomas 8.5
8.5 Rob Ruth 8.5 Leon Ashford 8.5
8.5 Russell Stinson 8.5 Adam Pomaro 8.5 Al Harper 8.5
8.5 David Drysdale 8.5
Scot Drummond (for Bryn who then moved up front and David came off) 8.5
Simon Hibbitt (for Leon Ashford) 8.5
John Stevenson (for Al Harper) 8.5
Management: David Lawlor
Supporter: Kevin Robertson
Press: Mike Inglis
This was no advert for football this, it was BORING! Bristol's team bore
no resemblance to that we played earlier in the season.
This reflected their impending relegation after some strict
interpretation of the rules by Man U. They were stronger yet they had
not a single attack of any substance on our goal for the full 90
minutes, even with our change of keeper.
The whole attack from Bristol consisted of launching it to our back,
which then simply mopped up time and time again; I guess MOM could be
split between Rob; Jim; Kev and Leon. In midfield we snuffed out any
space they had.
We moved forward in wave after wave of attack. The first one to come
close was Leon Ashford, recently converted to scoring goals and using
his head, he headed over from outside the penalty spot. There will
surely be more of this to come in future.
Leon Ashford heads over the bar
Grant Ross pace and the midfield creativity eventually saw the ball
being taken into the box on the left and resulting shot from Grant
parried for a corner. This was taken by Adsyp with a scramble and the
ball breaking clear to a Hibs player to score [Mike Inglis please alter
this with your copious notes on who actually finished it] [Mike Inglis
here - this proves I'll never make a professional football photographer
cos I missed it - sorry, but see below for second goal!] Chances flowed
again with little or no action from Bristol that wasn't played straight
back against them.
Adam Pomaro decided to beat half the Bristol team from the centre
circle; he rode every challenge and was in an ideal position to lay off
to Dave "Samson" Drysdale, so instead he tried to beat
another player. He again tried five minutes later with the same effect -
zilch. Ultimately the second goal came when a wonderfully weighted pass
found Grant Ross in acres advancing on the goalie's right and drilling
Grant Ross scores London
Hibs second goal
afterward David Drysdale was responsible for a move that had the support
press corp. manager and subs gaping in admiration and disbelief. I
cannot do it justice really. On the left flank David beat two Bristol
players so completely without breaking his run or altering his path.
Wonderful stuff and enough to make up for the rest of the game.
Neil and Russell were
ferocious a determined in midfield making tackles that others would have
missed. The flashes of skill from Adam and Genius from David however
only occasionally alleviated it.
Half Time 2-0
with the wind and slight slope in our favour we did pretty much
everything but score. Bristol's forays were even less convincing than
the first half, this meant that Jim and Rob got more involved in the
attacking play. The substitutions altered the play not at all, but it
was great to see our original goalkeeper keep watch on our fortunes
between the posts once again. Yes Scot Drummond was back and he had one
and one thing only to do and he did it well. Simon had one of the best
second half chances but instead of heading in he tried to control and
shoot. The Bristol defence mopped this up. John Stevenson was only on
for two minutes, but I think he did get a kick of the ball;-))
I really am experiencing end of season blues; this is not helped by the
utterly poor performance of the mighty Hibees up the road. As per usual
it seems our opponents told me after the game that they firmly believed
with their full team out they would have beaten us. You got to admire
their verbal audacity, as it was they never walked their talk.
This was an important result it leaves PLAYED 15 WON 15 POINTS 45
leaving us one game remaining
President London Hibernian Football Club
about including the photo below in a web "Spot The Ball"
Competition but nobody would have got it right (apart from those in the
wall who could see it sail miles past their carefully arranged defence.)
Instead, using the latest high tech graphics nicked from Andy Gray's
gadgets at SKY Sports, I can show you the exact trajectory of this
pitiful free kick from the Bristol City number 9 (with apologies to said
centre forward, who got absolute pelters from the assembled London Hibs
Bristol City players look
dejected as a free kick is wasted