Vavasour (For Bryn Thomas) 10
Simon Hibbitt (For Russell Stinson) 10
Well what an absolutely superb performance from you all. You have all
got 10 out 10 for this performance for a very simple reason you have all
been superb all season and I am proud as punch of you all.
The match started in terrible conditions with a muddy pitch and drizzly
rain that intensified the state of the pitch. Middlesboro were again
strong but very quickly we started to exploit their main weakness - their
pace at the back.
The first goal came fairly early with Adsyp nipping in with yet another
header to make it 1-0. The scramble in the box makes it difficult for me
to be clear but it was certainly he that scored.
Goal number 1(Adam
Next up was the gallant
hero Bryn, back from the collapsed lung and raring to go. Another
scramble with the ball being played from the left across the box – low
and Bryn carefully and calculatingly put his knee to it and it was 2-0.
Goal number 2 (Bryn
We were dominant, the flanks were secure in Al and Kevin and the
midfield was the best all season. This was due to David Drysdale’s
absence (only that Adam got moved forward) that meant Adam pushed in to
the hole behind the front two, playing to his strength and allowing the
dynamic combination of Leigh Russ and Neil in midfield to battle away
and win more second ball than we have at any other time this season.
More tackles were made in this game than most others and our
determination was immense.
Half Time 2-0
Half Time Team Talk
Half Time Team Talk
The second half critically saw Russell come off injured with a
recurrence of his back injury. Immediately Simon Hibbitt came on, whilst
not as match fit as previously he did a solid job. The first goal came
from Hibs was an absolute stoatir and is right up there for goal of the
season – Adam freed to a more creative role was on the left hand side
of their box, he cut inside his man and switched the ball to the path of
his right foot and with a sweet hit and perfectly weighted chip lobbed
the keeper to make it 3-0!
Adam celebrates his
"goal of the season"
Game over or so you would have thought, but Boro are tenacious and came
back strongly, a weak throw in from Simon lead to four passes and a
killer goal. As a move it was amongst the best on the day 3-1. Next up
was a period when we lost shape and confusion reigned. A deep drive
forward from a free kick resulted in an uncharacteristic mistake in
defence with a Boro striker managing to get up between a defender and
John and just knock the ball beyond the normal path 3-2.
We were still playing good football, but were looking increasingly
suspect to a rampant Boro, whose passing was crisp and our closing slack
– this resulted in a 3rd goal for them 3-3.
The game was in the last ten minutes now, but I never panicked on a
personal level nor did David, we knew we would win – cometh the hour
cometh the man THE G Man.
Gerry Vavasour awaits
the call from the subs bench - or was it the catwalk?
Bryn came off and David and I made our best joint substitution of the
season. Gerry V within 10 seconds of coming on for Bryn was free on the
right of the goal and was so deliberate in his delivery that Mike Inglis
has a very clear picture of this to verify, (see below) everyone except Gerry went
the wrong way as the ball trickled goal ward through Flanders field over
a bit of Bryn’s lung and in to the pokey 4-3 ya bass!!
Gerry V scores goal
We then played some great football to see out the game, but the ref
decided balance was the order of the day and had to give us one decision
in 10, so the resulting free kick was slightly to the left of the left
post and up lumbered the prolific Pomaro, the Italian gelding to power
home his best free kick of the season – driving it to the left of the
keeper as if the wall were like the Berlin wall – no longer there and
it travelled like a Double Bacardi and Diet Coke travels from the bar in
to Scot Drummonds’ hand with voracious velocity;-))
Goal number 5 - and a
great free kick from Adam Pomaro
5-3 and then the ref blow the final whistle!
Jodie and Simone escort
Jim off the pitch
This game was a cracker to watch, the effort put in made a very solid
Boro side look ordinary in the first half. The way the ball was pinged
around the park and the commitment in the challenge was everything as a
player manager and President I could’ve wanted. The brief collapse in
the second half was healed when it began to matter and once again we dug
deep to get the result.
Some great moments in the game:
1. Bryn’s return.
2. Kev Ford waving as he outplayed then sped past a failing Boro
left winger, then compounding their managers obvious bad day by stepping
over a challenge and asking “whose yer daddy”
3. Me and Dave’s Gerry substitution.
4. Gerry’s cracking goal.
5. Adam’s beautiful goals in a heavenly
6. Jim’s beautiful shorts, blemished only at the end of the game.
7. Leigh Everett telling me he could go again in the P&P.
8. Grant Ross’s despairing header finding muscles he never knew he
9. The team spirit and the support from the fans
Jodie and Simone our two best supporters being soaked giving me
my brolly back and telling me “we don’t care that we’re wet”
The triumphant London
Hibs football team celebrate winning the APFSCIL League for the second
This for you and me should be half way, we still have three games left
and if we win these we will do something that no team has done in the 21
year History of the APFSCIL league. So stay focussed and let’s get on
and make an indelible mark in the History books.
President London Hibs Football Team
President Kevin Robertson
and Webmaster Mike Inglis celebrate after the match