This was one of the better thameside games in recent months. With Avondale missing a few key players from their starting 7 they had what would be considered a weaker team, and although the final score shows a comfortable victory for Avondale, the halftime score of 4 – 5 left plenty of work for the 10 Avondale men!
Once the winter rust had been flushed from the system, the absence of the Hungarian cannibal, 007 and sharp shooter meant that everyone had to work to get the ball in the net. The goals were spread around the team, with Focco getting a great close range lob in, JP showing the value of a lefty and binder, fresh from his killer comeback, putting a hole in the back of the net. The most notable performance however was from the half-man-half-fish who managed a vital hatrick when his team needed it most, some people thought it may have something to do with his new wetsuit, but no one was sure how he managed to wear it during the game without the ref spotting it.
Avondale crucially managed to take control of possession in the second half with the hitman Moorhouse neutralising Otters’ key player and the most experienced player in the league (Possibly any league), Dave ‘Gramps’ Brooks playing a key role on distribution. So confident was the Avondale keeper in the 2nd half that he even gave away a corner by claiming a save on a shot that went way over the top! Clearly trying to impress the selectors, but none the less, the opposition still couldn’t score from their gifted possession and it was Avondale on the attack once again!
Avondale seemed to display the true benefit of their early season fitness training as they ran away with the game in the second half (10 – 3) and demonstrated the fantastic synergy between players that we have come to expect from this club! I certainly look forward to watching them perform over the next few weeks!