Today is a a big test for the Whites as they travel to Blackwood and take in the top team!

It’s a clear day and no rain in sight, the wind is blowing across the ground so no end is an advantage. It is quite cool up here on top of the hill but I am sure could be a lot worse!

Changes to the team this week see Big Dan out! Rumors are he has been called up to the Euro’s or the South Pacific league for a few weeks?
Rob2 out for a week after that rubbish red card last week, in are
Ellery and Graeme (good luck lads) I also think Matty Chan is an addition as he didn’t player last week?

Looking at the warm ups Blackwood are a big team with a number of talls and look to be very well drilled in their warm up! It is not a huge pitch but has had a lot of traffic on it as its patchy and uneven.

The Whites go through their normal routine and look good.

Today for us it will be about taking our opportunities as we have some real scoring power and we know Blackwood are the highest scoring side scoring multiple goals in most games! We need a big game from our defense to apply pressure to theirs!

Ok we are ready to go with the whites kicking to the western end

Whites go forward and win the corner! Jan takes it, it bounces short and pops up to Hamood and his header is over the bar
Blackwood go forward with some skill but the whites clear!

Whites forward and Sol is hunting the ball hard but cleared
The ball is up and down the ground you can see their quality but whites up to them at the moment!

Whites control the ball and put pressure on and start to ask questions.
Saba nice ball to Jonny he lays it off and Jan and just wide with the shot.

20 mins gone nil all
Blackwood build the wall and keep pumping it in but the whites hold strong and get a goal kick.

Blackwood go forward and a spare man wide gets the ball and it’s in for the first goal! 1-0 down

Blackwood again but Sammy cuts it off
Whites just losing the tight one on ones at the moment and it’s giving them all the momentum.
Blackwood work the ball forward with one touch passing and they are in for their second, 2-0 down.

We are getting cut up in the middle, Bobby inside the box and could have gone down but it goes over the line for a goal kick.
Whites have not settled into their passing game and haven’t put 3 together so far…

Blackwood go forward and it’s in for number 3. Things not going well

Whites send it forward and the ball is in the box and Saba with the header drives it in for the the first goal! 3-1

Corner whites and Jan takes it and but cleared
N10 for them dives and whinges like a stuck pig! Should have been a yellow for simulation.
Nearly half time and the whites are playing better and there’s the whistle for half time!
Bres makes some tactical changes and tells the lads the mid field is their strength and we need to even it up!

Play to feet and control the ball is the message and get the corners up in the air!

Bres final statement is ‘I want everyone to come off stuffed and bleeding’ he said ‘not from the knees but from the mouth!’ ‘Internal breeding from the heart! You know what I mean!’
Pure Bres gold.

Second half starts

Up and down the ground it goes!
Blackwood getting a great run from the ref as they suck him in every time.
The ball stuck in their forward line as the pressure builds! Need to clear it and release the pressure.

They take their 4th corner in 3 mins but Saba clears and Abdul gets it half way and he is off and gone!!!! He get hacked down and it’s a penalty! Abdul lines it up and smashes it in but the ref has called it back! What the F$&@ is going on! Abdul lines up again and it’s wide.

Still 3-1 down that was rubbish and the quality of ref is crap! Simple
Whites are pressing and starting to get some control.

Blackwoods little flick game is starting to turn it over as they get tired!!!
Corner Blackwood and it fall to a spare man but over the top!

Whites need to keep possession
We go forward as Bres rings the changes looking for the key to a goal.

I shouldn’t be surprised but their linesman is a cheat calling offsides and balls their way every time! We are extremely fair in our side which is in the spirit of the game

Another opportunity and the ref defends for them with a ridiculous free kick.
There is no way the whites will get out if this one with 12 v 11

Theres another free kick and I have keep count in the second half 8-1 to them.
Whites forward but cleared.

Sol passes wide to Abdul and it’s pushed out but we looked dangerous
Hold the phone we just got a free kick!
Sol crosses in and Abdul touches it to Sam charging in and it’s in for our 2nd!!!!! 3-2

Blackwood forward and Matty punches it out! In they go but offside!
Free kick again to Blackwood conveniently on the edge of the box and it’s in off a header for number 4! Poor defending at the back post. Ref stamps his authority again with another free kick to them!

Turnovers have killed us today!
Blackwood pass the ball outside the box and one guys cracks it and an unbelievable goal for 5-2

They are in again and after another run through the middle it’s another one 6-2!!!

This ones gone but the boys continue to work hard

That’s the end of the game and whether it was the opposition or an off day our possession football was not here today! I will look forward to the return match as it will not be the same!!!!!!!!!! However beaten by the better side today.

Final score 6-2 loss but it’s a long season!

David Wilson