Looking to bounce back from last week’s narrow defeat to OG, Tally named an almost unchanged line up vs Hibs with Dozen in for E as the only alteration. It’s never an easy game against Hibs and we knew that more than ever when we saw Hibs FC Captain Andrew Knott back in the line-up (replacing the ageing Bufton - a double blow as he was a weakness we were looking to exploit). Recent scout reports showed he has speed, technique and can possess the ball well and control the game; we knew we were up against it today. Hibs were the more lively of the 2 teams in the opening exchanges and after having an early goal ruled out for offside they deservedly took the lead after Thorin headed in from the back post after a deep cross. 1TM woke up somewhat after going 1 down and hit back pretty much instantly after a neat move down the left ended with Scoop showing great composure and slotting home. HT 1-1. The game carried on the in the same manor in the 2nd half, it was a bit of a niggly affair with minimal chances and lots of cries to the ref…. 1TM stepped it up with 15 mins to go and after a mini bombardment of the Hibs goal where Colin pulled off a few worldie saves in succession, he could do nothing but watch as Gonzalo the Big Argentine Puma headed in from close range to take home the 3 points. FT 2-1. Thanks to Biff and Furlong for coming down to support and Boneless Fish for sourcing the surprise pizzas. Good luck Hibs for the run in. Kit: - WW Balls: - https://youtu.be/8NZJPRh51tA MOTM 1TM: - CFD MOTM HIBS: - Colin Gray DOTD: Scoops free kick attempt that resulted in a Hibs throw.
We wait 10 years for a kit that isn’t made out of XL bin bags and Latini turn up and ruin the day. Things got off to a good start. It took us five minutes to get the ball off Latini but we looked threatening once we did, especially when spreading play out to Thorin on the right. We had the ball in net when he got on the end of a ball over the left back and squared across for Dan to tap in, but the linesman saw a couple of men offside. We took the lead for real shortly after, a decent move down the left ending up in a cross that Thorin nodded back across the keeper. That seemed to wake Latini up though. Their best move of the day drew us all toward their left side, leaving Latini with a man over at the back post, who smashed it past Colin. Dan had a good chance to put us back in the lead before half time, but is still seeing his lob sail over the crossbar last thing before going to sleep. The second half was really tense. Latini had more of the ball and a load of set pieces in our half, but we were still dangerous on the break. Charlie thought he’d scored with a great top-corner finish, but that linesman got us again, this time holding up his finger and thumb to show us how close it was on the replays. Colin made some ridiculously good saves at our end as the set pieces continued to mount up. Eventually one of them got us. We kept pushing right to the end, almost getting Charlie in at the final whistle, but it just wouldn’t sit down for him. Lots of positives to take though. Even as we lost DoF and Knotty to injuries and An Rui to his gammy knee we still stayed competitive, and could easily have come away with something. And one bonus about losing to Latini is that it means Tally will show up at Muddy’s after the game, chuck down some Jager, tell you all what you’re doing wrong and sing West Brom songs in Lorenzo’s face as Villa the go 2-0 down. Nicked his match balls though. MoM for Hibs was Colin, who was immense, especially during the second half aerial bombardment. DoF has given Latini’s MoM to Lego, although my vote would’ve been for the enormous defender who was pretty good at reminding you he was there.