In a thrilling epic, came back from 1-0 down to win 7-2 against second from top team Norfolk ‘n’ Chance (“NFC”) in the Lords’ mixed indoor soccer competition.
A defensive blunder in the opening minute left BXVI reeling as a NFC player shot powerfully into the bottom corner.
BXVI responded with a flood of goals, four coming from Dave Haydon, one from Justin Carrick, one from Tim Haydon and one own goal by NFC.
It was a game marred by numerous wasted opportunities by BXVI, failing to capitalise on NFC’s lack of cohesion. Many shots were blasted wide without thinking, when a simple tap would have sufficed.
Adding to the goalkeeper’s frustration, on a number of occasions, BXVI defenders ignored the keeper’s “notice of control”, with Tim Haydon once taking it out of Mike Haydon’s hands in a crowded area in such a way that BXVI were lucky not to have another goal scored against them.
It is amazing that BXVI continues to dominate the competition, given the numerous mistakes the players make continuously. It seems there is something missing, something not quite right. We are still trying to figure out what that is.
Even Mike Haydon (who had just won the “fairest and best” award for the indoor soccer competition at another venue) was not immune from making a silly, costly error. With 5 seconds on the clock, a NFC player shot powerfully from long range straight into Mike Haydon’s hands, but he could not hold the shot. It slipped through his fingers and meandered into the goal, about 1 second before the siren blew.
Final score 7-2.