BXVI Sees Out Chief Rivals

BXVI faced their toughest challenge in the competition last night – the only other team in the competition to have won every game played and the team with the best defensive record in the league: Deceptacons. It was an epic struggle between two worthy opponents. Neither team gave quarter, neither asked for any.

Deceptacons were the first on the scoreboard within the first two minutes. Justin’s strike to level the scores was inspired, followed quickly by a rocket from Dave to put BXVI in the lead 2-1. But Deceptacons had an answer, splitting the defence with a perfectly timed pass to level the scores 2-2 at half time.

Deceptacons had such a skilled attack that Meliss, Cat and Marguerite had their work cut out trying to contain the attacks. Full credit to them, they frustrated wave after wave of attack all game, supported by Justin, Monty & Dave (when Mike was not in goals, he didn’t really do much defending, spending his time in attack).

In the break between halves, Monty galvanised BXVI into greater effort, focusing particularly on keeping a tight defence. Anyone would think he was just trying to get out of playing too hard, as Monty replaced Mike in goals for the second half.

The second half started well for BXVI and Mike was soon on the scoreboard with a corner pass meant for Marguerite intercepted by Deceptacons, but knocked straight into Mikes path for a swivelling low corner shot goal.

Again, Deceptacons came back to level the scores 3-3, but Daves long range rocket of a shot into the bottom corner took BXVI back ahead. Yep, you guessed, Deceptacons scored yet again to make it 4-4!

Mike dribbled past the defence and shot through the keepers legs to make it 5-4, then Dave finally got the breakthrough, nutmegging a defender, holding off another, while smashing the ball into the back of the net to give BXVI a 2 goal buffer.

Mike then had a superb chance when he beat the keeper but just couldn’t get around the final defender to make it 7-4. The defender was so small she barely reached Mike’s chest and he had difficulty seeing her with his back to the goals. Would BXVI rue this wasted opportunity?

Monty made some fine reflex saves to keep the Deceptacons out, but they pulled one back with a minute to go. 6-5. Mike and Dave decided to slow the play down and run down the clock, so from the restart, Mike passed to Dave who held the ball up in BXVI’s attacking forward line. With 30 seconds remaining and BXVI frantically defending the Deceptacons intense pressure, Mike trod on the ball and took out one of the Deceptacons’ girls earning her a free kick. However, it was too little too late and the siren put an end to an epic game.

BXVI won the game 6-5 and now go 3 points clear at the top of the league table, having scored 50 more goals than any other team in the competition and conceded only 1 more than the best defence (Deceptacons).

BXVI Scrapes Through

Well, BXVI looked a completely different team against third placed US Average last night. Unfortunately, it was the worst start BXVI has ever had in their 10 or so seasons together. Average took the center kick-off to start the game, but Mike wasn’t lined up right in the wall. The shot cannoned off Mike’s calf past Monty in goals, who had no chance.

That got Average’s confidence up while stunning BXVI, so in the first 5 minutes of the game, BXVI struggled. To their credit, though, they pulled a goal back through a great piece of finishing by Justin, who scored his first goal of the season. However, it wasn’t til midway through the second half before BXVI put their second away (thanks Monty), which caused Average to ramp up their efforts.

It would be fair to say that BXVI played terribly. People not supporting attacks, so the person with the ball had no-one to pass to; having 2 guys and a girl on one Average player, then when they got rid of the ball, those three players moving to the new player with the ball (otherwise known as ball watching); easy passes badly missing their target; shots not even troubling the opposing keeper; in defense, not watching the free players, leading to easy goal-scoring opportunities, etc.

While Dave went searching for the goal to put the game beyond doubt, a number of defensive blunders left two Average guys with acres of space and only Melis in a position to do anything (other than Mike in goals). While Melis put pressure on the guy with the ball, Mike came running out of his area, causing the Average guy to fumble the ball, which was the only opening Melis needed to take the ball. Seconds later, a barrage of attacks on Mike’s goal was just kept out, leaving Cat on the bench with frayed nerves. Thankfully, Mike kept his cool and aided by Melissa’s expert defending, kept Average from scoring. The game ended 2-1 with BXVI happy to collect the points, but ruing a host of wasted chances.

Thankfully we got the points after making all those mistakes, but hopefully, we’ll learn from them and NEVER make them again.

BXVI Slaughters Soccerpoos

With a name like Soccerpoos, the result was never really in doubt. BXVI made it hard for themselves, though. Dave Haydon was on anti-histamines for his hives and Mike Haydon started the game like he wasn’t sure where the goals were or how to shoot at them.

Thankfully, with Justin Carrick on the field, Monty superb in goals and Mel Haydon playing absolutely brilliantly, Mike and Dave had a chance to “get with the program”. Mike’s fitness has improved dramatically in the last few weeks and it showed. Despite wasting 5 or 6 solid chances in the first 5 minutes, Mike rebounded to come away with a satisfying hat-trick. Thanks to superb distribution by Monty and ably supported by Justin and Mike, Dave waked away with 8 goals including a sweet nutmeg (through the legs) of the keeper.

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Cat Haydon came within inches of scoring her first for the season. Unfortunately Mike didn’t see her and so shot (and scored) into an open goal when Cat was right there waiting for it in a great position. Sorry wifey 🙂 Next time say something.

Marguerite Klup was also denied a goal by a great reflex save. She was in a great position, Mike split the defence with the pass, Marguerite shot and somehow the keeper just got a foot to it to keep the ball out.

It was great to have Monty back after his hamstring injury. He made a few good saves, but his major contribution was the distribution. He set up at least half the goals with rocket passes to the attacker’s feet or lobs that were over the head of the defenders, but dropped perfectly for our attackers.

Funny situation happened to Mike – one of the Soccerpoos girls, who is about 150 cm was hitting Mike (who is 195 cm and 105 kg), trying to “rough him up” while they were standing waiting for the ball. It was the smallest on one team picking on the biggest on the other. Then she started a hip and shoulder pushing contest (with Mike almost in a crouch) and got upset when she couldn’t win.

All in all, it was a good game, with a pleasing improvement from Justin and Mike and another clean sheet by Monty. The game finished 11-0 with BXVI, after 7 games recording, 6 wins, 1 bye, 90 goals for and 15 goals against.