HARVESTERS U13 NORTH 1 LONDON COLNEY REDS 1
COW'S A*SES AND BANJOS
A cloud of frustration had settled over the Harvesters players after this game, like the cloud from the Iceland volcano that grounded flights some years ago. Coming off a bye week, and without our man mountain Steward who strangely for a boy of his size is being kept out by a gammy toe, we nevertheless welcomed back a fit-again Stan and as only 9 Reds players seemed to be present at kick off there seemed to be an expectant air of this being quite an easy game.
As Colney players drifted into the ground in drips like a malfunctioning coffee machine, like revellers at the Oktoberfest heading home after 16 pints of Uberfuelsteiner, we realised we would be playing against a full complement. They were quick too, and skilful, especially up front.
The first half was somewhat scrappy with Harvesters dominating possession but with only a long George G shot to show for it, easily saved by the excellent Reds keeper. After 20 minutes, the industrious Greenway again battled for the ball and freed Aidan down the right, whose excellent cross was met first time by Latrell but straight at the goalie. Brad also fired one over, but then on 24 minutes, having had virtually none of the ball, Colney broke and suddenly Ethan had a one on one having largely watched proceedings to this point. To his enormous credit, he spread himself and made a terrific save keeping it 0-0 and that was the way it would stay at the break, Aidan having slotted wide after Brad played him in.
I think we knew from the first minute of the second half it might not be our day. Latrell found himself in space in the area and screwed his shot wide. Kobi then fought hard to waltz along the dead ball line and pulled it back for Latrell, whose shot was blocked on the line. Latrell then ran at the Colney defence who backed off as he weaved and tantalised, without ever looking like he wanted to shoot. Fortunately the ball broke for Kobi who hoofed it in. 1-0 on 42 minutes and no more than we deserved.
Three minutes later, George E played a beautiful little through ball in for Kobi whose shot was blocked by the keeper one on one. Latrell then went on a one-man wrecking mission and having won the ball three times in what seemed like 10 seconds, found Kobi but again the shot was off target and the chance was lost.
You kind of got the feeling that not only had we left our shooting boots at home, they were upstairs in a boarded up attic guarded by a three-headed dog who was having a really bad hair day. You also got the feeling we might pay for our profligacy.
Oscar, Geoff's words from halftime clearly ringing in his ears about trusting your tough from high balls and not just heading it, tried to take down a high ball on 50 minutes and although his touch wasn't bad the Colney striker closed on him, took the ball and was off like a demented whippet, rounding Ethan for the equaliser. It would be churlish not to point out though that our back four of Jack, Oscar, Louis and Charlie were again magnificent and to restrict Colney to two shots on target is a very decent effort.
Despite other chances, and Sam blazing over at the end, we couldn't finish them off and Colney walked away with a point they will treasure - for us, a distinct feeling of what might have been. But we do not despair. Unlike last season, we created the chances - we just did not take them. It will come right.