The wet weather had given the perfect surface a slick feel, so the team talk was all about getting the ball down, playing football and believing in ourselves. As the game kicked off nearly 50 Old Boys came out of the clubhouse, full of Steak and Ale pie and no doubt plenty of port, to cheer e latest Norsemen first team on. Right from the first whistle the we did just that, and nearly took a lead after a couple of minutes. A lovely move saw Darran released down the left, his first time cross was perfect and was met on the volley by Clifford, who unfortunately got too much on it and sent his volley flying over the bar. The first 15 minutes carried on in the same pattern with the home side well on top, without being able to trouble the Southgate keeper. As the half went on the away team got more into it, and there was a warning when the big centre forward flicked on a long throw for his attack partner to smash a volley against the bar. This warning wasn't heeded as 5 minutes later a carbon copy resulted in the forward being able to keep his shot down and beat Kalli to give Southgate a half-time lead.
HT 0 - 1
The second half started how the first did with Norsemen on top. This time however, the goals started to come. Firstly, a free kick from Shane was whipped in and the defender could only divert it into his own net under pressure from Ollie. The second goal didn't take long to come, and when it did it was a cracker. A great ball into the box from George was brought down by Michael Warburton in the box. With his touch taking him away from goal, the young midfielder brilliantly back-heeled it past the keeper to put the home side into the lead for the first time. 2 became 3 not long later, when skipper Muzza released Michael, his left-footed cross was perfect for Dazza, and the big centre forward powered his header home.
The icing on the cake came ten minutes from the end when some great pressure from Dazza saw the ball ricochet to Clifford, who finished calmly in a one on one situation.
The 4-1 result was well deserved as Norsemen really upped the gears in the second half, and thankfully got the win which meant we could hold our heads high in the clubhouse amongst the greats of Norsemen's past.
An unfortunate injury was sustained by the Southgate Centre Back following an aerial dual. The lad was taken to hospital by ambulance and was diagnosed as having a double fracture of the Cheek Bone and a chipped Jaw Bone requiring surgery later this week. We wish him well and hope for a speedy recovery.
Next up is Bank of England away, the trip everyone looks forward to. Except people who book their honeymoon for the same time...
Walk tall you blue giants.