With 11 players on the team sheet things were further strained when two players failed to arrive in time for KO, forcing 9 men to line up in battle for 15 minutes. With the wind and sun at the Norsemen backs the 9 men worked exceptionally well to shutdown any attacks, filtering off players and forcing any attacks to come from width. Chances were even created at the attacking end with good play down the wings earning many throw-in's where Luc Coiffait was able to unleash his long throw, Michael Herbert and Andy Grant going close to opening the scoring.
Upon evening the playing numbers at 11, it wasn't long before Norsemen hit the front and it was no great surprise it came from a set piece. Once more a throw was earned on the right where Coiffait found Grant who flicked on to the back post where a waiting Dan Cairrao volleyed the ball into the roof of the net. A one nil lead that was very much deserved. Shout out goes to Cairrao who dedicated his rare goal to his watching mother.
The second half became more of a battle for Norsemen, who despite having the odd opportunity, failed to land the killer blow and settle the match. It became a battle of wills as well as footballing ability as Thenesh Naathen managed to get under the skin of just about every striker Lloyds put on the pitch. Tensions flared further as Cass Weaver cleared a ball all the way to New Zealand when only 5 metres from the sideline.
It was however to be Norsemen's day and they held out for a long overdue win and clean sheet to boot. With next weekends opponents Old Esthameians also getting the points this weekend, the win was not enough to move Norsemen off the foot of the ladder but certainly tightened things up and kept relegation at arms length. 3 points at Esthameians would certainly be a good tonic and go a long way towards boosting Norsemen to safety.
Walk tall you Blue Giants.