ECB 2 North Force 1 played 01/08/09 at BCP

It all started off so well and a big score looked in the offing. But a very heavy shower early in the game soaked the pitch and repeated rain during the game made play very difficult for both teams, reducing the second half in particular to a lottery.

A beautiful morning quickly deteriorated as the Reserves kicked off and by the time the Premiers took the field, a lot of rain had fallen. Bays were quickly into attack mode and took the lead in the fifth minute when Nick Hyde headed home a Leigh Kenyon cross.

Four minutes later the score had doubled. A Joses Nawo shot was saved by the North force keeper, Leon Taylor. A poor clearance saw Bays regain the ball and a Dan Peat drive saw Taylor fail to hold the ball which ended in the back of the net.

Bays were rampant at this stage and only the offside flag prevented them from adding to the score.

North Force pulled a goal back in the 22nd minute when Bays were penalised for holding in the box and Steve Schimmel made no mistake from the spot.

Then came the first really heavy shower of the game, making the ground very greasy and ball control difficult. Peat put wide after being set up by Nawo and Dan Morgan-Howell, Leigh Kenyon and Shaun Van Rooyen both had shots saved by Taylor and a George Suri header was turned over the bar by a desperately defending Force side.

The second half began where the first finished, Bays on attack and Force defending. Further heavy rain was making it difficult to control the ball and surface water was causing the ball to stop suddenly, much to the embarrassment of both sides. A good pass would stop in water and if extra waiting was applied to the ball, all too often it found a rare dry spot and took off.

Both teams were struggling in the conditions, where a mistake could be fatal. The main worry for many Bays supporters was that the conditions could allow the visitors an equaliser. Both sides, to their credit, tried to pay football, but ground conditions steadily worsened making it nigh impossible.

Bays had one last good chance in the closing minutes, when Tom Davis made a break and sent over a defence-splitting cross, but Morgan-Howell lost the ball between his legs.

Not a good game for either players of spectators but another three points.

Team: Gwilt, Forrest, Suri, Zoghby, Hyde, Van Rooyen, Kenyon, Bresnahan, Nawo (Davis 86), Peat, Morgan-Howell

Scorers: Hyde 5, Peat 9


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