Another string added to our bow today, learning the art of the comeback. Penarth must have thought they had the game won with three second-half goals to go 4-1 up but they didn’t bank on us finding an extra gear to cruise back to 4-4. Wayne stepped between the sticks for us today and made a fine left-footed save after a solid start by both teams. We broke the deadlock when Ollie’s aerial sent Winge scampering down the right to play the perfect square ball to Curtis. Despite a good save, Curtis reacted quickly to slot the rebound around the keeper. The equaliser came when we realised that, despite a ridiculous Movember offering, their striker was not to be underestimated as he jinked past several of our sticks to score with a reverse into the corner. 1-1 at half-time, honours even, all to play for. The first momentum shift came from Penarth as they overloaded in midfield and continually drilled the ball into the D to players stationed in front of Wayne, resulting in two of their three goals in the second half. We responded by going man-for-man at the back and thrusting Si Florio into battle in midfield. Kian found himself on the left of midfield and started finding joy, linking well with Hobbes with the strikers pulling out high left. Alex pulled one back with a neat lift over the keeper, Jake bagged the next with a cool finish from the right, then Kian equalised despite being under massive pressure in the D, all within the space of ten minutes. Penarth’s hopes were briefly raised when they were awarded a P-flick but they joy was short-lived as the decision was correctly over-turned following a discussion between the umpires. Men-of-the-Match with a split vote were Hobbes and Kian who continue to link well, run tirelessly and show great stick-skills.
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