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Bobs View - 18th December 2005

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19 December 2005 | Adem


Hi and welcome to this weeks View.

Well with the cold weather and it being Xmas the offer of a frozen pitch was obviously to good to resist so several fixtures obviously ended up with you going shopping or returning to the bar !! Dont blame you it was a bit cold today.

Only one game survived in the Senior Division where shopping obviously suited Jeff Allen and the Goldsmiths lads. Jeff says that the league is rocking now GOLDS have hit form, not top form, but enough to let them know they are there or thereabouts. They have scored 25 goals in all competitions and let in 9 - not bad going Goldsmiths !! PS: And the old boy Jeff hasnt even put his boots on yet? That may be so Jeff but where were you today ?????????? The lads at Valley Valiants and Lessa Albion are of course made of sterner stuff and had a match where Lessa came out top (just) 1-2. Lessas win makes sure they are now 3rd from bottom and pushes Golden Ronnies Prince of Wales back into one of the 2 relegation spots. Seems that both promoted clubs could be returning to the Premier this season.

In the Premier Division a couple of games took place with Midway turning over current League leaders FC Poverest 3-1 to inflict the first League defeat of the current season on the leaders. Strangely, this result puts Midway up from 3rd from bottom to 4th place !! EPR are no strangers to hard pitches and thumped Griffin Sports 9-1 to keep their hands on 3rd position as Griffin move down one place.

Division One saw 2 games played as well as Catford Cricket Club ended the year in pole position with a 2-0 win over Waynes Toon Army at Centresports Res (you need Michael Owen I think Wayne !) and Sporting Sydenham lost out 2-3 to Fairfield in the bottom of the table clash. So no change in the table here after todays games.

Turning now to Div 2 where EC United found Sydenham Sports in an uncompromising mood this Xmas as they were thrashed 2-9 and Petts Wood were the latest team to endure the ear bashing of Noisy Dave Curtis as his Medway Lions roared to another emphatic win, 3-6. Masters meanwhile, busied away as they beat Eltham Progress 5-2 in the top of the table clash. So not much change on the table as the top stayed the same and Sydenham move up a few places.

In Division Three I went over to London Citys ground which must be the most northerly in the OBDSFL so far north in fact I was surprised we didnt see Eskimos !! Anyway Petts Wood Res turned up with 9 men and went a goal up playing down the side of the glacier inside the first few minutes due to a goalkeeper error. They went 2 goals up after 20 minutes when a needless penalty was given away. For the last 70 minutes of the game London City tried very hard but regrettably did not look like scoring and managed to push the Petts Wood Res goalkeeper into making 2 saves in the whole of the game. It was so one sided in the second half that City were encamped in the Petts Wood bit of the pitch for most of the half and, incidentally, not one offside was given in the second half with City attacking for 98% of it. Needless to say London City ended the game ruing the 2 missed chances and very, very frustrated. In the other game, Orpington Rovers battled hard but could not stop leaders Coney Hall as they lost 0-2. Not much change in the table with Petts Wood Res moving to 6th place and London City dropping one place. Coney Hall closed the gap on leaders Ramsden OBs whose game was abandoned due to an icy pitch.

In Division Four AFC Lessa Christchurch lost out 0-6 to Woodvale Wanderers and Chequers Reunited thumped Midway Res 5-0. Viking Strollers slid to a 2-2 draw with EPR Res. So Woodvale leapfrog EPR Res at the bottom to 3rd from bottom and Chequers move up to 2nd with Viking Strollers still leading.

In the 5th Division Fairfield Res beat Bromley Rovers soundly 5-1 and Starks Park Rovers won away 1-2 to Bromley Eagles. Swanley Cardinals had an unexpected reversal as Ex Blues Res came to town and won 0-2. Finally, The Flames scorched Beckenham Imps 4-1. So the end of year table ends up with Ex Blues Res taking over at the top from Swanley Cardinals and Fairfield and Starks Park moving away from the re election spots.

As for the old lags at Keston Rovers and the other old legs at Cudham United Reserves, well apparently the ref jackbooted his way onto the Cudham Rec pitch and called the game off as it was frozen (doesnt surprise anyone up in the hills at Cudham !!) so they all went back to the warmth of their homes with their pipe and slippers to read (and dream) about Michael Owens hattrick ah well those were the days eh guys. This was meant to be Tony Storers retirement game looks like you will be able to say you still played in 2006 then Tony !!!!

So to end 2005, a very Merry Xmas to all our readers and a Happy and Prosperous New Year to you all. May 2006 be free from footballing problems and that all your red and yellow cards be little ones fat chance I hear you say.

Cheers lads.

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