Rowley College1 Clarendon 6

4th April

And so the end of another season, (our 24th), and a continuing tale of frustrations and small satisfactions which on balance will see us happy to see the back of it! However, we have found in the last few weeks enough belief and optimism to set out in September to complete a quarter century whatever the outcome of the relegation battle. And despite the result today no-one can fault our attitude and that is important (John and Phil from St Marys were there hoping we could repeat our effort of a fortnight ago). The problem was that our most dangerous player that day (and top scorer) Ben Fowler has gone to America and we needed a favour from Rich Crayford and 42 year old Alun Inett to honour the fixture.

But the other issue today was Clarendon at their brilliant best (Squaddie assured me this was their best team and so it looked). They had much of the ball and with three at the back plenty of attacking intent. We defended well today, Joe, Dave, Chris and Clive were all excellent and Lee continued his form from last game but Clarendon found cracking goals whenever they needed them. Though we ourselves showed promise down the hill, Lee had already made a couple of great stops before Clarendon claimed the game with two brilliant finishes, the second a genuinely unstoppable free kick from Pablo. We then lost our head for a period but 0-2 at half time was not desperate.

Second half gave us immediate impetus but perhaps we were a little too open and Clarendon continued to be ruthless. Before we knew it we were five down and not greatly enjoying it (the third was a cracking header). However we kept going and Al went close with a header before we ourselves got an excellent goal. Clive, my player of the season, raided left hand side and cut back for young Ben Smith to rifle home. They got a sixth to round off a really impressive performance. We wish them luck for the run in. Best wishes also to everyone in the wmcfl who has followed our trials and tribulations here on the website: some seasons are harder to write than others!

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