After a string of successive defeats over previous years a new look student team predominately made of BDS2, under new captaincy and management, took to the Bournebrook Pitches on a warm July evening to regain a crown that was rightfully theirs. Crowds assembled in their 30’s (the largest attendance since records began) for what was to be a captivating affair.
Things did not begin quite as planned when staff took a 1-0 lead after a lofted clearance found the back of the net, with rookie goalkeeper Jack Livesey (BDS 2) out of the goal tying his shoelace (he was soon relieved from his goalkeeper responsibilities). Stability was returned after this, but with the staff team controlling possession. This possession paid dividends and staff scored a further 2 goals, one a lovely placed shot from Mr Saunds, giving the staff a 3-0 lead at half time.
A recuperated student team emerged after the half time break, going very close to pulling a goal back early on. This momentum faded after the staff scored on the counter attack, and then again from the penalty spot after a dubious yellow card and penalty were given against myself (no bias at all).
Cheered on by the masses, the student team strived to get some consolation from the game. The ageing staff team’s fitness faded in the last 20 minutes, allowing the student team to dominate possession. Numerous chances were squandered but finally the all-important goal was scored after a flowing student move was finished by Sandro José Fontanini (BDS 2) at the back post. The final whistle came at the right time for the staff, ending what could have been a superb fight back. Although it pains me to say the 5-1 score line was a fair reflection of a good game of football.
All in all it was great evening that everyone enjoyed (even those who lost), and it was brilliant to have so many people come along to watch. Special thanks go to Mr Saunds for organising the staff team and Raj Koner for refereeing. Bring on next year.
Will Mckemey BDS 2
Student Football Captain