Date: Saturday 22nd September, 2012
Venue: Wallington Sports and Social Club, Croydon, KO 3:00pm
Starting line up: BVDL, Joey Darlington, Chris Grayson, Oli Watkins, Hung Nyguen, Jonny Patterson, Chris Gray, Mark Bradley (C), Paul Every, Mike Cain, Ryan Shedwick
Subs: Ian Clarke, Ben McGeown, Richard Gough
Cubo 1st XI notched their first win of the season away against Crescent Rovers, in doing so the Cuban’s broke a run of seven league games without a victory, dating back to last seasons 3-2 success over Virginia Water. This was also our first clean sheet since beating Weston Green Sports 2-0 way back in early March.
Chances fell to both sides in the first half, BDVL made a phenomenal save to his right from close range, his strong hand pushing the ball round the post when a goal seemed inevitable. Mike Cain looked as dangerous as ever in the first 30 minutes and was unlucky to hit the bar with a well-timed lob.
However, Mike’s afternoon was to end much earlier than expected following a ‘tackle’ that would not have looked out of place in a UFC ring. Moments before the referee failed to stop play for an obvious Cubo foul, so a Crescent defender, who was no doubt feeling aggrieved by the lack of a whistle, took matters into his own hands and poleaxed Mike on the edge of their box. Happily two trips to the hospital have since concluded that he has suffered no long lasting damage, although the doctors have advised him to ditch the ridiculous deep v t-shirts that he persists with wearing.
Ian Clarke broke the deadlock on the 72nd minute, arriving late into the box to side foot home Ryan Shedwick’s low cross following a mazy run by the winger. Clarkey could actually have scored minutes earlier when he found space from a corner to crash a header onto the underside of the bar; such a goal would clearly have been preposterous, thankfully the ball did not cross the line.
Further odd refereeing helped Cubo towards the end of the match, the ref deciding to waive play on after BVDL had dashed out of his box to smash a Crescent player who was clean through on goal. A borderline yellow or red, and a definite foul, was instead given as a Cubo throw! The Crescent bench were understandably disappointed with the decision.
Final Score: Crescent Rovers 0-1 AFC Cubo
Scorer: I. Clarke
So, a win at last for the boys in blue (and white) – one best summed up by Ian Holloway:
“To put it in gentleman’s terms if you’ve been out for a night and you’re looking for a young lady and you pull one, some weeks they’re good looking and some weeks they’re not the best. Our performance today would have been not the best looking bird but at least we got her in the taxi. She wasn’t the best looking lady we ended up taking home but she was very pleasant and very nice, so thanks very much, let’s have a coffee”
Man of the Match: Mark Bradley. The stand in skipper was a calming authority over the new look midfield and forward line.