|Date||6 February 2016|
|Venue||Wolverhampton Grammar School|
|Result||D 1 - 1|
|Time played||Normal time|
Well it had been an interesting week with a few changes to the team's line up and a potentially very tough game against an experienced Stone side, sitting a few places higher in the league than ourselves.
Despite having twelve on the team sheet we contrived to play most of the first half with 10 men with Danny Bhandal absent through car problems and Neil Ward turning up to the WGS pitch immaculately turned out in his AWAY kit. As none of us had a red shirt that could do justice to his physique, a return home to his carer to dress him properly and check he had taken his medication was called for.
We more than held our own for the first half and after Neil’s return following his fashion "faux pas" we began to pile on the pressure, though a couple of sharp breakaways and short corners from Stone kept us on our toes. Stone defended robustly with Callum getting the brunt of some "older /slower adult" tackling which got to him a little bit and earned him his very first green card (don't worry Callum your dad could paper a small wall with the cards he has had over the years... and there wouldn't be much green in the pattern either!)
So half time was a fairly tense 0-0.
The second half saw Stone take the initiative and after about 10 minutes drew first blood with a sharp cross that Doc managed to intercept only for it to bounce unkindly straight to Stone's best young player who rifled it in from short range. However, this provided just the spur we needed and after taking back the initiative, Barrie Sheldon slotted in an equaliser after a short corner.
The rest of the half saw chances for both teams and with the whistle going as Stone were about to take a short corner, visions of the last minute loss to Leek were on the minds of more than one player. Happily nothing came to pass thanks to a goal-line stop from Doc and the game ended in a 1-1 draw, which was a fair result played out by two evenly matched teams.
A great performance by everyone on the day, so MOTM goes to our super sub, Neil Ward's red shirt