DAVID Vs. GOLIATH
This is not to suggest our very own Mr. Eckland is engaged in a physical altercation with the large hairy bloke next door, but to give some sense of the scale of the challenge awaiting our club on Wednesday 20th January. In more modern parlance it could be dubbed Crewe Alexandra versus Manchester United in the last four of the FA Cup. It's the realisation that only the 'big clubs' remain in the competition now. Except for one - Croxley - that small, friendly but slightly unfashionable club from the lower tiers, now drawn against a club that boasts genuine Champions League credentials and regularly wins trophies. Croxley vs. Amersham. The tie we have waited all season for, played at a neutral stadium (Field End) under floodlights from 7.45 pm. Goodness, it will even be televised! (if Zoom counts as a broadcast that is).
The team-sheet is now in. It was a difficult decision in many cases, but for such an important match it seemed wise to stick with our in-form players who helped us beat XRR and Harrow THREE TIMES in the qualifying rounds. We're relying on a pacy front three of Steve, Cat and Gordon to score against the odds, hoping that the latter's brush with Covid doesn't leave him gasping for breath with the goal at his mercy. We're expecting another solid defensive display from Mike B, and the dream pairing of George and Denise in midfield to support the strikers, hopefully chipping in with a goal of their own. We can look forward to some dazzling tricks and skills from Arron, the master of the unexpected, while we know David can almost single-handedly boss the game and produce a piece of magic when it counts. The ever-reliable Ant, playing somewhat out of his regular position with a landscape entry, and player-coach Stuart will loft in a high-ball or two from the flanks to puncture Amersham's defence and hopefully leave them kicking themselves for under-estimating us.
The match referee will be Martin Patten, a highly experienced official who can be relied upon to remain neutral throughout. To avoid the possibility of a draw and the match going into extra time, Martin has been tasked with awarding ONE image on the night with an extra half point, so that there can be a clear winner. So let's dust off those scarves and get behind our team, and fill up those seats on Zoom, in the hope that despite the Mute button we can urge our players onto victory!
Anyone wanting tickets is invited to get in touch with Stuart for the link (firstname.lastname@example.org) about a week before the game.
And for anyone who hates football and wonders what on earth they have just read, I apologise profusely!I am of course referring to the NW Fed Semi Final, where we can but hope for an upset, and for Croxley to progress to the Final where an even sterner test awaits. Anyone dare to dream with me?
External Competitions Secretary