Sunday 8th February 2015, Ernest Bevin College
Report by Harry Low
Seven second half goals could not save Supernova 2 from slipping to a second defeat in three matches as they were beaten by Bec Youth.
As the sun shone through the Ernest Bevin roof, the visitors were soon 2-0 down. However, a runner from Pippa M, who impressed on her second team debut, and a long shot from Simon saw the visitors draw level.
Captain Ross scored the first of what would prove a fruitful afternoon for him before Bec Youth scored the final two goals of a low-scoring first half to lead 4-3. Nicola, Femke and the Pippas B+M deserve credit for switching so well to keep the opposition attack at bay.
After the restart, Simon and Ross both bagged their second goals of the afternoon to put Supernova 5-4 in front but Bec scored three on the bounce before your correspondent converted a penalty.
Ross completed his hat trick to make it 7-7 and both sides jostled to take the lead, trading blows just as Tyson did when taking on Holyfield (minus the ear biting).
Neil’s first goal of the afternoon and Ross’ fourth was sandwiched by Bec goals before Bec pulled away in the closing stages to move the score from 9-9 to 12-9.
Although the visitors had nearly twice as many efforts as their opponents, the Supernova shots would not drop and Bec clung on to win by two despite a second goal from your correspondent.
The result means Supernova miss the chance to climb one place to second in London Regional League 2 while Bec Youth have won four on the bounce.
Reports suggesting that the result is part of a second team strategy to lull the third team into a false sense of security ahead of the upcoming showdown between the sides have been played down by officials at the club.
“When the sun is shining, we eat ice cream,”an anonymous source (not chocolate) said. “However, our skin also burns so we will no longer be eating ice cream”.
Photographer: Richard Moorhouse (who took our instructions to “break a leg” whilst skiing a little too literally). We hope to see you back on court soon.