Last night all 14 sides did battle and many are counting the cost of more than lost points.
We begin our review with League Leaders Swindon Devils. Unbeaten in their opening 3 games had them top of the summit albeit early doors and they entertained, also unbeaten in their 2 games, Stackington.
It was the away side who took the lead and went into half time ahead, but a dressing down found the leaders back at it in the second half. Dutch striker Van Nistelrooy grabbing a brace to put the Devils ahead. The visitors weren’t done yet as they equalised. Heads didn’t drop though and Emerson grabbed a winner.
The Devils are now the only unbeaten side in the division.
Post match Devils boss commented “We knew it would be tough and sometimes you do not look at your own team and see what went wrong, you just congratulate the opposition. I am delighted for the lads though. Showing character as well as quality”
Next up was Stapenhill’s visit to Ferkham and an utterly dominant display from the away side. Their task was made easier when Lucio picked up 2 very early yellows and was back in the bath in just 17mins.
Ferkham held on til half time at 0-0 but 2 goals from both Gerrard and Morientes plus a fifth had the visitors run out 5-0 winners.
Post match the visiting boss said “The red had a massive affect on the game but it’s all about taking that advantage and we definitely did that, and absolutely, we’re going to kick on from here I know it, the dressing is a very happy one at the moment”
3rd on our list was an exciting game between Apollo and Sloths. The home side were ahead after just 7 minutes but the talented Tontin Zola Moukoko levelled up after 15mins.
After half time Denilson picked up an injury from the home side and Sloths keeper Dida was doing everything possible to ensure the draw with a string on fine saves.
An 87th minute however went in and it was the home side who took the 3pts.
Next up is the Hoddesdon v Palmerthinaikos match, where just about everything went wrong for the visitors. Already 2-0 down, Claudio Lopez then got a red before half time.
More dominance had the home side score again and win 3-0.
Post match the Hoddesdon boss gleamed “Delighted with the performance. We are finding the net regularly and another clean sheet is pleasing. I’m really hoping we can mount a serious title challenge this season”
Match 5 was a dramatic encounter between Btec Troopers and Football Mono. The visitors took the lead on 10mins and after half time it got worse for Btec as Flavio was taken off injured.
It was not all good news for the visitors though as first Willy Sagnol got taken off injured and then sub Gerard (who came on for Flavio) scored an 85th minute equaliser.
Here are the Troopers boss post match comments “Flávio is a big loss for the team but it will give some of the boys a chance to come in and show us what they can do
Fantastic character and unlucky to what to win in the end when we hit the woodwork. It does show the boys continue to work hard until the final whistle
It was fantastic to see Gerard come and score the equaliser he has been working hard all week and came on today and reaped his rewards. All credit goes to Gerard for showing us what he can do when given the chance.”
Our penultimate game was the highly anticipated game between Hooligans and Halle and two of the most characteristic bosses in the league.
The visitors ran out 2-0 winners and the hosts also loss Ronaldinho to injury.
After thd game Hooligans boss commented “Well I think I may feed my players with viagra because we have a impotent attack. Three matches and 0 goals by forwards make me disgusted.
Ronaldinho is a great loss indeed, one of the few players who deserves to wear our colours. Things must change here and I promise it will.”
Our final game was SLF v Teemore.
A late Batistuta winner gave the visitors the lead and it saved the blushes of skipper Vieri who missed a host of chances again.
The table looks like this with all the teams that have played a game less playing tonight.