On an evening where those who were ready to challenge Swindon Devils stood up and made statements, the Super League offered great value entertainment on and off the pitch again.
Hoddesdon were first to put the pressure on the League leaders with a resounding 4-1 win over SLF.
They got off to the perfect start with Michael Owen opening the scoring on 8 minutes.
Crespo would level for the strugglers but that was as good as it got as Patrick Vera, back from his ban, grabbed a quick fire double to send the hosts into half time 3-1 up.
Right back John Curtis added a fourth in the second half.
Here are Hoddesdon boss post match comments “Delighted with the win. Big pat showed his determination to pay back the team after his sending off with a quality brace. Pat, Little mickey Owen and Clarence were superb today. Happy with the start to the season so far. Hoping we can maintain our current form!”
Next up was Palmerthiakos, who won on an entertaining visit to Ferkham.
The home side went 1-0 up on 20 mins through Fernando Torres before the wheels began coming off.
Ashley Cole was taken off injured but they stood firm til half time going in 1-0up.
Defender Luliano picked up a red early in the second half and conceded a penalty, which the visitors converted before grabbing a 71st minute winner to keep them in the early title picture.
Post match The Palmers boss had this to say “Key moments change games. We had Lady Luck on our side today which was missing in our 2-2 draw with Teemore. Delighted to move up the table, surely a home game next, if we can win our next game we can consolidate our place in the playoffs”
Halle were buoyed by the signing of Stephen McPhee from The Devils on a season loan, but their new forward had to watch from the bench in the preverbial game of two halves.
Rapid Apollo were the hosts and cored both an early and late first half goal to go into the break 2-0 up.
Rockets must have been fired at half time as Halle looked a different beast.
They pulled one back on 54 minutes before the impressive Barry Ferguson scored an 84th minute equaliser.
The Halle boss addressed the media https://twitter.com/HalleFC1/status/943228659682430976?s=09
So to the leaders, Swindon Devils. They had their 3rd home game in a row as they took on Stapenhill and went 1-0 through Pedro Munitis, who has been subject of transfer interest from the same opposition.
Ronaldo equalised on 14 minutes before player of the month Larsson put the home side back in front.
Influential attacker Totti again equalising before half time.
The second half found more saves from the impressive Frey in the Devils goal before Arnold Bruggink (making his first appearance of the season) and a second for man of the match Munitis earnt the 3 points and kept the undefeated run going.
Post match Devils boss conceded “last season we would have lost that. It shows progression. That is the main positive I take. Seb was immense, Arnold too and Pedro – best game in a Devils shirt”
Rocket Sloths were the main falters in the title picture as they slipped deep into the bottom half of the table with a shock 4-1 defeat away at Football Monologue.
Christian Chivu scored a 6th minute penalty conceded by De Boer, who was later sent off for a second yellow.
A flurry of goals for the ten man side turned the game on its head however.
Aimar scored between two Henry goals to put Mono 3-1 up and Zlatan Ibrahimovic had a goal disallowed before a fourth went in.
Next up for the Sloths, SDCMFC at home.
Sloths boss had this to say “We had a stinker. That happened. No one covered themselves in glory, and to be fair, Dida covered himself in shit.
Form does worry, we are therefore actively looking at bringing in some new faces
SDCMFC is a very good team and we need to step up and perform at our best. I will ring some changes in the team, and hopefully this horrible defeat will be a catalyst for change.
The Dida situation will be dealt with, as all internal situations should; in public. He had been fined and will be dropped from the first team. I am furious at his performance!”
The penultimate game of this review is the inconsistent Hooligans vs Teemore Shamrocks.
Luis Figo picked up an early injury for the visitors and another penalty appeal was turned down for the home side (believe that to be their 5th not given this season) 0-0 at half time.
A 74th minute winner was scored by the visitors to take the 3pts back home.
After the game there was one topic not discussed “I prefer to not talk about the penalties anymore. A guy in FA warned me that they are going to punish my team even with red cards on next matches if I dont stop complaining. So lets go to the next subject cause we have enough problems so far.
Well I think that was a very close match. Shamrock has a stellar team, an unbelievable pair of strikers on Batigol and Vieri and still I believe we played better and created more. But they also have Gigi Buffon which was insurmountable and found that late goal. Disappointed with the result but the team fought hard and only circumstances out of our reach denied us the victory against a team I believe is a contender for the title.”
Our final game had another late winner.
Btec entertained Stackington and the home side were dealt some harsh blows.
First key defender Kovac was sent off in the first half before influential defender Mexes was taken off injured.
To make it worse, Stackington got an 87th minute winner from star man Shevchecko, leaving the home side looking down more than up.
Btec boss spoke post match “We do have some issues now with mexes out injured and kovac suspended but I feel Andersson and Helguera will be able to come in and do a job.
Our league position is starting to worry me we played well today but the red card and injury derailed us. We will continue to work hard and hope we can turn things around in these next few games.”