Match Fact: The Mahou Cervecería (brewery) was founded in Madrid in 1890 and is the official beer of Real Madrid C.F
FCB Bunwer faced high flying Cervezas Mahou on Saturday who soon realised that their Atlético Madrid styled kit wasn’t going to be enough to distract FCB from the job in hand. Although at times it looked as though the Brits had consumed one too many bottles of Mahou, they held firm with new found grit and determination this season to win 4-3 despite being reduced to 10 men 20 minutes from time.
Two penalties put paid to best laid Británico plans.
The cold had finally arrived in Madrid and with the changing of the clocks there was a general feeling that winter had arrived, except for last Sunday in a small Eden in north Madrid called La Elipa where the sun shone out creating a perfect day for football against one of the championship challenging teams for this season.
8th place FCB lined up against 2nd placed Dinamo Sport Madrid with a settled line up that had won one and drawn two of their last three games. Captain Hutchinson took his place between the post and a slight shuffle at the back saw defensive giant Pablo take a rest, Jack filling his place next to big Dave after missing the week before. Cool as a cucumber Christian moved out to right back while the man with dynamite in his boots Bruce settled in at left back. Handsome Irishman Andy moved forward to his more conventional left wing hoping to keep his scoring boots on with industrial tape. The feared partnership of Tomás and recent two time man of the match winner Josh took their familiar places in the centre of midfield while the sensational recent discovery Ben occupied the right flank. Goal machines Zac and Barry, numbers 10 and 9 respectively, made up what looked a very strong team backed up by Seba, Gabi, Fabi, Rob and Adam on the bench.
FC Británico started at a frightening pace which shook the Dinamo boys to their boots as first Barry beat three down the left flank before setting up Zac from 6 yards out and then the Scotsman himself had tough one on one chance, both in the first 10 minutes and both brilliantly saved by the impressive DSM ‘keeper. FCB did their best to keep the tempo high and play the passing game, moving the ball and playing in Dinamo territorial where possible, from the other side, knowing that the low sun was straight in the eyes of the Brits back five, and not able to find any way through Josh and Tomás in centre-mid, the Spaniards were playing a more long ball game without much success.
But the game was opened up on the half hour when a cross smacked into Tomás from the left by-line. Without pause the Referee had blown for a penalty, the men in white looked bemused while Tomás looked scandalised. With his arms by his side standing on the very edge of the box it was a very harsh call. With Tomás’ protests that the ball hit him in the ribs still buzzing in his ears, the arbi called for the DSM captain to take the pen, which was subsequently dispatched to Hutchinson’s right.
In the minutes to halftime both teams probed but with no cutting edge. Andy and Ben were working immensely hard on the flanks tracking back to help Bruce and Chris where possible before tearing forward on the attack.
The dressing room at halftime was a quiet place, but not due to the disappointment of going in 1-0, rather because of the grim determination etched on each player’s face that needed no words to back it up, each player new they could win this game, they were ready to take the game to the Spaniards in the second half.
It was not to be though, within 10 minutes it was 0-2, a good move down the Británico left flank resulted in a tantalising cross to the back post that saw the Spanish Captain rise high and power a header low to the ‘keeper’s right for his second goal.
This did not keep the White Knights down for long though as a wicked corner from the skilful Zac found Dave at the back post arriving like a Madrid Cercanias to power a bullet header straight back where it had come from, luckily Chris was on hand with a right footed hooked volley into the side netting to make it 1-2.
This was FCB’s moment to counterattack, put Dinamo under pressure, show them who the boss of Las Cocheras really is, but the plan fell to pieces on 70 minutes when another penalty for handball, smashed into the net by the Dinamo captain for his hat trick, and a low cross deflected in, both in the space of 5 minutes, put the game beyond Futbol club Británico.
A slightest glimmer of hope appeared when birthday boy Barry was sent away down the right channel of the 16 yard box, he steadied himself and stroked the ball into the far corner with his right foot. At 2-4 and 5 minutes to go the FCB boys were still fighting for every ball in midfield, clearing every ball in defence and running hard at goal up front. The introduction of Seba at right back had added extra steel to the back line, Gabi and Adam had come on for the now exhausted Andy and Ben and were using their pace well, while Fabi was introduced in Midfield to partner Zac, leaving Josh to protect the back four. The dozens of fans were in no doubt FCB were playing the better football , but it was to get worse as the Dinamo left winger cut inside skipping through some tired challenges and let loose a curling finish into the far corner beyond Hutchinson’s desperately grasping fingers.
2-5 it finished and although the score line does not suggest it, the game was very even, two handball decisions and good Spanish finishing did not FCB. It is a strong team which competed very well with one of the top teams in the league, netting a third of the goals that DSM has conceded all season.
The Británico boys will bounce back.
Match Fact: Navidul FC are named after a cold meat and ham business!
The Bunwer bandwagon headed south to Villaverde and, due to directional chaos, arrived at the ground late. Kick off was subsequently delayed and you could have been forgiven for thinking that this disorganisation would affect FCB’s preparations….it was not to be as the lads turned in a ‘jamon Serrano’ quality performance by notching 5 goals with no reply.
After the 5-5 draw at home last week to Liga Bunwer’s resident hatchet men, La Taberna de Pastor, FC Britanico made the trip south to face Navidul with renewed vigour and hunger to grab 3 points. Again, the 8am Plaza Eliptica meeting point proved its worth, and although the Scottish contingent arrived, admirably, 5 minutes early, the FCB faithful still had to make a hasty exit at half past the hour..allowing for only minimal warm-up time. Regardless, the team were boosted by the return of Rob in goals, Sean, the recent graduate Christopher Parker, and a string of other handsome Britanico men.
At the ground, the starting team lined up: Rob; Richard Kilroy Silk, Alessandro, Sean, Zayd; Nicolas, Chris Parker, Alexi Hyner, Emeka; Olivier the Maverick and Dave Hughes.
The plush Britanico bench featured: Chaz ‘Carlito’ Boy-le, Amar, Lil Chris Stradd, Barry ‘Bryan’ Watson, Pablo, Mike Ojo, Ben and Stuie + colourful onlooker Zack – sponsored by Skittles.
The game kicked off a little past 9am, and after a night of rainfall the pitch was fast and slick. This allowed for some quick passing and movement, and Dave was released on goal almost instantaneously before harshly being adjudged offside. Next, FCB patience and possession paid off as the ball was kept neatly by Chris, Alex and Nicolas as Emeka was given the time to control, swivel on the ball, and slash a shot into the bottom corner to put the handsome Brits 1-0 up. Thereafter, Navidul managed to retain the ball with composure, and put some passes together competently and efficiently. Their play was nearly rewarded as a free kick from 25yards crashed off Rob’s crossbar, only to go behind for a freekick. This was a warning for FCB yet they responded almost immediately through their maverick cheshire maestro, Olivier, as he chased a ball down, played a one-two with Emeka and followed his partner’s earlier finish with a similar one past the flailing goalkeeper. It was 2-0, and the game was effectively put to bed when Navidul had a man sent off 25 minutes in, perhaps unfairly, for reacting aggressively to an Emeka tackle. The ball was then played up to Olivier from the resultant FCB clearance, and after easily dispossessing a centre-half to square Nicolas in on goal, the Scottish wide-man coolly putting the ball into the net for his 2nd of the season (and 23rd assist). The rest of the half was played out with little events to note, the positives for FCB being that there was confidence across the whole team, and possession was being retained well. The penetration however was perhaps lacking in the final third though, and this was mentioned upon by the resident FCB tactician Lee Fletcher. Regardless, it was 3-0 at half time and the message was to continue as we were, and to put the game to bed as quickly as possible.
FCB were buoyed by the sideline appearances and support of club legends, Nick Hyner, Stu Gibb, and Diego…adding to the 19-strong squad that had been assembled by Rami on this sunny yet damp Saturday morning. As a consequence of the size of squad, Sean and Emeka made way for Pablo, and Ben in two straight swaps. It was time then for Nicolas to pop up with his 3rd of the season, as he converted a smooth left-side move across the face of the Navidul goalkeeper into the far bottom corner. After an exquisite finish like that, Navidul couldn’t respond, and were snuffed out time after time by the FCB defence. Silky cut out 3 continuous attempted through-balls, and after the third he released Ben down the right hand-side, and but for a poor offside decision, Britanicos would have found themselves 5-0 up. Alessandro, Alex, and Silky then all made way for Ojo, Chris Straddling, and Amar respectively. With 20 minutes left, the dominant Chris Parker jinked by his opposition man to play his tocaya, Mr Straddling, through on goal for a cool rounded finish. It was a well deserved goal for a tidy footballer who not 5 minutes previously was unlucky not to open his account for the season: shooting over from 18yards. As was typical of the game, the last minutes were played out uneventfully although Barry Watson made his debut with a late cameo. Five goals with no response was a very fair scoreline, and after the referee, who had a generally good game by Bunwer standards, blowed the whistle, Rami could finally rest easily.
Although some members of the squad didn’t make it on to the pitch, their support and presence is always influential and key to the team morale. Hopefully another 3 points next week will see the lads climb the table yet again, and the messages relayed at training will continue to resonate throughout the dressing room. Corners were dispatched with easily and calmly, putting into practice Fletch’s brutal tactical dictatorship, and across the pitch the ball was generally kept with composure and patience.
So until next week, enjoy Wednesday’s festivities lads, and lets move on to secure another 3 points against C. Mahou on Saturday.
MOM: Olivier the Maverick
FCB made the short trip to the La Elipa Polideportivo today to face LFC Deportivo. In the absence of manager Neil, Allan took charge of the side and named the starting line-up as follows:
Hutch, Pablo, Chris, Seba, Andy, Josh, Tomas, Adam, Zak, Ben, Barry.
Subs: Fabri, Gabi, Allan
The opening exchanges yielded few opportunities as both sides limited each other to shots from distance. After 15 minutes the score lined remained 0-0.
The first clear warning for FCB came when a low cross from the Deportivo left was met by their centre forward who fired wide.
Deportivo were not to be denied for much longer and, with their next attack, managed to shot past Hutch to make it 1-0.
It was not long before FCB replied. An in-swinging corner from Zak was headed home at the back post to restore parity.
The game became much more open and both teams began to enjoy more time on the ball and started to create more attacks.
In the end, it was a ball over the top of the FCB defence that brought about the next goal. After linking up with the left winger, the Deportivo striker found himself in the 18 yard box and shot high into the net.
FCB came back from behind again minutes later Barry was put through. Beating the offside trap, he managed to lift the ball over the advancing keeper for Andy jumping above the Deportivo defenders, to nod into the empty net.
FCB then took control of the game and enjoyed the majority of possession in the middle of the park. After patient build up play Ben, with a great through ball, was able to free Barry who dribbled the ball around the keeper and calmly slotted it away to make the scored 2-3 to the visitors.
Britanico’s looked to be going into half time in front but when a passing move broke down with 5 minutes to go, the LFC striker punished the sloppiness with an impressive far post strike.
FCB started the second half without any changes. Somewhat against the run of play LFC Deportivo took advantage of a lapse in concentration and took the lead for a third time in the match.
The rest of the second half saw the Britanico’s pinning in their opponents into their half as the looked for the equaliser. Shots were raining in on the LFC goal with Ben coming the closed when he manage to turn a defender inside the box and hit the post from a tight angle.
With the goal eluding the Britanico’s, Allan brought on Gabi into right wing and Fabri into the centre of mid-field. The fresh legs helped Britainicos exert yet more pressure on the LFC defence.
Finally the equaliser came around the 80 minute mark. A quick free kick from Zak could only be parried into the path of Fabri who coolly finished.
A resurgence from LFC opened the game up for the remaining 10 minutes of play and both teams had chances to steal all three points but it was to finish 4-4.
Man of the match: Josh