|Bar Galicia Villaverde||1||2||2||Loss|
It was the beginning of the more competitive and lucrative Clausura championship in the BUNWER league. Still the one title yet to etch the name of Futbol Club Británico on it. The lads were in buoyant spirits after last weeks championship winning display. Tunes were in full flow courtesy of Omar, Rami & Flecky were the new Del Boy and Rodney in their new camouflaged (extra tight) tracksuits and G was handing out new kits to anyone he could find in the Las Cocheras arena. This is about as exciting as it got for the lads as little did we know that we were about to embark on 99 minutes of some pretty bad football, a lot of dodgy refereeing decisions (and that’s being polite) and even more ‘wooing’ still yet to come!
The Brits kicked off with a change in formation and the most notable absentee being captain marvel Calum Cant. Reasons for his absence can’t be disclosed YET but his fate will rest in the hands of the fine committee and the double-headed Venezuelan coin that lives in Mr Prices wallet.
The new look 4-4-2 looked threatening on Fleck’s magnetic board but that’s about as scary as it got for the stern and solid opposition who packed their defence and midfield in ‘The Flying V’ formation to block any sort of momentum the Brits tried to gain throughout the opening 15 minutes.
The opening goal of the game went the way of the visitors from a lapse in concentration from a corner, the 2nd ball was smashed home and FCB were in uncharted territory. Being behind doesn’t happen very often and the Villaverde outfit made it their mission to shut up shop and protect their 1 nil lead until the bitter end. This remained the case in a slow and uneventful first half which only saw Josh Weeks substituted due to a nasty twist of his ankle. This left mastermind duo Lee Fletcher and Rami aka. Mike Bassett to mix things up and look for a solution in the 2nd half. Would it be the trusted 3-5-2 or the favourable Christmas tree formation 4-3-2-1. Surprisingly it was the latter and in stepped game changer ‘Rob Devall’. Rob more established for his fine smash and touch on the Padel court was soon to deliver a solid box to box midfield job without Fleck even wanting him to get on the ball.
With the messages still ringing in the lads ears from the half-time team talk, the boys came out in search of a turn in fortunes and applied the pressure straight away. The introduction of Vico added an extra bit of dynamism to the FCB forward-line and this led to a series of fouls being committed by the opposition to stop up us in our tracks. One of which was clearly in the oppositions penalty area but a free-kick was given on the edge of the box by the shady referee. Justice was soon to arrive when ‘Joe con limon Price’ rifled his strike through the helpless goalkeeper. 1-1 and a shift in momentum was in the air. One soon became two shortly after, when a set-piece dropped at the feet of Jose María Chema who coolly slotted in through a flurry of players with a swinging left foot like he’d been doing it his whole career. However, this was his first FCB goal and boy did he enjoy it. A classy celebration followed by running off to share it with management and the barmy army on the sidelines! Chema still fuelled with adrenaline from his goal was brought straight back down to earth with a second yellow card and was given his marching orders. That being his second red of the season. Two soon became three shortly after some neat foot work in the middle of the park by EQ led to him curling one home from distance. A fierce effort, albeit catchable for most porteros was effectively thrown into his own net and the Británico lads turned away in elation. The job done? Not just yet!
Arbitro (RB) thought he’d take matters into his own hands and make the game more interesting for the spectators by giving Harry his marching orders with a second yellow card for winning the ball back – what’s a player supposed to do? What faced the Brits was a final 20 minutes protecting a 2 goal lead at 3-1 but with 9 men.
Villaverde pulled one back late on with another goal mouth scramble from a set-piece undoing the home team. A few more changes saw the introduction of Omar and JJ to solidify the back-line. Captain for the day Joseph Simmons set a good example with his passion and leadership qualities helping get every ounce of energy out of the lads until the very end. The players dug deep and a few last ditch tackles, 9 minutes of extra time (Fergie time) some pretty awful finishing and a string of fine saves from Jorge led to us holding on to see out the win. 3 points on the board all the same and we move on to game week 2 – Cervezas Mahou away. #puteggs
FCB stats of the week – Chema now has more red cards than goals for FCB. Greg aka ‘The fridge to Josh’s freezer’ has more red cards than minutes on the pitch in the Clausura championship.
Man of the Match: Rob Deval
Goal of the Match: Joe 'con Limon' Price
Dick of the Day: Harry & Chema for falling into each other and the ball going out of play