After Tuesday’s disappointing loss and last Sunday’s no-show, today marked a welcome return to form for a re-jigged Dyslexics side. Missing no less than five first team regulars, an unfamiliar team put in a performance of flair and defensive solidity to overcome a so-so Bar 27 FC.
Missing Los Tres Mosqueteros, a side consisting of regulars Sam F, Dave, Moo, Tim and Sam S was supplemented by Matt K and debutants Si and Joe. Although some onlookers had their doubts about how the team would come together, the newcomers slotted into the team with minimal fuss, Si in particular impressing with his bag of tricks and a screamer of a goal for Dyslexics’ second. Joe put in a classy display in defence, drawing many admiring comparisons with Dyslexics’ other left footed defender Sam S, and Matt capped a good performance with a classy finish past Bar 27’s really quite good ‘keeper.
Dyslexics started on the front foot, creating a series of good chances in the first 10 minutes, all off which seemed to end whistling past the post. Eventually however, with the inevitability of the force of nature that he surely is, Sam F scored with a fine left footed strike, proving that despite his many faults, no-one can accuse him of not scoring a goal today. Sam S continued his fine start to his Dyslexics career with an all-round performance, one moment spraying perfect 40-yard balls to the front three, the next slaloming past two players only to see his shot so unluckily hit the post.
Moo did what Moo always does, which is combine great movement, great touches and superhuman workrate. Unfortunately for the young Manxman his shooting was a touch wayward today, which can only mean he’ll score 8 on Tuesday. Tim went gut-clenchingly close with a swirling right footed volley, and also managed to kick a man in the head, no mean feat considering the good six inches taller than him his opposite number was. Dave’s throwing was decent, and he was probably unlucky to concede with the last kick of the game, but that’s part and parcel of this great tapestry that is intramural football.
As the team gathered for the customary post match debrief/celebration, news (freakily predicted by Tim) filtered through of the tragic loss of Newcastle legend Gary Speed, and it was decided that today’s win would be dedicated to the memory of the first player to make 500 Premier League appearances. RIP.
This win sees Dyslexics cement second position in the league, and represents an encouraging resumption of normal service after the last week. Interesting to note is that the rood en zwart have now used 16 players in the sunday league and still only dropped points in one game, which shows both the depth of the squad and the strong ethic that courses through the team like water through a gorge, such that every member can play with every other member with no loss of fluency that would accompany similar changes in lesser sides. Wonderful stuff.