Wednesday 5 August 2009

Behind closed doors

Many years ago I was in London for some reason and I had some free time in the afternoon so I decided to go and see a reserves match at Welling. It was pouring with rain and the Park View Road pitch couldn't cope. It was moved to the training ground and no one stopped me getting in.

These days we don't have a reserve team as such and any matches are played 'behind closed doors' at the training ground like yesterday's 6-2 demolition of Ebbsfleet United, who could well be in trouble in the Conference this season given their restricted budget.

However, keen Addick Clive Richardson managed to get in and I reproduce his notes here: 'Leading 2-0 when I left - first in about 15 mins, Waggy finishing from close range after (about the only bit of) good work by Dicko. Great save by our keeper on 20 mins kept us level at 1/2 time, though Waggy went close with two other chances and Wade Small looked threatening. [Trialist] Small made it two after 55 mins- clearance by our keeper to Jack Clark, and the left back played Small in with a great ball down the inside left channel. Good finish, sliding ball past advancing keeper.'

'Liam Bellamy impressive at right back, also the tall Jordan at centre-back with Yado. Stavrinou and Davisson busy in midfield, Waggy and 'Peter' doing well wide right and left. Small did well again, unlike Dicko, who spent a lot of time whinging/arm waving!' [But did score later]

I'm not quite sure who Peter is. Is Peter Garland being brought back or was it a run out for 'Reg' and another sign of an imminent takeover?

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