By - Sour
Chris Rea's 1989 rock classic "Road to Hell" describes meeting his mother's ghost by a road and her rant at the continuing impoverishment of the "Third World" (20th century term) by their crippling foreign aid loan repayments.
There were neither ghosts nor loans yesterday as the boys pulled on their black and silver for the first time this term, but I have heard Hull described as a "Less Economically Developed Area" (21st century term). Luckily nobody appeared to have dengue fever or rickets, and there weren't many flies.
A Knights squad of 13 featuring 6 new players, and a one legged Frenchman in goal made the trip south and east in to a low autumn sun to arrive sufficient time to get lost in Tescos and still make it to the ground for a full warm-up.
The first quarter ended up 3-2 to Hull after the Knights jumped out to a 2-0 lead on the back of 2 Andy Ford tallies, and then as confidence sky rocketed quality deteriorated. As Newcastle looked to score at every possible opportunity their shot selection was poor and one attempted killer pass after another was picked off or thrown out of bounds giving Hull the possession they needed to get themselves back into the game.
A stirring end of quarter speech by Doc Webb saw the boys in silver pick themselves up, and a change in tactic on the faceoff saw hull relegated to scraps of possession for the next half of the game as Higginbottom thwarted the push and forced Hull’s #10 to push the ball back to the onrushing Standiford who must have finished with about 1,000 groundballs.
A series of individual efforts from Lacey saw the knights back into the lead, but it was when the knights were dodging to feed that they looked their best with several great team goals on inside looks stretching the score to 8-4 at the half.
The third quarter followed a similar pattern until Hull’s faceoff man changed tack again, but combined nous and brutality of Higginbottom and Standiford still saw the Tynesiders coming up with possession for the rest of the game. Finishing three periods ahead 11-6 the old “third quarter maxim” was again proved true as the knights proceeded to kill off the game for the final 20 minutes coming up with a 13-6 victory.
Following a healthy slice of banter and the coldest showers known to man the victorious men from Newcastle hit the Hull SU and put their voting caps on for the inaugural MGB of the year wit the winners coming out as follows:
Man Kyle “I’m playing every week” Standiford
Goon James “I’m such a banana” Woodrow
Bag Kyle “ok well you’re the ref” Standiford
All in all a successful day for the Knights and Kyle in particular picking up a coveted double and about 1,000 groundballs.
A few quotes from the journey back and evenings beveragery follow – not all of them relevant to the game.
MW: “Good day”
AH: “All seems right with the world”
JW: “No, I wasn’t on an internet date!”
MW: “Not one c&%t on the team”
JW: “Can’t have any gin, I’ve got the car”
MW: “Big personality”
AF: “ I walk like a penguin” (whilst showing what he means with his hands)
MW: “I may be going home a w%$£er, but at least I won’t be going home a loser”
Steve Warwick *
Phil Elwood *
Kyle Standiford *
Rob Corr *
Andy Higginbottom 1G
Nick Lacey * 3G
Mark Webb 1G
Andy Ford 3G
John Wheeldon *4G
* denotes debut
(NB scorers might be incorrect)
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