By – Sour
WARNING: THIS MATCH REPORT MAY INCLUDE GRATUITIOUS KEANU REEVES FILM REFERENCES
Here follows a tale of woe so woeful that neither Bill nor Ted could ever say “Woah!” enough to encapsulate what a “totally” un-Excellent Adventure this game was.
More after the jump.
If I were to play Devil’s Advocate, this game may have seemed like a Bogus Journey, in hindsight it was the start of a Chain Reaction that went from here through the Mellor cup game (report to follow) and carried through to the Norbury game in March, where the Knights started playing Hard Ball like Street Kings and took control of their own Premier 2 destiny.
It was a chilly day back in January with the weather Feeling Minnesota when the Stops made the trip north and east to take on your Newcastle Knights.
The squad looked like this: Michael in goal with Walker, Stewart, Hoskins and Warwick at the back. Maitland, Suddaby, Bland, Hannapel, Bryant and Johnstone ran the midfield with the attack consisting of Wheeldon, Woodrow, Webb and Gebhard. Higginbottom was in stripes on the last week of his lay-off following a hand injury in Sweet November.
The game started inauspiciously as the visitors jumped to a 4-0 lead on the back of some decent ball and off-ball movement and some good finishing.
From here though the game took a different slant with the Novocastrians pulling back to 3-4 on goals from Suddaby, Bryant and Gebhard, before a momentary lapse saw the visitors go into the quarter break 3-5 up.
The second saw the Knights emerge from the break as a tour-de-force, making it a series of Dangerous Liaisons for the visitors. With Hannapel and Maitland dominating the faceoff the visitors saw little of the ball, and only some profligate finishing prevented it being more than the 2-0 (Bryant and Gebhard) score line.
It was a case of witness the stereotype in the third as Stops claimed the quarter 1-3 (Bryant) which stretched their lead back to 2 at 6-8.
The game reached Point Break in the fourth at 8 -8 (Bryant and Gebhard) after a nice turn of Speed from Suddaby saw Gebhard converting on a well-executed fast break.
However the Revolutions kept coming and following a sustained period of home pressure the visitors went back up the field and scored a goal as flukey as the day. A weak shot took first a massive deflection off the crease attacker’s shoulder then as Michael readjusted and got a stick to the ball, he clipped it on to the post where it went down and back spun over the line. Gutting.
Despite the pressure exerted by the Knights for the remainder of the game, Stops managed to close it out, much to their delight.
As I alluded to earlier the loss of this game would be a Constant(ine) – sorry – thorn in the side of the Knights as they strove to maintain their Prem 2 status. It was also one of the last appearances in Silver and Black of our won Little Buddha Maitland, who if he hadn’t moved clear across the country to Liverpool might have proved the difference in the Norbury home game which went down to the wire.
Big noise must be generated for The Replacements; Tom Gebhard and Johnny Mnemonic Bland who came in and did a more than respectable job, and to the imperious Michael and Bryant who seems to take every break from Parenthood as an opportunity to terrorise opposing teams.
And one final comment from one of today’s hero’s films:
Suddaby - 1
Bryant – 4
For anyone who was counting, there were 1 film titles and yes, I deliberately avoided the Matrix series.
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