CHAIRMAN’S BLOG – SUNDAY 30TH JANUARY 2011
Yesterday I got the phone call that used to thrill me but now sends a shiver down my spine. “We’ve only got 11, you’re named as sub and can you line? Our firsts were playing Sandhurst - leading the table and unbeaten in the league all season. Naturally I feared the worst but – as I arrived three or four minutes after kick off – our “young” striker Martin Tytherleigh (50 last July) was just putting us 1-0 up with an impressive lob. Sandhurst were good with excellent movement up front – but Icklesham held firm in the first half and also had a couple of good chances to go further ahead.
I started to change into my kit at half-time but without any desire to play and any expectation of being needed other than because of injury. We started well in the second half and Phil Badrock who had spurned a couple of 1 on 1 chances, finished neatly about 10 minutes into the half. Sandhurst were still threatening – Alfy Weller in goal for us made a number of important saves – but then the unbelievable happened when George Richardson nodded home from a Jon Fitton free-kick to put us 3-0 up with about 25 minutes to go.
3-0 up became 3-1 up when Sandhurst got a scrappy goal and then with around 15 minutes still to go they brought it back to 3-2 with a sweet volley. The game was now very open and both sides had opportunities in the last few minutes. I would say Icklesham held on but it really wasn’t like that as we played excellent football and held the ball well to get an outstanding result. I have played for or watched Icklesham since 1974 and I can rarely remember a game where all 11 players played so well and put in so much effort. A fantastic effort and a deserved win.
My contribution? I wasn’t needed on the pitch but I took plenty of stick as linesman…..