MRM were pitched in a crunch game against Jossy’s Giants last night. Sadly they turned out not to be a bunch of scruffy northern kids, but actually by far the best sides MRM have faced this season.
For anyone too young to remember the kids tv show Jossy’s Giants, here’s the opening credits. Classic.
First order of the match report is to name and shame…. again.
This week we had two late drop outs:
Tom Greenless. Excuse – A meeting that he would “try to re-arrange”. Last seen walking out of the building with a couple of other people very much looking like they might be going to the pub.
Giuseppe Momandi. No excuse given. Last seen working.
With only four players available Jeremy bravely stepped up despite being jet-lagged and having no kit available. Not good preperation for a game against the side currently top of the table.
with few options available for the team Neil offered to go in goal and performed admirably for someone who has never donned the cursed MRM goalkeeper gloves before, though the first half saw him concede three. Two were well worked goals from the opposition and one a howler from Abs who, while trying to pass the ball back to Neil, placed the ball firmly past Neil and in to the corner of the goal. Not even Le Chat in his pomp would have been able to stop this own goal.
MRM had their first spectator of the season with Jack’s missus somehow persuaded to watch. She had seen Jack play at Wembley recently, surely no comparisan to the Top Corner pitches round the back of Southwark Tube Station.
There was one glimmer of magic for her to enjoy in the first half when Jeremy scored his first of the season, with an ruthlessly instinctive half volley in to the far corner. Moments later Jeremy was showing his caring side as he decided to stop to help up the Jossy’s defender he had just kicked to the floor rather than go after the pass that would have put him through on goal.
MRM did well in the first half and but for a couple of “if only” incidents the 3-1 score line might have favoured MRM.
The second half saw Jack and Dom grab a goal each, both calmy taken after good work through the midfield, to stay in touch with the opposition. But despite some good work the lack of substitutes eventually showed and with tired legs MRM slumped to an 8-3 defeat.
There were positives from the game. Neil commented from the back that some of the players seemed to raise their game against better opposition and there was a definite feeling that with a full strength squad Jossy’s Giants are a beatable side.
MRM have already been lifted for next weeks game by news from the team physio that Le Chat (ankle and wrist) and Lyndon (back) are fit and available for selection next week. If aloof striker Leighton, a last season regular goal scorer, were also to declare himself available the team management would be left with a selection headache of who to drop rather than who is available.