Tantallon 1 – Westbridge Villa 2

Starting 11 vs Westbridge Villa

#YellowAndGreen

Substitutes: Cannon, McGinley, McNab, Moses,

Goals: McQuade

A game in which…. a couple of new faces made their dayboo and we said tara a bit to a good friend and player.

The break sucks, eh? End of the season and last couple of games you just want a break. Sometimes you think about chucking it all together.  First weekend with no game. You go out for a bevy on the Friday night. You enjoy your first lie in on a Saturday for a while. You do something with the missus or kids. Free from football for a few weeks. Bliss.

By Tuesday night you are on the phone to your pals, “AHM CHOKIN’ FURRA GEMME MAN! SEE IF WE KIN JUST GET ANOTHER CENTRE HALF MAN?”.

The grassroots merry go round slows, but never stops does it?

Our first pre-season game came after a few weeks hard work on the training pitch with credit due to the lads who were out biking and running as well to get fit as possible for the start of a new campaign – although Richie McQuade was doing those things cos he’ll need to do them all the time when his driving ban kicks in.

We took to the field in our new yellow and green Black Country away kit which Frank at PSL has done a brilliant job with. As the Monday prior to the game had marked the anniversary of the death of Laurie Cunningham we chose to mark it by having our new right back Stephen Cunningham wear the number 11. The heat was as stifling as it would have been at times for Laurie playing in the Santiago Bernabéu for Real Madrid as the game  kicked off against Villa.

See before I started this – I probably should have phoned a couple of the boys cos the actual game I can’t remember that much about. I can remember the goal. A bit. John Neeson won the ball out on the right and played a perfect pass through to Richie McQuade who motored past the last man to put the ball in off the far post. Villa equalised with a free kick where some pre-season rustiness saw it slip through the wall. Villa were to go ahead in the second half through a penalty that we we’rent very happy about particularly Chris Reilly who seemed very upset which is strange cos normally he’s the quietest guy on the park…

There were two players making their dayboo in the match – Darren Shearer in goal who played for Bridge FC and 16 year old Andrew Cannon who came on in the second half at wide right. Darren looked solid between the posts and young Andy showed some ability and some neat touches.

Leaving The PSL Teamsports Arena for pastures new is Andy McNab who is off to America to coach a ladies team. Andy was a fearsome player for The Tally at times with his tough tackling and almost God-like ability in the air. Andy was a great guy to have at the club who cared about the team and wanted to be as involved as he could. He always asked for feedback and last season he destroyed a couple of defences for us in games. He will be very much missed at the club as a guy and a player. All of us wish him well and he know’s our door is always open (which is how they £500 match balls got stolen last year).

Despite the defeat (AGAINST A TEAM CALLED VILLA :/) there were many positives to take out of the game for the team. We defended well when we had to and showed flair going forwards.

Moment to savour… Wee Quado’s goal was a lovely finish but the triangle down the left wing that resulted in a Ross Lewicki shot on goal was sublime. He missed it by the way.

Head in hands moment… The absolute total and utter mind bending realisation that Richie had turned up on time for a game. Actually he was three minutes early. I nearly collapsed.

On the sidelines… Cheers to Robert Burns and Wee Beastie for coming up to watch the game and also to Chris McGinty of Whinhall United who came down as well. We’ve got you next mate – see you Saturday!

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