Sunday 1st April 2007
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Abrahamian Revelling In
The Manic Experience
Chris Adams (C)
Cedric Robinson, Vishall Gunnoo, Ben Taylor, Andy Robinson
Manics were missing key trio Sarney, Wilson and Pike for today's
game versus the chemical farmers of Syngenta. However, cover
was on hand in the shape of experienced Manic, Simon Blay and
science teacher Vishall Gunnoo. Blay went straight into the
starting XI up front alongside Lee Blackman, whilst Gunnoo had
to be content with a place on the bench.
Manics began brightly, Ben Westwood making one terrific run
that concerned the Syngenta backline greatly, but he couldn't
get a decent shot away. After this initial outburst of energy
and good football, Syngenta then started to put the Manics under
pressure with long balls that swirled about in the wind. The
Manics defence, especially keeper Steve Dennaford, stood up
well to this onslaught, despite living dangerously on a couple
of occasions. Joel Curran was not caught staring into space
as he launched himself bravely to clear one goal bound effort
off the line. This "Curran Clearance" was a catalyst
for a period of ruthlessness that harked back to Manic days
A large hoof upfield by Dennaford was flicked on by Blay into
the path of speed merchant Blackman
who drilled an unstoppable drive into the corner of the net
with the outside of his right boot. Before the Manics could
feel the glee, they were 2 up. Penetrating down the right hand
side, Harry Clowse squirmed the ball to the red-haired maestro
Blay who lofted the ball over the
advancing keeper. By this point Westwood and Curran were dominant,
Blay was pulling the strings behind the lethal Blackman and
David Comper and Clowse were constant outlets down the wings.
It was Blay and Comper that were architects of the third and
decisive goal. Blay controlled a Dennaford goal kick perfectly
with his right foot, swivelled and played in the marauding Comper
who beat the full back to the by-line and drilled in a perfect
cross for Westwood to stab home
from close range. It was a deadly 5 minute period where the
game was won.
Things evened out for the remainder of the half with Manics
happily taking a back seat and soaking up the pressure offered
by their hosts. They were still dominant and did break forward
menacingly at times, Blay threading through Comper once more,
only to see the wiry winger felled by the keeper. Remarkably
the referee signalled only a corner and no penalty to the astonishment
of the Manics and supporters. So, the boys in blue had to be
content with just the 3 at half-time.
After the restart Syngenta seemed to put that extra 10-20% in,
which reminded the Manics that they were still in a game. Despite
this, they still carved open the better chances, with Blackman
and Clowse both coming close.
However, the Manics were given a massive wake-up call in the
2nd half when Syngenta broke clear and scored, only to see the
flag up on the far side. Relief was clear to see.
Blay was not having as much affect in 'the hole' in the second
half and began to tire, so it was no surprise that it was him
and David Comper, still feeling the affects of the keeper's
first half foul, that were replaced by Cedric Robinson and Vish
Gunnoo with half an hour remaining. Curran moved up front and
it was only moments before he had his first chance, a left foot
effort parried by the keeper. Blackman continued to threaten
and he saw a number of strikes flash wide. The carpenter was
hammering in shots from all angles and was unlucky to have only
nailed one by the end of the game. However an industrious run
by the leading scorer led to a goal at the back post for Gunnoo.
The scientist using all the laws of physics he could to get
something on the ball and steer it home.
Next to be removed from the field of play was the veteran Curran,
who had an excellent game both in midfield and in attack. At
this point, the game was all but settled. The back four were
now looking extremely comfortable; Judge had stopped his fouling
antics, Chris Adams was looking assured, whilst Bradley Gibson
at right-back was full of pace and purpose. It was left back
Henry Abrahamian that looked the most comfortable. Winning every
ball in the air and never losing possession, the big Armenian
was showing the likes of Curran how easy playing left back really
Manics made it five with seconds of play remaining. 5-0 for
the Manics on a beautiful spring day gave joy to us all. Prince
and Royal Oak drawing served only to stoke the embers of glee
that raged around the club further as the players supped sunshine
pints in the Farmer garden.
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Manics Man of the Match went to Henry Abrahamian
and Referee's Man of the Match went to Chris Adams.
to the fans who came to watch the game!
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