This was the big local derby game between Metro and Country. We had drawn last year and hoped to go one better. The weather conditions were outstanding and unfortunately as it turned out, so were Metro. They were strong in all the areas we were weak in - especially midfield and forward.
They scored once in the first half and then within 5 minutes of the second half - one field goal and one penalty corner. We tried to stem the flood - successfully - for another 15 minutes until the telling moment when we were awarded and scored a penalty flick. 2-1 with 15 minutes to go. Unfortunately one of our defenders deflected a ball going past the post into the goal - yes, it was I! I was told by the centre forward I had been marking (in more ways than one) that it couldn't have happened to a nicer guy. Oh dear.
Result 3-1 down and a fair result.