5th November 2016, Bovingdon ‘A’, Home (League)
Global were denied a third consecutive victory by a last gasp Bovingdon equaliser on Saturday.
After grinding out away wins over Langleybury and Welwyn St Mary’s in their previous two encounters, Global returned to London Colney in better form after a prior tough run of results. Their visitors Bovvy turned up in decent league form also, with a large squad and the ever vocal Macca in tow. Their squad also included Rob’s fat mate, although Rob’s ongoing ankle injury ruled out a brief encounter with his best chum.
Following a week off for John Sheehan’s wedding, Global were always liable to make a slow start, and so it proved. Bovvy were quick out of the blocks as the home side struggled to find their rhythm. However, Jon Ward and Tom Jackson were in imperious form as the visitors’ struggled to find a way through the home side’s defence.
Things weren’t clicking for Global going forward either. Chris Palmer was being left isolated as the home side struggled to push forward as a unit, despite the best efforts of Rory, Ben and Jimmy as the trio behind the Global front man.
What was rapidly turning into a fairly drab encounter needed a moment of magic to lighten it up, and the newly wedded Sheehan promptly delivered it. Carl Fazekas won the ball on the right hand side and drove forward. His pass found Palmer inside the box. He was unable to find space to shoot, but the ball broke kindly to Sheehan, who curled a beauty with his left foot from the edge of the box into the top left corner of the net. A great strike. 1-0.
Sheehan’s impressive finish seemed to fire up Bovvy, and they stared to pile forward at every opportunity. The home side resorted to conceding a number of fouls close to their own penalty area as the visitors started to turn the screw. The pick of the challenges saw Carlos scythe down the left winger on the edge of the box, earning himself a yellow card in the process.
However, for all their pressure Bovvy were kept at arm’s length by the defence and the inspired Dave Green, who pulled off a couple of fine stops to keep Global in front as the interval approached.
The rest of the first half passed with little action / excitement, and Global took a narrow lead into the interval.
Half-time: Global FC 1 – 0 Bovingdon ‘A’
From the outset of the second half, Bovvy were largely on top. However they continued to be denied a clear cut chance thanks to some strong defending and the fine form of Greeny between the sticks.
At the other end, Global were creating very few chances to stretch their lead. Palmer fired a half chance wide and a couple of corners failed to produce the crucial second goal the home side needed.
The second half continued to be a lot of thud and blunder, with no great quality on show from either side. Global continued to be pegged back deep in their own half as Bovvy looked to stretch them. The pressure increased as the visitors’ made a triple substitution, which injected new life into their attack, which was proving effective against Global tiring legs.
As they entered injury time, Bovvy were throwing everything forward, and Global’s defensive resilience was finally, and unfortunately broken. The back line had cleared a corner, but it broke to Bovvy’s centre half. No one closed him down quickly enough, but handily his limp effort on goal broke to their nippy forward inside the box. Despite Greeny’s efforts to clean him out he coolly slotted home and the visitors’ celebrated like they’d won the world cup. 1-1.
The equaliser was literally the last kick of the game, and both sides had to settle for a point. A lot for Global to work on, but being unbeaten in three games gives them plenty to build on as the season progresses.
Full-time: Global FC 1 – 1 Bovingdon ‘A’
Man-of-the-match: Dave Green
Team: GK: Dave Green, RB: Carl Fazekas, LB: Gregor Marshall, CB: Jon Ward, CB: Tom Jackson, CM: Simon Lucas (capt), CM: John Sheehan, CM: James Hounslow, RM: Ben Gaines, LM: Rory McDonald, CF: Chris Palmer, SUB: Hugo Thomas