1st April 2017, Bovingdon ‘A’, Away (League)
Global’s final away day of the season ended in a disappointing display against a much improved Bovingdon ‘A’ side on Saturday.
After clocking up an impressive late win at Potten End the previous weekend, the visitors’ arrived in fine fettle, despite the absence of several key men, including John Sheehan, Dave Green and James Felmingham who had reportedly been locked in a hostel style torture dungeon after previously escaping for his one outing since the turn of the year. Additionally, even the offer of some delightful free food and a glass of Merlot couldn’t tempt Dexter along for a run out, leaving Gaffer Gaines with a thin squad of twelve to pick from.
The main topic of debate in the changing room pre-match was whether to stick with the previous week’s ‘lucky’ red strip, or revert to their more traditional white number. Despite Carl’s protestations, and with the sun shining, Palmer’s incessant ‘good luck’ chatter about choosing the red kit won the day and Global strode out in short sleeves.
However, the visitors soon found out last week’s luck lasted no more than just the opening few minutes against a younger, sharper, and largely better Bovvy side. With the likes of their usual standard of player such as Macca on the side line, the new look home side were full of running and quick movement, which left Global chasing shadows early on.
So it didn’t come as a major surprise when the hosts’ took the lead. Bovvy’s striker picked up the ball in the middle of the park, no one in a red shirt closed him down, allowing him the freedom of Hertfordshire to run into, before rifling a low effort from the edge of the box into the bottom left corner of Rory MacDonald’s net. 1-0.
Despite falling behind early on, Global struggled to find any sort of response as the first half continued. Their only half chance fell to Ali Challans, whose shot from just inside the area was blocked by a Bovvy defender.
At the other end, the reds were firmly up against it as they struggled to clear their lines. A string of corners led to a couple of scrambled clearances as Global remained under the cosh. Fortunately for the visitors’, Bovvy’s gangly main striker was pretty much useless at anything involving the ball at his feet which helped to stifle the home side’s attacking threat.
Things soon went from bad to worse for Global as they conceded a second goal in somewhat comical fashion. A long punt up field (our old favourite) was flicked on towards a Bovvy forward. He missed the ball, and in doing so took three Global defenders out of the game as they all failed to connect with the loose round white thing. The forward was first to react, nipping onto the loose ball and slotting past the defenceless MacDonald in the reds goal. 2-0.
Global needed the interval to regroup, which handily soon arrived with no major mishaps or further chances of note along the way. The referee’s whistle was soon welcomed bringing an end to one of the worst halves of football we’d served up all season.
Half-time: Bovingdon ‘A’ 2 – 0 Global FC
After a serious pep talk about what a terrible colour red had now become, Global trotted out for the second half. Gaffer Gaines made his first change of the afternoon too at this point, bringing his brother Sam on in place of the blowing, 40 a day Hugo Thomas.
And if the visitors’ were to stand any chance of getting something from this match they needed to make a sharp start to the second half, including netting an early goal to unnerve the home side.
Typically, the exact opposite happened as Bovingdon collected a match clinching third goal within moments of the restart. Once again it was largely self-inflicted by Global as they only half cleared their lines from a Bovvy attack. A communication breakdown more in keeping with Southern Rail saw an unmarked forward left in the box, who was given the simple task of heading a cross past the stranded MacDonald. 3-0.
Bovvy’s cushion allowed them to take the foot off the gas, and for a short spell Global marginally improved. The largely isolated Chris Palmer had a couple of half chances, but he was still pretty much feeding off scraps as Global failed to create anything of note in the final third of the pitch.
Jimmy Hounslow and Danny Hunter were providing some threat down the flanks, but the visitors’ weren’t able to add an end product, with the best chance coming from a Hounslow cross which just eluded everyone in the Bovvy box.
And to be honest there was very little else of note as the home side saw out the game comfortably. With Global seemingly already on their summer break and chasing their tails for most of the afternoon the main danger was fast becoming sunburn rather than more goals in what soon fizzled out as a contest.
Next up are Tring Athletic ‘B’, and for Global hopefully this will see return to form, and white kit next weekend.
Full-time: Bovingdon ‘A’ 3 – 0 Global FC
Man-of-the-match: Rob Smith
Team: GK: Rory MacDonald, RB: Carl Fazekas, LB: Ben Gaines, CB: Jonathan Ward, CB: Rob Smith, CM: Simon Lucas (capt), CM: Ali Challans, CM: Danny Hunter, LM: Hugo Thomas, RM: James Hounslow, CF: Chris Palmer, SUB: Sam Gaines