After a false start the previous week, Old Tiffs 1’s began their 2018 with a trip to Cheam to face Glyn Old Boys.

After a warm up of high knees, corner practice and Kieran’s favourite pass and point drill, the T’s were ready to get the new year going with a positive result. Unfortunately a nervous start followed as a number of a attempts of Manchester City style moves from the back were cut out by Glyn, who started fast and could have easily taken the lead but for goalkeeper Nadar and his defence making vital blocks and clearances.

Thankfully the purps rode the early storm, began to put together some great attacking moves and eventually took the lead. Along with heel flicks, the pre-game warm-up included some dangerous back post corners from Sandy and the returning Jimmy Evans-Rong, and this practice paid off, as one of Jimmy’s deliveries beat everyone including the keeper to make it 1-0. Tiffs began to create more chances after the goal and almost doubled the led with a wonder strike from Andy. Glyn clearly weren’t liking this pressure from the T’s and it showed as some heavy challenges began to fly in, with a particularly nasty one on Zach.

The second half was much the same with big tackles and chances at both ends, unfortunately Glyn headed in an equaliser from a corner. Thankfully this didn’t manage to dampen the purple’s spirt and it was 2-1 in no time. A whipped cross from Andy was headed towards goal by Tom, and after a fumble from the keeper Sandy squeezed the ball over the line.

Glynn then heaped more pressure on, but thanks to some saves from Nadar the lead stayed in tact. Their best chance came in the final few minutes when a cross into the box left an open goal for a Glyn player, however his mis-hit effort was headed out for a corner by Jermo… Jordan. The T’s had ridden another storm but deservedly held on for all three points.

How to celebrate the heroic victory? Pints of course.