OTFC 1-3 Old Thorntonians IIIs
In the immortal words of the Inbetweeners: It’s hot. Might be too hot. Might be.
It was the beginning of a new season for Old Tiffinians 1s after promotion to the heady heights of the Intermediate South division. Little did they know that the temperature in this league would hit 34 degrees. Thankfully huge summer signing “the gazebo” arrived and was hastily erected pitch-side, much to the joy of Tim Robini who shouldered aside sweating players to set up camp underneath.
The game started well for the purps with Tom Scott bursting on to a through ball only to be denied by the onrushing keeper. 5 minutes later and the situation repeated itself – this time Tom couldn’t miss. 1-0. Josh White swung a dipping cross-come-shot that was tipped over the bar and Tiffs were dominant. That is until a rare counter attack led to a Thorns corner, and their winger did his best Colin Avery impression by dipping a delivery just under the crossbar and into the net. “Keep the ball” was the cry, “there’s a long way to go”. Tired minds took over and the purps gave the ball away from kick off and immediately conceded a second. Definitely too hot.
From then on, the game was a sweaty, tired mess. Tiffs wanted to press but couldn’t run, wanted to pass but couldn’t muster the final ball. There were a handful of chances before Thorns once again broke and delivered the final blow. 3-1. Loads of positive play, mostly by Jordan and Jamie, and if it wasn’t for global warming the result may well have been different. Onwards and upwards.