On a cold and sleety afternoon, SBLHFC 1s took to Fortress Chissie to take on London South Bank 1s.
With the wind howling against them, Bart's started slowly. LSB were clearly up for the fight and forced Bart's into some sloppy play before peppering the Bart's goal with efforts from all over the pitch. However, Bart's held firm with Hleb and Ivanovic making vital interceptions.
BL then improved and started to get in behind LSB at will with Todd unlucky not to score twice after cutting in from the left. The half ended evenly at 0:0.
With the wind now with us and half time words to 'keep the fucking ball' still ringing in our ears, Bart's started energetically and took the lead when a long in swinging free kick from Berg went all the way in. Having never scored before, Berg was bemused as to what to do next. Classically, he minced around like a chicken trying to emulate Shearer.
With the wind now in our sails (get it?!), Bart's dominated the rest of the half and after the oppo keeper went off with a hamstring strain and was replaced by a diminutive sub, Bart's scored again with Solksjaer rifling in at the near post.
Despite a small blip near the end of the game, BL held on for another win and now adding a clean sheet to our impressive start to 2013 that sees us rise to 3rd in BUCS!
Hleb Berg Ivanovic Delap
Kinkladze Karagounis Asim Todd
Bart's continued their fine start to 2013 with a spirited performance at home to Royal Holloway 1s.
Bart's started strongly and pressed RHUL across the pitch putting their defence under great pressure. Karagounis had a decent shout for a penalty turned down, when the ball appeared to strike a RHUL defender's arm, before a lovely one two between Ehiogu and Stead opened up the RHUL defence. After Stead challenging the keeper, the ball fell into the path of Asim who showed great composure to roll the ball home from 7 yards.
RHUL grew into the game as the half drew on and created several half chances. Eventually, they equalised when an incisive through ball between Berg and Delap was latched onto by their onrushing right mid to sweep home.
After the break, the game remained fairly even, but with RHUL seeing a little too much of the ball for comfort and carving out some decent chances. As such, Bart's switched to a 4-5-1, with Todd and Carr entering the fray to add some width.
Bart's then grew far more into the game and took control of midfield, but could not find the required end product, with Todd going close and Kinkladze firing wide with Delap animalistically screaming for the ball in a good position.
The game ended one apiece, which was probably a fair reflection of the game. A very solid point against a strong LUSL outfit, well done to all involved!
Hleb Berg Ivanovic Delap
Asim Souza Karagounis Kinkladze
+ Eastwood, Todd, Carr
After the snows parted, Bart's made the 2 hour trek to the garden of England, Canterbury to play Canterbury Christ Church.
The pitch had clearly seen better days, with a quarter of it under standing water and the rest an absolute mud bath. Determined not to make this an excuse, Bart's set off in lightning fashion with new signings JA Reyes and Ollie showing some great touches.
The opening goal fell Barts' way on 20minutes after some lovely interplay between Jenas and Ollie up front before Ollie smashed the ball home under the keeper from 20 yards.
Canterbury rallied and with the huge advantage of having both the referee and linesmen from their university and literally giving every decision their way, equalised shortly before half time after a long throw was not properly cleared at the back post.
Bart's went into half time at 1-1, with Todders replacing an ailing Reyes who was lost to a hamstring injury. BL started the second half slowly, but Berg and Ivanovic soaked up the pressure magnificently until the referee decided to take matters into his own hands and awarded CCC an inexplicable penalty for an apparent handball by Berg.
This proved too much for Kharine who threw a small hissy fit and tried to see the refs qualifications on the pitch to no avail.
Bart's went from strength to strength after this and showed huge amounts of fight with Kinkladze and Karagounis in the heart if midfield battling superbly. Our inevitable equaliser came after an hour with Ivanovic kneeing home after the oppo keeper flapped at a corner.
The game petered out after that until CCC decided to throw on their cheat of a linesman. This proved pivotal as suddenly all of Jenas and Richards runs were now not automatically deemed offside. Bart's profited with Jenas beating the keeper with a one on one. With the game seemingly won, the ref 'missed' a foul throw and handball by CCC and allowed play on for CCC to equalise with 4 minutes to go. But as Bart's have shown so often in the past, huge heart was shown and BL won it after a fierce Richards strike was only parried into the path of Jenas to tap in from 2 yards, somehow into the roof of the net...
A tremendous performance by all, showing that Bart's can 11 opposition players, a referee, 2 linesmen and a quagmire of the pitch. Bring on UH!
Goals: Richards, Ivanovic, Jenas (x2)
Hleb Berg Ivanovic Delap
Wanchope Karagounis Kinkladze
P.S. Todders belly flopped into a pool of water whilst trying to clear a ball. Haha
Bart's 1s took to the pitch, on a bitterly cold Monday evening against a strong side from the University of East London, to answer that question on everyone's lips, namely who deserves the bragging rights for the borough of Tower Hamlets? The fan was visibly shaking with excitement at the prospect.
Having completed a formidable warm-up in the dark beside the 3G pitch, Bart's entered the floodlit pitch, with a sense of new- found confidence and desire for the upcoming game. Valderrama was welcomed back to the squad after 4 months out for alleged match fixing offences, which were never proven. As has seemed to be the case this season, Barts' started slowly and failed to capitalise on a big pitch with their usual slick passing play and were forced to stave off wave after wave of rapid UEL attacks. Unfortunately, with the ball not sticking for Barts', UEL quickly raced into a 2 goal lead which they thoroughly merited. Barts' were told to keep their heads and remain calm, a decree that was not taken up by their captain who could easily have been sent off for taking down a UEL striker in the box (despite the ball already being off the pitch for a goal kick). The referee took pity on Kharine and gave an inexplicable free-kick on the edge of the box that was defended well by Barts'. This galvanised SBLHFC, and via a quick break down the left with Delap, Stead and Ehiogu all getting touches, Kinkladze was suddenly released in the opposition box and he finished with aplomb from 10 yards. This proved to be the perfect tonic for Barts' who went into half-time, 2-1 down.
SBLHFC came out for the second half like a bat out of hell, with Twaij and M. Bell coming on strongly for Hleb and Jazzy Jake, who had both succumbed to Kharine's team talk and had to go off injured. Soon, Ehiogu teed up Valderrama on 30 yards and his first time shot fizzed into the top corner. The fan went wild - a superb goal for Barts. However, up came UEL again at Barts' and within 10 minutes, they had pulled themselves in front again with a quality dipping strike. This only served to get Barts angry and like the proverbial pheonix from the flames went to town at UEL with some swashbuckling attacks and stout defending, with notabe mentions to Berg and Ivanovic at the heart of defence. By 75 mins, Barts had drawn level again, a superb floated free-kick from Kinkladze was turned in at the back post by Bell and it suddenly looked like Barts could take all three points.
However, it was at this point when luck appeared to shit all over SBLHFC. A UEL through ball to two seemingly offside strikers was put in the back of the net, but despite the linesman's flag and ferocious complaints from Berg, the ref deemed it fit to overrule and give the goal, in a decision comparable to OJ Simpson's murder trial in its controversy. This proved to be one step too far for Barts, who conceded once more, going all out for another equaliser. SBLHFC showed great spirit and desire and truly deserved at least a point, the referee is now said to be in hiding after a torrent of hate mail.
Hleb Berg Ivanovic Delap
Kinkladze Stead Carr
(+ Twaij, Bell)
On a crisp, sunny afternoon in November SBLHFC 1sts travelled to Fortress Chislehurst to take on LSE 1sts, a team usually in the mix for the title.
Bart's started very brightly and dominated the game for the first 25-30 minutes. Unfortunately we were unable to convert this early supremacy into goals, with Stephen Carr prodding wide after being put in on the left and Kinkladze testing the opposition keeper with a low drive from 20 yards.
LSE grew into the half and took the lead from a corner after Micky Bell's back-pass-come-shot, required turning around the post. Bart's had other chances to equalise but as the half drew to a close, LSE clinically made it 2 then 3 nil with incisive moves.
Bart's started the 2nd half less brightly than the 1st and were put under the cosh by some slick attacking play. A cut back cross was well placed into the bottom corner, before a centre back middle was capitalised on to make it 5 for LSE. Again though, Bart's improved and really should have scored a couple in the final 20 mins with Ehiogu and Jackson both going close.
In the end LSE ran out 5-0 winners, which rather flattered them in a game which could have been very different had the first goal fallen Barts' way.
Todd Berg Hleb Bell
Gill Stead Carr
With a squad ravaged by dental exams and upper chest muscular strains, a new-look Bart's side took to deepest Kent in search of 3 points against Kent 2s. Bart's took off to a slow start as expected as players began to gel with each other. But by 20mins, SBLHFC was beginning to exert itself as a force. It was predictable then that it was at this point Kent pinched a lucky goal. Struggling to break down our resolute back four, marshalled by Berg and Barton, the ball bobbled to a Kent striker in fortuitous style, who found himself with space in the box. Despite his initial effort being saved onto the post, Bart's saw it fit to nonchalantly gaze as the ball and wait for the same striker to gather himself again and prod home.
The second half started brightly for Bart's with Delap galloping down the left flank (like a giraffe) on numerous occasions and the midfield trio of Asim, John Li & Kinkladze working industriously in midfield. Eventually our dominance told and a through ball to Christos was expertly kneed over the onrushing keeper and into the goal for the equaliser. Sensing blood, Bart's went to the kill, but the second goal would not come. With the game petering out for a draw, a quick Kent break and cross was headed home with aplomb at the near post by Barton. A gutting end to what was a good display, which another day could have ended very differently for Bart's. Several cans and bottles of wine later, Barts were safely out of end and back into the safest borough of London, well in time for tables.
Todd Berg Barton Delap
Eckersley Kinkladze Carr