TRUK SENT TO THE BLOCK…
TRUK United’s latest match ended in defeat after a goal fest at the excellent Heybridge Swifts FC as Springfield Road FC who are a team consisting of staff members from HMP Chelmsford ran out 10-5 winners.
The early stages saw both teams create good chances but with debutants Gary Ginnaw and Ballack forming a new CB partnership for TRUK and with Alison Cook and Abi Cornell keeping their places at full back TRUK looked solid at the back with the impressive Amy Butler donning the GK gloves for the first time in a TRUK United kit we managed to keep SRFC at bay despite them having long periods of possession. We also looked dangerous on the break with Nicky Currall and Leigh Dugmore looking dangerous every time we managed to get the ball forward to them as they showed great skill and pace and they both forced saves from the SRFC GK as well as just missing the target on a few occasions. SRFC however did break the deadlock in the first half following a good move but we looked to grab an immediate equaliser but was robbed after a contentious offside decision when Nicky Currall was clean through following a swift counter attack from TRUK in what was one of many dubious decisions given by the match official. A further good move from SRFC saw them double their lead with their impressive CF tapped home at the back post. TRUK though were still creating chances with Matt Bacon failing to hit the target from just inside the box and Nicky and Leigh continuing to cause havoc every time they got the ball. However with TRUK making various changes throughout the first half SRFC managed to bag another 3 goals including one excellent FK but the biggest cheer of the half came when Emily entered the pitch after 38 minutes to become the youngest player to represent TRUK as she took the armband of Abi Cornell who was having a well earned rest.
TRUK continued to rotate the squad in the 2nd half as they looked to get back into the game and Butler made a great save from a FK on the edge of the box at which the referee got the TRUK wall back a good 10 yards which was not the case a few minutes later when TRUK won a rare FK just inside the D at the edge of the box yet bizarrely the referee allowed the wall to stand a good foot in front of the Penalty spot just 7-8 yards away from the FK! Clark complained to the referee who refused to budge despite being clearly wrong and the referee then amazingly decided to produce a Yellow Card and sent our number 10 to the sin bin, baffled at this decision she rightly complained stating that he was wrong and the referee then showed a red card!!! A ridiculous decision in a league game yet alone a charity match and totally against the principles of what we are about but at least the referee was consistent throughout the match…Consistently poor! Despite this setback TRUK continued to battle and Samuel Timms ran his socks off literally! Chances were still being created at both ends and the introduction of Emily and Harrison saw a deluge of goals as Emily bagged an amazing hat trick with 2 wonder goals and a well finished FK and Harrison left SRFC players mesmerised as he danced through before slotting the ball into the bottom corner. Julliete Jaques got our 5th as she finished well after Harrisons shot had been well saved by the keeper. At the other end however SRFC were still creating plenty of chances and despite the best efforts of our tiring defence they managed to sneak into double figures and ended up running out 10-5 winners.
TRUK however showed what a great spirit their is within our team as despite having long journeys home they had to be kicked out of the Bar after the match as they celebrated another match showing that football is for everyone.
TRUK United FC
Amy Butler, Alison Cook, Abi Cornell, Gary Ginnaw, Ballack, Mia Wallace, Samuel Timms, Orlagh O’Driscoll, Lucy Clark, Nicky Currall, Leigh Dugmore Subs: Emily, Juliette Jaques, Matt Bacon, Harrison Bacon, Samuel Kelly, Alexandra Hiscock, Roxanne, Mandy Walker
Player of the match: Emily