It was another night of superb football in the Leisure Leagues Swindon Sunday six a side from Abbey Meads Primary School. In both divisions teams gave it their all and with plenty to play for in both divisions teams were keen to position themselves ready for the season finale in a months time.
In the Premier Division the night kicked off with serial winners Leavemyarsealona taking on one of their biggest rivals Boca Seniors. This season Leavemyarsealona haven't quite been at their best and it was Boca who first broke their winning streak when they won the reverse fixture earlier in the season. This time round there was no question of who was the better side. Boca dominated all over the pitch. They tackled harder, out ran and out shot their opponents to win the game comfortably 8-3. As has so often been the case this season it was Ash Manners that made the difference for Boca with his athleticism and ball control too much for Rob and the boys to contend with. He is certainly one of those in the running for the MVP prize at the end of the season.
Game 2 was a points match between Old'em and Toit Nups, both of whom recorded 5-0 wins. However, this should not detract from the quality of the game played by the two sides. The result finished 9-9 but it was Morgan Watts who stole the show for Toit Nups. He was the man through which everything that was good about their game came from. He linked the play fantastically well and created space for the players around them when it appeared that Old'em had covered them off. Nonetheless, Old'em refused to lie down and played some excellent football of their own. It is clear that when their injury issues are resolved they will once again be a force to be reckoned with in the league.
The final game in the Premier Division saw old rivals Goal Goal Power Rangers take on Penhill. So far Penhill have been looking pretty at the top of the league and Goal were keen to try and knock them off their perch. It was a thoroughly entertaining game for the spectator and for a long time it could have gone either way. Penhill started the game slowly and gifted Goal an early head start. However, once they got into their stride they were impossible to match. The man who made the difference was Ashton who once again was unstoppable in front of goal. Clearly he is a man who possesses a lot of talent. Swindon may well need a striker in January and they could do a lot worse than this kid. He can shoot off of both feet and manages to combine ferocious firepower with pin-point accuracy to devastating affect.
In league 1 a closer game than many were expecting took place between title hopefuls Lesaux Solid Crew and Cotswold AFC. In reality the result was never in doubt but Lesaux might be concerned that they were so easily exposed at the back. In a league as close as this one they know they cannot afford any slip ups in the hunt for the title. The one constant with Lesaux is the way they move the ball methodically forward and this was apparent again yesterday. At times in the Abbey Meads league teams can rush to get the ball up to strikers as quickly as possible but Lesaux are happy to take their time and build patiently from the back. They wait for the opportune moment to strike when their opponent least suspects it. And once they decide to go they are almost impossible to stop. This was how it proved here, with the result leaving the team tied on points with Green Star and The Lads with just five games to go.
In game 2 Pique Blinders, the perennial bad boys of the league went up against the nice guys in Green Star. However, on this occasion it wasn't the nice guys who finished last. In fact Green Star shot out of the blocks like a rocket. By half time they were 6-0 up and it was clear the intensity of Green Star's attack had got to Pique somewhat. On reflection they might have felt that they lost their cool a bit and is this context its remarkable that in the second half they managed to pull the score back so that by the time the game finished they only lost 7-5. The result means it has been a difficult couple of weeks for Pique Blinders who were before this sat pretty at the top of the league. Now they have dropped back to 4th place three points of the top spot. Green Star on the other hand have gone into third, level on points with the top two but with a much inferior goal difference.
Comfortably the result of the night game in game 3 as Ajax Trees Down recorded their first win the league with a thumping victory against Game of Throw-Ins. Ajax were superb in this game. They showed great desire and hunger to get up and down the pitch all game long. They defence was organised and they were able to suffocate the ball giving away little. When the countered they countered in numbers and created space and time for the front three to pick their spot. It was a truly magnificent performance. If they can continue to build momentum through the rest of the season then they might just believe that next season they can have a go at promotion.
In the final game of the night the final part of the top three went up against Puyol Pants Down who on their day could easily compete in the Premier Division. Unfortunately though Puyol have just not been able to show their class on a consistent enough basis and so were yet again left wondering what might have been as they were outplayed by the Lads. The team fought valiantly for the full 30 minutes but they just could not get their passing game going to create enough chances at the other end. The Lads on the other hand were much more intense in the speed of their passing and their movement off the ball and by the end of the first half the game was over as a contest. The result sees Puyol drop into the bottom two while The Lads go back to the top of the table with a healthy goal difference so far keeping the other teams at bay. Whether they can stay their until the end of the season, only time will tell. Make sure you tune in next week to find out.
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