November 25th 2019

Toit Nups shock Penhill in Swindon Abbey Meads six a side

It was another night of fantastic football in the Leisure Leagues Swindon Sunday six a side from Abbey Meads Primary School. All teams in attendance gave everything in the pursuit of victory and every single game had a competitive edge. However, one team stood out above all others and it already seems clear that we have a new dominant force in the league. Toit Nups came into the leaguye half way through the season but have already made an impact with a draw against Boca last week and now a dominant win against league leaders Penhill. One has to wonder what they can achieve next season.

The game between Toit Nups and Penhill kick started the night and what a game it was! For the first twenty minutes Toit Nups struggled to get up to speed with the pace of Penhill who quickly went 2-0 up through goals from Rich and Craig. However, once Toit started to get a handle on the game they came back into it and quickly pegged Penhill back after two fantastic low drives from captain Nick Craft which left the keeper no chance. It was at this point that Tiot began to take control. Only a dodgy penalty ensured Penhill were level at the break. The second half was a complete whitewash Toit went into another gear that Penhill just could not live with. The difference between the two teams was summed up by Morgan Watts who produced the filthiest nutmeg I have ever seen as he spent the second half toying with the current league leaders. Toit added 6 goals without reply to complete a thoroughly devestating performance. Penhill stay top but now have to win against Boca next week. 

Leavemyarsealona then played Old'em for an hour as both teams had points matches. The final score was 17-14 to the boys in yellow which will give captain Rob Mansfield encouragement after a disappointing draw earlier in the season between the two sides. The win keeps Leavemyarsealona in the hunt for the title with just one point seperating them and the teams above them in the table. However, they still have to face Toit Nups which already promises to be a mouthwatering encounter. For Old'em their Points Match victory helps them progress up the table. They will just be satisfied to have a fully fit squad to pick from once again after a season where they have been devastated by injuries. 

In the final game in the Premier Division Boca Seniors took on the Lads in a friendly. With The Lads looking to be strong contenders for the League 1 title this match would give them a good indication of how they would fair if they were to get promoted to the top flight next season. The indication is that they will be just fine even if they did get beat 11-5 by Boca. However, it was the Lads who produced the moment of the match with a goal that could quite easily be a contender for goal of the season. Check the video out on Facebook later to see what I mean. The points win means Boca go level on points with Penhill but top courtesy of a superior goal difference. Can they stay there? They will have to beat Penhill next week to do it in a game that will more than likely decide where the league title ends up by the end of the season. 

In league 1 there was plenty of action to write home about. Cotswold AFC pulled off the surprise of the night in game 1 with only their second win of the season in an excellent win against GREEN STAR. Goose after the game admitted that his team were not at the races and simply could not put the ball in the back of the net but Cotswold will not care a jot about that. The win gives them much needed confidence that they can compete in this league. They just need to make sure they do the basics right and they can be successful against anyone on their day.

The second game was arguably the game of the night between Lesaux Solid Crew and Game of Throw-Ins. The game was a thriller from start to finish and had more changes of momentum than a carousel. First it was Game of Throw-Ins then it was Lesaux. The final score ended up 7-6 when Lesaux grabbed a late winner to steal the points away from Game of Throw-Ins. The win ensures that Lesaux stay right behind The Lads in the chase for the title but with the two going head to head next week it is still all the play for. 

One of the more hotly anticipated games was Pique Blinders up against The Lads. It promised to be a competitive match as Pique had been right in the hunt for the trophy before having to pull out of some fixtures recently due to injury and illness. However, the game was quickly over as a contest after some costly defensive errors allowed The Lads in on goal against the hapless Aaron Thelwall in goal. Pique did recover them composure in the second half to restore some pride but The Lads were comfortably able to hold on for the win that they deserved. 

In the final game of the night Pique stayed on to play against Ajax Trees Down in a friendly. Again this was another excellent close game of football in which both teams could have easily won. It was Pique who just nudged it with an excellent all round team performance. They passed the ball nicely and Jaydon Doble even managed to show off some more of his silky skills. Ajax themselves looked good in parts which was especially impressive after a big night out following Swindon's win the previous day. They were composed on the ball and took their chances well. Nevertheless the loss means Ajax are now in a dog fight to avoid finishing bottom of the table and having the indignity of being entered into the prize draw for collecting the wooden spoon. They will need to win against Cotswold next week to put clear daylight between them and the boys in orange. 

Thanks everyone for another excellent night at Abbey Meads Primary School. There are now just three weeks to go until the end of the season. New teams wishing to sign up should register their team as soon as possible to avoid the disappointment of missing out on a place.

For a limited time only new teams can sign up for free and get their first game free too!

Just follow the link at the bottom of the page for more information or contact league manager Dan Webb on 07584028365.

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