PWC count themselves lucky

27 09 2010

That really is an appalling accounting pun.

Anyway, it’s Monday, so that means only one thing. The match report from Saturday’s fixture against accounting goons PWC.

We returned to Fortress Wandsworth, where we welcomed back striker Diamo to the ranks. We have played 4-5-1 for the last two weeks – one week we won. One week we lost. The Cranager had a dilemma. And considering his brow is that furrowed all the time anyway, just imagine how furrowed it was this week. His face had almost disappeared into itself by Saturday lunchtime.

Cranager..... furrowed. Berry... jubilant

He perservered though and we went for the 4-5-1 formation, starting with Pembo in nets, Benny and Bjorn in the centre, record breaker JB on the right and Liam on the left. Phil started on the left with white-as-a-sheet Kenwyne on the right. Berry, The Cranager and returning Pano started in the middle with Diamo up top on his own.

The match started very slowly and nothing really happened for 20 minutes. I can guarantee that this has nothing to do with the match reporter turning up 20 minutes late. Absolutely nothing.

It was slow and sluggish and the midfield was more congested than Kenwyne’s sack, but we ploughed on until a ball over the top split their defenders and their nippy little striker was able to poke past the oncoming Pembotron to make it 1-0.

Fingers had a word with themselves and got the ball down, and before you knew it, we were level. Once again, the match reporter missed the goal as he was too busy tweeting updates – Hearny on the sideline confirmed he wasn’t watching the game, but following it on Twitter. I think Berry got the assist and Diamo poked home to the delight of his ENTIRE FAMILY… (literally four family members came to watch him)!

Pano then had a volley from 40 yards. It didn’t go in, but fortunately we captured it on film

So close…. so very close…

But a surging run from the Azzuri midfielder found Diamo on the left, who cut back and delivered a lovely ball for Berry to head back across the keeper and make it 2-1 at half time. Much better.

The second half was a scrappy affair. The finance geeks managed to draw level and following that, both teams had half chances to take the game. Phil put over a lovely ball and his replacement, Semipro Dave, had a chance a few minutes later. They had a goal disallowed for Offy S and few more chances came. Dewesy came on the right and whipped in a few balls, before dropping back to right back to allow the returning Barker (who, to be fair, spoke very little Barkage) to chase everything down the left. The defence stayed strong and JB should get a mention for a quality double tackle in the area with five to go.

It ended 2-2. Probably a fair result, but the team will have to pull their (gold)fingers out a little more to really mount an assault on the title. The league table still looks healthy enough. There is no game this weekend, so we will be reporting on how Fingers got on at Epsom races this weekend. Any tips welcome.

Tweets – 20 September 2010

21 09 2010

Fellow Fingers,

As you know, the Goldfingers Twitter feed is full of vitality and in full flow. However, we are aware that not everyone is able to access Twitter, has an account, or, in Ketchup’s case, knows what Twitter is.

Ketchup - "What the fook is The Twitter?"

As such, we are going to do a daily update of the previous days tweets, so that everyone can see the football chat and the various features we have going on. Look at it as a lunchtime treat.

Here are yesterday’s tweets:

Post afc battersea interview with @sheffieldmick. Parental Guidance Advisory due to adult language…

Today, the Goldfingers FC blog launches… complete with match reports, player profiles and more…

Injury news: @samkano tears ligament fibres in ankle. Looking at a month out at least…

Dewesy’s Fascinating Fact #7:#Dogs have over 100 different facial expressions. I’ve counted them all.

The Cranager’s Thought #7: Flues are more interesting than media chat (sure to spark debate between @raspers26 and the PR following)…

The Goldfingers blog is up and running –

Giftasia #7: Fat + Frozen Lake = ????

100 views of the Goldfingers blog today. Must be worth reading…



AFC Battersea 3-0 Goldfingers FC

20 09 2010

Following the thumping that the nation’s favourite team, Goldfingers FC, dished out the previous week, spirits were high as the team made its way to the familiar territory of Raynes Park this week.

The opponents this week, however, were an altogether different ballsack of fish – AFC Battersea. Last year, these utter goons completed the league and cup double, so we knew a tough match was in store.

A solid warm-up and we were ready to go, but the retards on the opposition had not organised a ref. It would have been if Howard Webb hadn’t turned up yesterday. The only difference was that the Webbster did show.

45 minutes later, a ref turned up and we took to the the field. The Cranager adopted the strong 4-5-1 formation that worked so effectively last week. Celine Dion lookalike Pembo started in nets. Tramp Noblet on the right, with Liam W on the left. Abba tribute buffoons Benny and Bjorn held the centre.

The Cranager sat as a holding midfielder, while Berry and Phil packed the centre. SK started on the right, with Nick on the left, while Ketchup cranked the Victorian Boiler into gear and played the lone striker role.

Lone striker Ketchup warms up...

Confidence remained high, but disaster struck after only two minutes when a long through dropped six yards out and one of their players was able to stick it home.

Already chasing the game, Goldfingers settled a little more and began to play a little. Some incisive balls from midfield nearly put SK and Ketchup through, but after 20 minutes, a very whistle happy ref penalised the nation’s favourite team again. A lofted ball to our back stick saw four defenders go for it, but it managed to get headed back across and to enable, in the words of Michael Berry, “some complete knobhead” to put it in an open net. 2-0.

Berry..... "Complete Knobhead"

We rallied and created changes, Berry admitted he should have scored from a quick free kick. He also had one cleared off the line, while sk hit the side netting, Tommy K pulled a save out of the keeper and Phil headed just wide. The defence looked continually assured, with Weird Ben and lovingly tattoed Bjorn soaking up everything else Battersea had, which wasn’t much, so Tramp Noblet and Liam could foray forward.

The second half proved to be a pretty stale affair. We switched to 4-4-2 and then threw what we had at them. Dewesy and Si came on to the wings, whereas Duncan came on replace a cramped Ketchup. We reverted to 3-5-2 and unfortunately this gave them the change to break. Pembo got a good hand to save from their captain, but it fell back to him and he nodded in to round off a 3-0 victory.

It was a frustrating afternoon as their three goals were their only three shots.

It was a cup game and wasn’t three points dropped, but it is back to the drawing board for The Cranager. Apologies that this isn’t up to the usual piss-taking, witty sardonic standard (Standard), but with a victory, this will come.

Don’t forget to follow the team on Twitter – @goldfingersfc