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Veterans - Match centre

Old Silhillians
R Thurman (10' ), S Stephen (20' ), M Dovey (30' )
Full time
Wed 18 Jan 20:00 - Friendly

Sils win at last - STOP PRESS

Bard Card makes Sils go the extra Yard. But it was Hard

Well my dear old things. Ring President Trump. Call Putin. Let people know that the old boys are back. After the Gotterdamrung of last week against Worcester, we played some lovely stuff against the boys from Will Shakespeare land. When we have a crisis in the Vets, we go for age - and a recall for Nick Oppenheimer and Warren Gray. It's always good to get some experience and cunning back. Stratford are a tricky bunch, and they arrived with some well-known faces who we knew could cause trouble. Fortunately we were on form from the beginning.
From the start, Sam Stephen and Simon Russell caused problems in the midfield. Mark Dovey (having refused a Bosman to Worcester) was back, and helped break up the attacks that washed over us from time to time. Up front, we had willing runners and Richard Thurman. Both keepers were called into action on a regular basis, and the Stratford keeper was an impressive looking unit and he kept out many shots - the scoundrel. Stratford attacked well, by the venerable and increasingly Compo-like John Scott was in impressive form. We scored an excellent goal through Richard 'I want to roof it' Thurman. But then the thespians struck back to leave it 1-1. It was like watching a ballet of excellence at times (Bit OTT? - Ed) and the Sils had got some rhythm.
Half time - a team talk that was positive (bit like the sweat test on Nobby), and the question was could we up our game. Cap'n Sensible was on good form, and Keith Leeson was hiding any hamstring pains that may have been appearing.
On 18 Jan 1991, the Air War in Desert Storm was well under way. Sils played the second half like they were part of this campaign. Great use of width and pace (and Richard Thurman) meant that Stratford were under pressure. Best - Sam 'Eddy Merckx' Stephen was running the midfield with all the aplomb of Bonaparte at Austerlitz in 1805. Sils banged two more fine goals in through Sam Stephen and a powerhouse strike from the mercenary Dovey. Stratford were close to scoring on more than one occasion but the sterling efforts of defence and keeper restricted them to one goal. In the end it was 3-2, and performances of note from Cap'n Sensible, Stephen and Dovey meant we earnt a welcome win. In the bar afterwards, there was much nonsense spoken and beer drunk and MoM was a close affair before being awarded to Sam Stephen. It was nice to win and ENJOY the win. Lets hope this is not a false dawn. As Shakespeare said 'westwards look - the land is bright'.

Key moments

Goal Richard Thurman scores for Old Silhillians
Goal Sam Stephen scores for Old Silhillians
Goal Mark Dovey scores for Old Silhillians


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70:00 Player of the Match
Sam Stephen is awarded player of the match for Old Silhillians
30:00 Goal 3 - 0
Mark Dovey scores for Old Silhillians
20:00 Goal 2 - 0
Sam Stephen scores for Old Silhillians
End of period 1
10:00 Goal 1 - 0
Richard Thurman scores for Old Silhillians
Start of the game
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As it happened

  • Old Silhillians
  • Stratford
  • 0
  • Richard Thurman Goal 10:00'
  • Sam Stephen Goal 20:00'
  • Mark Dovey Goal 30:00'

Team selection

Goldstraw, Jim Goldstraw, Jim
Scott, John Scott, John
Thompson, Chris Thompson, Chris
Perkins, Gary Perkins, Gary
Gray, Warren Gray, Warren
Stephen, Sam Stephen, Sam
Russell, Simon Russell, Simon
Dovey, Mark Dovey, Mark
Leeson, Keith Leeson, Keith
Thurman, Richard Thurman, Richard
Danks, Nick Danks, Nick


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