Epic Comeback Seals Sparticans Win
By Simon Fitch
Sparticans 6 – 4 Teddington Oaks
When it comes to writing up the Sparticans’ most exciting games, Saturday’s 10-goal thriller will surely be in the shortlist. A depleted Surbiton squad arrived at a cold Sugden Road determined to put the show back on the road after last week’s reverse at Epsom and, after causing our supporter(s) a mighty scare, eventually did just that and brought home the three points.
Surbiton started brightly but once again showed profligacy in front of goal as a number of good chances went awry. Eventually a great move led to Kev opening the scoring. Sadly, though, a strong Teddington team came back strongly and dispatched two chances to take a lead into half time.
Things went from bad to worse in the second period as we failed to capitalise on a good level of possession and then allowed Teddington to score a further two goals, finished very well by their forwards. At 4-1 down with 20 minutes to go, the wheels could well have fallen off but, in outstanding scenes, the exact opposite happened.
We came back to 4-2 and started believing again. Suddenly the Teddington defence felt less invincible than had previously been the case and at 4-3 things looked brighter, with these two goals coming from short corners by Kev and Ravvers. Then JB finished an exciting team move to equalise and the momentum felt to have definitively turned. And so it proved as further corners courtesy of Kev made it five and then six to the obvious delight of the men in white.
Luke made a very solid debut for the Sparticans, and the whole team showed proper spirit in overturning the deficit. We are sorry that Wardy suffered what seems to be a serious knee injury, and hope for a quick recovery. At least the Gaffer didn’t drop him whilst carrying him off...
The debrief was really quite quiet as mental and physical exhaustion well and truly took over, but over a brilliant match tea we were able to reflect on what had happened together.
In a rare occurrence, Kev took home both awards with the Moment of The Match being a first half shot that put Rob in great danger. To illustrate just how wide said shot was, Rob being one of our umpires who, with Ian, controlled a competitive game very well. In terms of Spartican of The Day, well in the words of one voter, “It’s hard to see past four goals”. Runner up was brother Gary in a true family affair.
So much to build on after this exciting 70 minutes. Never a dull moment with the Sparticans, for sure, and a great day out.