Magnets Earn One of Biggest Ever Wins
By Mark Waller
Magnets 11 – 0 Tring Supervets
Squad: Frost, Barnicoat, Majid, Sharpe, Dowthwaite, Beaney C, Lane, Foster, Corney, Green, Michael, Cheng, Waller
Scorers: Michael 4, Green 3, Foster, Beaney, Corney, Waller
Umpires: Ray Borrow & Val Beveridge
Not much to say about this, which was one of the Magnets’ biggest ever wins, albeit against bottom-placed Tring who had the disadvantage of playing the second half without their best player who picked up an injury. Although it sometimes felt as though we were not firing on all cylinders, it is hard to argue with the result and we should not be too self-critical after scoring so many.
Wave after wave of attacking play created a multitude of chances, most of which were gleefully taken. To their credit, Tring stuck at it and tried valiantly to defend their goal. But our greater mobility, passing and use of space was just too much for their defence.
Congratulations to Luke and Steve for their hat tricks, and to everyone else for maintaining the pressure throughout the game. We remain on top of the league for now, but next week is a very different proposition as we play OGs and their all-star squad. They are the only undefeated side in the league with a goal difference of +49 after just six games played.
Thank you to both Val and Ray for umpiring quietly and efficiently. It was nice to play a match in which no cards were doled out, a reflection of their control and also the sporting manner in which the game was played.
Finally, the archives record that the biggest win for the Magnets was in October 2005 when they beat Southgate 14-1. Incredibly, Ray Borrow scored a hat trick in that match. It’s time he eased himself back to fitness and made himself available for the Vintage XI.