Won 5 -4 (or it might have been 3)
Saturday found the Gondos, via several traffic challenges and resisting the temptation of the Six nations finale, away at Amersham and Chalfont seeking their seventh consecutive win. The early signs were good, with the Gondoliers dominating possession and forcing a number of short corners. Goals came steadily with two from our charging left wing Ali and one from your correspondent after smart lay off from Regan. Half time saw the Gondos turn round 3-0 to the good...
But they say curiosity killed the cat, but it seems to be that complacency nearly did for the Gondos feline. Perhaps it was the sight of Chris Gould deputising for the opposition in a charming yellow nylon T shirt, much like Pele used to wear for Brazil, but the Gondos faltered and started to concede possession, short corners and then goals, with Amersham scoring a first and then a second goal. At 3-2 the Gondos were wobbling…but luckily salvation was at hand as Johnny Bigos latched onto a bouncing rebound in the D, pirouetted like a ballerina and despatched it backsticks into the goal, and still had the presence of mind to acknowledge the applause with a nonchalant wave as if this was a regular occurrence.
But again the salvation was shortlived, as the Gondos contrived not to clear an Amersham short and lurched back to 4-3. Nerves jangled, but were briefly settled as Carney, covering the left wing and centre forward position as any good left back should, dribbled into the D and drove a fine angled push past the Amersham keeper. At 5-3 with 5 minutes to go, the Gondos cat looked, if not healthy, a least out of danger. But the cat was shortly back in intensive care, as Amersham drove to the byline and, in the opinion of the defenders, over it. However of whistle there was none, and having ground to halt the Gondos could only watch as Amersham rolled the ball over the goalline past the stationary defenders. So nerves rejangled, but the Gondos hung on to record a narrow 5-4 win that should have perhaps been more comfortable. We should however end by complimenting Amersham, who played in exceptionally good spirit and provided exceedingly good fairy cakes for tea.