A Tough Old Game

Match report by RUNNING MONKEY



Pools 2 Boreham Wood 0 (National League)
Saturday 05 October 2018
Victoria Park


With the CEO of Monkey Business making a long-awaited return to the Vic today we had to be on our best behaviour. Having seen two wins from the two games he'd managed to see this season he was going for a hat-trick. 

He was on a sticky wicket today as apparently we lost Paddy McLaughlin and Conor Newton just before the kick off. With about fifteen fans supporting the visitors it looked as if it was going to be a one-sided game. How wrong can one be. The visitors were a huge outfit. The norm for this division is that every defender is eight foot tall and the attackers all six plus. We knew we were in for a day of more WWW grappling tactics as most of these giants are in the side for their bulk rather than their skill with the ball.

The visitors nearly shocked us early on when one of these lumbering giants managed a free header which he put wide of the Pools goal. Pools struggled to get their football moving and constantly lost possession or hoofed the ball up where we never ever won the second ball. It has to be said that they looked the more dangerous side who attacked down the flanks with quite some pace and fortunately for us their shooting was bloody awful. But their big striker turned and hit a magnificent shot that came off the Pools bar which set the alarm bells ringing amongst the fans.

Pools had a touch of luck as Luke, who was once again getting so much attention I was ready to call Childline to stop him being bullied as the shorthouse ref seemed to totally ignore the treatment dished out to him. He needs a medal the size of a bin lid for the damage dished out to him every week. I did notice at half time he was pleading with the ref to give him a break before they broke something on him.

Luke won a corner. Then Noble sent in a peach of a cross and Davies hammered his way through at the back stick to head Pools into the lead. Luke made a chance for himself just before the break but the keeper scrambled it clear. Some good work by Luke and a rasping shot from inside the box.
"it is very rare to hear the Pools fans booing after a two-nil win"

Second half saw the visitors with their tails up again but once again their fire power was lacking. Pools had two good penalty shouts waved away by Mr. Shorthouse, one against Davies who was playing higher up the pitch today and another shot when Kioso was flattened in the box at a set piece. Pools were fortunate that the ref was ignoring most of the strangle holds as Davies had one on a defender as he scored his second goal to put Pools two up with a late header.

Luke nearly made it three nil as he turned his man in the box and hit a low shot which the keeper partially blocked as Nico was sliding in but the touch from the keeper diverted it from the striker's boot. An odd incident happened today when Kioso was walking from the visitors box after just being floored again. Noble walked up to him, pushed him to the floor and told him he needed treatment - which he did. Noble has the knack of slowing down the game as he did at the second-half kick-off, and nearly got booked for it.

It was a tough old game to win today and it is very rare to hear the Pools fans booing after a two-nil win but the anger was aimed at Mr. Shorthouse and his cohorts who have to be the no 1 in the table of the worst officials to visit us this season.


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