Higgs & Sons 13 - 12 DLA Piper
With hardly anything between the two sides in the BTSS league, it was imperative for Higgs to get a win. Imperative for pride, at least. After a run of losses (yours truly had not been at the games to report on them), Higgs were left playing for pride rather than a top-three finish. Joe Cowles epitomised this sense of pride as he rifled in the winner in the dying seconds of the game and kissed his shirt in ecstasy.
Both teams brought a squad of 7. It was just as well given the dry heat. It would have been a good warm-up preparation for the European teams going to the World Cup in Brazil and both sets of players tired quicker than usual, especially those that had not kicked a ball in earnest for a while.
DLA Piper surged into an early 3-0 lead before Higgs pulled it back to 3-3 with goals coming from Joe and Cole. There were further goals from the two of them to give Higgs the lead, as they performed so well that the team may as well have been renamed 'Joe Cole'. A feisty DLA team managed to get their noses back in front again, but Higgs were never behind after that, with both teams level pegging for the rest of the match. The artist formerly known as Cole had a superb game, bagging a double hat-trick, whilst David Phillips and Andy Stokes contributed a brace and a goal respectively.
As Al limped off injured and Ben struggled for breath, David thought he had scored a crucial goal on the edge of the area. DLA were having none of it though and there was a resulting fall-out. One of DLA's players was so aggravated that he put hypothetical arguments to David about his goal, as if preparing for a speech in the Supreme Court rather than the dying moments of a crucial game.
Justice was served in the end though. As Higgs pressed the opposition in their own half, with Tim and Ben staying back to defend the goal, the ball came out to Joe with less than five seconds to go and he buried it in the bottom left-hand corner to give his side the win. Cue ecstatic celebration.
Whilst Al and Ben might be doubts for the next game against Eversheds, this win will certainly give Higgs a boost as they look to cement mid-table mediocrity.
Match report written by Ben James