Higgs & Sons 15-5 Browne Jacobsen
Captain Cowles warned before the game that Browne Jacobsen were potential lambs to the slaughter - Higgs' form had been outstanding and Browne Jacobsen were new to the league. The analogy didn't prove to be quite true; Yes, they were put to the slaughter in ruthless fashion, but with the units in their team they were more like bulls than lambs. BJ also turned up with a 60-year-old in their team who was more of a wise old sheep.
Faced with strong, athletic opponents, Team Higgs began the game wondering whether they would miss the hustle and muscle of Al and Slats at the back. The two have formed the bedrock of the Higgs team for over a year now. There is no substitute for class though and Higgs raced into a 3-0 lead, Brownes not knowing what had hit them. Cole displayed his artistry, Joe was his indomitable self and Sarah Bryan's brother, Rich, was simply a cut above the rest.
Higgs went into half-time with a healthy 7-2 lead and continued to show their industriousness in the second half as BJ tired. To be fair, the 60-year-odd-old solicitor in their team was probably their best player and it was not too surprising that he had been semi-professional in his younger days. However, even he could not save his team and in the end Higgs won comfortably. Ben scored a couple of memorable, Messi-esque goals (the first goal involving a drag-back and turn which took out three players like they were pieces on a checkers board); David chipped in with another; and no one knows how many Rich and Joe scored each. It is quite clear the race for Higgs' top goalscorer will be between them, anyway. More important, however, is the question of how far Higgs can go this season...
Blog post written by Ben James