Higgs & Sons 23 - 5 Weightmans
Joe Cowles had dubbed this match 'The Battle of the Whipping Boys' beforehand; a six-pointer that neither Higgs nor Weightmans could afford to lose. Both sides went into the game on the back of losing streaks.
On a cold, wet night, it was Weightmans who would experience another whipping. From the moment the captain's opening goal was drilled in with his trusty right foot, Higgs were in front for the rest of the game. As the rain continued to cascade down on the sodden turf, the floodgates opened, with goals pouring in left, right and centre. Joe scored another 8, his last being Messi-esque as he dribbled past two players, and Ben James and the artist formerly known as Cole both contributed 6 goals each. Al also contributed with a typical pile-driver from the halfway line. Standard.
Weightmans rarely threatened Higgs notwithstanding the absence
of regular goalkeeper Tim Swallow until the last ten minutes. The
only downside was that the lack of action in goal meant that the
cold bit into whoever was in goal - Swallow's goalkeeping gloves
were sorely missed. At least Tim made up for it by scoring at the
other end with a well-taken goal.
Weightmans did manage 5 in the end; two of which were own goals courtesy of Ben and Tim.
With more shape and signs that continuity in the side is starting to pay dividends, Higgs can look forward to the rest of the season with genuine optimism. Team Higgs now have options in midfield and attack, a solid defensive duo in Al and Chris, who was referred to as the 'rugby guy' by one of the Weightmans lads, and a steady keeper (when the traffic does not prevent Tim from being on time).
Match report written by Ben James