Irwin Mitchell 15 - 5 Higgs & Sons
After a long hiatus from the BTSS football circuit, Team Higgs were back in action against an undefeated Irwin Mitchell team, who are shaping up to be serious contenders for the BTSS championship. As Higgs' record read played 2 lost 2, and IM's read played 3 and won 3, great things were not expected from Higgs' six-man squad, who were still shaking off the New Year cobwebs as the match began. They were also without their star player, Jamie Partington.
Higgs did well to keep the opening few minutes tight, but then Irwin Mitchell raced into a 3-0 lead. Urged on by their lionheart of a captain, Joe Cowles, Higgs managed to peg the match back to 3-3 with goals from Joe, Ben James and Joe's friend mysteriously named Cole (no relation to Joe Cole, or Andy Cole for that matter). It was game on.
Unfortunately, Irwin Mitchell's superior fitness began to show in the second half and it was more 'game off' than 'game on' as IM began to pummel Higgs' goalkeeper, Tim Swallow, with shots. Some were simply unstoppable thunderbolts. Higgs' spirit was still strong though, epitomised by the indefatigable captain. However, spirit is not enough sometimes and things went from bad to worse, the low point being Ben James' wonder own goal. Ben went past three players before playing a sloppy back pass to Tim Swallow, the ball squeezing past a helpless Tim before gently nestling into the far corner of the net. It was a serious rival to Vincent Kompany's own goal for OG of the Season.
JC managed to grab a couple more goals before IM simply boosted their goal difference. The final whistle was a welcome sound and Team Higgs will be happy that they will not have to play the same calibre of team every week. Indeed, the next two games will be what the captain has dubbed 'The Battle of the Whipping Boys' with Higgs due to play Weightmans and DLA Piper. Both games will be six-pointers and Joe will be hoping to have a full squad, as Alastair Dolman and possibly Jamie Partington make a return. The much talked-about Alex Heer may even make his debut at some point.
Match report written by Ben James