Saturday 15th
January 2011

Intermediate Division Two League

Fulham Deaf FC v Sporting Bahia FC

Firstly, Fulham DFC would like to apologise to all our readers
for not producing any match reports since October, but would like to wish
everyone all the best for 2011.  On the
15th January, the Whites welcomed the South American team Sporting
Bahia to Motspur Park for the first time. The FDFC camp were delighted to be
playing their first match since December 11th, when the Whites
defeated Croygas Phoenix 11-3 in a league game, poor weather conditions having
put paid to several week’s worth of matches in the intervening period.

FDFC, looking up at the table,
were fully aware of the need to get back into gear against Sporting Bahia,
after such a long absence. Unfortunately, the Gaffer’s right hand man, Martin
‘Mad Max’ Willis continued the recent trend by unfortunately being absent from
the pre-game build-up due to other commitments. 
The Gaffer roped in the services of team captain Jonathan ‘Jimmy’ Evans
and then urged the team to concentrate from the first minute to the last minute
of the match and to ensure that FDFC kept a clean sheet. The Gaffer also
pointed out the Sporting Bahia was potentially a better side than their
position suggested and to ensure that they are not underestimated.

The team line up was announced, along with five substitutes.
Long-serving midfielder Ben Lampert won his 170th appearance, along
with two other players fast approaching a century of games- forward ‘Del Boy’
Hogan and Jimmy Evans, on 98 and 96 appearances respectively.  In the very first minute of the match, an excellent exchange of passess
in the FDFC midfield led to Hogan playing in Gregory with a through ball, which
the advancing midfielder slotted in between the goalkeeper’s legs. However, the
goal was ruled out for a dubious offside by the linesman. To the Gaffer’s great disappointment, FDFC did not follow instructions
and tried to persist with playing long deep balls into the channels instead of
playing it short and sharp in the middle of the park. However, FDFC did have
further chances, with the Bahia stopper preventing Hogan, Lampert, Gregory and
Willis from adding to their tallies in the first 15 minutes.

Soon after, Swift broke the ice, curling in a speculative shot from 25
yards, which received the benefit of the wind and nestled into the top corner
of the net. Mother Nature claimed the assist, despite protestations from the
FDFC midfield. Hogan then soon popped up with a cross-cum shot that eluded the
Bahia ‘keeper and cannoned in off the far post to give FDFC a 2-0 lead. Further
chances came, further misses followed, until Del Boy Hogan performed a bit of
wheeling and dealing to sell four or five opposition players dummies and knock
the ball in for a great individual effort to make it 3-0 on the stroke of half

During the interval, the Whites management expressed their satisfaction
with the defending and the quality of some of the play and urged the team to
maintain their performance in the second half, and reduce the reliance on
one-touch football.

In the second half, FDFC continued to play as a unit and applied
pressure on Bahia throughout the second half. Further chances came and went,
with Willis, Hogan, Gregory, Lampert, Swift and Wylde the guilty parties, until
Willis slotted in to make it 4-0 after some good play from out wide.

Remi Sellers then replaced Swift. Hogan scored his 2nd hat trick of the season, firing
in a 20 yard shot in off the crossbar to give the Whites their fifth goal of
the game. McDougall then replaced hamstring victim Gill (whose body has now
failed him for the 47th time in the past year). Soon after, Willis
was put clear and rounded the ‘keeper and slotted in, despite a foul from the
Bahia defender. The referee strangely gave a penalty, which Willis converted to
set the world bang to rights and make it 6-0. Credit must go to Lampert
foregoing his usual penalty duties to ensure justice was served for Willis.

Willis then rounded off his second half performance with another goal
from close range, making sure he had the ball under control before beating the
Bahia ‘keeper again for his hat trick. The match ended 7-0 to the Whites.

The Gaffer awarded Man of the Match to Hogan for his terrific overall
performance in both scoring and providing assists, although he needs to lead
the line more going forwards. The Gaffer warned that improvements to our
performance would be required next Saturday 22nd January when FDFC
take on league leaders Real Holmesdale, who are on a ten game winning streak in
the league. The match will prove to be a big test for the Whites.

Final score Fulham Deaf 7 – 0 Sporting
Bahia (HT 3 – 0)

FDFC Line-up :- Kemp, Gill (McDougall 80 mins), Harding,
Evans (Captain), Monksfield, Swift (Sellers 70 mins), Lampert, Gregory, Wylde, Willis and Hogan