Saturday 18th
September 2010

Intermediate Division Two League

Fulham Deaf FC
v Brockham FC


FDFC welcomed Brockham, the champions of the Redhill & District Football
League Premier Division last season, going on a run of 18 consecutive wins at
one point. The Whites knew that this would be a step into the unknown and a big
test for the team.

Ayad Sarraf, the Gaffer, had his usual
selection headache with a sizeable number of absent / unavailable players,
which was compounded by one player being late after trying to flog his dodgy
motor on an unsuspecting member of the public. The Gaffer, having undergone a
course of meditative relaxation following his near-stroke against Croygas
Phoenix, sighed and went for a 3-5-2 formation with Kemp in goal being covered
by a back three of Harding, McDougall and Gill. The five man midfield was
comprised of Swift, Lampert, Captain Evans, Bovino and Monksfield, with Willis
and Wylde in attack.

In the first 15 minutes, the Whites
were struggled to maintain control of the ball and gave away possession too
cheaply. During this period of play, Brockham opened the scoring after a quick
corner was met by the sole Brockham player in the box to flick into the far
corner of the goal. The Whites defence should have done better to react to the
situation quicker. Soon after, Wylde almost scored for the Whites as his
curling shot hit the bar, much to the opposition goalkeeper’s relief. As the
half-time whistle went, it was clear that, although few chances had been
created for either side, the first half was shaded by Brockham.

During the interval, the Gaffer
decided to switch the formation to 4-4-2 with late arrival Daniel ‘Del Boy’
Hogan replacing Bovino in the left midfield slot. Monksfield and Harding then
moved into the right and the left back positions, to allow McDougall and Gill
to play as centre backs.

When the match restarted in the 2nd
half, the Whites constantly threatened Brockham, with Hogan at the heart of
most of the breaks, although they came to nought due to Brockham’s solid and
well-disciplined defence.

The turning point in the game came
when the referee surprisingly overlooked a two footed tackle from a Brockham
defender on Willis and allowed play on. Fatally, the Whites stopped to appeal
the decision, which allowed the same Brockham player to charge down the flank
and put in a cross which was met by their centre forward to give them a 2 goal
cushion. The referee restarted the match, undeterred by our protests.

In response, the Whites kept
attacking, with Willis, Wylde and Hogan having decent chances to score, all of
which were foiled by the Brockham goalkeeper, who was having a game that a
certain Arsenal goalkeeper can only dream of. With then minutes left, Rumney
came on for Swift, and Brockham soon equalised on the counter when a deep cross
was met by an acrobatic volley to give Brockham their third goal and all three

At the end of the match, the normally
hot headed Gaffer calmly expressed his disappointment, much to the shock of the
players, who struggled to remember the last time he was so serene! He expressed
how disappointed he was for losing the match at home, and for dropping three
big points. He also reiterated that the team should not simply stop and protest
when a referee’s decision does not go the team’s way.

The Gaffer had a difficult task with
awarding the man of the match award, as he had to choose between two players.
Ultimately, however, the award went to ‘Del Boy’ Hogan for carrying the team’s
attacking threat for the whole of the second half.

Final score Fulham Deaf 0 – 3 Brockham
(HT 0 – 1)

FDFC Line-up :- Kemp, Gill (Vorster 85
mins), McDougall, Harding, Swift (Rumney 75 mins), Lampert, Evans (Captain),
Bovino (Hogan 46 mins), Monksfield, Willis and Wylde.