Saturday, March 25, 2006

Jason Cadden's barmy army

This was the almost continuous chant kept up in the Harbury Lane end at the New Windmill Ground as hard core fans demonstrated their support for the beleaguered manager. His cause was helped by a 2-0 victory over Oldbury United. Oldbury share with Charlton the fact that they play in a ground constructed in a former quarry.

I thought my boat had come in when Brakes went ahead at what was initially announced at 3 minutes which was my golden goal ticket, but the time was corrected to two minutes. Martin Thompson ('Clunesy') scored decisively from an acute angle, producing chants of 'One shot, one goal' and 'There are only two Tommos'.

Before the ten minute mark was reached, Clunesy produced a great in swinging corner of a quality we rarely see at The Valley, allowing Stuart Herlihy to nod the ball into the back of the net.

However, Brakes seemed to lose their rhythm when Ryan Parisi was injured and required prolonged treatment. Ever since he signed from Sunday League team Central Ajax, his career has been dogged by injury.

Bouffant hair styled Liam Newall, Oldbury's No.5, collapsed in a heap for no reason, leading to chants of 'Bring on the hairspray'.

Half time: Brakes 2, Paper Boys 0

It was good to get out of the rain and into the vice-presidents' lounge and my satisfaction was increased when I won a good bottle of wine in the raffle.

The second half was a scrappy affair. Referee G S Stretton had handled a niggly match well, but he had to send off Oldbury charm merchant Lee Dimmock and Leamington's Neil Stacey, formerly with Kidderminster Harriers. The referee also rebuked Cadzy at length, threatening to send him off.

However, in the end it was gobby Paper Boys' manager Morton Bartlett who was shown the red card in the dugout. He made his way round to the tunnel, but refused to go down it, despite being remonstrated with by stewards.

Brakes had chances to increase their lead with Jon Adams hitting the post from an angle, but it was an important three points secured.


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