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Veteran April fooled by not changing ends prank

Darren Pickard  Thursday, April 05, 2001  18:35 GMT

Ewe and Lamb 4 Co-op 3

What a great result for the Ewes. With several regular first team players missing through suspension, illness, and early retirement, the Ewes were still able to field a team capable of their best result of the season (on paper anyway). The Ewes were able to outplay a team that had lost only once this season, (and who were expecting to come and stroll this game), and if the truth be told, probably should have won by a lot more. And they would have done had it not have been for some missed chances, and some very, very, very sympathetic defending by a certain player (more on this later!!!!!)
The game started brightly for the Ewes and it was to them that the early chances fell, with Pickard perhaps guilty of not scoring the best of them. The game then turned when Co-op had their first real attack. A through ball beat the offside trap and the right midfielder slotted home. Although Buttercup in goal got a hand to it, he couldn’t prevent it from rolling over the line.
The Ewes continued to attack, and almost immediately equalised. The ball was worked through the midfield by Richie “the belly” and Shane, and was feed through to Pickard in the box. Pickard then dragged the ball back past two defenders and fired a shot past the keeper at the near post. (The best goal this reporter has seen in a while!!!). And only a few minutes later it was two for the Ewes, again Pickard was the scorer. Hilly received the ball on the halfway line, a played a ball over the top of the defence for Pickard to run onto, and coolly fire past the keeper. This was how it stayed until halftime, and the Ewes went into the break in the lead.
The second half followed much the same pattern as the first, with the Ewes dominating all areas of the pitch. The third Ewes goal was straight out of the Tranmere School of football though. As Kenty fired in a rocket of a throw in, and Woody rose like the proverbial salmon to head home. Ewes then sat back a bit, comfortable on their lead, and nearly paid the price. Co-op pulled a goal back after a ball was floated over the defence and the centre forward slotted home. Then came a moment in history that will never be forgotten. A well worked move down the left saw the ball driven across the penalty box. Lol arrived like a steam train, busting a gut to get on the end of the cross, and fired home a truly unstoppable shot into the bottom corner. What a goal, possibly one of his finest, -----------had it not been into his own net!!!!!!!. Buttercup could only look on in amazement as his best effort to save the shot went in vein. Lol remarked, and I quote, “oh F**K”, and allegedly, “no one told me we switched ends at half time, how long has this happened?”. (This is apparently Lols only own goal in his years of football. If anyone has knowledge to the contrary, we would be delighted to know. It’s hard to believe it though, especially after the way he took this one!)
The Ewes though were not about to be robbed of vital points, and within 30 seconds were back in the lead. A curling freekick into the box by cooper was emphatically dispatched, with a header that nearly took the net off, by Hilly, and the points were in the bag. There was still time for the Ewes to score more, and Pickard missed out on his hat-trick when he shot straight at the keeper late on. Hilly, had another chance to add to the lead also, but unluckily saw his effort go wide.
As the final whistle went, it sounded a well-deserved win for the Ewes. If this form had been repeated throughout the season, and not just for the last few games, maybe it could have been a title decider? With the squad at the club getting stronger all the time, the future looks good for the Ewes (or is that Downtown) as a club. Oh and Lol, don’t think you can get out of playing for the first team that easily!!!!
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