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Roll on the End of the Season

Warwick Hunt  Tuesday, May 01, 2001  12:46 GMT


Newcastle & District Welfare League

Wincomblee 2-0 Interpon Bensham Arms

 

Interpon Bensham Arms player manager Andy Humphrey was left a deflated man as once again he was forced to play without a full team. This time, against a team one place below them in the league, Interpon were forced to start with only 9 men. Ten minutes into the game, league secretary Angie Norwood arrived to drop off some paperwork, only to find that her services were required as a babysitter, allowing 10th man Chubb to enter the field of play.

Playing with a back four pushing up as much as possible, Interpon constantly thwarted the home side's attack, and when the offside trap was breached, Wincomblee's shooting was woeful. Playing in bright sunshine, it was clear that with a full team Interpon would have thrashed Wincomblee, but as it was the first half was evenly constested, with neither team finding the back of the net. Lee Smith was a constant threat and was worthy of his man of the match award, while Andy Humphrey was never too far away with a number of free kicks.

Eventually, Wincomblee did get the ball in the back of the net, breaking through the offside trap and beating keeper Colin French with a finish high into the net. A second followed when French misjudged a ball over the top, but Bolam got back to cover, only for the ball to still find itself at the feet of the striker, who finished into an empty net.

After the game, manager Humphrey was moved to comment on the lack of attendance and insisted that next season changes would be afoot and fines could be administered for non-attendance and lack of communication.

Team: C French 7; C Smith 7, K Martin 8, S Bolam 7, A Storey 7; Chubb 5, A Humphrey 7, L Smith 9, P Hudson 8; J Coates 7.

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