Streatham Fight Back For Derby SuccessStuart Dade Friday, December 07, 2001 09:29 GMT
Points were pretty scarce in week 9, with the third and final derby game of the season the main focus. And what a strange, strange game of football it turned out to be...
Dinamo's first game of the night was a glorious one for the spectator, blood and thunder against 1860 Lambeth with more than a little exciting football thrown in. Lambeth started the better side but didn't look like scoring - until they did just that. Having taken the lead near the end of the first half, 1860 promptly substituted their best player, the goalscorer, and Dinamo sensed that they had a chance. Graham Dietz was once again the man with an eye for goal, firing low from the left inside the near post to equalise. Thereafter, Graham was desperately, desperately unlucky not to score again, beating the 1860 keeper only for the ball to ping off the outside of the post. Worse was to come, as uncharacteristically slack Bar Pitch defending gifted Lambeth a chance which they gratefully took. Graham was soon holding his shaven head in his hands yet again after hitting the opposite post, with the keeper once again well beaten. The game finished 2-1 to the opposition. After that, Dinamo fell 3-1 to Eaton Beavers, with the consolation goal for the oranges coming from - who else? - Graham.
Streatham's first game of week 9 pitted the yellows against in-form Athletico Lard. Two errors from keeper Stuart Dade gifted the reds a brace of early goals, after which Lard were clearly showboating. Streatham worked hard to try to punish Lard's flashy tactics, but received no reward. Instead, Athletico scored twice more to complete a 4-0 win. In Streatham's final game of the night, tempers were frayed as 1860 Lambeth beat North End 3-1. The yellows' goal came from Ian Holmes, but the game's talking points were the repeated verbal exchanges with 1860's scouser. The Lambeth player was eventually substituted to prevent any further incidents, but not until Streatham manager Stuart Dade, having felt the offending player attempting to take his ankle in a late challenge, threatened to lead his team off the pitch.
And so to the derby game, which was actually Streatham's second game of the night and Dinamo's third. The game's first goal, early in the first half, was one of the strangest ever seen at the Theatre of Dreams. Receiving the ball inside the Streatham half, Dinamo player-manager Chris Osborne had his orange shirt cynically pulled by his opposite number Stuart Dade. Play stopped after a whistle blew but, unbeknownst to virtually all 10 players, that whistle had actually been blown on another pitch. Referee Graham had in fact signalled play on, which Chris Osborne coincidentally did, smacking the ball goalwards. North End keeper Ian Holmes, believing that play had been stopped some time ago for a Dinamo free-kick, calmly let the ball thunder into the net. The goal, as bizarre as it was, stood, to the amazement of most of the players and the understandable delight of Chris, who has now bagged 5 goals this season. It was justice, really, considering the blatancy of the foul on Chris. Heads were nevertheless shaken in disbelief and the rest of the game passed by with a surreal atmosphere. Would the strangest ever goal prove to be the winner? Graham subsequently had a fine chance to score, but was denied by the outstretched leg of keeper Ian. At the other end, a well-hit shot by Stuart was easily saved by Bar Pitch goalie Tom.
At half-time, John McNally went in goal for the yellows, having "done his leg", as the technical term goes. Streatham were playing with greater purpose and got their reward with a fine goal from John McDonell from a narrow angle on the right. Not long after, North End completed their comeback, when Ian Holmes latched on to a misplaced pass by Lee Hodgkin and made no mistake in front of goal. Thereafter, the yellows worked hard to limit Dinamo's chances, with Stuart marking the danger man Graham closely at the back. A Bar Pitch equaliser never materialised and, just as with last season, Streatham had left it until the last derby game of the season to register a win.
All three derby matches this season have been settled by a single goal margin, and two of the games saw one team come from a goal down to win the game. Dinamo have come out on top overall this season, with two wins to Streatham's one, but North End will be mightily relieved that their sister team didn't win all three of the derby games. Here's how the stats look now:
THE DERBY GAMES
Dinamo wins 3
Streatham wins 2
Dinamo goals 5 (Graham 2, Chris 2, Tom 1)
Streatham goals 6 (Dave 1, Oscar 1, Andy 1, John 1, Ian 1, og 1)
Roll on next season for the next three instalments in what are always exciting, good-natured games of football.
Week 9 Results:
Dinamo Bar Pitch 1 1860 Lambeth 2
Dinamo Bar Pitch 1 Eaton Beavers 3
Dinamo Bar Pitch 1 Streatham North End 2
Streatham North End 0 Athletico Lard 4
Streatham North End 2 Dinamo Bar Pitch 1
Streatham North End 1 1860 Lambeth 3