Ultimate Football: Woo! Flair fightback to steal draw with champions
PUBLISHED: 13:27 27 September 2017
Ultimate Football Welwyn Garden City Monday night six-a-side league newboys FC Flair fought back from a three-goal deficit to draw 5-5 with reigning Premiership champions My Dixie.
Two goals from player-manager Jack Hague and one from George Robinson had given the champs a 3-1 half-time lead but Flair, for whom Niki Tavares had scored in the first period, pulled one back after the break through brother Marco.
But when Hague extended his own tally to four, My Dixie led 5-2.
Some valiant play from FC Flair enabled Matt Hutchison and Cameron Currie to narrow the gap to one and, in what was almost the final spell of the game, Niki Tavares scored what could prove to be a very important point for his side in the autmun season.
Shakhtar FC had established a four goal cushion by the half-way mark in their tie with Litty Commity CF.
Dale Stewart’s side restored some pride in the second half but overall an incredible four goals from man of the match Dean Reynolds, combined with one each from Connor Batram and James Wheeler, sealed a very convincing 6-2 victory for the leaders.
Morgan Harvey netted two first-half goals for The Toddlers in League One but their opponents, last season’s runners-up FC Big Fan, outscored them with clinical efforts from Josh Timmins, Stephen Fletcher and Christian Iszchak.
After the break Big Fan stepped up a gear and finished the game off with a second goal from Iszchak and Timmins, while Callum Houghton also fired home.
Volvo Selekt played out a very closely contested tie with SD & Carlton Cole.
The early stages of the game were fairly low intensity but Jamie Moss took his chance well and gave Volvo a deserved one-goal lead.
Lloyd Peter’s side re-grouped at half-time and emerged a more cohesive outfit, which soon generated several clear goal-scoring opportunities for the red jersey outfit.
Some outstanding goalkeeping from man of the match Salvatore Bivona kept the current champions in front and a quick counter-attack enabled Jack Offredi to double Volvo’s lead.
Carlton Cole were not prepared to accept defeat lightly however and Peter led by example as he pushed forward and snatched a goal back.
While the game could have gone either way, Bivona’s goal-keeping proved the difference between the sides and it finished 2-1.
In the Championship, Hedgehog FC took a newly formed Boca Seniors outfit by surprise as they had created a six-goal cushion with the initial 15 minutes of play.
Some tactical changes by Matt Edge at half-time saw his side emerge as more organised team and this paid dividends with Ashley Durrant finising well early on after the restart.
It was the five goals from Hedgehog’s new talisman James Ferguson that did the damage and the 8-1 win will be a welcome start for player-manager Charlie Bacon, who encouraged his men throughout the game.
Boca can take many positives from the match but they will need to address an apparent lack of man marking if they are to compete for the title.
Meanwhile, Smakosze St Albans pulled off a surprising 4-2 victory over Blackpool, who were mising some first team regulars.
A brace each from Krzysztof Barnowski and Marcin Sternak was sufficient for Damian Mikulski’s side, while Andreas Vazanias scored both goals for Blackpool.
Neverbee Athletic and Academy Rejects commence their first games of the new season next Monday.
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