Welwyn Hatfield Mayor Les Page in attendance for final Ultimate Football pre-season clashes
PUBLISHED: 16:43 30 April 2015
Ultimate Football participants had the honour of completing their pre-season campaigns in front of Les Page, Mayor of Welwyn Hatfield and Dave Bartlett, chairman of the Welwyn Hatfield Sports and Physical Activity Alliance.
Stephen Olubajo gave Sons of Pitches a 1 – 0 first half lead as they encountered Sam Dent’s Groovy Gang. After the break Olubajo’s form continued as he completed a hat-trick and was aptly awarded man of the match for his goals and some sublime linking play which enabled Sons of Pitches to press their opponents for much of the game. Vik Modi completed a convincing 4 – 0 victory.
Michael Miller’s Foot Soldiers competed in a very close goal-less first-half encounter with Ashley Moss’s Colonel Getafe. Both teams had opportunities to score, however, there were limited efforts on target. Foot Soldiers upped their game in the second half and Tom Gajjar netted three consecutive goals. Geatfe lacked some key players for the match and perhaps as a result they were unable to threaten a come-back. Their lack of form was made worse as they conceeded two more goals late on from Soldiers front man Daniel Armstrong.
Slumdog Mignolet started their match against an injury ridden Hedgehog FC with some very positive attacking play. Player/manager Shaun White scored the first and the scoreline was increased thanks to two goals from Michael Firth. Hedgehog’s goal-keeper and man of the match Paul Whyman made some incredible first half saves to deny Slumdog a greater lead. Hedgehog re-grouped during the break with several tactical changes but this wasn’t sufficient to prevent Jack Hague from netting Slumdog’s fourth. Joe Brunt secured a consolation goal for Hedgehog late on but there was still time for Firth to net his second of the match and Slumdog’s fifth.
Blackpool’s Luke Swift found the back of the IDC FC net with a poweful first half strike, giving his team a narrow advantage at half-time. IDC vice captain Ben Prudence looked strong upfront and was often supported by fast paced runs and fanatstic vision from attacking-midfielder Sean Mboto. Unfortunately for them a robust Blackpool defence enabled their oppoenents to keep a clean sheet and with the help of a slight deflection, Blackpool captain Steve Charles netted his team’s second of the night. Charles could’ve have made it 3 – 0 following a sublime pass across the IDC box, only for his strike to ricochet at speed off the cross-bar. Nevertheless, his determination going forward was enough to secure the man of the match accolade.
It was an evening to forget for Exeter who suffered a rather severe 10 – 0 defeat against Foot Soldiers. Conor Sperring’s side were significantly under-resourced and this was a major factor in their below-par performance. Daniel Armstrong, Jordan Frowd (x2) and Billy Daly gave Soldiers a 4 – 0 half-time lead. An outstanding second half display from Michael Miller who orchestrated his team’s forward play and was solid at the back, allowed his teammates to get forward and score more goals. Man of the match Miller himself netted two, Jordan Frowd increased his goal tally to four, while Ashley Robinson and Jamie Arnold also found the back of the Exeter net.
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