10 February 2012
In face of sub-zero temperatures, Octopus United rallied
late to hold on to the top spot after a frosty encounter against a
strong Do It Like A Dude outfit in the Slough Power
This week's encounter began at frenetic pace with plenty of
early touches for Octopus, and especially for Jack Harris who saw
plenty of the ball early on. Though unfortunately at both ends of
Having scored the opener, seizing upon a through ball from
United's ever-present captain Tommy Flisher, Harris then
embarrassingly levelled up the tie putting through his own goal.
Looking to make amends for his error, Jack then drilled home from
distance to restore Octopus' lead.
This lead was extended before half time with a further five
goals, with Flisher, Harris, Steve Miller and Sammy Jamieson (2)
sharing the spoils, and only conceding two goals in response.
With a flattering 7-3 advantage at half time, Octopus knew the
Dudes would be out to raise their game in the second half,
and raise it they did. Despite many a strong tackle from Sammy,
Steve Spencer and Tom Holland at the back, United let their 4 goal
cushion slip and allowed the Dudes to level the game with
time running out.
Desperately seeking inspiration, out of nowhere, Tommy "The
Wily Mouse" Flisher slammed in a superb finish across the keeper
from a wide angle. Moments later, he again showed all his
5-a-side knowhow in supplying Harris with a sneaky free kick to put
the Octopedes back in front with minutes to spare. Calmness then
prevailed as Octopus ran down the clock and came out relieved 9-7
winners to remain clear at the top of the table.
In other news, Octopus' wheeler-and-dealer approach came up
trumps in the transfer market with the recruitment of free agent
Callum Fortune before the window was slammed shut on Tuesday.
Along with the welcome return of JP Charles, Fortune will be in
contention for an immediate debut with a call up to next week's
Unfortunately, Julian Moore's long-awaited return from the
injury list has been set back by another week, as Octopus seek
assurances that he has fully recovered from the Achilles injury
that has plagued his career.
Jack, as commentator.
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Octopus United continued their impressive start to the
season with another comfortable victory in the Slough Power
This week's game against WMC started off slow and both teams
cancelled each other out with long-range efforts. However, Octopus
Utd seized an advantage with Captain Tom Flisher bagging the opener
with a clinical finish inside 10 minutes.
From then on Octopus controlled the game and goals from Steve
Miller, Sammy Jamieson and JP Charles saw the team take a 6-2 lead
Octopus picked-up the pace in the second half, with early goals
from Sammy and Tom. With a comfortable goal cushion Octopus played
some good free-flowing football and ended up winning 13-2.
January has been a good month for the team, who have notched up
three consecutive wins and are now top of their league.
Octopus will look to continue their good form next week, and
with Julian Moore still on the long-term injury list, the team may
give a debut to January signing, James Pieslak.
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