Right from the start the “talent” was on show with my own very special “trap the ball dummy” that foxed everyone. Jane made her debut for Loxwood U10s parents which she actually admitted turned out to be her football career debut! Well done Jane, looking forward to seeing your career progress!
After a quick warm by the players and a 12-hour kit change by Jeremy a 3x3 match started. Intricate passing was shown all across the pitch - Jeremy with some slick turns, Marco commanding his defensive area and Andy slick on the pitch and on his phone in equal measure.
The arrival of Vinny, Sarah and Samuel (Harry J older brother) resulted in a 4 v 4. Highlights included:
- Sarah 1:1 attempt with Vinny in goal who wasn’t letting that in – if Sarah had score it would have been an epic tale in the Jenkinsons history book and bedroom for years to come I’m sure
- Jeremy performing an attempted “clothes line” tackle on Garth – “honest, I didn’t see you”
- Samuels new “party trick” of standing on the ball and landing on his face – twice!
- Garth performing good impressions of his grandfather coughing up 3 ounces of tar in the morning after smoking 40 a day for 50 years.
The undisputed highlight of the show and clear man of the match though was Steve “Inspector Gadget” Smith in goal. Where those protruding arms and legs came from as he stood there was the stuff of legends. It would have been a rout if it wasn’t for this man of the match performance.
Without a ref we had no whistle to blow up for full-time but luckily we found another “klaxon bell” at 19:58 as Marco sat down and screamed and “Owwww! I have twanged my banjo”. Look away kids.
Back in the studio Gary Lineker and team analysed “Giving the U10s kids a schooling? They couldn’t beat their school team”. Last night Charlie O’Mara went to bed safe in the knowledge that his Dad had won man of the match and scored 4 goals, dazzling everyone on the pitch who likened him to a young Pele (sssshhhhh…..).
Loads of fun guys, and thanks for continuing to arrange Marco! Hope the Banjo is on the mend.