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A slightly disappointing game, not helped by the wind and cold (and indeed that quick diagonal hailstorm in the second half), but at least the unbeaten run continues..

 

We had enough possession (and a few more chances then the 'oppo') to have gone in ahead at half time, but we never tested their keeper properly, and it was frustrating for Aylesbury to score with their only shot on target in the first half, albeit beautifully curled into the far corner by Sonny French in the 27th minute. They had a few other efforts, but we'd looked comfortable.

 

Before the game, Beano announced the ref as the 'man in control'. He had next to no control at all and, as the game carried on, it became increasingly annoying that the ref allowed Aylesbury to persistently and subtly manhandle our players (surprised their shirts didn't have six sleeves, at least three of their players were more octopus-like in their smothering of our lads), so it was joyous relief when we equalised in the 70th, a fine right wing cross by Joe met with a wonder mid-air volley by Bitz on the left side blasting the ball inside the far post. Surprised to see Joe subbed, as there were two or three players who were much less effective in the game.

 

It was also frustrating to see player after player for the away team fall over and lay prone on the pitch - the one time one of our players (Ed) was clattered, by the flightless specimen Brian Haule (he still can't jump!) the ref gave nothing - so when Jamie Connor went down, stayed down and needed to be stretchered off it was a concern. Hope he recovers quickly.

 

With Macca out due to a leg injury, many home fans were suprised (and a bit worried) that Tyler Tobin didn't even make the bench. Was he injured too? The debutant keeper, Staines reserve custodian Kyle Merson, spilt the ball a couple of times but his distribution getting attacks going and his kicking were very good. We were also a bit worried that Bairoh was still missing, but Jim had a good, solid game in his place. We need to get tighter on the opposiiton players, move up quicker as a unit and believe in ourselves more, but a point's a point so no disaster. Not sure if the lads will be disappointed with the draw or pleased with keeping the run going.

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Eddie - A comprehensive view of the game and the conditions that left me shivering before, during and after the game. I thought Kyle Merson looked pretty assured, and the goal we conceded gave him no chance at all. But..........how did we not convert something in the first half, and why for long spells in the second half was our midfield like an open space.

 

But, a point is what we have to settle for. The referee was crap and its a pity he wasn't substituted - if an assessor had been present the referee would now be an ex-referee.

 

A nice moment in the clubhouse before the game when Ernie's Bar was officially unveilled, and nice to see his family and friends there.

 

But the afternoon was spoiled by the conditions - luckily I had a lift there and back from the tall guy.

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Their report was obviously written by an absolute arse. The new version of Biggleswade? Probably fazed by the wind, rain, and the iron birds lifting off from the airport.

 

Knob.

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It's not as bad as the first edit, which had us in North London! :blink:

 

While, had I been compiling a match report yesterday, it would have been worded very differently, we cannot assume that we know where the lady who wrote the report was standing. A game looks very different from behind the goal...

 

There is an element of bias in all journalism, even a broadsheet. The difference is that, in professional journalism, that bias is much more subtle than in a match report that is, let's face it, not meant for our eyes. You certainly wouldn't expect a report from Aylesbury to mention their constant shirt-pulling, nor their players propensity to lie on the turf as if it were a king-size bed for even minor ailments and sure enough, Ms Benson doesn't. In her shoes, neither would I! Mind you, I was quite careful not to mention them either when I did the short summary...

 

Let's not judge someone who has given up their Saturday afternoon and evening to stand in the cold and then type it up too harshly.

 

The Moles are most definitely not the new Biggleswade - their officials were very polite and when I went there, we were certainly made very welcome, so let's just park that one straight away.

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Journalistic licence? Journalistic? Now that's laughable! Hallowe'en must have reached Aylesbury early, judging by the photo in their report (couldn't he have at least tried to smile?). Obviously, in the land of the blind, the one-eyed woman is queen.

 

Good to see 'Sod' Haule and 'B=gger' Haule were just as effective against us as they were for us. On the strength of that team's performance, which was lower mid-table at best, how bad were the previous six teams to all lose to them?

 

And that, ladies and gentlemen, is why I could never be on the committee! :P

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A frustrating afternoon all round really. Weather being the major factor with the wind causing havoc on the pitch.

I would just like to ask, that on future days when the wind and rain is at its worst, that people do not use our quality retail outlet as a snug! Half time takings dropped to an all time low due to over occupation of the literature department. However, we did sell some scarfs before the game, which was nice. :)

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Not much room in there at the best of times when you're there FB!! lol

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Email Nigel Adkins and ask him for poetic pointers - I saw a clip last week when he recited several verses of poetry 'The Man in the Glass' in response to a question about how he was coping with the bad run of results.

 

Apparently in his programme notes on Sunday there were references to the spirit of Abraham Lincoln and Rocky Bilbao.

 

Barking? I hope not.

 

Sounds like Burgo's got some reading to do.

 

www.bbc.co.uk/sport/0/football/20097300

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We've already had yer actual Kipling in one match report already...

 

Anyway, let's bring this thread back on topic. Better late than never, please find below a link to the first report written for the club by Sam Petherick, a Sports Journalism student from Queen Mary University College, Twickenham, who has come on board to help with the media side of things.

 

http://www.ashfordtownmiddlesexfc.com/index.php/first-team/match-reports/575-marvellous-moment-from-bitmead-denies-moles

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Welcome to the club, Sam!

 

Will Sam be here long enough to merit an introduction on the website front page? Was he the young lad shepherding Beano by our press room (the printer on the pool table) before the game?

 

Good report, with just a bit of fine tuning needed - goal times would be handy, and no mention of the prolonged injury - but some nice turns of phrase and factual content.

 

Also, some of us in the covered terrace thought Kofi had made a great headed clearance away in the first minute! :lol:

 

By the way, I know it's Hallowe'en, but it was a bit harsh of Beano to say "the next thing you'll hear is chairman Dave Baker" during the latest podcast! :P :D

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Nice work Sam! Excellent first effort and no doubt will get better as you learn the characteristics of the players.

 

No doubt Beano will have tipped you off with our "no re-useable info" policy, with regards to penalty placements etc ;)

 

Well done and welcome.

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Kipling . . . . must of been a comment about the cakes against Biggleswade !!!

 

Welcome Sam, well done with the first report and don't be too worried about us, I'm sure you'll get to know us all soon.

 

SBF

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May I be the first (and last) to suggest Sam does his reports under the name Sam Parker, as his pen name ....lol (see what I did there Parker - pen name !!! )

 

I'll get my coat .....................

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