Ok we have another pair of games to get through this time around, one against a team that Crown had never played or even seen before, and the other against a very familiar foe from years past. Let’s just say that some things never change…they call that foreshadowing. Here we go then.
Crown v TNFC:
With a few players running late Crown began this game with no subs and found themselves down 2-0 early before Simon got Crown on the board followed by PJ and it was 2-2. But TNFC were a solid, hustling team and replied with a pair of their own to get the lead back up to 4-2 before Tim finished off Simon’s post effort to cut it back to 4-3. Crown then had their first big complaint as a TNFC defender had a pretty clear (or so every thought) slide tackle to block a goal bound shot but no call from either ref and Crown found themselves down by one at the half. Rob finally arrived and went right to work by scoring the tying goal early in the second half, but once again TNFC answered to take the lead 5-4. PJ (2) got Crown back on level terms again and finally they actually took the lead with Rob (2) making up for missing the first half. Crown had some chances to finish the game off but were made to pay for the missed opportunities when TNFC caught a break as a deflected shot gave Chris, making his Crown debut in net, no chance. Speaking of Chris, it has to be noted that he made a pair of huge saves in the second half to ensure Crown got something from this game. And should it have been the full 3 points? Probably as in the final seconds Tim beat his defender and the keeper only to have another slide tackle stop his game winner to which again there was no call, the ref actually had the whistle in his mouth and took 4 or 5 steps towards the play but apparently had no air in his lungs. And so a back and forth game ended 6-6 with some controversy but the good thing was it was not with our opponents, they were just a good competitive bunch. Afterwards though I was thinking it has been awhile since we suggested that BlueSky help out their referees with some visual aids, no, nothing like video review or the high tech googles from last time…maybe we go old school and all chip in for a pair of these to be kept in the booth: