The Turf went Mad again
Again, members of the message board line up against each other, and it proved to be a titanic tussle between two even matched sides who ended the game level at 2-2. Both teams battled hard to get the upper hand, and it started before the game outside the ground, with everyone wanting use of the home team dressing room.
A toss of the coin between the managers brought that discussion to an end which saw CT's Clique take the home dressing room and Craig Levein's side consigned to the away dressing room, thankfully without the services of Mark de Vries.
There was a rallying call in the dressing room from cblant, the CT's Clique captain before the teams went out, led out by the Craig Levein mascot will_bfc. It was time for the photo calls, with more digital cameras than players, before the teams settled down for their biggest, and for some of them their first, game of the season.
A couple of early injuries were put down to nematode bites before cblant came off with a facial injury, elbowed by Craig Levein keeper Dltbfc just below the eye. Not only that, he'd taken a kick from his own son, streeterpingfellow, but got his own back by threatening him with being sent to bed by nine o'clock.
It was a massive shock when Levein's team went in front against the run of play. Ged_Bfc got clear of the CT Clique defence and gave jdrobbo no chance. It was celebrations all round for the Levein outfit, and none more so than dushanbe who was celebrating having won £32 in the sweepstake.
By half time the scores were level in a controversial moment. Levein boss typically claimed to have seen nothing but the assistant in front of the Longside saw the foul, put his flag across his chest, and a penalty it was. Boroclaret, this year playing with hair and an alice band, gave Dltbfc no chance.
Half time was for the team talks, some water and slices of orange, except for claptrappers_union who decided to do a Jamie Hoyland in the visiting technical area after claiming to feel somewhat unwell. It was so bad, it kept him off the field for the first five minutes of the second half.
That second half proved to be a really tense affair but CT's Clique thought they had clinched it when inchy stole in to put them in front for the first time. The lead though lasted no time at all before his older brother bobbydazzler, he isn't really a bobby dazzler, brought the scores level again.
Despite playing the last couple of minutes with an extra man Levein's team couldn't claim the victory although the non dazzling one missed a good chance in the last minute, almost as good as the four or five marvbfc had missed for CT's Clique.
All square then, hands were shaken, insults were thrown, before both teams visited the Park View (I refuse to give it any other name) for a post match drink.
It had been another big success for the Clarets Mad message board, a few extra quid had been raised for the Year of the Youth fund, taking it up to over £5,100 and now we can look forward to the big fundraising game at Padiham in two weeks time when we are hoping for a big crowd to give the fund a boost.
Well done to all those who took part yesterday, and I hope you all enjoyed the opportunity, a first for some, of playing on the Turf – and my thanks to everyone who was involved with special thanks to both agreenwood and bf2k for providing the kit. The green kit, used by Pendle Forest, was sponsored by Blackpool hotel the Seaclose, owned by yet another Claret, and yet another member of the Clarets Mad message board, Patey. There's a bit of advertising for you in the pics John!!
See you all at Padiham in two weeks.
Craig Levein's Team
The captains and match officials line up before kick off
NBK doesn't look too happy with the referee's decision
marvbfc heads over
Boroclaret equalises from the penalty spot
Hair today, gone tomorrow
Players from both sides watch on as marv shoots wide
The Levein bench looking worried
End of the game, but why is Boroclaret carrying a claret seat?
streeterpingfellow looks ready to swap shirts at the end
Dad shakes hands with son, and a promise of no tea and an early night
Shirt sponsor Patey from the Seaclose