A game of two halves

Blackpool Men’s 1s 5-2 Northop Hall Men’s 2s

by Peter Latimer

Shakespeare wrote in The Life and Death of Julius Caesar the now famous line “Beware the ides of March”. The Ides of March falls on the 15th of the month but Caesar’s astrologer who was called Spurinna told him on the 25th February to watch out for the month ahead. Caesar knew better and was stabbed to death by members of the Senate on the very day his astrologer predicted. It is also a well known fact that Kenneth Williams plays the best Caesar that ever graced the silver screen, but I will save that for another report.

So back to Spurinna the Roman astrologer. He was basically saying don’t leave the house from the 25th February until the 16th March. If Spurinna had been around today he would have told BHC not to start the second half of their game on Saturday. He would have said “just go off the pitch, shower and congratulate yourselves on a brilliant 35 minutes of hockey”. The problem was Blackpool do not have an astrologer to guide them just a squad of 17 to 53 year olds.

The first half was strange in that it ended with Blackpool five goals up without really getting out of second gear. There was a strange flatness to their play and it was very quiet at times. Northop never troubled the defence never mind the goalie. The highlight of the half came when Mike Ashfield scored and his Mum raced 50 yards into the press box demanding that he gets included in the match report because his previous outing and his first senior goal for the club never got mentioned. Mrs Ashfield can sleep easy tonight knowing Mike will be the only mentioned name in this particular report.

At half time the captain was a little uneasy about the easy nature of some of his key players, there was far to much joking around. As the second half started this jovial nature seemed to transgress into the way Blackpool played. They reverted to the previous weeks style of play and all the fluent passing and moving stopped. Northop scored two goals from very poor Blackpool defending but were never going to get back into the game from five goals down. To cap the half off Blackpool’s MoM missed a meaningless flick but that did not take anything away from his very welcome return to strengthen the midfield.

The best teams push on from being five nil up at half time, mediocre teams take their collective foot of the gas and let an already beaten opposition score totally undeserved goals. I will leave you to draw your own conclusions. Lets just hope that in this case, when Spurinna said beware the ides of March he did not mean BHC as we still have four games left and twelve points to pick up.

Squad – Blakemore M, Woodman, Gettings, Wright, Abbott, Morrow K, Pasqualino, Boniface, Whitley, Ashfield, Morgan, Chadwick, Blakemore A. MoM – Morrow K.

© Kieron Morrow 27/02/06

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