It is fair to say that before the journey had begun the hopes were tingling for Storm Brian to put down sufficient water to save the trip, but that the call never came from the Bay and the bare 11 set off, accompanied by their sole supporter, Phil Neath, who was suitably prepared for an arctic adventure!
As the weather deteriorated throughout the journey, the teams warm up was predominantly spent waiting in the Cafe going through the formation and importantly for a suitable moment drive up to the pitch. Weather gap presented (Abbott finished his cup of tea) and the 200metre drive was taken. BHC strolled onto the pitch with 15mins to the push, the rain still persisting.
In a moment of kindness the rain subsided and the game commenced, BHC set to make Colwyn Bays progress as difficult as possible despite the limited squad availability. The formation invited CBHC to press against BHC, however the fortress set up was holding firm and the Bay struggled to break through the flanks. There were some lapses in concentration, as on a couple of occasions BHC stopped playing expecting the whistle which didn’t prevail and subsequently the score only remained at nil due to a shot put wide and a last minute challenge by Swaine winning the free out. Having survived the scares BHC resumed their resolution in defence and looked to catch The Bay lapping against the shore whilst the spritely attack nipped in for a paddle. The energetic midfield and forwards managed to contrive such an opening leaving Keiffer Earnshaw to sneak in a cheeky little reverse push. A shock to the Bay and potentially a bigger shock to BHC. The first half continued in much the same vain, with the only other real excitement coming from Phil Neath who was spotted trying to stop the dug-out blowing over!
A rousing speech at half time by Captain Swaine to keep the confidence and effort up during what was an expected assault by CBHC combined with the now persisting rain and headwind. The Bay did not disappoint their adorning fans with high press straight from the whistle with BHC struggling more and more to release the pressure into the opposition half. The assured passing of the first half starting to get more ragged and possession gifted back to the Bay more easily. Still the team worked hard defensively to recover and thwart the increasingly frustrated home team. An occasional break saw a glimmer of hope for a BHC second but composure lacked and opportunities came and went.
As time ticked down, the Bay’s press got higher and higher and eventually through a little fortune and an obstruction not seen, the Bay grabbed an equaliser. Captain Swaine took the opportunity to catch his breath and had a good 5minute conversation with the umpire, alleged talking about hockey, but there was sufficient doubt to believe it was talk of holidays in sunnier climates, meanwhile the old boys in the teams starting to seize up and calls for deep heat ensued (other muscle warming products are available to purchase)
Eventually the game restarted with the goal standing – no shock there and the score at 1-1 with little time left on the clock. BHC throughout the half were solid against the Bay’s Penalty corners, an opportunity broke seeing a scramble in front of the Bay’s goal as the ball squirmed around the D, but off the back line it went. As the last minute counted down, the Bay again awarded a PC, one last opportunity for the Bay, one last moment of focus for BHC, the ball injected, the defence engage, first shot made and smothered, BHC pick the ball up a play the ball out to midfield, as the glimmer of a final BHC break was to commence, the whistle blew bringing an end to a staunch BHC performance. A jubilant travelling BHC was matched by a somewhat deflated home team, who were left bewildered by the result.
Shout outs to Man of the Match Graeme Kilshaw, who when required had his moments of magic and to Dan Howe making his first team debut and put in a great performance.
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