1 - Charlie W 7 - Cameron M
3 - Louis F 9 - Zach L
5 - Leo M 10 - Charlie T
6 - Harry H 11 - Sam M
With a heavy frost on the ground, signs for the Dunmow United derby were not looking good. The early KO’s had already been cancelled and it looked like this fixture was going the same way. With communication between the two teams, a later KO was suggested and following a last minute pitch inspection, the news we all wanted - the game could go ahead.
Unfortunately the later KO meant that Tom A wasn’t available, however, it probably wasn’t a bad thing for Tom who has been suffering from illness in recent days. We all know he will have been desperate to play.
So the Piranhas would face the Sharks in the final match of the year, a fitting way to end and another great year of football. A year which has seen Louis F, Leo M settle in brilliantly to the team following their moves in the January window, the big summer signing of Zach L, some great tournaments including a day out at Stamford Bridge which the lads will never forget, Louise and Sam arriving on time for a match (yes it did happen!) and most importantly of all the lads enjoying playing football and developing both as individuals and as a team.
The Sharks were coming into the match on the back of a transitional period which has seen many new faces come into the team and it was great to see the Orange and Blue shirts lined up together before the match - Friends first, opponents second. Dunmow United U10’s are going strong and despite some difficulties around training times, we have three great teams flying the (orange) flag!
The frost had lifted and the drizzle came in. It was cold and wet as the game got underway but no spirits were dampened. Mark ‘Torvill and Dean’ Francis was refereeing today but in the rush to get out of the house, he picked up his ice skates instead of his football boots! He called the two captains together and the match go underway.
Both teams put in a great display of football in difficult conditions with some flowing passing and dogged determination. There were chances galore in the game and enough action to keep everybody warm. Both sets of supporters were providing encouragement for all of the players with the only downside being that Kev missed out on a bacon roll!
At the end of the match, the cold and wet players all lined up and shook hands with their friends and then got in the warm as quickly as they could!
Well done Piranhas & Sharks! We are United!
Just to finish, I would like to say a big ‘Thank you’ to everyone involved with the Piranhas. We have a great bunch of lads which is not surprising as they all have great parents who support and encourage every week. We had some difficulties at the start of the season with training but everybody compromised to ensure we are able to get the lads together which we are seeing the benefits of. The team is improving every week and it is a real team effort from everyone so again, thank you all.
Wishing you all a very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year and looking forward to getting going again in January!