Everyone was happy to return to play the game we love, despite the unusual 3 pm KO time. In fact, it didn’t seem to do the Greggs Vets any harm whatsoever, as they went on to a 5-1 victory, which could have been more in a game dominated by the vet’s team from the 1st minute.
Greggs got off to a great start when Twemlow smashed the 1st goal from just outside the box within an opening couple of minutes. The trend continued as Greggs continued to find space down both wings, with Fitzpatrick hitting the bar with a header and then having a goal disallowed with a close offside call. It was another close call when Twemlow again found himself free down the right-hand side, this time only to square it for Dougie to tap in from close range. A solid midfield and defence limited the opposition to live off scraps in the opening half, and Greggs went in at half time with a deserved lead.
The second half began with a more competitive Bedians team but with no real danger from either side until around the hour mark when the game opened up. The Greggs keeper Shabba was called into action a couple of times from balls played into the box, and at the other end, Greggs missed three, maybe four good chances from Twemlow, Fitzpatrick, and Lyndsey. Twemlow, though, finally put that breathing space required between the two teams running across the defensive line and slotting nicely into the bottom left-hand corner from the edge of the 18-yard box. Bedians did not throw in the towel, however, and managed to get their goal from a set-piece that was the most likely way they would score. Greggs pushed on though and continued to create chances, and it was Brown who the ball fell nicely to and took the opportunity from a distance with a great finish. The icing on the cake came from Forrester, who got on the end of a corner to punch the ball upwards with his toe, into the back of the net. All players contributed superbly and worked hard as a team.
The Greggs vets went home happy but will feel there should have been more goals to celebrate.
Written by Michael Fitzpatrick