Brixington Blues Under-12 match abandoned at half-time
PUBLISHED: 09:22 28 November 2012
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A depleted Brixington Blues Under-12 team travelled to Ottery St Mary to play a fixture against West Hill Wasps.
Given the amount of rain that fell in the days prior to the game the sloping pitch at Ottery had drained well.
However, driving rain on the journey over gave the travelling blues an indication of the conditions to come!
Due to a few late drop outs the Blues arrived one player down and the hosts sportingly agreed to match the Blues numbers.
The referee gave the nod to the game starting and that was welcomed by both sets of players, very eager to contest the game despite the soaking conditions.
There was not as much enthusiasm for then contest on the touchline where supporting parents were getting wetter, and wetter!
It was to many parents credit that rather than seek refuge in dry vehicles they braved the conditions to give support on the touchline.
Straight from the kick off a good move resulted in the Wasps keeper making a fine save from a well struck Kian Newton shot.
The Blues played some inspired football with midfielders Kyle Webb, Adam Jenions and James Bridge working hard in midfield to win the ball from the home side.
When called into action Blues keeper Sam Hill made some excellent saves - becoming rather muddy in the process! In front of the glovesman, defenders Owain Brinkworth, Lewis Smith and Tom Pearson worked hard against the Wasps forwards with plenty of tough tackling and confident play - passing the ball out of defence across the increasingly wet surface rather than taking the easy option to blast the it up-field at every opportunity.
Newton continued to work hard as the lone striker and was unfortunate not to open the scoring just before the half-time whistle blew.
With the rain increasing throughout the first half and conditions becoming more slippery the referee took the decision to abandon the game at the break.
Whilst The Blues were disappointed, all agreed that the decision was the correct one.
Blues coaches Paul Jenions and Gary Ebdon were extremely proud of their eight heroes (and parents) who proved commitment and dedication over and above the call of duty to turn out on a very wet and windy Saturday morning for half an hours football!
With the game re-arranged for April both teams can only hope it is not a case of April showers when they meet again!