Back to the happy Clappy chappies and non-chappies to egg on the Doggies in a cup game.
The Gordon Brasted Memorial Trophy
Who was Gordon Brasted? Non-plastic Arsenal fans will know that he played in the 1950s, apparently but not in the first team scoring 68 goals for them in lesser leagues. He later played Football League games for Gillingham.
He died in 2000 after years of service at Burnham Ramblers – a team on the other side of Southend – who played in the Essex Senior League before joining the Ryman Lerague.
But what most impressed me, far more than any footballing exploits, is that he opened the batting with the Gunners’ Denis Compton, who was more famous for being a Test cricketer than a mere Gunner.
Respect, and lucky bugger.
Gordon Bennett, Gordon Brasted will be turning in his grave to see such shoddy defending by the visitors who might just as well have gone home after half an hour.
Geoff Ocran opened the scoring – it’s on the video, set the quality to 720p – after 15 minutes with a sweet volley. Warren Mfula got put through for a one-on-one five minutes later which he converted.
Then the visiting keeper got a nasty bounce just in front of him, kicking the ball up and over him into the net. it looked like an error but the defence should have shut down Luke Kanjor who had time in the box to loose off a shot after another half-clearance.
It was turning into a fish shoot for the Doggies and you were already beginning to feel sorry for Enfield 1893.
More of the same in the second half. The visiting netminder made a sharp save at a corner only for impressive Eamon Payne, the centre-half, to score from eight yards. Again, defenders too slow to stop the shot.
And then, insult to injury, defender Idu Bogdan for some reason playing up front as centre forward was put through on goal to make it 5-0 after an hour. Both centre halves on the scoresheet, that’s taking the Michael.
Ref should have blown for full-time then just cos it was getting a bit cold.
Good team-ultras interplay at the end though. That’s the core of the video above.
And so the Doggies are through to a semi-final against the almost but not quite unbeatable big boys of the Essex Senior League, Haringey Borough, who have chewed up almost all opposition this season in just about every competition. Hardly lost a game.