Thursday, 4 September 2008


Reds manager Paul Pannell once again had a full squad at his disposal to help increase the gap at the top of the table, providing his side could come out on top against Converso.

Reds got back to winning ways last week after a hard thought 1-0 victory over Only Fools and Pannell expected a similar robust performance from his boys.

Prior to kick off, news broke that Rayleigh Wizards had suffered a shock 1-0 defeat against Only Fools, meaning the gap could be further increased at the top should the Reds win.

Dan Mayes was included in the starting line up this week as he continued his comeback from injury.

The FootballHeads started comfortably, confidence had been boosted after last weeks win.

Some neat inter play between the midfield and the defence looking strong.

Not many chances were available as both sides looked to put up a strng wall at the back.

Some neat play between Gill, Webster and Mayes was unable to carve out any clear cut chances but the Reds plugged away.

Gill burst down the wing and appeared to be clattered by a clumsy tackle from a Converso defender.

Gill looked up at the ref who in return pointed at the spot. PENALTY!!!

The FootballHeads only other penalty this season went to Webster who was unable to capitalize, so Reds top scorer Gill snatched the ball and made a B-Line for the penalty spot.

Silence was in the air and all that was present was a strong gust of wind trickling across the field.

Gill calmly placed the ball on the spot, stepped back and waited for the whistle…………………


Gill was unlucky as his strike stuck the inside of the right post and spun across the goal line.

The Reds continued to pursue and pressure the opposition. Then came the first injury of the game.

Dan Mayes chased down the ball down the wing and pulled up with a hamstring problem.

‘’Its very very dissappointing’’ He moaned

‘’The gaffer gave me a start out there and I thought things were going well and I was enjoying it out there. This is another huge set back for me and is very frustrating but hopefully I will be able to play some part in the rest of the season if I recover in time’’ He bleeted

On came the reinforcements in the shape of Hughes, L. Mayes and Pannell.


Pannell gave an encouraging team talk to his men and told them to win this one for the fans.

The boys reacted to the gaffers words and came out fighting strong, some excellent play across the pitch and great communication lead by Pannell, lead to the Reds being too strong for the opposition.

Ricky Gill then made amends for his penalty miss when he once again got himself on the score sheet.

The hitman poached his way through the defence and prodded the ball passed the converse keeper. 1-0!

Gill has been on fire this season and is the leagues top goal scorer on 8 goals.

The lighting was poor and it was almost turning pitch black on the pitch, then came another injury blow for the Reds.

Keeper Ben Robbins, came out and caught a freekick but as he landed he fell awkwardly on his ankle and suffered what is initially understood to be a bad sprain.

‘’He went down screaming. We thought he had broke his leg or something’’ smirked utility man Craig Victory.

Robbins was carried off the pitch in agony as Reds defender Luke Mayes donned the keeper shirt and took over in goal for the final 5 minutes.

‘’I felt a sharp shooting pain in my ankle’’ growled the injured Robbins

‘’I will go home and put an ice pack on it and see what the physio says during the week ‘’ he wallowed

FootballHeads managed to keep it tight at the back as Pannell, Victory and Rider defended with their hearts on their sleeves for the final 5 minutes.


The Reds are nearly there; this win puts them further ahead of the chasing pack with only 3 games remaining.

Will the injury to Robbins be a serious one? Will the Reds suffer without their number one between the sticks? One thing is for sure, we will bring you updates and announcement as news breaks from the number 1 team in essex!

Tune in next week as we bring you all the latest news, view and interviews.

Commmme onnnnnnnn yooooou Reds!

Squad: Robbins, Hughes, Rider, Pannell, D. Mayes, L. Mayes, Victory, Webster and Gill

Goals: Gill

Man of the Match: Gill

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