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My comeback game

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Well, I played my last game in goal at 18, and well im just shy of my 26th birthday and made my comeback game on Saturday.

 

Been training with a team in the Central Midlands League and got the start due to a suspension. It was a horrible day weather wise, that fine drizzle the whole game which wasnt ideal but Im glad I had a good warm up as I needed the practice with the conditions. Very rusty first couple drills but after that, felt natural. I have to say the Defence played one hell of a game, really played well as a unit and stopped most of their attacks before they really materialised. In the first half they limited them to a couple of long rang shots and a couple free kicks/corners but on the whole was a quiet half for me.

 

Second half was a different story, we were 2-0 up at the half so they came out stronger and the first 5-10 minutes and was abit of an onslaught. Nearest they came to scoring tho was from a defelcted shot that came of one of our players backs and just skimmed wide. I really hadnt had a chance to work on any crosses or corners since I started playing and they had 4 or 5 in close succession. It was crowded in the box and still raining so didnt really fancy trying the catch, mananaged to get a couple of good punches in and rose well on one to just tip it over the head of their tall player who was just waiting to nod it in. Only one scary moment where I kicked the ball out short and it came straight back to me, heard someone shout pressure so just kicked it and fluffed it to one of their players 30 yards out. Lucky the D got back and stoped them. Next time that happened it came on my left (my weaker foot) and it flew miles....go figure!!

 

We ended up scoring one more on the break as they pushed more men forward, and ended up a comfortable 3-0 win. So a pretty good performance and a clean sheet on my debut was pretty happy over-all. Dam I have missed this, why did I wait so long??? Not sure on how the rest of the season will go game wise but its great to be playing again, and I think with some more practice/games I will be in good shape for the next few years!

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That sounds like a great start to a come back. Hopefully you can work your way into a permanent #1 spot. Keep us posted.

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Well, no more news on the goalkeeping front for my current team. Their normal #1 is back from suspension so he played back in goal on saturday. With all the cancelations from the bad winter we have many weekday games coming up, and with me working away and nights, means I just cant make them. They wanted me to step up to #1 but cannot risk losing the other keeper and not having one for the games I cannot make....Problem.

 

So, I have asked to go out on loan and managed to pick up a starting job in the Notts Senior League - Senior Divison. At the minute I just need the games and more experience, so looking forward to saturday. I have also signed up to a Sunday team. They play in the Newark Alliance league, and currently doing very well. Got my first game on Sunday as the game just gone was cancelled due to the other team now having enough players.

 

Only issue I have, I currently work in Milton Keynes on 7pm to 7am shift, and have to drive back both on saturday and sunday to play In the Nottingham area... It may about kill me but I want to play so has to be done. I may be needing some naps on saturday night to be awake for the Sunday game as thats a 10.30 KO not a nice 2-3pm one!

 

So to the game on Saturday, they were short of outfield players, so I put on the number 15 shirt and would be sub on the day. I had played striker back in the day, when I was younger and pre many injuries. Due to an injury, got on for the last 10 minutes, were were 2-0 down already and to be fair, I didnt managed to achieve much, and the running around thingy.....Lets just say I prefere them 10-20 yard sprints to gather/clear the ball than non stop running. :lol:

 

So.....Hopefully 2 match reports to come after next weekend. Im not going to name team names til I have actually managed a game :lol:

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