6side001

TR Sponsors New 6 A Side Football Team

TR employees have put together a football team for a 6 a side football league that’s held at Freedom Leisure in Uckfield every weds night. The TR Fastenings team get to play a 1 half hour game a week against other local teams. 

The TR Fastenings team is made up of the following staff from our head office in Uckfield:

 
  • Dean Reynolds
  • Alfie Smith
  • Daniel Reardon
  • Ross Delmon
  • Sean Fuller
  • Robert Le Cras
  • Andrew Reed
  • Sean Robinson
  • Rob Jones

 League Table


 
Team P W D L F A GD P
Murder on Zidanes Floor 7 6 1 0 25 1 24 19
Exeter Gently Large 7 5 0 2 18 12 6 15
TR Fastenings 7 3 1 3 10 13 -3 10
Uckfield All Stars 7 4 2 1 14 7 7 14
Ridgewood 7 2 0 5 14 11 3 9
Mitchell's Bandits 7 4 0 3 15 15 0 12
Pathetico Madrid 7 1 0 6 8 22 -14 3
Mogers Rednecks  7 0 0 7 7 26 -19 0

 

Keep up to date with the team and their progress with Alfie Smith's weekly blog on the games:


9th July: TR season ends in embarrassing defeat

With a chance to finish a creditable third place TR had plenty of motivation to end the season with a victory against a side below them in the table, who had taken a few beatings in their campaign.
 
A few changes were made to the started XI as names were pulled out of a hat in the team meeting the morning before the game with Reynolds coming out pitch and Reardon spending the first half between the sticks.  The side looked in confident mood although the shooting in their warm up was more Lionel Ritchie than Lionel Messi. They really could have been their “all night long” and still not scored.
 
They game kicked off and Mitchell’s Bandits were the better team from the Start, TR not looking like they could handle the PRESSURE PLUG. the whole team were all over the place, not tracking their men and leaving the defence exposed. Bandit’s had a couple of opportunities but Reardon made a couple of stops and was having to play as a JOHNSTON sweeper keeper. They were also unable to keep possession which was PINning them back into their own half. The bandits scored two quick fire goals which were forgettable, the 2nd coming after the winger gave the defender the EYE, BOLTed down the line and crossed for the striker to finish easily. Reynolds came on for his debut out pitch but kept a LOW PROFILE due to the teams lack of the ball and lethargic performance.
 
TR gave themselves hope when Le Cras pulled a goal back with a perfectly hit cross I  mean shot that baffled the Bandit’s keeper but it didn’t give TR the lift that they wanted. The bandit’s were relentless and attacked with pace even though a few of the players are long in the TOOTH LOCK WASHER. Reed had a go in goal for the 2nd half and couldn’t do anything with the 3 goals that were put past him. TR just gave up, the fans were furious that these pampered stars couldn’t put a shift in when they have to work mon-fri purchasing and selling Fasteners to pay for their ticket.
 
Robinson had had enough and ask to be subbed, he didn’t seem himself and we later learned he had failed his driving test earlier that day. He was having an off day and if he drove like he and the other players played last weds I hope the instructor had his belt on.
The game finished and TR are left to stew on this defeat until next season. Smith is standing down as manager to be replaced by Reed and although he won’t get a stand named after him like fergie he leaves with the respect of the TR players and board. He added “ I’d like to HANK my players and my staff for a good season but we just fell away at the end. I’d like to wish Andrew Reed all the best for the future and remember Wenger and Mourinho couldn’t play either but they are great managers”.

 

Player Ratings


  • Reardon – (0 Out Of 10)
  • Smith – (0)
  • Jones – (0)
  • Reed – (0)
  • Robinson – (0)
  • Delmon – (0)
  • Reynolds -  (0)
  • Le Cras – (1 For The Goal)
  • Fuller – (1) Was In Holiday Mode
  • Players Player Of The Year – Smith
  • Managers Player Of The Year - Delmon

2nd July: Last gasp heart ache for TR as they exeter the title race

TR’s Dreams of Winning the title were dashes last night as a goal 30 seconds from the time condemned them to only their 2nd defeat of a solid campaign and kept Exeter gently large in the mix.
 
Smith decided to utilise his strong squad and rotated a couple of players dropping himself and Reardon to the bench and Robinson making his first start of the season. Eyebrows were raised when the team sheet was out but Smith knew Robinson, and Reed making his first appearance at the back were more than CABLE.  The screws were in good spirit before the game watching Shane Bills performing his best wrestling moves to give away a penalty and TR’s relaxed approach to the game seem to make Exeter nervous.
 
TR didn’t start with their usual quick passing and were on the back foot straight away. Reynolds pulled off a smart stop and luckily Exeter were very wasteful in front of goal. Things changed and Reedy was marking their danger man out the game and Delmon was putting in a great shift, he’s had a solid season and is the unsung hero of the side. Jones found some space and hit a shot which was blocked but even though TR grew into the game they created few chances. Robinson was thriving on his first start, using the ball well and giving the defence an OUTLET jaton when under pressure. Le Cras’ touch was as elegant as ever but he was having to come DEEP collared to get involved in the game. Half time came and Smith was happy with the first half performance.
 
Reardon came on for Le Cras for the 2nd half for a stint up front and the game started the same as the first half, end to end but no real chances created. Some legs were tiring though and Smith came on for Robinson although very early on it looked like he was carrying a knock. He didn’t look a PATCH on the player who’s marshalled the defence so well all season.  He’s was skinned easily with the shot clipping the post and then tried the worst backheel I’ve ever seen. He soon realised he couldn’t carry on as his legs felt like LEDerer due to other commitments and is a doubt for next week. his fitness test is today and the physio’s are unsure whether he’s pulled one of his huge muscles in the lower abdomen or whether he’s got a nasty VERNIER. TR did have one of their best spells when he was on the pitch though. Delmon, Reardon and Jones all having efforts with one hitting the bar and the post before coming back off the line.
 
Reardon was everywhere running round like a PLASTIC and things got HEATed-SERT when he was denied a foul and then accused of one himself but he calmed down before he saw red. The game started Schafer and PETERing out and a 0-0 look on the cards but Reardon needed to come off, Robinson came on but TR lost a bit of shape and Exeter scored in the last minute. The ball agonisingly trickling over the line with a shot I think Reynolds will feel he could’ve done better with. The result was TUFLOK on TR who deserved a draw but they have enough character in the team to bounce back next week against Mitchell’s Bandits and get into the top 3.
 

Player Ratings

Reynolds – little to do and maybe could’ve done better for the goal (6 out of 10)
  • Reed Star Man – good first half at the back, played well  (8)
  • Delmon Star Man – put his body on the line and unlucky not to score (8)
  • Jones – always looks dangerous on the ball (7)
  • Robinson – good 1st start and used the ball wisely and quickly (8)
  • Le Cras – (starved of service and had to drop too deep for the ball. Real team player (6)

Subs

Reardon – run himself into the ground and did a good job up front (7)
  • Smith – needs to stop his fitness regime and put the team first. This back hell will be on blooper video’s for years (2)
  • Fuller – no fuller = no points = no comment

18th June: TR Fastenings up to 3rd after leaving Pathetico feeling worse for ware(house)

Although Outsiders, TR kept themselves in the race for the Title with a victory over their fierce local rivals Pathetico.

Yet again TR’s preparation was anything but smooth, Reardon turning his ankle in a freak accident. Although he did really TRIfast to pass the fitness test it was too swollen and Hayden Rolfe was called in as a late replacement  to make his debut in the biggest game of the season. Pathetico,  re-GALVANISED after their 1st victory of the season last week were looking confident they could cause an upset.
 
TR started the game as always. Passing with a high tempo and wining possession back quickly if they lost it. Jones was busy, dribbling round the pathetico players like CONE POINTS. The fans were on their feet as soon has he got the ball expecting something to happen. The early kick off meant the players were playing in extreme heat and as expected the pace of the game slowed, TR creating a couple of half chances while shutting out Pathetico at the other end, Reynolds doing well to thwart a Southgate shot. TR were not at their best, some of the passing was misplaced or under hit, Pathetico failed to punish TR for this and maybe this is the reason they are currently in a LOW disPLACEment in the table. TR finally broke the deadlock when Jones took a quick free kick to Smith, he played it back to Jones and he ran THROUGH into SPACER as no one closed him down. He put it into the bottom left hand corner which Compo had no chance with. The ball already on the centre circle ready for kick off when he decided to dive for it.
 
TR then had a competition for the worse shot with Smith a unanimous winner when he decided to DAVICO at goal and it ended up about 20 foot wide and over the fence into the RIVET BUSHES. He nearly made up for it 2 minutes later when Delmon played the ball back and he hit a bullet drive that compo tipped round for a corner. Legs were tiring, with about 6 mins of the half to go and Coleman and Southgate where finding space and threatening to create an equalizer. Reardon who took over managerial duties so Smith could concentrate on the game, played his trump card and brought on Rolfe for the hard working Reed. Some neat play fed him in and he smashed the ball home into the top corner. What a start to your debut. Robinson came on and impressed yet again, really improving his game over the last few weeks. The half time whistle went and TR looked to have this in control.
 
The 2nd half started with Pathetico changing the formation. Southgate and Coleman playing more advanced and Billsy managed to jump out of the TR defence’s pocket to play at the back. it seemed he didn’t TRUSS his defence.
 
They started brightly, Leppard looked good on the ball and TR were giving them way to much space through the middle. Luckily the final ball wasn’t good enough, Horscroft was making some good runs and finding space but his teammates couldn’t find him. The game was opening up and players had alot more space than the 1st half, both sides TRADEing COUNTER attacks but not getting the final shot off until Pathetico made TR pay for yet some more sloppy passing, Coleman slamming the ball home brilliantly. The passing didn’t improve for TR, they looked nervous and they sat back abit with Delmon dropping deeper to help Smith out at the back. Pathetico were sensing blood but TR regained the 2 goal advantage with a devastating counter. The ball was fed wide to Rolfe who ran the full length of the pitch leaving Billsy looking like shire horse in the Grand National before slotting it into the far corner.
 
Now pathetico had to go for it they were leaving gaps at the back. and they had Bills to thank for a goal line clearance (he had just made it back from chasing Rolfe for the third goal) after Jones decided he needed to take 2 touches from 2 yards out before scoring into an empty net.  Le Cras was having a better 2nd half holding the ball up well. His chest control is top notch, the TR faithful have acknowledged this by calling him the Rob Le Cushion. There were more opportunities to add to the tally. Robinson had a  goal bound effort diverted by Bills and Reed was finding all kinds of space down the right but was let down by the final ball played to him, he did however manage to get a shot away that curled wide.
 
The whistle blew and TR knew that what ever happened in the Allstar vs Exeter game they had climbed to third and with a huge match against  2nd place Exeter next week the Title is still a possibility. TR went over to the corner their fans were in after the game to HANK them for there support. The best atmosphere of the season by far and I’m sure the fans carried on the celebrations well into the night.
 
In other news James Funnell was spotted in the crowd leading to rumours he may be signing
As last nights manager, Ruthless Reardon has run the rule over each players performance
 

Player Ratings

  • Reynolds – Little to do, made the saves when he needed to (7 ot of 10)
  • Smith – Brick wall at the back (7)
  • Reedy – Gave his all, just didn’t click for him (5 ½)
  • Jones – Lots of energy, gave the ball away to much “simple pass never fails” (7)
  • Delmon – Complete tool of a person, played well tracked back and sold lots of stock so ½ point extra (6 ½)
  • Le cras – Didn’t see much of the ball, hold up play was good (6)
  • Robinson – Star man – endless running, chased everything down unlucky not to score (8)
  • Rolfe – 2 goals on debut. Out paced billsy for 2nd goal (time for billsy to hang up his boots) (7)

6side002

11th June: Ruthless Reardon Snatches Late Point For Fastenings

TR lined up for their 4th game of the season against a good Uckfield All-stars team back to full strength, although Delmon had to settle for a place on the bench after missing last week.

A few of the players voiced their concerns about the lack of a warm up. Reynolds didn’t seem up for it at all and didn’t put his gloves on until kick off and with Reedy and Sean getting stuck in traffic the preparations were in disarray. The players looked a bit nervous about this game, although back to winning ways last week the Zidane’s floor defeat was still raw in the players minds, but as soon as the whistle blew the adrenaline kicked in and it was time for TR to show they’re serious title contenders.
 
The game started at a steady pace, both teams respecting each other and knowing a lapse in concentration would get them punished. TR had the best of the first few minutes knocking the ball around and making the All-stars work hard to close them down. Smith and Reynolds were controlling possession at the back while Reedy, Reardon and Jones Worked Hard in the middle of the park to find the space. The All-stars came back into it and got a polyGRIP on the game with some slick passing of their own, and showing there are no pre-madonna’s in the TR team Le Cras showed his worth  by tracking back and helping out. some of the neutrals thought it was abit of a SCHNOOR fest but real football people will understand the beauty of two good teams cancelling each other out. Reardon was flying about hitting EMHART in the tackle. Two quick fouls in succession got him a warning from Hope so Smith agreed with the ref and told Dan to TRI-5 on the bench to catch his breath bringing on Delmon who was raring to go.
 
The first half ended 0-0 with few chances and you could sense the all-stars getting frustrated. Robinson came on up front and was left isolated at times but like Le Cras tracked back like a Trojan to keep the All-stars at bay. Jones was having his best game for TR and was running O RINGS round the defenders at every opportunity, you felt if TR were to get something it would be through his creativity. Reardon again made a rash challenge and calls for him to be sin binned were waved away by Hope as the game continued to ebb and flow. The game looked to be heading for a 0-0 draw as both teams struggled to WUN-LOC the other’s defence but the All-stars broke away and hit a HOT DIPping galv shot which Reynolds did well to touch onto the inside of the post, the ball could of landed to any of the 3 TR players around the box but it fell to an All-star who coolly slotted home to make it 1-0.
 
It was time for TR to pick up the pace. Smith pushed a little bit further up when TR had the ball and the All-stars did threaten to counter but the impressive Delmon was always there to thwart the opposition, he won everything in the air and was quality all game. TR were knocking at the door and the game as getting a little heated, Reed as well as Reardon could’ve walked after telling the ref to go away in other words. To be fair to the ref their were some dodgy decisions but he handled the game well. It seemed TR’s moment had come. The goaly was off his line but Jones fed in Reardon who was one on one with the keeper but his touch was more messy than messi, he slid in which is against the rules but he stayed on the pitch, the BRALO over his head still shining. TR continued to push forward and were caught at the back, All-stars put their striker through one on one, Reynolds stood for as long as he could and the striker tried to chip him but Reynolds clawed it away with a save that was SHEAR nut Class. The ball broke free and Smith pinged it out to the left, Jones controlled and fed Le Cras who laid if off to Reardon. He BINXED past 2 defenders, hit a shot that took a deflection which the goaly could only watch go OVAL his HEAD and into the goal.
 
The Team had shown a real team BONDed seal and they get better with each week that passes. It’s the big one next week at 7pm against Pathetico and if Reardon gets that fired up for the All-stars they may well put a Muzzle on him against their deadly rivals. A 1-1 draw was a fair result although the debate on whether Reardon wshould’ve been on the pitch rages on. A member of the crowd shouted at Reardon as he walked off the pitch “your a disgrace to football you animal” he replied by saying that’s the ultimate TRIBUNE.
 

Player Ratings

  • Reynolds - Brilliant with the ball at his feet and made the vital save that kept tr in the game (9 out of 10)
  • Smith – Another solid game and no pass went astray. Getter fitter (slightly) (8)
  • Reardon – Hard tackling put all-stars off their game and got the equalizer. Lucky to stay on (8)
  • Jones – Star Man – Menacing throughout and took the game to the opposition (9)
  • Reed – Worked hard, kept the ball moving with some slick passes (7 ½)
  • Le Cras – Another hard worker tracked back to help. Good assist (7 ½)
  • Delmon – Great attitude after starting on the bench. Like a salmon (8 ½)
  • Robinson – Not much game time but closed down the defence well (7)
  • Fuller – The team upped their game as soon as they heard him barking orders (10)

6side003

4th June: Fuller chips in to inspire TR to victory

TR Fastenings got them selves back on track with a morale boosting victory over the struggling Moger’s rednecks thanks to some slick passing and a pre-match portion of chips supplied by the Manager Fuller.

To be fair it was mainly Reynolds the keeper that polished them off and although the team had concerns their performance would be affected, they were no couch potato’s (they would’ve been in for a roasting otherwise)!! Missing Delmon through work commitments Grant Reynolds was drafted in as a replacement to add fire power up front. Rob Le Cras had to settle for a place on the bench although Smith did say “it was a WRENCH to leave him out, the fans thought he was a CERT to start”. Fuller gave Smith the idea of a new FORMACtion, a 1-3-1 with the wingers covering lots of ground and after the first 2 minutes it looked a masterstroke. TR started brightly and were dominating possession with all the players getting involved although they struggled create clear cut chances. Reardon or as the crowd call him Feardon hit an absolute DELTA (pt) that the Keeper did well save.
 
The Rednecks started with a game plan just to lump it up front but Smith was cleaning every thing up with Reardon giving him a help in GLAND (nut). The side was getting frustrated with themselves and they needed to make their dominance count but the final ball or shot was lacking. They resorted to long balls but this conceded possession to easily. Reedy improved in the last 6 or 7 mins of the first half looking dangerous, always looking to get involved. He spent the first 5 minutes catching his breath from chasing his first touch! Jones was causing the rednecks problems down the right hand side but just couldn’t get a shot away. TR were pushing and pushing and leaving themselves open at the back. Smith having to bring down their striker just outside the area but the free kick came to nothing and the first half ended goalless.
 
The 2nd half began and Le Cras was showing glimpses of the player he was against Ridgewood with some neat touches, his passing pulling the Rednecks apart. He maybe built like a TANK BUSH but what a footballer. Eventually TR made the break through. Reynolds (keeper) and Smith exchanged passes, Smith the switched the ball to Le Cras who CIRCLIPped it over the defence and Reynolds (Grant) slotted home. The relief on the player’s faces was a picture but it almost cost them as they switched off, the rednecks had 3 players in the TR box unmarked. Reynolds made sure he stayed on his feet as long as possible and pulled of his most important save of the season. TR regained their composure and had the chance to put the game to bed with a penalty. Grant was fouled and wanted the pen himself “GESIPA me the ball he was heard shouting”. What followed was the worse pen you will see all season, straight down the middle!!
 
TR wanted to kill the game off and they thought they had when Reedy delivered a PIN point corner that found Grant to make amends for his earlier penalty Miss. TR were playing keep ball and the ball was played back to the keeper. Reynolds sliced it so badly he could’ve prepared his own chips. This put TR under pressure, the ball was lost and the Rednecks pulled a goal back. to be fair to Reynolds possession was lost way to easily by the midfield. TR took their time with every throw in and free kick to waste time yet they still looked the most likely to score. Robinson was having his best game so far and set up the 3rd goal. Le Cras found Robinson in BLAKEACRES of room. He could of shot but unselfishly SQUARE (nutted) it to G Reynolds to complete his hatrick. Reardon then came back on for Smith to see the game out, Reardon had impressed again and BOSCHed the midfield.
 
It was all STOVER (nut) and TR were back to winning ways and with the world cup approaching this was the closest team we’ve seen to the boys of NYLON 66. Uckfield All Stars are up next who will prove tough opposition but with the derby the week after everyone needs to earn a starting spot.
 

Player Ratings

  • REYNOLDS – Poor kick that lead to a goal but made a great save at a critical point of the match. Always an outlet to his defence (8 out of 10)
  • SMITH –  STAR MEN Swept everything up that came his way. Calm on the ball and read the game well and nominated by Fuller (9)
  • REARDON – STAR MEN Fitness is getting better and better and putting his stamp on every game unlucky not to score (9)
  • JONES – Some mazy runs and the defence were scared of him. getting to know his new teamates (7)
  • REEDY- Started poorly but showed character to turn it round and put in a solid performance. Yet another assist (7)
  • REYNOLDS – Missed chances and a pen but you can’t complain with a hatrick on his debut. Linekar-esque (9)
  • LE-CRAS – back to his best a great performance. A great passing range (8)
  • ROBINSON – His best game in the blue of TR. Found space and assisted the last goal (7)
  • FULLER – A father figure to the team. Even buys us dinner (10)

6side004

28th May: TR Fastenings Murdered On Zidane's Floor After Securing 3 Points Against Ridgewood

Due to floodlight failure last week TR Fastenings had to play the last 10 minutes of their match against Ridgewood holding a 2-0 advantage.
 
The game plan was simple, keep it tight and see the game out. The First few minutes were abit CAGEy NUT as the last thing TR wanted to do was give Ridgewood any sign they could get anything from the game. TR Kept the ball well and all the players were involved in some neat exchanges and slowed the game down at every opportunity. Delmon had a couple of good chances. Reardon played the ball down the CHANNEL NUT and Delmon was on it, he hit a Fierce MONOdrive that the keeper did well to save. With a minute left the game went a bit FLAT POINT but Ridgewood did finally manage a shot on target that Smith blocked off the line. The ref blew his whistle and TR had got their first 3 points in their first game but there was no time to celebrate as they had the daunting task of taking on the bookies favourites Murder on Zidane’s Floor.
 
STAR MAN – Smith – Hard to pick a star man as there was only 10 mins to play but kept it tight at the back, played some neat passes and was nominated by Reynolds
The game against Murder on Zidane’s Floor started at a frantic pace. Reardon had fired up the side by telling Le Cras “don’t you ever say ******* sorry to an opposition player again”. As soon as a TR player got the ball Zidane’s Floor were closing them down and applying PRESS-SERT. Chances in the first 5 minutes were rare although the majority of the time the ball was in the TR half. The ref told Smith off for playing to the rules which baffled the TR crowd who asked who’s that in the bright orange bib in an unsavoury manner. TR were struggling to keep up with the pace of the game, fitness was becoming an issue as the oppositions passing became more free flowSERTing. Reynolds was called into action and made a couple of smart stops, TR were hanging on but they switched off for a split second and they were punished by a neat finish into the bottom corner that the keeper had no chance with.
 
A 2nd goal shortly followed amid chaos from the TR team and the ref. The ball went out for a corner and  Smith came on to replace Reardon,  the ref stopped play as Smith came on and Reardon hadn’t got off the pitch, TR players stopped but the other side continued and scored via a deflection off Smith. The goal was allowed to stand “EJOT to be joking ref” the players protested. Half time came and TR desperately needed to regroup and get their shape back. the 2nd half started the same as the 1st, TR just couldn’t keep possession and were resorting to long balls up to the target man Le Cras but he was isolated and could only keep the ball on his own for so long. Zidane’s floor had a shot which Reynolds TIPTON to the post excellently but heads were dropping and they Scored 2 quick fire goals to end the game as a contest, another one taking a deflection off Smith which left him CLUTCHing his HEAD.
 
The game was threatening to SPIROL out of control. But TR we determined not to concede, again Reed, Delmon and Jones kept running  trying to make something happen. The best chance coming From Reardon. Jones slipped the ball through and he had a POP from distance forcing the goaly into a smart save. Fuller rallied his troops and gave them the kick up the backside they needed to go down fighting and the side raised their game despite tiring legs. The players, crowd and all in attendance were in awe as Maradona controlled the ball and jinxed his way past player by player. Sorry not Maradona I mean Robinson. He did brilliantly to get to the edge of the area and when he looked up to square it to a teammate to fire home no one was there as they were all admiring the run in their own half!!
As the final few minutes were played out Reardon made a superb tackle. If only slide tackles were allowed!! The whistle blew for time and TR had been given a reality check but they will come back stronger next week against Moger’s Rednecks. It’s ESSENTRA we get the 3 points to climb the table and for WHITWORTH  Murder on Zidane’s Floor do look on course for the title.
 

Player Ratings

  • Reynolds – couldn’t be blamed for the goals and made some smart saves (7 out of 10)
  • Smith – started well but couldn’t halt the constant waves of attack (6)
  • Reed – tried to get the team going but heads had dropped. Some neat touches (7)
  • Reardon – star man alot more energy than last week (6 red bulls) and worked hard. Hurt by the loss and will be up for next week (8)
  • Delmon – worked hard but didn’t receive the ball as much as we would’ve liked (6)
  • Jones – better performance than last week. Some good runs and good effort (7)
  • Le cras – unlucky to be isolated up front didn’t have support to make the same impact as last week (6)
  • Robinson- got stuck in when he got into the game and a world class mazy run. (7)
  • Fuller – what can you say? The players would walk bare foot over glass for him (10)

21st May: Floodlight Failure Stops TR Boys On The Verge Of Victory

TR Fastenings Line up for their first game of the new 6 a side league with a star STUDDING line up against a very useful Ridgewood side that were really SERrated. It was a FINE PITCH that complimented TR’s passing style.
 
The game started at a frantic pace as both sides sized each other up. Reedy and Ross started brightly with some neat passes and Ridgewood were chasing shadows. An early goal was inevitable and it was Rob Le Cras who opened the scoring with a lovely bit of control. Reynolds played a PLASTECH 30 yard ball into Le Cras who chested it down superbly and although the shot was scuffed into the bottom corner the way he brought the ball down deserved a goal.
 
3 minutes in was the end of Reardon. Question marks were raised over his fitness but I’m sure he’s just a real team player and was making use of the roll on roll off subs. It was time for the defence to keep it TAPTITE and Smith did them no favours by playing a hospital ball across the box which was intercepted but luckily for him the shot went wide. But the defence stayed calm and Ridgewood were forced to resort to long range shots which were never going in against a keeper like Reynolds who was MUDguarding his goal like his life depended on it. so confident was he of keeping a clean SHEET (metal) he called safe when a shot rattled the woodwork.
 
About 5 mins before half time came the controversial moment when Delmon raced back to make a tackle. He won the ball but the Ridgewood player ran his studs down Ross’ ankle. “He’s COTTER go” shouted the TR faithful who spent most of the game doing a Mexican waveY WASHER.  Delmon was hurt and was subbed for treatment. After surviving a mini onslaught from Ridgewood TR struck again, Reynolds rolled it out to Smith who switched it to reedy, E CLIPped it in to Le Cras who Beat his man with some silky skills and put it in for 2-0. Le Cras is fast becoming a fan favourite. Just before half time Reedy nearly KNURLED one into the top corner but the shot went inches wide.
 
Half time comes and coach Fuller gives us some inspirational words to go out and bring the 3 points home. the half starts and Ridgewood have plenty of possession but can’t break down the Reardon / Smith defence and with the midfield tracking back and working hard they run out of ideas. Robinson came on and added some STEEL to the midfield and Delmon also made a brave return to the pitch. Again Ridgewood could only take long range shots but soon they managed to get behind the back 2 but Reynolds was there again making another WELD good save.
 
Just as TR were closing out the game and Ridgewood were ready to throw in the DOWEL the floodlights turned off and couldn’t be turned back on. With 9 ½ minutes left the game couldn’t be awarded to us and the rest of the game will take place next week as well as our game against a very good Nutley side. Smith was going to suggest we parked VERBUS but after last night’s performance believes they can take on any one.
BLUE ARMY!!!!

 

Player Rating

  • Reynolds – some great saves and reliable with the ball at his feet. Gave the defence confidence (8 out of 10)
  • Smith – apart from 1 bad pass that nearly lead to a goal, played it safe and never gave the ball away (7)
  • Reardon – like smith struggled with fitness but had to play in a number of positions and didn’t let his team down. (7)
  • Reedy – must of had his weetabix before as he was everywhere. Solid and composed on the ball. Good assist. (8)
  • Ross – plenty of energy in midfield, won the ball well for us and covered the defence well. Better rating if injury didn’t keep him off the pitch (7)
  • Le cras - *star man* brilliant touch and oozed class. 2 good goals and had a poo in the woods before the game. (9) 9 ½ mins left to get a 10
  • Robinson – gave the side an injection of energy when legs were tiring floodlight failure meant he didn’t get as much game time as i would’ve liked (7)
  • Jones – lots of energy and should have scored a couple. Reardon has told him to up his game (7)
  • Fuller – inspirational, players and fans love him and want him there full time. Seany fuller’s blue and white army the crowd sang (10)

For more information or to request a press pack, contact TR Marketing: marketing@trfastenings.com