Friday, 25 November 2011

If only…

Saturday 12th November
East Riding CFA Junior Country Cup R2
Easington United Casuals 2 Driffield E. I. Reserves 2
(After Extra-Time; Driffield won 7-6 on pens)

A week after the Stiffs had safely negotiated their passage into the last eight of the County Cup, it was the Casuals’ turn to try and emulate them.  And with the Bentley game postponed, it afforded me the chance to watch them do it.
Their task was somewhat more difficult given that their opponents – Driffield Evening Institute Reserves – play their football in the Premier Division of the Driffield & District League.  Since reorganisation of the ERCFA competitions a few years back, the Junior Country Cup does seem to cover a wider divisional range of clubs.  For example, the Casuals could have faced teams from as high as Division 2 of their own league in addition to those from the upper echelons of the Driffield, York and/or Scarborough leagues.
Not that manager ‘Maccer’ was unduly worried.  Since this blog last visited his boys, they’d extended their unblemished start in the league to eight wins out of eight, establishing a 10pt lead from nearest rivals Haltemprice in the process.

Up for the cup
In addition, the previous Saturday they had dumped hitherto unbeaten Division 4 leaders Nafferton Old Boys out of the League Cup.  After several barren years the Casuals were finally having a season to remember. 
In the event they came within a whisker of making it even more memorable, as the match report here explains.  It was a magnificent effort by Maccer's men and one that further reinforces the view that this season will at last yield some silverware.  But of course people went home thinking about what might have been had Lewis not dallied with the goal at his mercy; or had the referee seen the goalkeeper holding Hoppy back in the final minute of extra-time; or had DC just hit the bloody thing instead of taking a touch; or had either of the two earlier missed spot-kicks gone in... If only.

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