Albion 2 – 2 Scummers

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Southampton FC release new poster of their skipper Dean Hammond

Cracking match last night, this one had everything and was a reminder of what is great about this sport called football. Drama, good guys, pantomine villians, angry and animated fans, quarrelling team benches, and end to end football. And of course one complete bellend in the shape of….not Dan Harding, strangely enough…..but the hitherto rather liked and respected other ex-Seagull, Dean Hammond. Total cock muncher.

Our usual mid-week pre-match routine – a few bevvies downtown then an Albion Kebab before Withdean was different in that there were strange looking old bill (Hampshire’s finest) posted outside the kebab house with our own usual Sussex lot. Did they really fear the visit of assorted muppetry from Southampton? Surely having to even drive past Portsmouth would have made most of these idiots piss their pants. Overkill and unnecessary.

I sat again in Block E for this match, and got to look at Alan “totally raped” Pardew at close hand. Again, the words “dick” and “head” kept floating around my head as I watched the little twat try to wind up Gus Poyet (not hard really is it?), and the big watch looking gestures whenever his dirty bastard team thought we were time-wasting. Bellend.

Albion started well enough, and took a deserved lead from my man of the match, Elliott Bennett. Young Ell is looking like a long shot specialist nowadays, and his goal and subsequent ding-dong battle with Harding was one of the main focal points of the game for me. After that Southampton dominated the half. They are undoubtedly a very good side, and it showed last night as the remainder of the first period we battled hard to contain them.

But, the game really came alive when former Albion skipper Hammond, who now wears the armband for the scummers, scored a well-deserved goal on 41 minutes. Before this match our fans had a lot of respect for local(ish) lad Dean, he played with distinction for the stripes and left on good terms. Along with former club stalwart and manager Dean Wilkins, he was always going to get a warm reception at Withdean. Dan Harding was always going to be the focus of the boo-boys, as he was more mercenary than Hammond, and he left for Leeds in a flash (where he was shite after the furore over his free transfer was settled). But the second Hammond decided to run from Block A to G with his hand to his ear and beckoning the whole South Stand to appreciate his goal, ten years of (what we thought was) mutual respect was gone forever.

Hammond nearly sparked a pitch invasion, and the mood was exacerbated when the ref failed to book him (he was already on a yellow) for it, especially as he was penalising our lot for a lot less. The game after that went into overdrive and was the better for it. Withdean was almost a cauldron of noise, even the geriatrics over in the North Stand were having a shout and a sing – outstanding effort.

Our best players were Crofts, Elphick, Painter and our two second half subs – LuaLua’s cross for Ashley Barnes’ headed goal was pure class. Barnes is BHAFC’s very own Davy Fairclough.

A draw was probably a fair result overall, but we looked more like winning it than them. One worrying event was losing Marcos Painter in injury-time, I still haven’t heard the extent of his injury yet, but hopefully he isn’t crocked as he’s been a rock in that left-back role.

So, the big crowd of nearly 8000 left happy enough, some think these two teams will be the ones to beat in League One next year. I’m not so sure about them or us, but we have a derby fixture for sure now, our two games against Southampton this year have been brilliant, and I can’t wait to see them again next year, along with Deano, Dan and Pardew. Cheers.

The Hovian’s Albion Team Performance : 8 out of 10

The Hovian’s Albion Man of the Match : Elliott Bennett

Albion Team (goalscorers in bold)

(4-5-1) Brezovan; Calderon, El-Abd, Elphick, Painter; Bennett, Crofts, Navarro (Arismende 79), Dicker, Carole (LuaLua 58); Murray (Barnes 62)

Subs: Walker (GK), Holroyd, LuaLua, Arismende, Barnes, Virgo, Hendrie

Attendance: 7784

League One table

Friday, 2 April 2010 00:00 UK

Position Team P GD PTS
Full League One table
1 Norwich 38 40 82
2 Leeds United 38 29 71
3 Millwall 38 28 71
4 Swindon 38 13 70
5 Charlton 38 19 68
6 Colchester 38 15 65
7 Huddersfield 38 18 62
8 Bristol Rovers 38 0 58
9 MK Dons 38 -1 57
10 Southampton 38 29 54
11 Brentford 37 0 50
12 Carlisle 38 -3 48
13 Brighton 39 -4 48
14 Walsall 38 -7 47
15 Yeovil 38 -6 44
16 Leyton Orient 38 -10 41
17 Gillingham 38 -11 40
18 Exeter 38 -13 40
19 Oldham 37 -14 40
20 Hartlepool 38 -13 39
21 Tranmere 37 -28 38
22 Southend 38 -14 37
23 Wycombe 38 -25 32
24 Stockport 38 -42 24
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2 Responses to “Albion 2 – 2 Scummers”

  1. glasfryn Says:

    did sound like both teams will be fighting it out for promotion next season, we have grown up and will do even better with more signings and a pre-season training programme that will give Gus a chance to get more og his good training and idea’s over to the team.

    summer of world cup and then a season of the Albion…………..sweet

    G

  2. The Hovian Says:

    It was a great game G, how many times can you say that about Withers this season?

    It’s not over tis season yet, some good results last night for teams below us, especially Tranmere

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