Match report: Adelaide 3s 3-3 Berkamsted 5s: 25 February 2017

We had an unfamiliar line-up due do absences and injuries so the game started rather scrappily.  The home side had a couple of dangerous players but overall we had the edge without managing to create much in the opening minutes until suddenly Rashmi got the ball on the right wing and cracked over a thunderous cross from the edge of the pitch to give Mike an easy sweep home.
Berl and John Bennett were kept busy in defense by their youthful wingers but did enough to blunt all but the occasional attack. Adrian in the centre played a disciplined game, frustrating the opposition.  Nonetheless Sam, our impromptu keeper, had plenty to do.  Given that he was carrying an injury and could not run he played magnificently.
Matt and Mark played well in  midfield managing several triangular moves between each other and the forwards.  Brian was busy on the right wing and created the second goal with a typical long run down the right, slipping the ball through to Mark who beat the keeper to the ball on the edge of the circle and scored.
Then Mike was taken out by a dangerous tackle that left him bleeding uncontrollably from the hand and had to leave the field.
The second half was a big ask with only ten men.  Everyone fought hard and were remarkably successful but legs tires and three goals went in to put Berkamsted in a winning position.  But Rashmi had not read the script and in the dying minutes beat the defence and keeper all by himself to snatch a well-merited draw.