RN Soccer Sixes 2006 - An Explorers tale

posted 6 Oct 2016, 08:06 by Dave Tomlin

R.N Soccer Sixes - An Explorers Tale.

After departing a little later than scheduled on Friday night, the scouts and explorers arrived at H.M.S Excellent. The home of H.M.S Bristol, and more importantly the R.N Soccer Sixes competition. Hopes and expectations were high on arrival and settling down was to be the first obstacle for the explorer team. Not only were there other explorers to keep quiet, there was an issue with lights and a rather noisy/ancient fan!!

So we were awoken on Saturday, and after the march to the breakfast came the food, a nice helping of grease to keep the body fuelled until lunchtime. And after returning to the ship greased up, everybody got changed and was raring to go. A brief warm-up came the explorer's first game, a 1-0 defeat to eventual runners up Hamble. This was followed by three more 1-0 defeats to Worthing, Warsash and Watchet leaving us bottom of a tough group after a disastrous morning.

Lunch couldn't come quick enough. But at least our friends from the Walsall group were having the same difficulty with winning! As lunch drew to a close team manager Steve and Captain Scott Visited Warwick's very own witchdoctor Anne Porter, former 2WK quartermaster on camp (if your oldschool) anyway back to football and the plate competition or losers cup as it?s known to some. Anne's big hug and immediate effect on team manager and captain! As the explorers got two draws against Warsash and Barry. These were both encouraging results which spurred the team to gain two victories firstly a 1-0 win over Oulten Broad, where Steve coolly finished great interplay between Scott R and Dan T. This left us joint top of our plate group with Warsash and Barry, all on 5 points. Only 2 teams could qualify and we had the advantage as the two other teams had to play each other and we had Torbay. Where it looked like we were going to have a frustrating match until Scott's through ball for Steve C ended up in the back of the net thanks to a bit of suspect goalkeeping. 1-0 Warwick!!! And after a 0-0 draw between Barry and Warsash, we won the group and would have a slightly easier semi-final in the morning. After our last game, a quick shower after arriving back at the ship and we were off for dinner, a lot better than the breakfast, then down to the drill hall. Unfortunately the obstacle course was a bit of a challenge for a warn out side!! Next we went up to the Whaley club for the film; this year was Knights Tale (a considerable improvement on last years viewing of robots).

Sunday breakfast passed and it was time for more footie before we came home, firstly, the penalty shoot-out competition, a winner from a penalty comp between each individual team would bring together the 20 winners for a battle to be penalty king.

Our winner was Steve C, who unfortunately couldn't show the same form as he did to beat the 2wk boys. Smashing the ball onto the crossbar!

So after that story came and went the attention was drawn towards our semi-final against Durrington. 10 mins saw a 0-0 draw which took the game directly to penalties in a full size goal!

2wk lost the toss and had to shoot first, Dan T saw his pen saved, but 2wk breathed as Steve pulled off a super stop top keep the penalties at 0-0, Scott R stepped up next and rocketed his penalty pass the keeper, Durrington?s second penalty was saved and 2wk lead 1-0. If Steve C scored it was all over. He showed no sign of pressure from his penalty miss earlier in the shoot-out competition to drive home his penalty and take 2wk through to the final of the plate. The final came round against Allerton. After a cagey opening 2wk won a free-kick near the end of the second half. But confusion saw Scott score a cracking goal from Dan T's lay-off was disallowed and the free-kick had to be taken again, this time no mistake, Dan made a great run and Scott slid a beauty ball in which Dan tucked under the on rushing keeper! 1-0 2wk!!!! Allerton through everything at us in the last 2mins but Rob T and Matt C's organisation kept them out. The final whistle went and 2wk explorers were the 2006 Plate winners!!!!!

A quick presentation ceremony in the drill hall and we were on the road home, tired, smiling, and very pleased with a good weekends work!!

Special well done to Doug and Scott R for helping the team in their last football comp! also a special shout to 3rd Walsall explorers for the support all weekend and to the Warsash boys for their support on Sunday. Roll on next year!!