08 Jan Mosque League Match Day 11 report
Match day 11 – On 23rd December 2018, a wet, cold Sunday evening the final round of matches took place at Cressex Astroturf to decide outcome of the league to see who ultimately would be crowned champions of WWSET inaugural Inter–Mosque League. It all came down to this after 11 weeks of hard work, effort and exhilarating football.
The League was also humbled on the night by the presence of Graham Peart from Wycombe District Council, who is a Cabinet Member for Community Services. Mr Peart took time out of his busy schedule, on a Christmas weekend and on the wet cold evening, when could have been spending time with the family to have a look at the wonderful work that WWSET was doing in the community and he had heard about #ML and the success that it had and just wanted to show his support and thanks for the hard work. This was really appreciated by all concern.
Back to the football, 4 teams were still in with the shout of winning the title, Reading, Chesham, WISE A and Aylesbury and the night did not disappoint.
The football was electric and scintillating but putting that aside, this was about who would hold their nerve on the home stretch. The night was all about goals, scoring as many as you could but not conceding too many for the teams chasing the title.
Chesham were in the ascendency and they knew if they got a point or even lost by a goal or 2, it would be enough for them to win the title and it would take something special in regards to the goal difference shift for them to lose the title. They were up against WISE A, who knew they just had to score as many as they could and not concede too many. Chesham were again missing their key players, with their squad blighted with injures and unavailability of some players but their opponents on the night, WISE A arriving with a full squad for that final push they needed. This proved pivotal as WISE A ran out comfortable winners on the night, with a 6-2 score line and importantly for them, not conceding too many but also scoring a handful and improving that goal difference between them and rest of the chasing pack. The defensive approach, which Chesham had taken due to players available, did not work and they had to wait for the other results to see if they had done enough.
On the other side on pitch 2, Reading, with their star studded squad, ran out comfortable winners against WISE B, who still would have had a say where the title could end up due to their game against WISE A. It was 8-0 to Reading and that meant any sort of win for Reading would more or less crown them the champions as their goal difference was much higher and again, it would take something special from Aylesbury or WISE A for them to lose the title and Reading were up against Aylesbury next, which could be a title decider, either way, it would be humdinger.
So, it came down to the last hour and the last 2 matches and with everyone on the side waiting patiently and watching eagerly for the outcome. Chesham were still in it but they knew they could not do anything about it now and it was out of their hands. If results went their way, they still possible could be crowned champions. WISE A knew they just had to win by as many goals as possible along with Aylesbury, who were playing Reading, who just had to win.
WISE A comfortably – in the end – after some nervy moments and a tight game as WISE B made life very difficult for them and credit to WISE B as they had nothing to play for but still showed great integrity in playing the match the right way. Along with this and the game shortened due to time constraints, WISE A pulled out all the stops and in the end won it comfortably by winning the game 6-2.
On the other side was a real ding dong affair and Aylesbury stayed true to their game, style and consistency while still making life hard for themselves having started off on the front and off to a flier. Maybe it was because Reading were playing their second game of the night and fatigue/tiredness kicked in but Aylesbury were all over them at the start of the match and raced into a 4-1 lead with some brilliant football from their talented individuals. They were too sharp and quick for the Reading players in that first half of the match. Aylesbury at this stage needed 2 goals or better WISE A score and they would be champions.
Reading though were not going lie down without a fight and in the second half came storming back to get the game back to 4-3 and make the evening even more tense and dramatic, with 5 minutes left and they knew if they scored 2 goals, they would win the match and be crowned champions. They threw everything at Aylesbury in search of those goals but Aylesbury held out in not conceding any more but could not find any goals either themselves that they needed to be crowned champions.
When the final whistle went, WISE A had got the job by getting the goals they needed and in the end won the league by just 4 goals to be crowned Champions of WWSET inaugural Mosque League.
Congratulations to WISE A.
Their attention will turn to them defending the title as it is always proves, winning back to back titles is the hardest as you become the hunted and everyone’s attention will turn to start to be the hunter and be up for the challenge of winning the title.