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McDermont receives some refreshment after the game.

Searing heat, another injury and McDermont roars like a kangaroo to hit the crossbar.

McDermont receives some refreshment after the game.

It was quite disappointing. We were missing a few from last week: Barker, Dan Smith and Dave Smith.

In came a new goalkeeper, Johnny Laverick, along with Glenn Whelam and Col Robson. Positions were a bit all over the place as we tried to slot the newcomers to replace the missing.

Yet, within moments of kick off, John Devlin was injured twice and had to hobble off. We coped with 10 (again) even hitting the crossbar (Mac), as well as various chances. The heat got to us, as buckets of sweat started pouring from all the fat lads and the pitch started to melt. We were 2-0 down, but a bit disappointed as it we thought both sides had an equal amount of chances. Gav Greener and Si Williamson were great in the middle of the park, while Dixon and Whelam were strong enough at the back. Up front, Glenn Whelam was more than useful, while Col Robson, shoved in at full back, probably needs a more advanced position.

Second half saw Devlin in goal, while Laverick shored up the defence. Better work. We scored from a penalty and then had some gilt edge chances. At the back, some decided to play the offside rule and we were caught out twice.

Disappointing in corner kicks as well. We had a few but didn’t really get anywhere with them. 4-1 down, but back again next week; hopefully with 12 players.