Excitement about football is at fever pitch at Suma – no I’m not talking about the awesome World Cup. We are still buzzing about our recent performance in the Expect Charity Football 7-a-side tournament in association with Forget Me Not Trust and Huddersfield Town Football Club.
The day didn’t start well – all the other teams were warming up while we were still turning up. A quick head-count revealed we had the minimum seven players. The other teams looked well-drilled, well-kitted-out and well-prepared.
After our warm-up (the walk from the car park) it was dawning on us how serious this competition was being taken by some. Our single training session suggested to me that we might have underestimated the competition. I was, however, confident in the organic, fairly traded, natural talent of Team Suma.
We started with an edgy 1-0 win; we hit the post umpteen times and relied on a coolly taken penalty to break the deadlock. A convincing 5-0 followed with some great goals - a real team performance. A 2-0 victory in our next match meant we were unbeaten and Steve ‘The Cat’ Buss still hadn’t been breached in goal.
Then came HTFC a team comprised of ex Huddersfield Town players including club legend Andy Booth. Our game plan went to pot as we showed them too much respect, ran around ineffectually and eventually lost 4-0.
Back to winning ways in a closely fought 2-1 victory left us in a good league position with two games remaining, games that would determine the semi-finalists.
A huge grudge match against Expect (a local distribution firm) started dreadfully with 2 early goals for them but with a gritty determination and fight Suma pulled it out of the bag with a face-saving 3-3.
Our final game was also a must win (we did 2-1) but we were relying on Expect to drop points in their last game as they had a higher goal difference. Unfortunately it wasn’t to be – we finished 3rd on goal difference. Expect lost 8-0 in the semi (they weren’t Expecting that – Kabooom!). Code Blue (playing in red) put in a gutsy performance to beat Huddersfield Town 3-1 in the final.
A great day supporting a great cause and hopefully we’ll go even further next year. Who knows, in four years time we may even be ready for the world stage!