The Arthurian League Rep Team make another dramatic comeback to beat their AFC counterparts
O ye of little faith.
You really should know better by now.
At half time, the Arthurian League Representative Team were 2-0 down to the AFC.
Outplayed, out-fought and out-thought, all hope was seemingly gone,
Once they got back into the dressing room, heads were bowed as no-one (including joint managers Messrs Evans and Jenkins) dared look up in case they caught the eye of Lord Mufty-Bufty (the League's chairman who is even more revered than Kim Jong-un) who was in the corner quietly fuming over his half-time cup of tea and Eccles Cake.
In the midst of (and despite) this sombre atmosphere, the joint managers, showed their tactical acumen as they switched to a 3-3-3-1 formation which meant that Alex Robinson was moved "between the lines" allowing the ALRT's complement of dazzlingly pacy attacking midfielders to strut their stuff.
48 minutes later, the ALRT had completed a remarkable turnaround to win 3-2 with the winning goal coming deep into injury time from yes, you guessed it, Alex Robinson.
As it happens, Robinson also scored the opening goal and made the assist for the second goal to write himself into Arthurian League folklore
Dragging on his traditional post-match Gauloise, Jenkins explained how they had managed to orchestrate such a memorable comeback.
"Well, it was quite simple really. Despite what the real gaffer (Lord Mufty) thinks, playing 2 up front isn’t a good idea. We went back to basics in the second half and that allowed us to get back in the game. The rest, as they say, was different gravy.
Ultimately however, it isn’t about me or Nick [Evans] but the players who were simply magnificent. They are a top top bunch".
More to follow.
Author: Roysters Press Agency
OMG. Is it true? Is he back?
Speculation is rife that the Arthurian League's occasionally acerbic columnist Sir Arthur Ian-League could be making a sensational return to this website.
Having last been seen being dragged away to a secret alcohol free, no smoking, mineral water only torture chamber in NW7 4HR by the ruthless Lord Mufty-Bufty (the League's chairman) for the heinous crime of being "nasty" to those sensitive souls of Old [insert name of preferred team], we understand that Sir Arthur has since been released and is currently being debriefed by the intelligence services at their equally secret headquarters in WD6 3AJ.
Whether this harrowing ordeal means he is the same man only time will tell of course but we will endeavour to bring you the full exclusive interview as soon as we are able to speak to him.
Author: Press Association
The squad for the Arthurian League's Representative Team has been announced
At a press conference in the heart of London's Mayfair, joint managers Nick Evans and William Jenkins announced the squad for the first of the Arthurian League Representative Team's game against the Amateur Football Combination which is due to take place on Wednesday November 4th.
As Jenkins dragged on his traditional Marlborough Light, he explained that he and Evans share a common philosophy which is that of the Guardiola school of "tiki-taka with purpose".
In case you were unaware, "Tiki-taka" is not an straight line 4-4-2 where the ball is moved forward as soon as possible but a style of play in which well-timed short passing and movement is maintained whilst in possession, moving the ball through midfield in intricate patterns of one and two-touch passing. Every player knows his role and the aim is to allow flair, creativity and expression.
Put another way - even the league's famously hard to please Chairman (Lord Mufty-Bufty) is impressed and looking forward to the match!
1. Alex Azis (OMarbs)
2.Ant Beddows (Capt) (OCs)
3. Sam Baring (OEs)
4. Sam Colley (OTs)
5. Billy French (OFs)
6. Jack Francis (GK) (OFs)
7. Jack Haverson (OFs)
8. Jules Hornby (OCs)
9. Tom Kelly (OSs)
10. Conor Mitchell (OFs)
11.Tom Redmayne (OEs)
12. Alex Robinson (OFs)
13. Jack Rogers (OCs)
14. Nicky Samra (ORep)
15. Dan Sherry (OCholms)
16. Tom Spurling (OTs)
Author: Roysters Press Agency
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