Official Dover Athletic Football Club - Youth Teams - DAFC U13s 6-1 Vinters FC U13s
DAFC U13s 6-1 Vinters FC U13s Paul Evison | Mon 3rd Oct 2011
They say only mad dogs and Englishmen come out in the midday sun, so to play football in today’s conditions seemed insane then!
When I say it was hot out there I mean hot, get a scotch bonnet chilli pepper, add some curry powder, mixed with some molten lava and your getting close.
With today’s roasting conditions, the setting felt more like a preseason away game to California’s LA Galaxy then a Kent Youth Cup game in East Kent.
The whites started off at high fast tempo with some fast, slick into weaving football that left the Vinters team chasing shadows and I don’t mean running after Hank Marvin either.(Google him kids!)
With some fine build up play from the Dover team, the ball found Lever Lewis who did his cheetah impersonation where he raced on to a ball he had no right to win, turned the vinters defender and shot home from 10 yards for a cool finish.
The second goal soon followed with good work from Hayden who with a *telle*ing pass found Lewins who then picked out Edwardo “ Brazilian Feet” Woolston who from 15 yards out drove home a unstoppable drive into the bottom right hand corner.
With the heat rising for the Vinters boys, they were simply being frozen out with some ice cool play from a Dover side who then went 3 nil up when Reece Graham stormed through to smash the ball home just before the break.
The fourth was a goal of such highly quality it takes a much better writer then myself to do it justice but unfortunately for you dear reader William Shakespeare is dead so I will try my best. Billy Lewins, who is playing a year up this season found space for himself on the edge of the area, he then had the presence of mind to chip the ball up to set himself up for a volley that soared into the top left hand corner of the goal where the class of the goal had even had the Vinters manager clapping in applause. Barcelona have Messi, Manchester Utd have Rooney and Dover Athletic have Billy Lewins. That’s the class of the goal that he scored today to be mentioned in the same breath as these players. A genius footballing moment.
With the Manager’s head in the burning heat now looking like a red billiard ball Vitners were now snookered and the 5th came when the slowly wilting Vitners failed to clear their lines where Lever Lewis bundled the ball home for his 2nd of the game.
Whilst the searing unrelenting sun still beating down the Dover boys then went into samba style football knocking the ball around with such flair that the 1970’s would have been proud of it. Dover came close to making it 7 when McHugh in his role as Centre Back hit a unstoppable strike from 30 yards out which the keeper made a excellent save which saw the ball bounce off the upright.
Then with the clock counting down and the mercury rising, Dover’s very own Laurel and Hardy double act of Flood and Brady acted out their own silent comedy movie scene where a complete breakdown in communication which Marcel Marceau would have been proud of that led to a bizarre own goal. You know your team have played well when the ever stern militant headmaster of a head coach De Vivo can even raised a smile...!
But being the great player Flood is he soon made amends with a superb interchanging passing display with Kane Randall where he whipped in a terrific cross to find the “ Shyster” Lever Lewis who then completed his hat trick which also won him the man of the match award to bury home Dover 6th and final goal and the hunt on a red hot October’s day was over.
The nature of this win and the football played at times, in such boiling temperatures was a credit to all of the players. Confidence and goals can only help the boys for future games and in today’s Tesco’s cup win, every little helps...