Team: M.Taylor, N.George, S.Cawley, D.Williams, J.Sheppard, T.Thie (c), G.Towers, J.Steadman, M.Honour, B.Bosley, A.Giltrow, W.Cooper, C.Warren, A.Davis, D.Rawle. Replacements: A.Dauncey, K.Hill, N.Hill.
What a weekend that was for the sleepover mob.
Friday was an early start so we could get a big breakfast under our belts. Then we had a nice game of golf, a few pints, a lovely meal and a late night.
Not a bad start to the weekend. All we wanted now was a win on Saturday, although everyone thought that it would be a tough task against the current league leaders.
As you can imagine, Saturday morning was a slow affair trying to regain some energy for the 12 noon restart. A quietish breakfast, followed by a slow stroll around Charlestown was all the preparation that was needed. Then it was back to the room to get the number ones on and into the bar to wait for the taxi to the clubhouse for the sumptuous buffet that awaited us.
The kitty was topped up again and a few more pre-match noise makers were consumed before the 14:30 kick off. The general mood was one of trepidation and excitement with everyone hoping the performance on the field would at least get a losing bonus point, particularly with the untried lineup that Clevedon were starting with. It was also noted that because of a severe outbreak of Cornwallitis, coach Hill was on the bench as a front row replacement. At least he had the sense not to put himself at his time of life.
The game was a revelation. The untried combinations worked wonders all over the park and Snostell were finding it difficult to dominate for any length of time. The home support were forced into long periods of silence, because of the committed way Clevedon were putting their team under pressure and their loudest cheer, which was one of relief, came at the final whistle after Clevedon had been held up three times by Snostell's superb goal line defence.
What a game for the weekenders to discuss - lots of talking points, particularly around the superb performance of their team. Chuffing is what it was, so the evening's celebrations reflected their bouyant mood and put them all in bed by 23:30. The old geezers had finally hit the wall, but managed to survive the whole weekend without any health issues that had marred their previous excursions.
When you're in great company and with a bunch of mates that you've known for more than 40 years, it goes without saying that there will be fun and that is exactly what we had. The Snostell old boys played a large part in our fun and thanks must go to them for their great hospitality. We wish them well in their quest for a playoff spot.
There is just one more thing to note. Weave won the half time 50-50 raffle after a lot of public pocket searching, entertaining the crowd with his frenzied antics in the process. The kitty was much swelled by his overwhelming genorosity and he suddenly found he more mates than he went down with, which weren't many.
Next Saturday, Clevedon are at home to promotion hunter's Chard with a 15:00 kick off. This important home match is preceded by a Sponsors and Vice President's luncheon at 13:00.
The league leading seconds are away to North Petherton, while the thirds have a free weekend to go shopping.