It was a brisk morning down at the ‘Battle of the 5 A-sides’ pitch, Manchester had put on some of its wettest ‘fine-rain that soaks you through’ but that couldn’t damped the spirits of Astra’s finest, fittest and toughest ladies who, had been selected from thousands of hopefuls to take part in Shearer Vs Savage, the re-match………….
At 10.45am Team Astra joined the match, playing for Team Savage and taking on Alan Shearers BBC ladies team!! Luckily for Alex, Robbie had his hairdresser on hand for any follicle mishaps!!
The team took to the field with an air of confidence, perhaps too much confidence for a team who’d not kicked a football in over 20 years……………
With tackles flying in form the start it was Evans from Team Savage who broke the deadlock, with a cracking left footed shot, 1-0.
Shortly after her first goal Evans subbed herself for long-time team mate Helen Thornley, Thornley scored with her first shot, putting team Savage up 2-0.
Savage showed some of his former prowess with some sliding tackles on the ladies of Team Shearer, the crowed called for his sending off but the ref agreed he got the ball!
Next came a one-two between Savage and Trunley, Trunley SCORES putting team Savage 3-0 up.
Team Shearer pulled one back just before half time 3-1.
Half Time 3-1
The second half began with Savage missing from his team and the BBC ladies with 6 players on the pitch. The Ref didn’t seem to notice, so play went on……
GOAL Team Shearer get one back 3-2.
Team Savage push on, its still 6 Vs 5 but the Ref hasn’t noticed yet, the number advantage is showing and team Shearer get another to make it 3-3.
Hold the phone, the ref has noticed, it’s 5 Vs 5 again. Savage re-appears and Trunley Subs herself for the captain.
GOAL Team Shearer score again making it 3-4.
With 5 minutes left its all or nothing for Team Savage, the girls up their game and shots fly in heavy on Team Shearers goal!!
GOAL Evans scores an equalizer from a Savage pass to level the match. The final whistle goes, it’s a draw.
Final Score 4-4
Savage apologies to the opposition for a lot of slide tackles, and the girls all shake hands. Good Game, all to raise some much needed money for Sport Relief!! get Donating!