Making his debut for The Student Footballer with a first addition in a new series of match reports chronicling The Escaped Swans FC first foray into the London League is Guy Watts: suave no.10 and all-round football savant.
Saturday September 17th will live long in the memory.
The Escaped Swans came from all over to play their first competitive fixture, a group stage game in the prestigious Saturday AM Cup. Some came from Clapham, some from Surrey, some from Hampstead; Wíll Gratton from inside Remi before putting in a second Man of the Match performance in the space of a few hours.
The game itself was a tale of early season rustiness. A sluggish first half was brightened only by the discovery that we are in possession of such a natural ball player in goal. Tom Francis’s assist for their second was sublime. Joining him on the list of players incurring early fines is Tom Parkinson whose penalty even his namesake in our goal might have saved.
By the time Guy Watts poked one into the corner it was too late; at 3-1 down the situation was too desperate to dab, but the Swans could hold their heads high after a much improved second half showing against a team who, it was suggested by some, have been playing together for more than a month. Most importantly, the away side’s effort could not be faulted.
But we go again. Saturday brings a first home fixture and a shot at redemption as we seek to stay in the main cup draw and avoid the Plate. Miles Montagu, world’s sweatiest man, has threatened to wash his kit, Tom has promised to wear his contact lenses and Parky won’t be allowed anywhere near the pens.
Hope springs anew, even as summer turns so surely to autumn. No trophies are won or lost in September (unless we lose again on Saturday) so rest up and let’s come out fighting at fortress Clapham.