A win and a draw for Claire Hobson and her swashbuckling Parkgate Social Eyes 5-a–side disability team saw them off the bottom of the Championship table after another thrilling afternoon of football at Doncaster Goals last Sunday – and the day got better for the Rawmarsh lads and lasses as they stormed into the Quarter Finals of the Sheffield FA Disability Cup after a thrilling win over City Knights White.
Quite an afternoon – and with regular journo Colin Muncie otherwise engaged, it fell to the Bootiful Game’s Deputy Editor, Margaret Gregory to sum up the action.
The afternoon started with a goal fest as Social Eyes went down to runaway League Leaders Doncaster Community College White in a high-scoring encounter in bitterly cold conditions. As usual, the Social Eyes Barmy Army were there in force, causing the stewards a few anxious moments; but in the end, the table–toppers now with a one hundred per cent record were just too good for Claire Hobson’s players, although enforcer Claire Sykes was in immovable form in defence for Social Eyes.
Into League Game two, and another thriller between the Rotherham heroes and Club Doncaster Titans FC Black. The game ebbed and flowed during an enthralling twenty minutes, and when the referee called time, the clubs shared the points after a high-scoring draw. Goalkeeper Michael Gee – the David de Gea of Harding Avenue – was a hero with a stunning penalty save to ensure that precious point for Coach Hobson’s squad, with, as always, strikers Tom and Josh the prime goal scorers at the other end.
With darkness falling and the temperatures dropping, the capacity crowd wondered if the guys had enough left in their tanks for the Junior Disability Cup tie with City Knights White. Coach Hobson got that game face back on, and willed the troops for one last titanic effort, with the inspirational Claire Sykes [who must be black and blue from the number of body-ball hits she took] again driving the weary Social Eyes squad forward.
Tom fired a powerful shot into goal, while taking a heavy tumble. But, was up immediately reassuring the cheering crowd that “no medic needed” as he said afterwards, “no pain, no gain.” Unfortunately, the goal was adjudged as after the final whistle, so was disallowed.
In the end, a tremendous win for Social Eyes, and the players and supporters celebrated the win before wearily boarding the minibus for the trip home.
The players were rewarded with a quarter final tie with Spartans in this afternoon’s draw, the clash scheduled for mid-January.
Current Championship standings are as follows;