|Posted on March 24, 2013 at 7:10 PM|
With almost eighteen players missing, a ragtag Hilderinc team was given a lifeline by Mother nature when the skies opened up at half time with a thundestorm forcing the ESPZEN Sunday League 10 Division 7 fixture against Chestercity FC to be abandoned with the Blacks in an incongruous mess.
Faced with a dire situation of having barely enough to start the game, the Blacks had to go as far as recalling goalkeeper Ng Wei Xian despite the constraints of his National Service reporting obligations.
Always going to be an onerous ask against a team wanting to get back to winning ways after their back to back defeats in their opening two games of the season, the Blacks though focused on the task were left to ask questions from very early in the game.
In more ways than one, a five minute stoppage midway through the first half due to the lightning risk alarm going off allowed the Blacks to refocus amid nonsensical behaviour from a Chestercity team more eager to prove themselves in other ways than playing football, which the referee quite amazingly saw fit not to intervene despite audible petulance.
While Hilderinc did enough to force their way back into the game with a Mikhail Baiman goal after the restart, it was quickly undone by further indiscretion.
With themselves and the referee slowly losing the plot, the rain was heaven sent as it certainly got the self inflicting Blacks off the hook with a chance to fight another day.
In accordance to the ESPZEN Rule Book, which states that, "If the game is stopped (by both Team manager(s) or the referee)due to (but not limited to) bad weather (e.g. lightening, heavy rain etc) or any other reasons including player fighting, referee being threatened etc, and the second half has kicked off the result will stand. However the whole game will be replayed at a later date, if the second half did not begin … ", the game is set to be replayed but not without its controversies.
After all that is said and done, the Blacks can truly count themselves extremely fortunate to see this one slide with limited damage but not without serious self examination.
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