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3RD XI v CHARENSAT 28th FEBRUARY 2009

Today should have been a day off, but there is so much of a backlog in the fixture list due to the awful weather that we have a game on tonight against Charensat that was postponed from mid-December.

fc pionsat st hilaire free kick AS Charensat keeper punches clear french football foot francais puy de dome league division 4 ligue quatre 28 fevrier february 2009 copyright free photo royalty free photo

We get under way at the Charensat end where Pionsat are awarded a free kick for a foul (there were a few of these from Charensat tonight). The keeper needed to be alert to this kick and it was a good job that he got to it and was able to punch over the bar. It was an excellent kick and right on course to creep in under the bar.

You'll recognise the Pionsat no11 in this shot. He's the guy who has been running with the bucket for the 1st XI and came on as sub for them last week, scoring the fourth goal.


fc pionsat st hilaire AS Charensat poor clearance almost led to a goal french football foot francais puy de dome league division 4 ligue quatre 28 fevrier february 2009 copyright free photo royalty free photo

A couple of minutes later we almost had a Pionsat goal out of nothing. It was a comedy of errors from the Charensat defence.

A dreadful goal kick by the defender was headed straight back in by a Pionsat forward. The ball bobbed around the area for what seemed like an hour until a Pionsat forward let loose a shot. It was right on target too and the Charensat keeper only just about managed to save it. It's a good job he hung onto it too. The no13 would have had it if the keeper had dropped it.

That was some let-off.


And while I ws changing the batteries in the camera (I must get some more decent ones) I missed out on some exciting action.

There was a lovely ball into the Charensat penalty area and three defenders all went for it together. Somehow they all managed to miss it and the Pionsat no11 got in round the keeper for a shot at an empty net that had "goal" written all over it "the shot, not the empty net" - ed.

fc pionsat st hilaire corner into the AS Charensat penalty area french football foot francais puy de dome league division 4 ligue quatre 28 fevrier february 2009 copyright free photo royalty free photo

Right out of nowhere a Charensat defender slid in and got a toe to the shot and pushed it out for a corner. This was another let-off for Charensat - the Pionsat forwards were running them ragged.

The ball in from the corner was excellent and I had my batteries in by this time so I squeezed off a shot of my own. The corner unfortunately came to nothing. Pionsat were unlucky here. They should have been a couple up by now at least.


fc pionsat st hilaire good cross into AS Charensat penalty area shot goes wide french football foot francais puy de dome league division 4 ligue quatre 28 fevrier february 2009 copyright free photo royalty free photo

It's still all Pionsat at the moment. There was a beautiful ball down the Pionsat left wing that was at least 70-30 in favour of the Charensat defence but the Pionsat no12 is pretty quick - I'm sure he was in the 2nd XI at the start of the season when they were running defences ragged in Division 3 - and made the ball his own.

It was well worth the admission fee to watch the cross too - it was superb. The no11 got onto the end of it but his shot only just went wide of the post and Charensat had a goal kick.


fc pionsat st hilaire win a corner AS Charensat concede easily french football foot francais puy de dome league division 4 ligue quatre 28 fevrier february 2009 copyright free photo royalty free photo

During the next 30 seconds you could be excused for thinking that you were watching some kind of surreal display of performing art rather than a football match

There was some terrible play from the Charensat defence and they ran the ball out of play for a corner even though the keeper was in close attendance and could have done something with it. The corner was another one of these beautiful high balls in the area designed to put the defenders and keeper under pressure, but it came to nothing.


Or so it seemed .....

fc pionsat st hilaire 0-1 AS Charensat take the lead french football foot francais puy de dome league division 4 ligue quatre 28 fevrier february 2009 copyright free photo royalty free photo

.... for a hefty wallop upfield from the keeper found a Charensat forward in acres of space with only Damian the keeper to beat. Quickly off his line to narrow the angle, but the forward curled it high and wide of Damian's despairing grasp into the net.

You know how much I hate keepers who come rushing off the line with no hope of getting the ball, but there wasn't much that Damian could do. Once more, Pionsat were playing with Lord Lucan and Martin Bormann in central defence.

But who would have put any money on Charensat mounting a serious attack, let aloine taking the lead in this game? They were pretty awful.


The second half commenced as did the first, with Pionsat on the attack. And it was no surprise that they managed to find an equaliser fairly rapidly.

fc pionsat st hilaire equalise 1-1 AS Charensat french football foot francais puy de dome league division 4 ligue quatre 28 fevrier february 2009 copyright free photo royalty free photo

But if there is ever a goal out of even less than this goal came out of, I would really love to see it.

A harmless ball into the centre of the Charensat area that looked like it was going nowhere, covered by the keeper with a couple of defenders around him. The keeper gets both hands on it but somehow fumbles it between his legs. Before he can grab it, the Pionsat no11 appears out of nowhere and taps it in the net. Everyone was taken by surprise, even me.

Any of the youngsters watching the match would have benefited from having seen this. It was a real striker's goal and an object lesson in never giving up on a hopeless chase upfield.


fc pionsat st hilaire keeper makes an excellent save AS Charensat french football foot francais puy de dome league division 4 ligue quatre 28 fevrier february 2009 copyright free photo royalty free photo

Damian had to leave at half-time as he was on work at 22:00. This left Pionsat once more with only 10 players and the no13 who had been a bit mouthy and petulant during the game went in goal. And It wasn't long before he was called into action.

He really had to stretch to this Charensat cross and managed to palm it round the post for a corner. He was lucky not to have been caught by a lob, as he was ... er ... somewhat out of position at the time.


fc pionsat st hilaire on the attack AS Charensat french football foot francais puy de dome league division 4 ligue quatre 28 fevrier february 2009 copyright free photo royalty free photo

Pionsat are back on the attack at the other end of the field. There's a good diagonal ball across field that is promptly returned, and the ball into the centre of the penalty area found the no11 who reached it first and had a good shot on target, but the keeper made a good diving save to keep it out.

It's nice to see that the Charensat side are adopting an efficient Equal Opportunities Policy in defence, with a vertically-challenged no6 and a horizontally-blessed no5. Good for them.


fc pionsat st hilaire concede a penalty 1-2 AS Charensat french football foot francais puy de dome league division 4 ligue quatre 28 fevrier february 2009 copyright free photo royalty free photo

And then as usual with any team that I support, disaster strikes. A ball played down the wing to a Charensat forward who then goes on a mazy dribbling run into the area. Despite the cries of pas de faute it was inevitable that someone would bring him down with a clumsy challenge, and right underneath the referee's nose too.

The penalty sent the keeper the wrong way and Charensat went back into the lead. Just how lucky can any team be?


fc pionsat st hilaire AS Charensat on the attack drive in a shot french football foot francais puy de dome league division 4 ligue quatre 28 fevrier february 2009 copyright free photo royalty free photo

I dunno what it was that the Charensat trainer put in the half-time tea urn but I wouldn't mind a pint of it. The gale has been transformed in the second half.

It's Charensat's turn to put in a lovely diagonal ball into the oppoents' penalty area. It goes over everyone's heads and lands at the feet of the Charensat no11 who drives in from about 4 oir 5 yards out. Somehow the Pionsat keeper gets both hands to it and puts it over the bar.


fc pionsat st hilaire free kick caught by AS Charensat keeper french football foot francais puy de dome league division 4 ligue quatre 28 fevrier february 2009 copyright free photo royalty free photo

There's still some time left for Pionsat to equalise. Although heads are dropping they haven't quite abandoned the game.

Pionsat are awarded a free kick on the left wing just in front of me and it's curled into the area. The no11 who has been playing a blinder with no support from the midfield can't make it to the ball and it curls into the arms of a grateful keeper.

I was well-placed to watch this free-kick and the delivery was impressive.


fc pionsat st hilaire AS Charensat break away down the left wing french football foot francais puy de dome league division 4 ligue quatre 28 fevrier february 2009 copyright free photo royalty free photo

And back at the other end, Charensat set up a breakaway attempt on Pionsat's goal. And for once it comes down the left wing rather than the right where much of the danger has come from in the second half.

The Charensat forward cuts in and lets loose a shot that beats the keeper this time, but also bets the post and goes behind for a goal kick.


fc pionsat st hilaire AS Charensat clean through french football foot francais puy de dome league division 4 ligue quatre 28 fevrier february 2009 copyright free photo royalty free photo

And right at the final whistle Charensat are still on the attack. One of the Charensat players goes right through the invisible defence for a one-on-one with the keeper, and lets fly with a shot that would have been a certain goal in most circumstances. But the keeper's luck holds. He sticks out a foot and diverts it out and behind for a corner.

Of all the ad hoc keepers who hve played for the Pionsat 3rd XI, this no13 is the best so far. I wonder where they've been keeping him for I don't recall seeing him before. If there's still no keeper for next week I'd go with him.


At the end of the day Pionsat only have themselves to blame for losing this match. They had Charensat on the run in the first 30 mins and should have put the game out of sight. The two forwards, the No11 and No12, were running them ragged.

I've seen the No11 about with the 1st team all season carrying the magic sponge. It seems that he's a regular player but he's been out injured for quite a while. He came back as sub for the 1st XI at Chapdes Beaufort last week and scored the final goal. He looks keen and capable but tired towards the end, which isn't any surprise.

The No12 started to hang his head towards the end as things weren't going right but the service from midfield dried up in the second half and it was noticeable that the team was effectively two packs in two separate halves, if not two separate matches. The full backs going forward supplied some service but then they were caught out at the back and the defence was horrendous towards the end.

With anyone else in goal, Charensat could have had 4 or 5. Pionsat really ought to have demolished them.


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