Costessey Sports 11, Dynamo Denmark 1

Sadly, no, the score hasn't been written in Roman numerals. For the second time this season, Costesey Sports ran up a double-figure tally against one of their fellow Division 4B sides.

Costessey Sports 11, Dynamo Denmark 1

Division 4B, Sunday January 22, 2006

Sadly, no, the score hasn't been written in Roman numerals. For the second time this season, Costesey Sports ran up a double-figure tally against one of their fellow Division 4B sides.

This time it was second-from-bottom Dynamo Denmark who were on the receiving end of the mauling, not assisted by the lack of their regular goalkeeper (who had 'gone awol') and a long injury list.

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But enough of the excuses. Costessey Sports began their onslaught after five minutes when Tiago Merce weaved his way through Dynamo Denmark's defence and chipped the ball over Andy Stevenson.

Two minutes later, Luke Johnstone's touch from Danny Bridgwood's corner found Simon Murphy who put his side two ahead.

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Frank van Woerkom's 25-yard free-kick was tipped over the bar by goalkeeper Mark Trett for a Dynamo Denmark corner, but the action resumed down the other end as Johnstone drove home a strike from long range.

Trett didn't deal with the next van Woerkom free-kick as well as he had the first, seemingly diving after the ball had gone past him into the net to reduce Dynamo Denmark's deficit.

It was then top scorer Bridgwood's turn to get on the scoresheet for Costessey Sports, heading in Tim Woolner's cross.

With Dynamo Denmark temporarily down to 10 men as Craig Cooper received treatment for a nosebleed, Bridgwood made it 5-1 from close range a minute later.

After a brief half-time respite, Dynamo Denmark took to the field again to see what the second period had in store for them.

Merce and Woolner combined for Costessey Sports' sixth, and substitute Tom Landsdale scored number seven, which several of us missed because we were busy admiring Roger the linesman's new tracksuit.

Eight was a wonderful solo effort from Merce who used his silky skills to control the ball before hitting a half-volley into the far corner.

Matthew Wrath, who had been keeping a note of the score on the sidelines, controversially brought himself on in place of goal-hungry Bridgwood in the hope of grabbing some glory for himself.

There were no complaints, however, when he put away a header from David Taylor's cross with his first touch of the game.

Murphy grabbed a second before Merce completed a well-deserved hat-trick five minutes from time - although strictly speaking it was only two minutes from time because referee Ken Forbes decided Dynamo Denmark had suffered enough and blew his whistle after just 87 minutes.

t Costessey Sports 11 (Merce 5, 67, 85, Murphy 7, 84, Johnstone 22, Bridgwood 34, 35, Woolner 52, Lansdale 65, Wrath 81), Dynamo Denmark 1 (Van Woerkom 29)

t Teams:

Costessey Sports: 1 Mark Trett 6, 2 David Taylor 7, 3 Daniel Bird 7, 4 Adam Holden 7, 5 Nigel Trett 7, 6 Adam Adcock 7 (15 Paul Lewis 67 7), 7 Tiago Merce 8, 8 Tim Woolner 7, 9 Simon Murphy 7, 10 Danny Bridgwood 8 (16 Matthew Wrath 79), 11 Luke Johnstone 7 (14 Tom Lansdale 50 7). Subs unused: 12 Danny Worrall, 17 Scot Roberts.

Dynamo Denmark: 1 Andy Stevenson 7, 11 Matt Keen 6, 2 Mark Escott 6, 6 Andy Walters 6, 5 Sean Crisp 6, 15 Frank van Woerkom 7, 12 Nick Burton 6, 3 Payam Rezania 6, 7 Chris Barclay 6, 8 Craig Cooper 6, 4 Dick Ward 6.

t Shots on: Costessey Sports 14, Dynamo Denmark 4

t Shots off: Costessey Sports 13, Dynamo Denmark 3

t Corners: Costessey Sports 4, Dynamo Denmark 3

t Offsides: Costessey Sports 3, Dynamo Denmark 0

t Fouls: Costessey Sports 8, Dynamo Denmark 6

t Referee: Ken Forbes

t Attendance: 16

t MoM: Tiago Merce

t Entertainment value: 4 out of 5

t Weather: Perfect footballing conditions.

t Refreshment of the Match: Hot cross buns, mmm. Thank you Cathy.

t Boss Talk:

Costessey director of football Matthew Wrath: “After last week's disappointing 1-1 draw we wanted to do it for our manager, Mal Armstrong, who was taken ill this morning.”

Dynamo Denmark player-manager Frank van Woerkom: “We were outgunned and outplayed - that's why they're top of the league. We did have a weakened side though.”

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