A last minute goal mouth scramble saw the second of deptford’s three sided football experiments finish honours even with all the sixes, 6.6.6.
A six a side game of three twenty minute thirds between blue, red and grey saw an initially dominant grey team go too far in front at 5.5.2 – only to find themselves spending the final third against a united red and blue alliance.
Tactical variations were very much in evidence this time round, with two of the strategies producing significant results.
In the first third a disciplined blue formation concentrated on a three man defence rarely moving out of the D, with the three forwards allying themselves as one with either of the opposing teams. A first rotation score of 3.2.0 demonstrated the effectiveness of their play.
The second third saw a significant change in fortunes for blue however as, combined with the rotation of goalies – which saw the entry onto the field of a dominant grey playmaker – they faced a grey and red onslaught, shipping two goals in the first five minutes. Rapid diplomatic overtures to red appeared to have stemmed the breach in the blue goal but the emergence of a ‘double agent’ amongst the reds saw another three let in before the next rotation.
The double agent bluff was astonishingly effective and difficult to counter. A combined red and blue attack of upwards of all ten outfield players into the grey third placed grey under severe threat, but just as the focus was concentrated on the shot the red playmaker reversed direction and ran with the ball towards the blue goal, scoring with each of his three bluffs. Repeated attempts to explain that he was supposed to be in alliance with blue were met with understanding and apology – only for exactly the same scenario to occur. The psychogeographers amongst the teams were in awe of this situationist bravura.
As scores hit 5.5.2 early in the final third, the grey team sensed the tide was going to turn and with the double agent now brought back on side, a united red and blue alliance left them with little hope. Despite playing 5 against 10 and orchestrating a further goal against each of their opponents three were let in. As the minutes counted down it looked as if they were going to hold on for a magnificent win but a long cross to the far side post saw a tap in from red with only fifteen seconds of play remaining.
In comparison to our inaugural outing two weeks ago the unfolding of the game had moved in a noticeably different direction. Certain plays, almost always involving bluff and counter bluff, were being played out not only on the hoof but calculated in advance. The two sided mentality of a fortnight ago was evolving ……and the sporting monster we have chosen to ride is taking shape.