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BLUEBIRDS winning

AFC Bluebirds is a five-a-side team made up of players from across Westminster. The team are proudly sponsored by Conservative Home.

Bluebird MatchWe’ve started our new league season well, with a big victory against HSFC.  Three different goalscorers in a 4-0 win gives us cause for great optimism over the coming season.  After the performance last Sunday, we have good reason to think that we will achieve our aim of promotion.

On a bright, sunny Sunday in Regents Park, we set about our first game of this short seven-game season.  Owing to a kit clash, we lined up in our white second strip, sponsored by Lord Ashcroft Polls, in place of our blue ConHome kit.

From the start, both teams were keen to play passing football, eager to avoid typical Sunday league long-ball play. Despite the quality football, neither team capitalised on their opportunities in the first half-an-hour.

Bluebirds broke the deadlock after 30 minutes. A foul on the edge of the penalty area led to Will McCann lining up the resulting free kick, which he drilled low.  The shot evaded the wall and was a difficult stop for the opposition goalkeeper, who could only parry the shot. Geoff Taunton-Collins reacted first and poked home the first goal of the day.

The teams entered half time with Bluebirds looking the more likely to score the next goal, but still mindful of the one-goal lead. Soon after the break, we looked to have extended our lead. A long ball from our defence caught the opposition back line off-guard. Will McCann ran onto the ball and slotted home. The linesman had confused McCann for another player and called him offside (dubious).

Following the disallowed goal, we spent 15minutes camped on the edge of our opponents’ area. Our neat passing play between the midfield and forward players leading to several chances.

The lead was finally extended with Taunton-Collins, in imperious form, whipping in a cross, which HSFC didn’t deal with. In the ensuing scrappy six-yard box scramble, Will McCann tapped in his first of the day.  A third Bluebirds goal followed soon after, with Jeff McConnall scoring.  McCann added to this, scoring his second of the day to round off the team’s fantastic start to the season.  Will was awarded man of the match by the referee after the game.

We only finished fourth in the last league season. A key part of this was due to an over-reliance on Will McCann, last season’s Championship top scorer. Our goals have not come in enough quantity from elsewhere but our tactical shift to a 4-2-3-1 formation paid off this week.  It’s possible that the change has helped remedy this key issue, with three players scoring this week.  The only unfortunate by-product is that McCann may not score as many himself – and he has a new challenger.

We sit in second place in the league, after one game.

We are on a recruitment drive at the moment and are keen for any new players who fancy playing in one of our two five-a-side teams on Monday evenings.  If you are keen, even if only occasionally available, please get in touch at afcbluebirds@gmail.com

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