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

After winning our last game 11-1, our next challenge was to play the second placed team in the league, Seymour Villa.  In the white away strip (sponsored by Lord Ashcroft Polls) we looked to make it our second win in a row.

Villa, who had scored 43 goals in 11 games prior to the match, were clearly going to be a menace in front of goal.  It was just a question as to whether we would be able to match their attacking threat or stop their potent attack.

We began well, quickly going 1-0 up through with a cross following a corner, which was headed in by Geoff Taunton-Collins.  This was then followed up soon after by Will McCann, scoring his seventeenth goal in 13 games (and moving him up to sixth top scorer across all of the divisions in our league).   We held on like this until half-time.  Our game up until the break was notable for the excellent passing and movement we displayed.

During the half time team talk, we emphasised the need to continue attacking, continue passing the ball well and to ensure we didn’t concede early.  Unfortunately, we did none of these things.   Villa, energised following the break, attacked us and had us pinned back in our own half for the majority of the rest of the game.  They scored three goals in quick succession to take the lead.  One of these would happily sit in this top 10 list.  The other two came from one of our biggest weaknesses, defending corners.

Greg Martin, attempting to emulate this Newcastle United goal, scored to level the match with a cross that ended up in the back of the net.  However, we didn’t manage to hang on, with Seymour Villa managing to score in the final moments of the match to snatch victory.

During the match we had defended valiantly against a team which has scored more goals than the bottom three teams in our league combined (and more in total than any other team bar eight in our sixty team league structure), however, it wasn’t enough.  Special mention should go to our two centre-backs, Nick Self and Ed Winfield and our goalkeeper, Joe Cawley, who all performed brilliantly.

Man of the Match: Nick Self (CB)

Next Match: vs. SSC United (Raynes Park, Sunday 15 March, 10.30am)