Last week a select few from Birkett Long LLP and Birkett Long IFA LLP participated in a football match in support of the Rob George Foundation, organised by employees from Care UK. Myself, Paul Chilver and former colleague Tom were a part of a mixed team of Care UK employees (The Birkett Long Team) against the remaining Care UK (The Care UK Team) colleagues who had come out to play on behalf of the Foundation.
The game came straight out of the blocks and within 5 minutes The Birkett Long Team had the lead after a neat finish from myself following Chilver’s through ball. Although the game started at a quick pace, it soon slowed down due to fitness levels and the mixed ages across the pitch. Unfortunately, Care UK equalised 10 minutes later as Tom forgot he was playing football and decided to slap the ball away from the striker instead of kicking it, giving away a penalty, which they went on to score from.
As the game pressed on, Care UK certainly had The Birkett Long Team on the back foot, but thanks to an impressive defensive display and notably the rock at centre back, Tom who certainly made up for his earlier mistake with his performance, reminiscent of Tony Adams. Not long before half time, we had taken the lead again through Chilver’s calm and collected finish, but once again Care UK came right back at us and scored to make the game 2-2. Birkett Long could have quite easily scored more, but 2 open goals were missed, one of which the “older” gentlemen who missed put down to having forgotten his glasses.
The second half was mainly a game played in the air and I’m surprised more people didn’t come away with neck ache. With the light drawing and movement dwindling, 2 more scrappy goals were scored by both teams to take the score to 4-4. It was looking like another draw was on the cards and the same score as last year, surely not, however…
Within the dying seconds of the game, a long ball over the top from Tom, allowing Paul to latch onto and score the winner to make the game a 5-4 victory to Birkett Long. I would write more here about the winning goal but no doubt Paul has already told you about it…
More importantly, the game was for a great cause and a big thank you to everyone who participated, on what was an enjoyable evening.