WAM BAM - Tempers Flare between Thwaites and Craven
Thwaites FC showed their true fighting spirit last night - quite literally.
In the first game, Thwaites took on Craven VII. They never really got going and suffered a 7 - 1 hammering. The only consolation was a well taken goal from midfielder Mark Slater and a Man of the Match display from Jamie Hopwood. It was a furious encounter with a number of tussles and late tackles which earned Hopwood, Tabbinor and Slater all warnings from the referee.
In the second game, again against arch rivals Craven VII it proved to be a bad tempered affair yet again. Hopwood narrowly avoided a sending off after throwing the ball away in frustration when Thwaites conceded yet another controversial free-kick. Thwaites, however took a shock lead after Dominic Southworth, keeper in the first game slotted home with a cool finish after nutmegging the Craven keeper.
With only minutes left on the clock, Tabbinor appeared to have hacked down the Craven forward to concede a penalty. Craven scored and made the scores 1-1. This appeared to the final result, however Thwaites had other ideas and with a minute left Mark Slater weaved his way through the Craven defence to score a great goal. Slaters jubilation was short-lived as two Craven players inexplicable grabbed hold of him and threw him to the ground. An infuriated Jamie Hopwood run in and hit one of the Craven players to the ground which led to both teams being involved in a 12-man mass brawl in the middle of the pitch. The referee had no option but to abandon the game and order the teams off the pitch.
An inquiry will now be made by Bric officials to decide what the next course of action should be to discipline the two teams.
Picture - Thwaites Midfielder Jamie Hopwood.