The Blues lost a little nerve after that, and could have conceded again, but held out till half-time, when Gerry made some tactical tweaks out of Golden Guus's handbook. A few minutes into the second half, a deep cross from the right by Jose was misjudged by the Reds' keeper and defence to find its way into the corner of the net. Red faces all round, and game on.
Scouse tempers started to fray, with some bulging eyes and plaintive appeals, but the referee kept a good lid on things, so it never became like $tevie Mbe's night out at the Lounge Inn in Southport in January.
But they were rattled, lost focus and Andy made them pay with a fine finish to complete the Chelsea comeback to 2-1. From there, the Blues kept it tight and held on to claim an excellent win.
Both teams had an excellent turnout of playing numbers (around 20 each), so tired legs and minds could always get a regular rest and helped add to the quality of the game. Many thanks to all those who played. With such good numbers it was very much a team effort in which everyone played a part.
But special mention here to David Elvin, who had an excellent game as a stand-in keeper. If anyone knows a Blues-supporting goalie, please put them in touch with me at the usual address. That would be a big help, and would let David have a chance at the other end.
Even if you can't play, do please come along to support the group and pass the word around. The Scousers are sure to have a big noisy crowd there, no doubt talking about our lack of ‘istory. So let's make our own on the West Coast. Bring the flags...