A couple of times a year the volunteers are challenged to a football match by the staff of Kirima Parents Primary School, and this Wednesday was chosen for the big game. For one team it is a fun opportunity to have a kickabout, for the other it is no less important than the World Cup final. It appears to be pure coincidence that all the best players from the district apparently teach at Kirima Parents (*UPDATE* and had mysteriously left by the time we coached at the school) but on this occasion the match took on an even greater significance for them with three coaches from Arsenal lining up for the volunteers. The teachers seemed to ignore the fact that whilst they had blatantly cast their net far and wide to recruit for their team, there were only eleven male volunteers, so that was our team whether we liked it or not.
After rushing into a two goal lead, tiredness and perhaps a little complacency on the part of Volunteer United saw us pegged back to two-all until the dying minutes. With time running out, a quick break involving all three of the Arsenal coaches led to Robbie pinging in a pinpoint cross for Alex Cave (a.k.a. Kieran Gibbs) to nod home his second of the game and gain the adulation of the watching livestock. Also a special mention must go to Ohio’s own Rob Hollerbach, performing admirably in goal in his first game of ‘soccer’, reminiscent of Sylvester Stallone at the peak of his powers in the movie ‘Escape to Victory’.