Eight had become four, and four had become two as Woolwich Arsenal took on Rainbow Pimps in the final of Stratford South League Division 2.
Having topped the pool going into Thursday’s clash, Woolwich Arsenal’s hopes were running high. For good reason, it proved, as the Arsenal came out strong in defense and the Pimps ran set after set into a strong defensive wall. It was a low scoring first half, neither side creating many chances, but with some great support lines and individual trickery, Woolwich went into half time 3-0 up. Rainbow Pimps weren’t done though. After the break they emerged a different team and began to find gaps in the previously solid defense. A solo break and a girl try soon drew them level. From there, Woolwich Arsenal struggled to regain control. Holes appeared in the line and Rainbow Pimps ran in a few more tries to open up a decent lead. Arsenal fought back bravely but in the end it wasn’t enough. Rainbow Pimps clinched an 8-5 victory and were crowned victors.
For Woolwich Arsenal, there was much to be proud of even in a bitter defeat. Coming second in their inaugural season with a raft of novice players is nothing to sniff at after all. Congratulations must go to Kes Harding who captained the side and kept everyone in order, and also to Will Leggatt who, after a team vote, was awarded player of the season. Another shout out to JP holing a current club final record scoring a hat-rick!!!
Any defeat is hard to take but this one certainly had more silver lining than cloud and going into next season, the signs are all pointing in the right direction.
Will Leggatt – Club member / player