Dadalona claimed their first point of the season by frustrating Papathinaikos in an entertaining high scoring draw. Papa set down the marker as Jones fired them into an early lead, but Dadalona regrouped impressively and pegged the away side back at every opportunity. As the half wore on, Papa started to show their quality as Murdoch and Jones in particular took control of the game and pushed Papa into a 5-3 halftime lead that looked destined to grow had it not been for several smart stops from Inglis including saving well with his forehead after smart work from Holmes when a goal beckoned. The second half started in aplomb as Marshall’s halftime team talk seemed to perk up his troops, and riled up Kevin Thurston in particular, as they produced a stunning second half display with Thurston firing in 8 goals. Papa looked to have snatched it at the death though with a late goal from Jones, only for Thurston to fire in yet another equaliser with seconds remaining. Dadalona will be heartened by their plucky display which against other sides might have yielded 3 points, as for Papa it is more dropped points as they fall off the pace of the leading pack.
Dad of the Match: Mark Marshall
Dadford City 2
Real Ma-Dad 19
Real Ma-Dad extended their lead at the top of the table with a comfortable victory over Dadford City. In a meeting between the leagues top and bottom scorers, Real carried on their relentless onslaught with Watkins, Chilvers and Wiseman dominating proceedings as Real boasted a 11-0 halftime margin. The second half followed a similar pattern, but not wanting to go home empty handed, loanee Bobby Cott finally found a way through Real’s stubborn defence and fired in 2 second half consolation goals for Dadford. In truth they were simply outclassed in every department as Real scored a further 8 goals of their own and stormed to a 19 - 2 victory which extends their unbeaten run and leaves Dadford seeking better returns in front of goal if they are to add to their 3 points so far.
Dad of the Match: Nigel Dale
Mark Wiseman (22) hauled himself to the top of the Golden Boot with 6 goals above Darren Brigham (18) , whilst last years winner Chilvers climbed into 3rd. Kevin Thurston popped back into the top 10 with 10 goals in just 2 games for his new team. Ashton (-5.3) continues to lead the golden glove, with the impressing Stu Barker (-4.5) due to play his 3rd game next time out to qualify for the award.
Next up is Dads Army vs Dadston Villa on Monday 5th November.