A QUICK glance at the league table before this game would be all anyone needed to predict the outcome.
Chaplins have won all seven of their league games whereas the Keys’ win/lose/draw record read 0-0-7. Could the Crowle side live up to that illustrious number and produce an audacious display worthy of the famous agent? The answer was, like Mr Bond’s Dr, No.
Chaplins have been scoring freely against all comers so far and need no help in front of goal yet that’s exactly what they got as first Jay Brears and then Danny Taylor put through their own goal. Despite the setbacks, Crowle weren’t entirely out of the game and on forty minutes scored their third goal - this time at the right end - to raise their hopes. Josh Simpson’s quick throw enabled Danny Taylor to make amends for his earlier blunder. Taylor lofted a ball into the goalmouth where Curtis Brears capitalised on some goalkeeper/defender hesitation to head home.
The real turning point of the game came with the enforced substitution of Jay Brears who had been injured shortly before the break. Simpson was moved back into the centre of defence giving the Chaplins midfield a bit of elbow room which they exploited with real panache. Goals four, five and six were followed by seven, eight and nine leading to a genuine opportunity to use the cliche ‘a game of two halves’.
This time next season Chaplins won’t be in this division, whether or not Crowle Keys will be depends on which half of this game they reproduce from now on.
Keys are in cup action next Sunday morning at Bottesford.