It ain’t easy be­ing the Tigers goalie!

Played 12, Lost 12, Goals For 8, Goals Against 118

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - Front Page - by MARK PLUM­MER mark.plum­

THEY say a good warm-up is the se­cret to sport­ing suc­cess.

Judg­ing by the calami­ties that be­fell them at the week­end, it’s a con­cept East­field Tigers - the base­ment boys of Peter­bor­ough Sun­day Af­ter­noon League foot­ball - don’t ap­pear to have grasped.

Their pre-match pur­suits ahead of a Cuff League clash against Artemis went a long way to ex­plain­ing why Rob Wilson’s won­ders have lost all 12 com­pet­i­tive matches they’ve played, con­ced­ing 118 goals along the way.

De­fender Craig Isted was twice laid out by rogue shots from team­mates. One thumped him straight in the kisser and an­other found a some­what more ten­der tar­get a bit lower down.

And goalie Nathan Wilson was also in the wars - cut­ting his knee on his own studs be­fore be­ing crunched by a team-mate!

In­cred­i­bly they held out for 25 min­utes once the ac­tion be­gan, but even­tu­ally ended up go­ing down 8-0 - but that’s nowhere near their heav­i­est de­feat.

A 17-0 re­verse is the worst of a bad bunch of re­sults while a 1-0 de­feat at the hands of Hal­cyon is an oa­sis in a desert of drub­bings.

Noth­ing strikes fear into the hearts of the Tigers more than an op­pos­ing team blessed with blis­ter­ing pace.

That’s prob­a­bly why their big­gest hid­ings have come at the hands of the Nether­ton United young guns. They’ve ac­tu­ally let in 42 goals in three matches against the team from The Grange.

“We’re not ex­actly equipped to deal with play­ers who have a lot of pace,” said player and club of­fi­cial Dave Hard­ing­ham.

“Nether­ton are full of lads like that and they have given us some real beat­ings.

“Our best re­sult was against Hal­cyon. They are a much more phys­i­cal side and we find it eas­ier to com­bat that.”

The Tigers team is made up of a num­ber of work­mates and other lads who know each other through their in­volve­ment in foot­ball.

They ac­tu­ally have around 30 play­ers signed on and usu­ally turn up to matches with a full com­pli­ment of sub­sti­tutes. Last week­end was a rare fail­ure on that front as their bare 11 in­cluded reg­u­lar goal­keeper Hard­ing­ham as an out­field player de­spite be­ing in­jured!

He added: “A lot of the lads work to­gether at Waitrose and the rest of us all know each other from foot­ball.

“We’re all en­joy­ing it de­spite the re­sults and we’re def­i­nitely go­ing to carry on next sea­son. Play­ers and man­agers of other teams have been sup­port­ive af­ter games which is nice.

“Win­ning isn’t every­thing but I must ad­mit it would be nice to have a draw once in a while.

“We’d love to get a point on the board be­fore the end of the sea­son but we know we just need to con­cen­trate on get­ting the de­feats down to sin­gle fig­ures.”

TOOTH­LESS TIGERS: The East­field Tigers team that haven’t won a game. From the left they are, back, Paddy Down­ing, Tony Harper, Tom Rimes, Dave Hard­ing­ham, Marc Durham, Rob Wilson, front, Brian En­nis, Josh Mills, Nathan Wilson, Rob Corn­well and Craig Isted.

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