On a bright and sunny bank holiday Sunday morning Bison Beer FC welcomed Whitehawk Ultras to the Sussex Sunday League. The fan group claim to be pro-football and anti idiots so both teams agreed to let the ball do the work and enjoy 90 minutes of total football. The match was originally meant to be played at The Enclosed Ground but after Whitehawk made the playoffs it was moved to the training facilities at Stanley Deason. Whitehawk Ultras have never played a competitive game and fielded a young looking side. Bison Beer called on experience with a 4-5-1 formation featuring 40-year-old former semi-pro the gaffer’s brother Greg Shawyer, leading the line. Jack Cregan took up the no.10 role with Oli Harper supposedly behind him in CM supported by new signing Gary, flanked by brothers Toby and Lex. The back 4 and keeper was the familiar set up for big Wayne in nets, Paul and Luke centre with a Ben either side.
Bison Beer started on the front foot as Toby came in off the wing and found the back of the net inside 5 minutes. Shortly after Greg unselfishly squared to Jack for 2-0 and it looked like a walk in the park. Out of nothing Whitehawk hoisted a free kick into the box and the second ball fell kindly to one of their defenders up for the set piece, who reduced the deficit to 2-1. The Bisons were undeterred and kept up the pressure, resulting in a penalty after Oli Harper conned the larger than life referee, got called some unkind words and put Bison Beer 3-1 up at the break.
Whitehawk Ultras offered more at the start of the second half but failed to test big Wayne again and it was captain Jack Cregan who extended the lead after good chances for Oli and Toby. The Bisons pressed from the front and the Whitehawk defender desperately tried to get rid as Jack closed him down and looped a left-footed attempt over the bemused ‘keeper and into the net for 4-1. The older Bisons were much fitter than their younger counterparts and spurned several chances before Jack completed his hat trick from the spot to make it five. A rematch awaits at Whitehawk’s home pitch where everyone is expecting a much closer scoreline.