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Moor Mead Athletic: The new Invincibles

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The Invincibles: Arsenal 2004, Preston North End 1889, Bradman's 1948 Australians, Rocky Marciano – now add a new name to the roll of honour: Moor Mead Athletic.

The Parakeets completed a triumphant unbeaten inaugural season in the league in glorious style on home turf on Saturday with a resounding 12-1 win over Elm Grove Colts.

They simply blew their opponents away with a great team performance, full of skillful, flowing and determined football.

Moor Mead seemed a little tense in the opening minutes, possibly reflecting coach Matthews, who had been pacing the pitch in the dark the night before to check play would be possible after Friday rain.

Miles had a long-range shot, and Ryan was denied in a goalmouth scramble. Miles jinked down the left, and cut in to set up Ryan, who scuffed wide. William then blasted over the bar.

The deadlock was broken when Miles pounced on a goalkick. His shot hit the inside of the post, and bounced across the goal to William who set up the midfield dynamo to convert from close range.

William then hit the underside of the bar with a strong shot, and the Elm Grove keeper produced an astonishing diving stop to deny Dilly from the rebound.

Moments later Dilly was thwarted again by another great diving save at the near post.

Moor Mead were starting to dominate territorially, with Jake posing a potent threat down the left and William and Miles combining well down the right.

Daniel went close with a looping shot, and the Elm Grove keeper once again had to be alert to tip a long-range Miles effort round the post.

Meanwhile Ben was his usual assured self at the back to snuff out the occasional Elm Grove attacks.

The Elm Grove keeper stood up well to block Dilly for a third time, but it seemed inevitable that Moor Mead would increase their lead, and a second goal duly arrived when Miles buried a precise shot from the middle of the box.

Next Jake turned on the afterburners to race clear on the left wing, expertly pulling the ball back from the byline for Dilly finally to get his name on the score sheet with an impressive angled side foot finish into the corner.

By now the wind was beginning to whip up, and it seemed East Twickenham was about to honour the sadly-departed Prince by producing Snow in April. On the pitch Orla and Daniel, full of important little touches, were keeping it tight at the back, while James and Dilly both went close before half time.

After the break Moor Mead conjured up a hurricane of their own: blowing the opposition away in short order.

William scored an excellent solo goal, surging forward after robbing an opponent, and firing home a strong shot.

Next Miles sent William clear down the wing, and he crossed for Charlie to make no mistake.

Miles was next on the scoresheet, with a beautifully placed shot, beating the keeper at his far post, and moments later he extended the lead still further with the Moor Mead strikers queuing up to finish.

Charlie completed a five-goal blitz by neatly deflecting a William shot past the keeper for his second.

Still Moor Mead continued to run their opponents ragged. William produced a wonderful piece of skill reminiscent of Gareth Bale, flicking the ball past one defender, out-pacing him on his outside, and wrong-footing a second before crossing for Charlie to complete a hat-trick so rapid that his mother, who had popped off for a quick coffee, missed all three goals.

Elm Grove, to their credit, never gave up, and broke away finally to get on the score sheet with a well-taken goal.

But Moor Mead weren't finished yet. Dilly made it 10-1 with a superb opportunistic lob when the ball broke to him in midfield.

Jake showed strength and skill, almost panicking an Elm Grove defender into putting through his own goal, and moments later he got the goal his all-round performance deserved, bursting through to capitalise on a weak clearance.

James wrapped up the scoring with a close range toe poke from a Miles cross.

Like Marciano, it was a knock-out performance.

It was also a tremendously satisfying way to cap a season, which, with another legendary heavyweight in mind, has simply been The Greatest.

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