With Salt Spring’s Fernwood Stadium hosting a duck hunters and marine-craft trade show, the Old Boys waded over to Portlock Park to host Vic West with the full knowledge of at least two working toilets for players and fans alike. Oh, the joys of Old Boys soccer.
The sizable local fan base on Sunday, eager to see the Old Boys improve on last week’s fightback against the Centaurs, quickly dissipated into a few hardy regulars as the rains lashed down, making denim clothing a most unfortunate and uncomfortable experience.
As for the match itself, Old Boys managed an extensive bench of subs despite having many players on the injured reserve list and were ably supported by the promotion to the Old Boys 48 of “young” Sean Norgard, whose last competitive game was for the Salt Spring United O-35s in the provincial finals at Gulf Islands Secondary School last spring.
The much-appreciated level playing field at Portlock Park showcased the Old Boys’ expansive passing game, which was evidenced by five scoring opportunities.
A fine out-swinging corner kick by Mike McCormick was side-footed by Donny Brown past a Vic West defender for a 1-0 lead.
As players and fans alike looked for the half-time whistle, McCormick brought a thin smile to the crowd’s frozen lips and chattering teeth with a raking shot for a two-goal lead.
This reporter had lost the feeling in his fingers, the notebook was sodden, the ink had run and Siri declined to cooperate in any effort to record fully and accurately. As a result, Hope resorted to the well-trusted tactic of fabrication for much of the first-half’s action.
Fans on the sidelines constantly asked about the amount of time remaining in the game and were only mollified by late goals from Dave Toynbee and McCormick, which secured a 4-0 win.
The Old Boys continue their home stand by hosting Sooke FC on Sunday, Nov. 20 at a time and place to be determined.