Now and again sport throws up comeback stories that go down in history. The miracles of Istanbul and Medinah, Botham’s ashes, and the black ball final, are burned into the memories of fans. Now, Friday 6 December 2018, the Mid Sussex Marlins’ Revival at the Regent can be added to this illustrious list.
5-2 down heading into the last quarter, away from home, against a Brighton team packed with Eastern European ringers, few gave the Marlins a chance (with the exception of our ever-optimistic super-fan Nick GL). Yet the Marlins turned the game on its head, winning the quarter 5-1 and the match 7-6. They did it playing a brand of slick, fast paced passing polo that might have graced Olympics past.
The goals came from Marshall (3), Bates (2) and Viney (2), but this was a team performance, built from the back and ultimately dependent on a magnificent Mr Clapp goalkeeping display that culminated in a match-winning one on one save in the dying moments.
Highlights from the game included a sharp passing move involving Dan Jefferys and Steve Viney that found John Bates in the pit who slipped his marker and fired into the top corner; A perfectly weighted looped pass from “Big” Will G-L that was slapped into the net by Marshall; and a precise shot off the water from Viney that kicked-off the comeback.
It has not been the best season for the Marlins senior men’s team. Five losses preceded this game, including a grating loss away at Hastings. But we have ended the season on a high and head into the festive Overs and Unders game on with a much needed injection of confidence.
Leigh Marshall (Captain)
[sorry no photos of this historic event]