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All three looked immaculate in their primrose shirts with black collar and cuffs.

Primrose! I'll leave a cushion for you on the naughty step!
A cushion?  That seems a bit soft.
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I am sure that it will prove just as comfortable as my lofty seat in the stand for

Saturday 9th March 2019
Bayernliga Nord
SC Bayern Hof   5   v   0   TSV Abtswind
Florian Fleischmann (Burglengenfeld); Dominik Götz, Sebastian Mauer.

Strangely for a club with quite a tradition the stadium at Hof does not have floodlights, so the kick-off was at 14.00. This caused problems for a load of visiting spectators whose coach must have arrived late. As a result they missed the first goal, the home 27 breaking clear after 5 minutes and beating the keeper rather too easily. They were able to take their seats just in time for goal number two, three minutes later when Hof hit the bar with a header and tucked away the rebound. For the next half hour there was little to excite us - just a couple of routine yellow cards for Hof, the first being delivered with the referee's back to the recipient. On 38 minutes an awful defensive header fell to an unmarked Abtswind player in front of goal, only for him to place it wide. Another good chance for the visitors just before the break ended with a comfortable take for the keeper.

Hof worked a good opening after the restart, but the shot was wayward. Goal number three soon followed, however, again from a rebound, this time from a shot hitting the post. The Abtswind  keeper made a brave block soon afterwards as his defenders took leave of absence. Hof were perhaps fortunate on the hour to be awarded their fourth - the striker having barged the defender in the back to win possession before scoring. A yellow shown to the Abtswind number 24 produced a major tantrum and the ball was kicked away, but no further action followed. There was one further yellow per side before Hof scored their late fifth with the best move of the game.

This time the officials wore back, with only AR1 going for long sleeves. Whereas Herr Dinger on the previous evening had looked younger than his 30 years, Herr Fleischmann looked older than his 32, partly through his forward-leaning lope. He too seemed to view the whistle as a test of his lung capacity and his carding technique was again perfunctory. He handled the match efficiently, though without the bonhomie seen the previous evening. He was, though, well received at the end

Of the two referees, Herr Dinger would be my preferred choice for promotion to the Regionalliga: sensible punters will therefore put their money on Herr Fleischmann!
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Of the two referees, Herr Dinger would be my preferred choice for promotion to the Regionalliga: sensible punters will therefore put their money on Herr Fleischmann!
Perhaps suspecting that Herr Fleischmann will make mincemeat of Herr Dinger?

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The appointment of the referee for Sunday's match offered good/bad/good news: good that a third division official was to be in charge, bad that it was one already seen, but good as he had been very impressive earlier this season. And so to

Sunday 10th March 2019
Regionalliga Bayern
SpVgg Bayreuth   2   v   0. Bayern München ll
Patrick Hanslbauer (Zirndorf); Andreas Heidt, Christoph Stühler.

The heavy shower that had accompanied my walk from the station relented for the warm-ups. I felt a degree of sympathy for the tubby little old assistant (Dr Heidt turned out to be 34!) who looked to be hoping it would soon be over. Just before the teams emerged there was a torrential squall, leaving enough surface water down the middle of the pitch to produce a degree of spray.

Bayern hit the side netting on 2 minutes but Bayreuth retaliated with a dangerous attack, which caused a man in the row in front to leap to his feet, thereby blocking the view as the home side took the lead. There was an extended warning for the Bayern coach before the restart. The second goal, five minutes later, was a nicely worked affair. On 15 minutes there was a further warning for the Bayern coach, with a clear indication that next time he would be in the stand. Eventually a patch of blue sky appeared, enough to make a pair of Dutchman's trousers and the rain eased. A minor squabble was settled with a warning. On 32 minutes a major scramble in the home goal area ended with a heap of bodies at the foot of the post, the keeper emerging  with the ball and a free-kick. The visiting number 13 was fortunate that what looked an attack-stopping foul came just after Herr Hanslbauer had blown for an earlier Munich offence. On 35 minutes Bayreuth's attacker was well clear and rounded the keeper but missed the target. This being Bayreuth, the Dutchman was of the Flying variety, which sailed off, trousers and all, to be replaced by black clouds more suggestive of Götterdämmerung. A sustained spell of Bayern pressure produced one acrobatic save from the home keeper, but no goals.

Sure enough a further.squall made conditions increasingly tricky. There were mistakes aplenty, which always makes for good entertainment. The home keeper denied the visitors once more, this time with his foot. Herr Hanslbauer had done well to keep things going without a card, but on 68 minutes a pull back by the home number 6 could not be allowed to pass. There was a moment of tension on 73 minutes as Bayreuth put the ball out for a corner as an attacker went down looking for a penalty. The defender bent angrily over him and others headed to the scene, but Herr Hanslbauer was there first and things did not escalate.The Dutchman eventually returned and towards the end conditions were almost Idyllic -overhead at least.As Bayreuth tired there.were four further yellows for attack-breaking offences, Herr Hanslbauer being consistent in his line. The visitors kept pressing, coming close several times and the game ended when an excellent chance was not taken. After the usual handshakes from the players the officials were intercepted by the Bayern coach, who detained them for some time, though it ended amicably.

The conditions had helped the home side to upset the odds and had made for a highly enjoyable game.The positive qualities noted in the Autumn were again apparent in Herr Hanslbauer's work.Movement, body language and communication were all first rate and on this occasion he made sensible allowance for the tricky conditions. A fine display from an excellent referee: he would do very well in England, in Germany, who knows?

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Not sure who the ref was, but there was a bizarre incident shown on Breakfast TV this morning of Hannover being denied a certain goal v Leverkusen when the ball stopped in the snow as it was about to cross the line. There is a YouTube clip of the incident under the heading 'snow goal'. And Hannover lost 2-3!

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This being the final week of the Regionalliga programme, all matches locally are on the same day,, so it was down a level to

Friday 17th May 2019
Hessenliga
FV Bad Vilbel   1   v    3   FC Eddersheim
Sebastian Betz (Bad Soden); Martin Maienschein, Andreas Böck.

The home club's website offered handy directions from the station, or they would have been handy had the recommended exit not been closed, resulting in a tricky scramble round a high barrier at the end of the platform, a teetering walk along a wall and a death-defying run down the bank to find the promised "path." There was a further barrier at the end of this, so JCFC was forced to make an undignified escape through some bushes. Clearly not a route to be used in the dark for the return journey.

The simplest available option was this reverse of a match seen in the Autumn, Bad Vilbel having won on that  occasion. The referee this time had been seen two days later. His appointment for this match prompted mixed feelings: his refereeing had been good on the whole, but the length and strength of his whistling for trivial things had grated more than a little

Hallelujah! A first minute foul drew just a tiny peep. Had something happened on the road to Damascus? The second foul suggested otherwise, as normal service was resumed, but subsequently there was greater variation, in an acceptable manner. The home keeper made two good saves, but had to be replaced after 16 minutes. Eddersheim were on top, Bad Vilbel regularly falling foul of Herr Böck's offside flag, including one occasion when the ball ended in the net. Bad Vilbel ended a great move with a weak shot, while within seconds a splendid Eddersheim shot from nowhere gave the replacement keeper the chance to demonstrate his skill. Eddersheim took the lead on 36 minutes from a free-kick.

Early in the second half a tug on an attacker's arm brought Eddersheim a yellow card for their defender and Bad Vilbel an equaliser from the penalty spot. The visitors went ahead again on the hour and added a third soon afterwards. There were  several further chances for the visitors, but the home keeper made a succession of excellent saves.to prevent further scoring.

In the end reservations about Herr Betz had been dispelled. His whistling, though still longer than necessary at times, was more acceptable and his decisions accurate and confidently given. The players were cooperative in a sporting game, fouls being clumsy rather than malicious and Herr Betz judged the situation well. Above all his relations with the players were outstanding, with plenty of laughter and friendly responses. Unusually for Germany, here was a young referee being seen to enjoy himself. JCFC will have no qualms about  attending any of Herr Betz's matches in the future. The two assistants were hand-changers, though Herr Böck had a curious way of indicating a corner with his left hand.
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A weekend of football in Frankfurt should probably involve an Eintracht match, so avoiding the obvious JCFC caught a train to

Saturday 18th May 2019
Regionalliga Süd-West
TSV Eintracht 1920 Stadtallendorf   4   v   1   TSG 1899 Hoffenheim ll
Timo Lämmle (Waiblingen); Philipp Schlegel, Michael Hieber

With the home side already doomed to relegation and the visitors comfortably mid-table, it seemed unlikely that  one of the brightest prospects would have been appointed and so, it is to be hoped, it turned out. The referee warmed up initially by jogging from corner flag to corner flag, the assistants along the same touchline from penalty area to penalty area. The two of them soon gave up, Herr Schlegel doing some stretching while Herr Hieber put in some intensive practice at standing still. As things turned out, he would have been better employed practising moving his flag from hand to hand - the excellent Herr Schlegel could have shown him how. Herr Lämmle returned to continue with a series of contortions that even Scott Lambie could not match.

Herr Lämmle fell at the first hurdle, as the teams were not led onto the pitch until four minutes after the scheduled kick-off. Then the blame switched to the home club, with a series of eulogies and presentations to departing players. At least we did not have to contend, as once at Hamm, with a woman who insisted on kissing them all. The start was eventually nine and a half minutes late.

Stadtallendorf surprisingly went ahead after just four minutes. There were some untidy challenges and a spot of minor silliness between the home number 5 and the away 20. Some minutes later the referee had a word with number 5, this time in conjunction with the Hoffenheim number 24. On the half hour the visiting number 26 hauled his opponent to the ground, the free-kick being awarded, but not the merited warning or even caution. Five minutes later Stadtallendorf  beat the offside line, but the attack broke down, play switching to the opposite end where Hoffenheim equalised. Rather than celebrate, their coach made his displeasure at the lack of the offside decision known to Herr Schlegel. A body check on 38 minutes finally gained the.Hoffenheim number 26 his yellow card. Herr Lämmle proved to have the quickest of quick draws and the card was out in a flash two minutes later for an over-strong tackle by the home number 9, but it could not be shown until a good half minute later, the angry offender having gone on a curving walkabout with his back to the referee,while two colleagues protested on his behalf.Eventually he was recalled from 30 yards away, still protesting as the card was finally raised. Two minutes later the home 23 was rightly penalised for holding, but screamed his dissent and received a yellow card, while before play restarted Herr Lämmle raced 40 yards across the field, card still in hand, to let the home number 30 have a look at it. At the half-time whistle Herr Lämmle was approached by a couple of irate home players, and did not receive the usual support from his assistants. Herr Schlegel was detained by an apology and handshake from the Hoffenheim coach, while the much closer Herr Hieber apparently could not be bothered.

As they emerged for the second half, it was the turn of a home coach to have a long chat with Herr Schlegel, with a demonstration of some climbing offence. Herr Schlegel, though, seemed throughout to have a very good manner and this conversation was a civilised affair, ending with smiles and pats.

The home keeper was soon stranded but a defender almost on the line got a foot to it and it looped over the bar. The home number 14 made his presence felt with a late challenge on the goalie.The visiting number 18 saw yellow on the hour,, less for his foul than for blocking the free-kick. The home side again took the lead soon afterwards. There was a yellow for the visiting number 23 for a tackle from behind, but a similar offence by the home number 14 two minutes later brought just a free-kick.Stadtallendorf then had two men clear on goal, only to pass to a backtracking defender, but their third goal soon followed. The home number 14 finally received his yellow card, for something away from the play. Stadtallendorf added their fourth in a further rapid switch from defence to attack, before the game fizzled out.

Herr Lämmle did not do too badly on the whole, with decent movement, but did not appear entirely consistent, with a slight loss of authority among the players. His was very much a German style, so he may go on to do well, but would not be a JCFC tip for the top. In English terms a fairly good Level 4, possibly even an average Level 3 performance.

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On a hot, sunny  afternoon it was a pleasant walk along a path through the fringes of woods and meadows from the Frankfurt Transport Museum to

Sunday 19th May 2019
11 Teamsports Verbandsliga Hessen Mitte
FC Germania 06 Schwanheim   0   v   3   SSV  Langenaubach 1920
Oleg Karaliov (Büdingen); Olaf Kehne, "Keine Ansetzung"

Two steps down from the Regionalliga, it was a pleasant surprise to see both assistants switching hands appropriately. For the anonymous AR2 that was as good as it was going to get. He was tall, with a scruffy beard, which matched his face perfectly, and though still fairly young was often yards adrift. Herr Karaliov, in his mid twenties, looked as if he was out for a stroll. The most impressive of the three was Herr Kehne, just 17/18, who performed well, with the eagerness of youth. He, at least, had the potential to go further.

The two sides were virtually level in the table, but apparently the visitors have proved something of a bogey side for Germania. On 8 minutes the Langenaubach number 6 held back an attacker by the shirt as he was breaking clear. The free-kick was awarded, but no further sanction. Thereafter the visitors took charge of the game, creating several chances, but  it was not until after the half hour that they took the lead through a header. A caution for the home number 21 for a trip was delivered as he sat on the ground outside the field of play, having injured himself in the process.

A yellow was flourished on 49 minutes, a free-kick suggesting that it was to a Germania player. His identity was discovered in due course. This was followed a minute later, for a clear trip by the visiting number 6.  Germania won a penalty on 55 minutes, but must have felt that it was not their day when the keeper saved it well. There was confusion in the 70th minute, with AR2 walking fifteen metres onto the pitch, shouting "Oleg," but Oleg was not for listening. Two minutes later the home number 21 caught the heels of his opponent, stopping an attack and receiving his second yellow. It was not long before he had company, his number 17 receiving his second yellow for reasons not immediately clear. Langenaubach took advantage of the two dismissals to score two late goals and secure a deserved win. Play was halted a minute early, to general relief.

Yes, it was a hot day, but there is no excuse for a youngish referee to stroll around fifty or more metres from play. His decisions seemed perhaps a trifle haphazard, though there were few recriminations the end. Watch out, though, for Herr Kehne!

Next week JCFC has a cheap return ticket to Kirkconnel - a case of Kellodonia you're calling, as they might say in Morningside!

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The 26-strong Bundesliga referees list for 2019-20 remains unchanged.

Christian Dietz (34) has been moved from the Zweitliga list after 7 seasons to become a specialist Bundesliga assistant. His place is taken by Nicolas Winter (27).

Removed from the Drittliga list are Dr Henrik Bramlage (34) after just one season, Markus Wollenweber (29) after two, Henry Müller (30) after three and Tim Julian Skorczyk (30) and Bastian Börner (32) both after four. Places at this level appear to operate on a regional quota basis, the newcomers corresponding to the regions of those leaving. Promoted therefore are Patrick Kessel (29), Max Burda (29), Florian Exner (28), Lukas Benen (26), Patrick Schwengers (24) and Robin Braun (23).

This slightly odd system can lead to some possible unfairness, with promotions and demotions being dependent on the performance of others - not necessarily the worst demoted, nor the best promoted.
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I actually saw a game Henry Müller covered when in Berlin in April.  He managed six yellow cards of varying correctness, stopped play at random for some injuries and not others (whether head related or not), and perhaps worst of all managed to blow for time after allowing less than a minute after the 90, despite a second half containing a goal, 6 substitutions and numerous injury stoppages.  The hosts who were clearly in the ascendancy and pushing for a winner (the score was 1-1) were not impressed!
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The low clouds and persistent rain that had accompanied JCFC from Frankfurt by way of changes at Mannheim, Heilbronn and Stuttgart to Ulm finally relented before the trip to

Friday 27th September 2019
Regionalliga Bayern
FV Illertissen   0   v   3   1.FC Schweinfurt
Florian Badstübner (Windsbach); Florian Wernz, Marco Blösch.

The visitors are an origami club, insolvency problems having left a history of folding, but currently top the table and already appear favourites for promotion to the 3. Bundesliga. 28 year old Herr Badstübner, meanwhile, is in his fourth season on the 2nd Division list, so was two levels below his maximum. What turned out to be the highlight of the evening was the clubhouse Schnitzelburger, messy to eat but very tasty.

The near touchline was some 35 yards from the stand, with a running track and three jump pits between, lending proceedings a detached feel. Schweinfurt looked stronger and quicker from the start, but they did not take the lead until the 29th minute, helped by a slip from a defender. A reckless challenge drew a yellow for a home player on 39 minutes, though the card was produced so quickly that it was not seen until it was being replaced in the referee's pocket.

Illertissen made a better start to the second half, without really threatening, but the visitors added a second just after the hour. There were two further yellows,one per side, in quick succession, JCFC spotting them this time, but without identifying the culprits. A third goal for Schweinfurt came on 71 minutes, but a couple of decent saves prevented further addition.

Given the remote nature of the pitch, Herr Badstübner  remained an unobtrusive figure. He was dark haired and taller than his colleagues. His good features are in the form of negatives - he did not see the need for free-kicks every time a player went to ground, nor did he indulge in over-lengthy whistling. His perfunctory carding technique did not appeal, but seems to be the accepted procedure. It may have been the effect of distance, but there seemed to be little communication - free-kick or card with nothing in between. He was normally able to be in position with a gentle jog, but on the two occasions when a sprint was called for, he was not found wanting. Overall his judgement was good and he had a very comfortable evening, so in those terms, it was a job well done. Even the fans found nothing to complain about. JCFC's star quality detector did not register greatly however.

The walk back to the station was pleasant enough, but once there the rain returned. Perhaps it will have got it out of its system for today. We can but hope.
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What a difference a day makes: a beautifully sunny morning tempted me out early and I arrived in town at 11.10 for the 14.00 kick-off of

Saturday 28th September 2019
Oberliga Baden-Württemberg
FV Ravensburg   2   v   0   SSV Reutlingen
Christian Schiller (Stuttgart, ex Duisburg); Vincent Schöller, Markus Schmidt.

Some ten months ago I mentioned the small ecclesiastical town of Eichstätt as a pleasant place to stop for a coffee and a stroll: in a different way the bustling heart of Ravensburg (of jigsaw puzzle fame) is recommended for a visit and the time passed agreeably.

It was down to the second level of non-Bundesliga competitions. Herr Schipper  proved to be a strapping young man, with slightly dopey features. His running was effective rather than a thing of beauty - all pumping elbows and thrutching shoulders. There was a brief hold-up after 5 minutes, there being no spare ball to hand. On 20 minutes a decision was changed from free-kick to corner (correctly) after protests from Reutlingen. The visitors had been looking the livelier side, though neither keeper had been exercised unduly. Midway through the half, however, Ravensburg put in a warmish shot, the keeper went down but merely parried the ball for a Ravensburg attacker to put his side in front. Reutlingen came close just a minute later, but twice a home toe got a touch to avert the danger.

The game continued on its soporific way until the 55th minute, when an appeal for a handball penalty for the visitors was turned down - it looked more giveable than some, but there were few complaints. Ravensburg raced down the other end, hit the far post with a shot, retrieved the ball and doubled their lead. There were four yellows, two per side, but little further excitement. For Herr Schipper a routine performance at the expected level which met with general satisfaction.

A different route back was chosen, the low sun bathing the countryside in a most appealing glow. Today has dawned with bright sunshine so things are looking good - with a kick-off at 13.00.
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The sunshine lasted throughout a trip to the far South - even further South than Horsham, Ref Observer - as JCFC made for Kempten (which competes with Trier for the title of oldest city in Germany.) Quite why the locals had moved from their normal Saturday afternoon slot for this one Sunday 13.00 kick-off is unknown, but it offered a pleasant outing.

Sunday 29th September 2019
Oberliga Bayern Süd
TSV 1874 Kottern   3   v   3   FC Deisenhofen
Stefan Treiber (Neuburg an der Donau); Moritz Hägele, Felix Wagner.

As JCFC arrived at the ground, so too did a Porsche, which disgorged the three officials. The 18 year old Herr Wagner shamefully had a bag with wheels, but eventually slung it over his shoulder as they neared the entrance.

The visitors looked the livelier side and a header from a free-kick on 3 minutes drew an excellent reaction save from the home keeper. Play was rather scrappy for a while, with numerous fouls. There was a rebuke for the home number 29 for lashing the ball when caught offside.The petty fouls became fewer and play more open. Herr Treiber  played a good advantage midway through the half, subsequently issuing a yellow card to the visiting number 22. Home fans were disappointed as a lovely ball in was missed by two attempts to head it home, but it signalled a period of Kottern dominance. On 33 minutes, however, Deisenhofen launched a counter and Herr Treiber played a brilliant advantage near halfway, resulting in a goal for the visitors - and a yellow for the Kottern number 21. The lead lasted just six minutes, a smart move, good cross and leaping header providing the equaliser. Two minutes later Kottern took the lead rather too easily.

Herr Treiber had to deal with an overreaction by the visiting number 5 after he had ended on the hoardings when challenged on the touchline, speaking to both players involved. A deflection by a Deisenhofen defender almost produced an own goal on the hour. There was a yellow for Kottern for delaying a free-kick. When the visitors substituted their far winger, Herr Treiber tried to point him off at that side, but he was scampering quickly and was allowed to continue as they exchanged smiles. Three times Deisenhofen came close, requiring a couple of fine saves, before they in turn were rescued by the post. With a succession of further substitutions, the game appeared to be dying, but the visitors produced an equaliser on 84 minutes. In the next minute the visiting number 13's SPA offence was rightly deemed Bad enough to merit a yellow. Kottern took the lead once more on 88 minutes, a good cross being misheaded so badly downwards that it bounced over the keeper. Stoppage time brought a scramble In the Deisenhofen goalmouth and then a visiting attack involving a block and the rebound fired over, just as Herr Treiber pointed to the penalty spot, seemingly indicating use of an arm. Treatment for an injured player, and protests delayed the showing of a yellow card until the kick was about to be taken. The kick was successful and the final whistle was blown immediately.

Herr Treiber's afternoon was not finished as he was treated to a long tirade from the home boss, who eventually left to shake hands with his opposite number. Two further, more conciliatory-looking approaches were made by other home officials, before the boss caught up with them once more some way short of the exit. Initially it looked as if he was about to apologise, but a further discussion followed, Herr Treiber having plenty to say this time as it carried on for several minutes, though it ended with the referee's arm round the boss's shoulders.

It seems unlikely that he will be receiving a good mark from Kottern, which is a pity as until the mystery of the last minute he had refereed well, in a sympathetic manner. It will probably not matter, as at 32 he is almost geriatric in German refereeing terms. His two assistants have time on their side. Both were hand changers, and SRA2 in particular contributed a number of good flags for fouls - though he needs to practise switching the flag before raising it.
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Leaving an overcast Hamm, and passing through a gentle flurry of snow at Hannover, JCFC was pleased to find clear weather at his destination - so clear that he could see Blackpool Tower in all its Christmas splendour as he took his seat for

Friday 13th December 2019
Oberliga Nord-Ost Nord
Tennis Borussia Berlin   3   v   2   SV Tasmania Berlin
Tom Channir  (Pankow); Fabian Zastrow, Philipp Gentsch.

Recalling his recent confusion between Bradford Town and Bridgwater Town - having initially used BT for each - the various Ts and Bs were reduced to H and A..The  home side were top of the table, Tasmania just three points above the relegation spots. Unsurprisingly it was the home team that made the livelier start. Within the first ten minutes they were off target with a free-kick from just outside the box, and had seen the visiting keeper stoop to head a through ball clear outside his area. Tasmania responded and came close to opening the scoring when an 11th minute free-kick was curled in, an attacker met it well, but the home keeper spread himself desperately and the ball deflected off his leg. The corner came to nothing and as the home side countered, an attack-stopper  brought a yellow card. This was followed a minute later by a less obvious one for the home side. On 17 minutes the home number 8 beat the offside trap and gave his side the lead. Thus encouraged, they dominated for the rest of the half, with some decent passing and the visiting keeper was kept  busy, making a number of good saves (and one boob, when he miscued a back-pass for a corner.) On 35 minutes, though,  the home side swept forward, number  8 offside all the way, but the passes avoided him until he was eventually onside to score his second.

The second half was a different story, Tasmania pulling a goal back within two minutes of the restart, and drawing level on 63 minutes. Tennis Borussia were somewhat rattled and wasted several attacking chances on their right.through speculative attempts on goal rather than playing it into the danger area. On 77 minutes, however, they attacked on their left and scored their winner, amid claims for offside from the visitors. The closing minutes brought a great block by the visiting keeper, a clearance off the line at the other end,  two yellows as home players fouled attackers - and finished as the home side rolled the ball just wide of an empty net.

The assistants both tried to switch hands, but in a rather haphazard manner. Initial impressions of Herr Channir were mixed, with reservations about his whistle and tendency to over-penalise, but he mellowed and became less obtrusive as the game went on, which is as it should be perhaps. In the end he kept a firm grip on the game in a decent performance. It may be that he contributed rather more than was apparent from the distant stand. So where, knowing JCFC's penchant for Toms, does that leave him in the German list? He could not compete with Tom Bauer, but moves into the silver medal position: the fact that to date there are only two entrants should not be held against him!
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