The Investigo Supernovas 11-a-side football team had their second competitive game on February 20th in Shepherd’s Bush against arch rivals Goodman Masson - and boy was it competitive!
The Investigo lads arrived clad head to toe in their brand new, skin tight, rather revealing, tangerine coloured kits with lots of unanswered questions. Could Investigo repeat their stunning 6–2 victory over Chapman Black last year? Could Matt Friend (Director of Investigo’s Procurement & Supply Chain division) last 90 minutes without breaking his leg? Would David Marsh (Strategy Recruitment Consultant) actually touch the ball?
Having quadrupled their fan base from the lonely Dutch master Marc Kramers (Procurement Associate Director) to the impetuous young fans in Henry Harris-Hall (Strategy Recruitment Consultant), Ross Peckham-Cooper (Senior Procurement Recruitment Consultant), Laura Miskell (HR Recruitment Consultant) and Olivia Woods (Change Management Resourcer), it was important that Investigo gave a better showing than just what was underneath their skin tight shorts!
From the word go the Supernovas could see this was not going to be a game of high skill but rather a brutal contest where the rivalry between the two recruitment firms would make the football pitch feel more like a gladiators ring. Early shouts of “great tackle” from the girls on the side line made it unclear whether they were referencing Michael Thornton’s (Procurement Consultant) skin tight shorts or the on-field contest!
This was serious business and Investigo were on the ropes. Ash Carter in goal (Change Management Recruiter) was being peppered and was leaping around like a salmon from the word go, making magnificent save after magnificent save against Goodman Masson. The Investigo Supernovas were pegged back and unable to settle into their usual fluid style and flair.
Fifteen minutes in and a long ball led to a break. There was some lovely skill up front and a good combination from the centre forward pairing of Ed Carlton (Change Management Team Leader) and Paul Mullins (Strategy Associate Director). Carlton was bundled over by the opposition’s threatening centre back and….what’s this?! A penalty!
Mullins stepped up with huge pressure on his shoulders but calmly slotted the ball into the bottom right hand corned. The Investigo Supernovas were ahead; 1-0.
This only proved to rile Goodman Masson further. After some crunching challenges, elbows in the back and kicks of the ankles, the pressure was back on the Investigo boys. A corner led to another brilliant save from Carter, leaping to his right. Back in goal again and a shot tipped on to the bar! Carter was like a man possessed, not letting anything past him and the Goodman Masson boys were getting more and more frustrated.
Against the run of play again, Luke Colley (Property Recruitment Consultant) swept in a ball from the left and in came Carlton who flicked an amazing header over the Goodman Masson keeper! At half time Investigo had a 2-0 lead.
In the second half the Supernovas fought like the first World War infantry. They dug the trenches and defended hard. In front of the ever-dependable Carter in goal, some great performances were seen from Tom McNally (Commercial Property Recruitment Manager), David Blanco (Senior Part-Qualified Accountancy & Finance Recruitment Consultant), Matthew Heal-Cohen (Strategy Recruitment Consultant) and Luke Scott-Crowley (Senior Part-Qualified Accountancy & Finance Recruitment Consultant).
The battling heroics of Oliver Scarfe (Facilities Management Recruitment Manager) in midfield helped spark a yellow card frenzy with an awful crunching challenge. The “I’m not passing to anyone, man on a mission” Friend combined with the pace of new boys Harry Phillips (Change Management Resourcer) and Ed Cardona (Part-Qualified Accountancy & Finance Recruitment Consultant) almost made it 3-0 but despite late cameo appearances from Will Ballard (Supply Chain Consultant) and the fans’ favourite Marsh, the score remained at 2–0 and Investigo secured bragging rights.
The brutal contest showed that the Investigo Supernovas are more than just flair and skill. They came, they saw and they conquered. Now with two wins, the undefeated Investigo Supernovas shine on. Bring on the next contenders!
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