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Wednesday 5th December saw the inaugural TCS Sales Team take on the TCS Warehouse Side in a 7 v 7 Football match at Standish High School, Wigan.

The match was played in damp conditions and it took several minutes for either side to get use to the slick surface.

But, it was the sales team who certainly made the better start as Connor Parkinson intercepted a loose ball, took on 2 defenders to slot a lovely finish into the corner of the net. Momentum with the sales team saw them double their lead a few minutes later when Parkinson floated a perfectly placed corner into the path of Director Mark Maloney who timed his run perfectly to bury a finish past the hapless keeper…2-0!!

Memories of a 1980’s Wimbledon saw the sales team score again when Goalkeeper (& IT Guru) Matt Burgess played a long pass into the path of Product Manager Adam Brooksbank who strolled past a defender to coolly finish to make it 3-0.

The Warehouse team at this point started to rally and quickly reduced the lead to 3-2 with 2 quick fire goals. It was nearly parity when Burgess steamed out his goal to stop an attack but misjudged his position as the warehouse teams leading marksman (Ryan Burke) stepped around him. His efforts were thwarted by 2 goal line clearances from defender & Sales Manager Kieran Burke.

Mike Davies was keeping the opposition at bay with a solid defensive display and things got the better for the TCS Sales Team when a perfectly placed pass from Kieran Burke to Connor Parkinson, lead the latter to a shot on goal. The opposition keeper pulled off a superb save only for Jonny Wood to use superb instincts to finish and make the game 4-2.

Hard running on a large pitch from Dan Cox (Sales Administrator) Wood, Maloney, Brooksbank and Parkinson kept the pressure on the warehouse side but credit to the them, they somehow managed to claw it back with 2 quick fire goals. The second very much reminiscent of Jordan Pickford from the Merseyside derby as Burgess somehow managed to palm the ball from woodwork to opposition striker.

With 1 minute remaining, heartbreak for the Sales Team. A scramble in the penalty area saw a loose pass fall to warehouse operative Josh Caldwell who slammed it home with literally the last kick of the game.

All sets up nicely for a return fixture in the near future….hopefully with a different result!!