After the problems of last season, it was very much a new look Logica team that took to the field in Division Three at the Stade against Invictus, with no fewer than five debutantes in the starting XI. With such wholesale changes, it will obviously take some time for the team to establish its style. There was plenty to be positive about here, though, and it was only two late goals by Invictus as Logica chased an equaliser that added a decisive air to the final scoreline.
It is fortunate then, during this period of regeneration, that Logica can rely on a top quality keeper to hold things together at the back. Rob Sapwell grabbed the headlines with a brilliant penalty save at full stretch midway through the second half that kept Logica very much in the hunt. But some equally spectacular saves in open play also saved certain goals, most notably a point blank block after a miscued Invictus free kick. A quite remarkable double-save from the Invictus captain in injury time was perhaps the pick of the bunch, although by that time the game was unfortunately up.
Mad Dog had good support from a fairly impressive defensive line in front of him, and the efforts of both Fazel and Sutton were recognised by the voters. Further forwards, Joe Tallett continued the impressive form shown in two appearances at the end of last season, and his cultured play was at the heart of most of Logica's most dangerous moves. His run to the bye-line and low cross it was that set up Abbott to miss Logica's best chance of an equaliser in the second half.