Bunch of Misfits on track for feat

FC Misfits find the back of the net against NK Dons
FC Misfits find the back of the net against NK Dons
Brett Huxtable. Picture: Joe Pepler

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Arsene Wenger achieved it with a team full of Gallic flair and panache.

His 2004 class of invincibles were led by powerhouse midfielder Patrick Vieira, unplayable striker Thierry Henry and wing-wizard Robert Pires.

But now there are a new set of invincibles in town.

And they are not an expensively-assembled bunch of the world’s top footballers.

Instead, they were a gaggle of strangers pitched together in the summer to take a place in Havant Sunday League division three.

And the team, imaginatively titled FC Misfts, are the only side in the Havant Sunday League sporting an unbeaten record this term.

‘Misfits by name, Misfits by nature... but it seems to be going pretty well,’ said boss Steve Till, who after forming the club has led them to the top of the table and almost certain promotion.

It has not taken long for Till to engender an impressive team spirit.

He added: ‘We are a closely- run club.

‘Even if it’s just a change in the kit, I’ll let all the team know so that everyone can have their say.

‘We started after myself and our striker (Jason Ager) were playing in other teams and not really enjoying it so we thought “why not start a new one?”

‘Now each week the same players turn up and are always here. The team picks itself.’

As more players started to join, the family feel to the side continued to grow, literally.

‘We now have three sets of brothers, the Agers, the Kites and the Tills. It’s definitely a family affair,’ said the boss.

While Misfits are reaping the benefits of becoming a close-knit outfit, opponents NK Dons do not have the same luxury.

The team, who languish second from bottom in the league, have recently undergone a massive overhaul and new manager and goalkeeper Lee Disdle took charge only four games ago.

It’s been a good start for the new gaffer, though, and Disdle can definitely see improvements.

He said: ‘We weren’t doing well at all but now we’ve brought a lot of new players in and we’re a much better side.’

Disdle owes much of his side’s recent form to striker Martin Fay, who had remarkably netted a hat-trick in his four previous outings.

However, taking on Till’s invincibles proved a step too far for Dons and they suffered a first defeat in five matches under the new boss.

In blustery conditions, the ball seemed to spend more time off the pitch than on it.

Yet, in such windy weather it was ironic that a Kite would fly high and steal the show.

And Adam received able assistance from his brother, Ali, for the opener. Ali’s cross was not held by Disdle and Adam thumped the ball home.

A scrappy encounter, not aided by the elements, was always going to hinge on the next goal and the spirited NK, led by the impressive Gene Payne, nearly got it.

Forward Aaron Pennell went close with a free-kick that sailed just over.

From then on, though, it was Misfits who had the better chances to extend their lead and Kite wrapped up the win with another emphatic finish, lashing in striker Pete Molloy’s pull-back, ensuring the Misfits remain on track to pull off their stunning feat.