|1||Neil Madrid||Neil Strong||78||1,767|
|2||Pescara Rangers||Stewart Pope||119||1,742|
|3||Hedgehog Corpse FC||Nick Smith||95||1,739|
|5||Shoelace Untied||Caroline Strong||63||1,685|
|7||Upper Bullens||Andy Taylor||66||1,674|
|8||Uriah Rennie 2nd XI||Neil Greenwood||42||1,666|
|9||* Your Ad Here *||Matthew Hopkins||57||1,662|
|12||Van Damme United||P Hawkins||77||1,610|
|13||Bermie Utd||Glen Davies||57||1,604|
|14||Who R U||DEAN CRIPPS||52||1,586|
|15||Accrington Rudyard||Ian Williams||45||1,585|
|16||Paris Spinks Germain||David Spinks||48||1,577|
|18||Pretty Schitty City||Alex Michaluk||45||1,570|
|19||Rip Roaring Reds||Sean Whyton||82||1,558|
|20||The Mindless Morons||John Seacroft||39||1,528|
|21||Panza Grande XI||Stuart Baker||36||1,524|
|22||Get to the choppa||Mark Bromham||54||1,504|
|23||No Recognized Plan||Paul Bentz||39||1,476|
|24||Luxembourg United||Simon Smallbone||38||1,446|
|26||Real Jorvik FC||Simon Brown||36||1,435|
|27||Release The Hounds||Paul Mitchell||31||1,394|
|28||Crazylegs XI||David Caldicott||44||1,328|
|29||Jordie’s Giants||Jordan Raper||41||1,129|
It was a week in which so much happened, and due to me going away for a few days, I’ve got to try and cram it all into a few sentences. There probably won’t be a gameweek 32 preview.
Our highest weekly score bar has been raised again. Pescara’s 119 points will be tough to beat. They took a punt on a Benteke/Austin forward partnership and it paid massive dividends. Those two players alone scored 67 points. I think they were the only Buckets team to play both forwards, and making Benteke captain yielded 46 points – more than some teams total scores. They leapfrogged Hedgehog into second and reduced the gap at the top of the table to 25 points.
The damp squib of a QPR/Villa double gameweek was anything but. QPR scored seven goals. It had previously taken them six gameweeks to do that. Christian Benteke scored all four Villa goals. It had previously taken him 14 gameweeks to do that.
Benteke as captain helped Hedgehog Corpse to victory over Neil Madrid in the cup semi final. Who R U beat Accrington Rudyard in a slightly less high scoring encounter to book their final berth. Neither Who R U or Accrington saw any benefit in the double gameweek. Only a handful of teams, it seems, took the risk. The top four all tried some combination or other of Villa/QPR, and they all moved past the 1700 point barrier this week. The gap between the top teams and the chasing pack is beginning to widen. There may still be twists and turns with one blank and two more double gameweeks to come in the remaining eight.
And then there’s the goal of the week. In a week in which every Arsenal goal, Cambiasso’s goal for Leicester, Bobby Zamora’s peach for QPR against West Brom, Jermain Defoe’s wonder volley in the Tyne Wear derby, Wayne Rooney’s volley against Villa and Bafetimbi Gomis’ overhead would probably have won – and maybe even contested goal of the season (particularly Defoe’s and Zamora’s) – we had Charlie Adam.
Player of the week – Christian Benteke – 23 points. Equalling the highest weekly score of the season.
Bargain of the week – Charlie Austin – 21 points. Yes – still considered a bargain purchase at £6.5 million. Scored his 16th and 17th goals of the season which is a remarkable achievement.
Donkey of the week – David Meyler – -2 points. Off for a hideous tackle.
Goal of the week – Charlie Adam.