Newsletter w/c 04.10.21
- 4th October 2021
Fixtures for Saturday 9th October 2021
|Venue / Referee
|Home / Chiswick Pavilion
|Fulham Compton Old Boys 2s
|Away / Barnes Common, Lower Richmond Road, London, SW15 1JF.
|Shene Old Grammarians 4s
|Home / Riverside Lands
|AFA Senior Novets Cup
|Winchmore Hill 5s
|Home / Riverside Lands
|AFA Senior Novets Cup
|Away / Goals Tolworth, Kingston Rd, Tolworth, KT5 9NT
|Home / Riverside Lands
Nick De Falco
Jose Da Cruz
Old Meadonians 1s – No game
Old Dorkinians 1-2 Old Meadonians 2s
The 2s travelled to Dorking this week, in the hunt for another 3 points and their second win of the campaign. Plans were thrown into disarray on Friday afternoon however, as two late call offs landed on the gaffer’s desk… Self-professed social butterfly (serial pest), Matt Fishman ruled himself out with a dodgy knee, that just so happened to flare up on his final day at work (and shortly before a large night out…) while new lad Sam Weaver was struck down by the side effects of his second covid jab and took the hit worse than my 96 year old gran. Flowers in the post for both poor souls.
Despite the late withdrawals and the torrential rain, the lads rocked up to Dorks in good spirits. Ben Jermain was once again “delayed” following some Caffe Nero confusion (don’t ask) but fortunately the kit was with Bunty this week so the boys weren’t forced to limber up in their tighty whiteys as they had to the week before…
An added bonus of Mr Hunter taking the kit was the fresh scent that met the lads’ nostrils when the kitbag was unzipped. Ever the perfectionist, Bunty had tipped the entire contents of his (extensive) perfume drawer into the wash and the results were lovely. The big man was even overheard whispering “No spray, no lay” and “No splash, no gash” to each of the lads as he dished the strips out… a career in Putney Revs’ toilets beckons.
Meads started strongly as the midfield 3 of Book, Pav and Kenna quickly dominated in the middle, while Finders and Louis Bishop found some early joy down the left. However, Dorks took a surprise lead from a corner after the returning Ally Gordon headed thin air and allowed the ball to sail into the net. Rumours that Al had been in Turkey for a hair transplant were quickly dismissed upon his arrival and on this evidence, laser eye surgery wasn’t the reason for his absence either…
Despite the setback, Meads continued to dominate but just couldn’t find that killer final ball. Dorks should have been reduced to 10 after Wilson was scythed down when clean through on goal but, despite awarding the free kick, the ref refused to show any colour of card, claiming it was “too early to do so”. Ridiculous shout from a man who’s tan game is second only to David Dickinson’s…
Half time: Dorks 1-0 Meads
The one-way traffic continued into the second half but this time Meads got the break they deserved when a dangerous ball into the box ricocheted off a Dorks defender and ended up in his own net. 1-1.
Meads continued to press and were rewarded again when Phil McNicholas – sporting boots that would’ve looked more at home on the Strictly dancefloor and an Alice band borrowed from his missus – was awarded a penalty after being fouled in the box*. Up stepped Ed McKenna from the spot and, despite having no pre-season to speak of and carrying a little extra pork, there was no stopping his left-footed cannonball as it soared into the top right corner. 2-1 Meads.
Until that point, Dorks had carried as much threat to Meads’ goal as Shamima Begum does to British national security but the inevitable fightback came with 10 minutes to go… Despite a couple of ropey clearances from Jordy Trafford (too much red wine in Sicily lad…?) and a curling effort that hit the post, some fine saves from Conaill Ryan kept the Meads in front.
So it stayed until the final whistle. 2-1 Meads and back up the road we went with a deserved win under our belts.
MOM could have gone to a number of players, with Andy Findlay, Ben and Louis Bishop all having particularly impressive games but Pav took the crown for his effortless passing display and tenacity throughout. WIG likewise could have ended up in one of several pairs of hands – Ally G for a pointless (yet elegant) pirouette in the first half, Ben10 for again failing to check his watch or Phil for his questionable attire. However, after an interesting touchline exchange with one of the locals, the lads unanimously decided to award it to the gaffer for the 2nd time this season. Judasin b*stards.
OMFC Wildcats III 3 – 3 Old Wokingians III – I’m more of a bisto man myself
On the back of last week’s 3 points the Wildcats rolled into this week full of confidence for an expected tough fixture against Wokes at our new home, the Pavillion. The buzz around the squad was visible, so visible that the whole squad arrived before the planned meet time… well apart from Shae. Nath and Sam Harwood joined the squad and changing room conversation with those boys immediately turned to favourite gravy brands with their fellow northern mafia members Will and Brendan.
Don’t start slowly… Don’t start slowly… 1 nil wokes after 2 minutes. After such an assured performance last week we had slipped back into our bad habits and were struggling with the compact nature of Wokes ‘kick you and lump it’ style. Apart from a mini break from Tobes and a flashing shot from Rob we weren’t in the game and it soon got worse, 2 down after 25 minutes and staring down the barrel. As the rain lashed down we finally played some football, Marlon and Shae got themselves into the game out wide and looked to link up with Connor and Nath up top. Without creating much, a goal definitely felt like it was coming and it arrived just on the stroke of HT, Will took a pot shot from distance which skidded off the turf and past their keeper, 1-2 HT.
A change of formation at HT to a back 3, Liam, Brendan and Myself designed to stop the long ball barrages effectiveness and give the widemen the freedom to play. The changes were effective and the tide had turned, ball after ball flashed through their box and they dropped deeper and deeper. Sam and Harrison had come into the middle and alongside Rob had cranked up the heat around the centre circle, 20 minutes into the half and another cross came into the box and Marlon got a part of his face on it and we were level.
True to our namesake, the Wildcat, we were hunting Wokes all over the pitch and creating a multitude of chances but just couldn’t create that winning moment. A little bit of complacency called Rorke into action who saved well and channelled his inner sweeper keeper on a tough day for any keeper in the conditions. With Aidan back on the pitch we had another attacking outlet, his insight leading the ball through to Rob in the box who was scathed down and gave the ref no choice. With a couple of takers in the team props must go to Nath for handing the ball over to Will who tried to miss but luckily their keeper had a fiver on 3-2 so the comeback was complete. Or was it? I gooned a header straight to their centre forward who cut inside and found the corner. 3-3 FT. Tough one to take but with a poor first half performance and being 2 down I’ll always take a point.
MoM – Marlon – provided the spark for the win and nearly had a brace from wide left.
WIG – Will – chased their CF 20 yards to wrestle with him in the rain
Squad – Rorke – Clemo – Liam – Brendan – Marlon – Shae – Rob – Aidan – Will – Sam – Nath – Connor – Tobes – Harrison
The Falcons were eager to get their first win of the season following a frustrating last minute 3-2 loss the previous week, which shows some great progress for the squad since the start of the pre-season in August!
This week’s game was a challenge as the opposition was sitting at the top of the Div 3 South league.
On the plus side, most of the Falcons played their very first game on pitch 1, which is normally reserved for the 1s games.
On the other hand, the very wet weather may or may not affect the Falcons’ overall ability on the pitch…
Furthermore, two rather last minute drops from the bench would add up to the list of challenges for the 4s, leaving us with only 1 sub for such an anticipated high-level game…
The first half starts really well for the Falcons who show some great control of the ball and the game overall.
A strong performance from Arthur Simpson who makes his debut with the 4s on the back left side!
Within the first 20 minutes, a beautiful cross from left winger Matthew Allen would set Jose Da Cruz for a quality header that leaves the opposition’s keeper stranded on his feet and only able to watch the ball hit the back of the net. 1-0 for the Falcons.
Later on, a long ball from the opposition forces Meads keeper Ali Basma to get out of his goal line and confiscate the ball off the striker.
Unfortunately, Ali does not quite manage to get full hold of the ball (blame the bad weather?) and releases the ball back into the striker’s feet who did not miss an easy open goal. Unlucky. 1-1 at half-time.
It is worth noting that Ali made some rather incredible saves during the remainder of the first half! Good job Ali!
The Falcons made a promise to each other that they would start the second half with a second goal within the first 10- 15 minutes.
Promise delivered! Jose Da Cruz manages to win a penalty but decides to delegate the conversion to Matthew Allen, who does not miss the target! 2-1 for Meads.
Quite frustratingly, the end of the second half turns against Meads who end up with up to 6 injuries, with only 1 sub (also injured) within the last 15 minutes. As a result, 2-2…
The pressure on the pitch is at its highest level whilst Meads are trying their best to maintain the score as it is.
Unfortunately, despite all efforts, the opposition manages to score a third goal in stoppage time. 3-2 final score.
Incredibly frustrating result for the Falcons who definitely deserved a win, or at least a draw, but we must recognise the incredible dedication from the squad throughout the whole game!!
As captain, I am very pleased to see that every player gave 100% and supported their partners for 95 minutes, despite injuries, uncomfortable pains, strains and cramps…
We’ll get it next time!!
MoM: Matthew Allen
WIG: Ali Basma
Nick De Falco
Jose Da Cruz
OMFC 5’s 2 -2 Dorkinians 4’s – 02/10/21
On a blustery Saturday afternoon at the lands, the 5’s went in search of their first points of the season under the new management team of Tim & Pete. The opponent, Dorks 4’s travelled with a strong team and a full squad, with the conditions as they were, a good old shit off was in store.
Meads started slowly soaking up some early pressure whilst looking dangerous on the break, Stitch broke through, rounded the keeper and was unlucky not to put us 1-0 following a great last ditch tackle from the Dorks defence.
As the game progressed it opened up and there were chances for both sides, a well timed through ball released Kortney Hackshaw who with ice in his veins kept his cool and slotted home for 1-0. Shortly after this, we entered nosebleed territory, a long throw into the box was flicked on by Bridle and met by player/manager Tim Gates who nodded home from 0.5 yards out, 2-0 Meads.
We kept it steady at the back barring a slight error in judgement from Toblerone feet Tanner who committed GBH on a Dorks striker in our area but luckily the ‘injury’ sustained in the challenge was enough to put the ref off blowing up.
HT: 2-0 Meads
The second half was played in a similar manner to the first, Dorks with plenty of possession but so far had been all fart, no shit in the final third. That was until, a well timed challenge from Tristan in goal dispossessed a Dorks striker only for a penalty to be given. Scenes. The Dorks skipper duly dispatched the penalty and it was 2-1. Game on.
Dorks continued pressure paid off with a deflected shot looping into the back of the net and we were back to all square. 2-2. The final 20 minutes was played at a frantic pace with chances for both sides, Tristan made a couple of smart stops to keep us in it and Guivin and Bridle both created good chances for us to nick it. Neither team could find a winner and probably fairly on the balance of play, the points were shared.
A great team effort by the lads with notable performances from Will G at Right Back who didn’t put a foot wrong all game and Will A who made a solid debut in CM. We’re off the mark for the 21/22 season and go into next week’s cup game in high spirits looking to build on a solid performance.
MOM: Will Golbourne – SOLID AS A ROCKWIG – Dave Ryan – Using a tea towel from the clubhouse kitchen to dry off after the game.
Squad: Evans, Golbourne, Tanner, Allison, McGuinness, Hackshaw, Ryan, Allen, Gates, Bridle, Stitchbury, Moghadam, Masebo.
OMFC6 VS BRENT3
Another weeks work done, now time for some fun.
6s took to pitch 2 at the riverside lands this wkend, literally with all the rainfall we’ve had over the last few days you could be excused for thinking you’d find a river.
Surprisingly the ground held firm which is more than can be said for the Rowing clubs roof, puddles amass and the changing rooms were submerged with about an inch worth of water.
The gaffer had set a new timekeeping record this weekend, turning up 20 minutes prior to the meet, all that could be said is he was hell bent on his players winning this game.
We waited patiently in the clubhouse for the resident caretaker to give us the greenlight to go into the changing rooms and change, the look on Liam’s face was anything but impressed but I suppose having to make gallons of water disappear into thin air is quite a feat!
Okay, he didn’t quite make it disappear but getting it in the shower area in the time afforded to the dear man must have taken a colossal effort so hats off to you!
The Brent lads rocked up to the club house feeling very boisterous and loud with their music blaring from their mini speaker, that didn’t age at all well.
To cut a long story short, we played them off the park for 60 minutes.
Their one threatening player had to go off injured, they really didn’t offer much without him.
We were either 3 or 4 nil up before they scored from a corner, through a combination of shit tracking and poor organisation at the back!
Within a few minutes they were awarded a pen, for a handball in the box, it was ball to hand and extremely harsh but we didn’t argue, well Paul did but that’s Paul for ya.
Unfortunately the striker buried the ball top bins which left a sour taste in our mouths but these things happen…
That temporarily put the wind in their sails and somehow within a few minute’s a tackle from one of our defenders was adjudged to have deemed a pass back when the keeper collected it, indirect freekick!
Now, it was quite evidently looking like the ref wanted to make a game of this, so all we could do is win, ironically we scored as a result of the freekick, the wall did its job and Alex collected the ball and punted route 1 style on to Taku who punished Brent.
That almost certainly killed off the game but we rubbed salt into the wound and put a final couple of nails in the coffin before the final whistle was blew.
Final score 6-2
DOD: Dean for missing at least 4 one on ones..
Old Meadonians 7s – No report received
Old Meadonians 8s – No report received
Old Meadonians Sat Vets – No report received