Newsletter w/c 10.1.22
- 10th January 2022
Fixtures for Saturday 15th January 2022
|Team||Opposition||Venue / Referee||Competition||Kick Off|
|1sts||Old Tenisonians||Away / Archbishop Tenisons School Sports Ground, Arthur Road, Motspur Park, KT3 6LX||League – Premier Division||13:00|
|2nds||Sinjuns Grammarians 1s||Away / Aspire at Southfields, Burr Road, SW18 4SS (4G Pitch)||League – Senior 2 South||13:15|
|3rds||Economicals 2s||Away / LSE Sports Ground, Windsor Avenue, New Malden, KT3 5HB||LOB Junior South Cup (Quarter Final)||13:30|
|5ths||Old St Mary 2s||Away / Hall Place, Bourne Road, Bexley||League – Div 4 South||14:00|
|6ths||Old Tenisonians 4s||Home / Riverside Lands / Referee: Amar Chana||League – Div 6 South||13:30|
|7ths||Old Wokingians 7s||Away / Kingsmeadow Playing Fields, Loop Road, Woking, GU22 9BQ||League – Div 7 South||13:15|
|8ths||Old St Marys 3s||Away / Hall Place, Bourne Road, Bexley||League – Div 8 South||14:00|
|Sat Vets||Ascot United Vets||Away / Ascot United Football Club, Car Park 7&8, Off the A330 Winkfield Road, Ascot, SL5 7LJ||League – WLVFL||19:45pm – Friday 14th|
|Sun Vets||No game|
Toby Stroud Turp
Jose De Cruz
Old Wokingians 3 – 1 Old Meadonians
Meads went into 2022 with the motto “new year, new meads” hoping a change of year would bring a change of fortunes. It seems the first game of the year always tends to be a trek of an away trip and this year was no different with a trip to Wokingians.
Meads lined up with a new 4-1-4-1 formation after weeks of protests from the captain who claimed the team (i.e. himself) cannot play in a 3-5-2. Meads started the game brightly with Big Mike being a handful up front and Xav, Toby and Harry buzzing around him. Despite the positive start the team didn’t manage to create any clear cut opportunities and the score was 0-0 at half time.
Wokinians started to find their groove in the second half and Marsh made a number of excellent saves to keep the score level. With the score deadlocked,the best chance in the first part of the second half fell to Xav who managed to mistime his strike. Big Mike was replaced with Big Al which provoked the response “they’ve just replaced a big guy with an even bigger guy” from one of their terrified players. Big Al picked up where Big Mike left off and looked dangerous from the moment he stepped onto the pitch. He managed to draw what looked like a foul inside the box, but the ref waved play on. Perhaps the theatrical head/neck/back/arm/leg jerk placed doubts in the ref’s mind.
Wokinians took the lead in the 80th minute when their attacker cut inside and struck a shot which went past Marsh who was unsighted. Meads equalised soon after when Harry slotted home a very composed finish. Meads pushed for a winner and left themselves open. Wokinians capitalised on the space and hit a shot against the post which tricked across to an Wokianians player who had the simple task of tapping into an empty net. As Meads continued to push, Wokianians settled the game with an excellent first time finish from the edge of the box when a blocked shot fell perfectly to their player.
3-1 was the final score when a draw probably would’ve been a fair result. The effort from the team could not be faulted and despite the loss, the team made the journey home feeling positive. Meads go into the next game against the bottom placed team in what is truly a 6 pointer if ever you’ve seen one. Let’s hope the team adds 3 points to the board in what will be a crucial run of games.