Newsletter w/c 12.4.21
- 14th April 2021
Fixtures Sat 17.4.21
|Venue / Referee
|Glyn Old Boys
|Home – Pitch 1
|Shene Old Grammarians II
|Home – Pitch 2
|Fulham Compton Old Boys III
|Sinjuns Grammarians III
|Home – Pitch 5
|League – DH
|Clissold Park Rangers II
|Home – Pitch 6
|TBC – Speak to Captain
Ed McKenna TBC
Toby Stroud Turp
Old Meadonians 1 – 0 Fulham Compton
After a below par performance on the return to football last week Meads looked to try and gain a much needed 3 points against Fulham Compton who had smashed in 4 to no reply against a Wandsworth side last week.
With fines master Xavi Mackney missing due to being under the knife again getting a further forehead reduction after continually being called Frankenstein by his school pupils during Covid. Speedy recovery big fella
The fine duties were passed to Joe Marsh who was so eager to take on the role he was on the pitch side at 12pm awaiting victims.
He was shocked as were we all to see Medish and Timmins arrive well before meet time for the first time this season, however he did get a few stragglers namely Archie, Harry and Brandon.
With chairman Ed sidelined due injury he was tasked with tightening the height restrictions rope that runs along the pitch side preventing small children and dwarfs entering the arena. After a few alterations Harry and Josh …duly passed and entered the pitch arena .. big thanks to Snow White for giving them the afternoon off
Fishman pre match had approached the management and asked if they could play at least three to four players on the right in front of him as he was still having recurring nightmares about the Hamptonians winger roasting him for 45minutes last week. Miraculously his hamstring had fully recovered.Fitness is everything.
A time out calm space was created pitch-side for players to sit in order to control their tantrums
We spoke with a few players
A frustration signal was agreed
The cause of the tantrum was discussed
We acknowledged the players feelings
We praised the players behaviour
We allowed the tantrum to pass
We then realised exactly why these players are single
We mentioned the Spectrum
We saw tears
We hugged it out Covid restrictions adhered to
We welcomed players Pavel,John and Harry into the fold today
After the warm up the messy grey haired homeless person and his enforcer then informed us of a few changes to the system 4231, Ted Rogers and dusty bin did spring to mind
Meads started the game well and dominated possession , short sharp passing from back to front ,the back four of Fishman ,Mikey,Kimpton,Caino looking assured and confident in the middle of the park Harry and Josh were winnning everything with Brighty brilliantly pulling the strings in front of them.
Brandon and Archie either side of Brighty making excellent runs and Medish working hard up top. Harry then scored a great goal after a fantastic move started by Mikey at back through Brighty and Medish. Well deserved.
The roll on roll off subs were utilised correctly and although not pleasing for some, their reaction when back on the pitch was outstanding , well done.
Meads continued to dominate the match and kept playing decent passing and moving football. Brandon came close after and fantastic individual run. Medish somehow blasted over from 10 yards after doing the hard work.WIG won.
Brighty was continually being chopped by the opposition players throughout the match but the referee who was from the Mr Magoo school of reffing refused to give us lots of the decisions.Fulham pushed players up in last five minutes but our defence held out well.
A well deserved much needed victory with everyone stepping up today.
Marsh was solid in goal,Fishman was back to normality , Charlie K and Mikey were commanding and Charlie C was effective back at his own position. Josh, Harry and Brighty along with Brandon ,Archie ,John ,Tom ,Pavel and Medish all were superb contributing all over the pitch.
Great performance, first clean sheet.
Well done to all for your outstanding hard work.
MOM Harry Sanders
WIG Medish Silah
Marshall 8, Fishman 7, Richards 7, Kimpton 7, Cain 7, Taylor 8, Sanders 9, Bright 9, McKenna 8, Drewitt 7, Silah 7, Timmins 7, Connor 7, Kamarashev 7
OMFC 5s DH vs Old Suttonians 4s
Shakespeare once wrote ‘a rose by any other name would smell as sweet’, in a roundabout way, the same applies to Meads 5. But it’s with losing. And, losing by silly incidences that don’t account to an absolute dogging.
Take that beardy.
Poetics aside, a double header against top of the league was neither the upset the table would predict nor the upset we all knew we could deliver. It was a tight, anxious, and awkward affair with lots of bobbles and plenty of opportunities to stake a claim on the moment.
It started with a couple rough touches, predominately from Pete Jackson, (currently writing this, so getting the self criticism out the way early doors) but equally some good communication and confidence when the ball was finally being played on the deck.
That, however, is where Meads 5’s biggest fault laid all afternoon, a lack of composure and an eagerness to force it when it really wasn’t needed as there was enough evidence to show we were the better team.
When we played football, we really played football. When we didn’t , we essentially personified the horrible Saturday afternoon the weather produced.
Enough of the floury overview, now to the specifics…and by specifics I mean some individual player ratings as it was two games and I spent most of the afternoon trying not to get frostbite.
Tristen – very little to do first game despite the loss. Absolute worldies in the second. A particular highlight, if not the moment of the game was a fantastic instinctive save that BBC would only dream of having footage of. 7/10. Mustard.
Clemo – solid, steady, ready to step up and head the ball whenever needed. The exact level of maturity the greys would suggest. 6/10. Still conceded 4 over the course of the day.
Aidan – the goal scorer and was able to offer a few moments of calm and clarity in the middle. Able to pick the ball up when needed but equally listen and put in a shift when needed. 7/10. Shinned it.
Chris Bridle – one of the more quieter afternoons I’ve seen from Meads 5’s main man. Very little stuck and was far too eager to knock the ball on rather than bring it down and use the skills given to him. But you terrify me, just as you did the opposition. 20/10.
Rob – brought the managerial jacket down and fit the Bill. Spent most afternoon ironing out his game plan for subs etc… and abusing an OAP. 5/10 given the results but the ideas where definitely there. Swings and roundabouts I suppose.
Old Meadonians VIII 0-2 Old Whitgiftians II
Old Meadonians VIII 3-0 Old Whitgiftians II
Ed Elliot Yusuf Charlie Jean Ant Ben W Ben A Max Ben L Emmamuel Nick Raj Sameen Paul Guivin Kortney
Another good turn out on Saturday with plenty of fresh legs on the bench ahead of the double header against a side slightly above us in the league this season. A few good lads joined the ranks this weekend with Kortney, Guivin and Paul giving the team a good seasoning.
Without a keeper again, Charlie volunteered to stand between the posts this week, putting in a ‘Scott Sterling’ like performance (YouTube it) and keeping Meads in both games.
In the first half, Emmanuel decide to liven up the game by channeling his inner Ruben Neves and shooting from far out, catching their keeper unaware but hitting the crossbar and bouncing back out off their goal line. For most of the first half we were in their backyard, knocking on the door with chances coming from numerous corners, but still no meat.
In the 2nd half, Whitgiftians brought on a bit of a rooster, who took advantage of two high long balls over the top, using speed to get past the Meads defence on two occasions to slot the ball in the back of the net. The game ended 2-0 to Whitgiftians.
Heads were slightly down at half time but the boys knew they had it in them to do the job in the 2nd game.
As predicted there was some venom back in the veins of the Meads players. The first goal coming from some nice football down the left, 1-0 Meads. More good passages of play followed with a beautiful ball over the top from Max around the half way line to Weekes up top who turned on the engine before calmly placing it past the keeper. 2-0 Meads.
The last goal came with the ball being deflected out of the box from a corner to Max who got away from his marker to ping it first time on the edge of the box, through the defence and in off the bottom left side of the post, not even De Gea was saving that, his first goal for Meads and what a beauty it was. 3-0. Once again meads fitness showed to be the winner, with possibly more goals to come had the game gone on longer.
MOTM – Max in CM for his first Meads goal and stellar performance WIG – Stan for being a Stan