Newsletter w/c 13.09.21
- 17th September 2021
Fixtures for Saturday 18th September
|Venue / Referee
|Old Suttonians 2s
|Home – Pitch 1
|Old Suttonians 3s
|Fulham Compton OB 3s
|Home – Pitch 2
|Old St Mary’s 2s
|Home – Pitch 3
|Old Thorntonians 6s
|Home – Pitch 5
|Home – Pitch 6
Jose Da Cruz
Bealonians 2 – 0 Meads
In quite possibly the most outrageous wig nomination in Meads history, your boy Matt Fishman is stuck writing the match report again. If you enjoy reading my reports lads you only have to say, it’s flattering.
The Meads 1s were away at Ian Bealonians to kick off the season, after an inconsistent pre season that ended on a high we went into the match feeling confident.
The journey was horrendous. Getting around 17 different tubes and melting half to death on the central line wasn’t my idea of fun but it had to be done. Thank god we got that trip out the way nice and early.
On a small pitch with grass longer than Caino’s old hairstyle, the boys knew what type of match they were in for.
We started slow but grew into the game and dominated proceedings. How we didn’t manage to score in the first half is beyond me, need to be less toothless and more ruthless for the rest of the season. I love rhyming.
The second half continued very much the same and the lads were stringing together some lovely passages of play yet were struggling to cause any real threat. Although the same could be said to Bealonians, they didn’t have a sniff of a chance until the ball was given away in midfield and a simple ball set their striker through one on one which he dispatched.
From there it was an uphill battle against a team that sat in well and shut up shop early doors. The only thing tighter than their defence was Pavel’s leggings. We created a few opportunities that should have been tucked away but it wasn’t to be.
Meads threw the kitchen sink at them but couldn’t break them down, they doubled their lead with the last kick of the game after the lads in the corner got bored of trying to tackle their striker and let him walk past four of them and slide it under the keeper.
All in all a frustrating day but one where there were positives to take. Play like we did for the majority of the match this season and we’ll get plenty of results.
On a positive note, I got a nice tan.
MOM – Ed Glover (did the lads a favour on goal and pulled off some great saves)
WIG – Matt Fishman (the system is rigged and I hate you all)
2nd Team – No report received
OMFC 3’s 3-0 Hamptonians 3’s
With Captain Clemo away at a wedding I took charge of the 3’s for the final friendly ahead of the league starting next weekend. After a week of trying and failing to source a goalkeeper we were lining up with the classic combo of 11 outfield and 2 striker/keepers, massive thanks go to Nathan and Toby for doing a massive favour for the team.
After some initial confusion about whether or not we actually have a clubhouse, in Toby’s case even standing in the car park wasn’t enough proof so I had to go and collect him (and he still got lost again when inside..), we got out with enough time for the routine warm up, and a new look team talk as I fumbled my way through positions and names (sorry Louis).
With Hamptonians being one of our upcoming league opponents we knew it was going to be a tough test and had to be on it from the start of the game, so we decided to play the first 10 minutes with blinkers on and lose the ball at every opportunity we got. The back 4 played it nicely back and forth but we just couldn’t seem to get hold of the ball any further up the pitch, and when we did manage it we were taking too long on the it and seeing opportunities gone.
As the half wore on we settled into our stride with the wingers getting into the game more and Marlon making his trademark 40 yard runs through their entire team (if only he knew how to actually kick a ball). Just as we started to feel on top of the game, first-half goalkeeper Nathan decided he was bored and after rushing out to gather a ball and giving them a free strike on goal, which they thankfully spooned wide, he then rolled the ball to their centre forward who somehow managed to put it over the bar.. Thankfully towards the end of the half our pressure paid off and a deflected cross landed at the feet of Tik Tok generation Alex to tuck away.
The second half started in a similar vein with us winning a free kick on the wing which their centre back nicely nodded over his own keepers hands to put us 2-0 up, although the fk was going on target anyway so not an OG… We remained on top and a deflected hand ball gave gk turned striker Nathan a chance to redeem himself from the spot, which he coolly finished off leaving us with a comfortable 3 goal lead to see us through the remainder of the game.
Special mention Toby S-T who sadly wasn’t able to get on the score sheet today but did make two unbelievable stops from attempted lobs during his second half spell in goal. MoM once again was Rob, no comment. WIG went to me for missing a gaping goal by trying to lace the volley.. rush of blood etc. all in all a good way to end the pre-season and some good signs for us going forward.
4s vs 6s
The Falcons were looking forward to playing their last pre-season game.And what better way to conclude an intense 3-game warm up period than an intra-club challenge!?Indeed, the Falcons would have the honour to compete in a friendly against the Meads 6s and were expected to show some high-level gameplay (or at least they thought so)…
A promising start for The Falcons who were counting 9 players 10 minutes before kick-off, including no sign from GK Ali.Despite one recent addition to the team who did not turn up (apparently arrived by the pitch at 13:06 after travelling all the way from East London, saw 3 games being played, did not know which of the 3 was his game, then just left without asking any question and went back home. Standard.) and a late arrival (estimated 13:07) from Anthony, the Falcons managed to make a start with 11 field players and one sub, thanks to Rob Knowles (not related to Beyonce despite his gorgeous looks) – a very recent addition to the club who has been helping out the 4s before moving on with the 8s the following week.
The Falcons lived up to their standards from the past couple of games by showing a usual & notorious slow start during the first half.The opposition managed to find the back of the net before the end of the first half from a half-volley in the box.1-0 for Meads 6s at half time.
The situation got worse for the Falcons as the 6s managed to break the defensive line twice more during the second half.As a consolation, Rollo managed to save the Falcons’ honour towards the end of the game.Final score: 3-1 against the Falcons.
Needless to say, a disappointing result from the 4s who were expected to show better quality of football overall. It is clear however that the Falcons need more time to get used to playing together and will hopefully get their first win next week following their first league game!
5s, 7s & 8s – No game
Set Vets – No report received