Newsletter w/c 15.11.21
- 15th November 2021
Fixtures for Saturday 20th & Sunday 21st November
|Team||Opposition||Venue / Referee||Competition||Kick Off|
|1sts||Old Wokingians||Home / Chiswick Pavilion / Referee: Derrick Coe / Assistant Referees: Ricardo Reynolds & Malcolm Edwards||AFA Senior Cup||13:30|
|3rds||Polytechnic 5s||Home / Riverside Lands Pitch 1/ Referee: Claudio Siciliani||AFA Junior Cup||13:30|
|4ths||Sinjuns Grammarians 2s||Home / Riverside Lands Pitch 2 / Referee: Gwendolyn Foster||League – 3 South||14:00|
|5ths||John Fisher Old Boys||Away / John Fisher Sports Ground, Rear of 192 Limpsfield Road, Warlingham, Surrey, CR6 9RD||League – 4 South||14:30|
|6ths||Old Tiffinians 3s||Home / Riverside Lands Pitch 4 / Referee: Josh Jones||LOB Minor South Cup||13:30|
|7ths||Reigatians 5s||Home / Riverside Lands Pitch 3 / Referee: Amar Chana||League – 7 South||14:00|
|Sat Vets||No game|
|Sun Vets||Old Alleyns||Away / Old Alleyns Sports Ground, 83 Burbage Road, Herne Hill, SE24 9HD||Old Boys Invitational Cup||10:30|
Jose Da Cruz
1st Team – No game
The McKenna Memoirs – 13 November 2021
Saturday again and I’m buzzing for a kickabout today. We’ve got Clapham Old Xavarians again though… bloody hate those guys. We played them a couple weeks ago and they made me miss 2 easy chances, block my own teammate’s shot on the line and then zing a peno wide… The lads weren’t too happy with old Gammon that day… Thank god that muppet Deano was on hand to provide a bit of a distraction after the game. I need to make amends this week.
Looking like a nice day here too, sun is shining and no sign of rain. If I was back in Wales, I’d grab me best mate Joe Jones (he’s a handsome fella isn’t he… my sister is so lucky) and go for a stroll in the Valleys. Maybe pester a sheep or two, make a day of it… Anyway, I’ve got a wee birthday party to look forward to later on as well so I better look out my best shirt and remember to pack my DNKY Apple so I smell good for the sheilas.
First thing’s first though, we need to win today and I need to grab a few goals before Clemo starts sniffing around for a 3-goal-a-season striker to cancel out his OGs. Better leave soon as it’s a bit of a trek from this new gaff in Crystal Palace. No idea why the missus made us move here, I’d rather be back in Peckham, ironing Timmins’ 3-quarter lengths and hiding my soiled Y-fronts from Brighty. They’ve left the Meads now I’ll miss Bryan’s rodent features and Timmo’s riveting conversation. Least I’ve still got Billo to laugh at when he gives up golf for the winter.
In the changing rooms now and the Gaffa is giving a nice wee team talk. I don’t understand much of what he’s saying but I know what to do. K10 now, pulling the strings from midfield. Shame its on 3G, bloody big pitch that… C’mon Ed, enough of that negative thinking, focus now, you can do this.
10 mins in and things are going well so far, we’ve strung a few passes together and I’ve touched it a couple of times. I’m not enjoying how quick this CDM is but I’ll try me best to keep up. Things could be worse I guess, I could be Savage Dan… He’s been absolutely kippered a couple of times by their no.11 and looks like he’s running through treacle. I wouldn’t be surprised if the Gaffa sends him to Battersea Dog Home at half time, looks like a stray pup right now. He must’ve been on the Magnums before the game. I like them to be fair.
Half time and we’re a goal down. Big Bunty was lobbed by that no.11 despite being 7’3″ tall. Who says white men can’t jump? I can’t belief it though, the Gaffa has just hooked me! Tells me to stay warm as I’ll be going back on but he can call me Edward Tevez as I’ve got no interest in that! If my services aren’t appreciated here I’ll go to that new club Brighty has joined. I think they’re playing here after us actually, I’ll go warm-up near by and see if they ask me to play…
Second half is starting and I’ve got to admit we’re playing a lot better now that me and One Bang aren’t in that midfield. He’s a funny bloke Dan and he’s got a lot of followers on Insta so I think I’ll go talk to him. Billo harping on about his Tinder matches and handicap is getting boring. I’ve got to play a round with him and old Bat Ears Wilson tomorrow as well, so I’ll change things up a bit today.
I’ve made it! Savage Dan has just put me on his Insta story and I reckon I’ll get at least 5 new followers off the back of that… I’m basically a social media star now. Doncaster’s answer to Jake Paul. I’ll try noising up Tommy Fury for a scrap, I don’t think footy is for me anymore.
On the pitch, we’ve just scored an equaliser! Jack Book with a great ball into big Alex Norton who bulleted it home with his head. I used to score goals like that… Before I discovered Deliveroo. Things are getting tasty on the sidelines too now, the ref has just come out with some brilliant banter calling Reidy “Assistant Referee” because he’s got AR on his top. Get it?! He’s funnier than Thomas Muller this guy, I wish I’d come up with that…
Oh wow, a last minute winner!!! Karim has just dinked the ball to the back post for Phil to tap home. Amazing stuff. The oppo aren’t happy but Reidy and Lloydy seem to be. They’re having a long hug. That’s nice.
Well, that’s full time. 2-1 to the Meads and in the words of Harvey Price, “What a daayyy”. It wasn’t my best outing but I like the boys so I’m happy they won. I’ll get a couple cheeky pints in before I head off to my party for something stronger… Let’s hope Billo isn’t there.
Old Meadonians III 7 – 0 London Welsh II
Matchday started as per with Marlon turning up late (he loves starting on the bench) and Clemo playing TSwift in the changing room to get the boys motivated…
We made our way out to the pitch nice and early, to do the standard warm up of smashing footballs into the net (or way over the bar) A highlight of the game (coming before kickoff) was an incredible touch from Brendan after a long smash up into the air, for him to slot the ball top bins and celebrate like he had won the World Cup.
Onto the serious stuff with Aidan running the warm up. The line up was arranged and the game was ready to begin.
It all started with some good passages from the 3s, Clemo and Brendan winning every header against the UNIT that was playing up front for London Welsh. Our first goal came from Toby in typical fashion reacting quicker than the defence to slot home his first league goal for the 3s this season. And in continued typical fashion he had to come off due to getting a dead leg shortly thereafter.
After several missed penalty shouts we got the breakthrough for our second with a challenge against not right back Jack from which Will (Penaldo) Chadwick stepped up and slotted it bottom right to make it 2-0. Half time.
After Rorke’s girlfriend Hannah brought across some oranges for the boys to enjoy a small halftime treat we got back out for the second half, knowing that we just needed to keep up the pressure and not give them a chance..
So in typical 3s fashion, we allowed the opposition to get a shot off at goal within the first few minutes causing Clemo to use his expert managerial communication to tell the boys to “wake up”, which was duly noted.
With Rob and Sam in the middle, there were 2 lines of defence proving impenetrable for London Welsh, with the CM’s showing their skill going forward and their defensive prowess when London Welsh did manage to get on the ball. We started picked up the pace a little and began to drive towards the box, with some tricky feet causing another foul to be committed in the box which resulted in Will Chadwick getting his brace, although this time he was being kind and gave the keeper a chance.
The 3s then took it upon themselves to drive forward more and be lethal in attack. After Toby being brought down on the right wing, for a free kick from 25yds out, Cheesman has swung a glorious left footed ball into the danger area for Kody to nudge past the defence into the net. Although he had no idea it was him.
The game had by this point fallen into a long ball special, but with pace and skill on our side this was always going to be a losing fight for the lads from the Valleys, and Not Right Back Jack (Howell) then finally scored after going close a few times throughout the game. Most notably shinning one over the bar after Brendan has sent their CF for a spin and laid it on a plate from 40 yards (footage to follow if we can work our the tech..)
Another highlight came with the ball being placed over the top for Not Right Back Jack to run on to and Cheesman finding himself in the box entirely unmarked. The ball has been played across to Cheesman at 6 yards out who has found his inner Johnny Wilkinson and placed the ball into extra high the net behind the goal, which is there to protect the houses from just such shots.
With the result now seeming a formality the long ball contest continued, one of which found Marlon on the edge of the box and after some pinball action, Toby made one of the best slide challenge assists to Kody who placed the ball into the back of the net for his brace on the day.
There was then some nice play down the wing between right back Jack and Not Right back travelling towards the box for Cheesman to once again find himself in the same position as he was for that astonishing miss. The ball was played across but this time he showed complete composure and slotted home to make it 7-0. The 3s battled hard and showed great professionalism to keep the pressure on all game and keep a clean sheet
MOM x2 – Right back Jack and Sam
WIG – Cheesman after the miss of the season. Its gonna be tough to live that one down.
Highlights of the game –
Defensive masterclass from the whole back line.
Oranges at half time
Cheesman’s astonishing miss
Report by Connor Cheeseman
Old Meadonians IV 4 – 3 Old Thorntonians V
Ideal starting conditions for The Falcons: full squad, good weather, good pitch… Everything is on the Meads side to secure those 3 points!
The Falcons welcome LB Dujon Desagurante to his first game with the team!
The first half starts well for Meads with an early goal from CF Jose Da Cruz, however followed by a header from the opposition following a long throw. 1-1 at half time. To be noted: Captain and CB Steve Villard’s terrible performance, nearly costing Meads another couple of conceded goals, only by a thread! (You would think this gives him the WIG title just yet? Keep reading…). Also a couple of amazing saves from GK Ali Basma are to be highlighted! Kudos Ali!!
The second half sees another couple of goals from the opposition up until the 60th minute. 3-1 against Meads. Both team’s nerves are very tense at this point – a few incidents and arguments appear as a result throughout the game, including a tackle from CAM Casey McGuinness resulting in a yellow card from the ref.
The remaining 30 minutes of the game can be qualified as one of the most mind-blowing come backs for The Falcons so far! CAM Casey McGuinness and CM Andriy Tabas manage to neutralise the score at 3-3 up until the 89th minute! CF Jose Da Cruz would not accept a draw today and manages to win a penalty in stoppage time, which he converts!! Final score 4-3 for The Falcons.
To be noted: Captain and CB Steve Villard (him again!?) witnesses a desperate attempt from an opponent to get into RW Anthony Sexton’s head prior to a short free kick. Following Meads’ equaliser, Steve decides to put his pants down and smacks his own ass (PG rating: parental advisory) towards the opposition as retaliation. An act that should never happen on a football pitch. Kids, don’t try this at home.
Fantastic display of dedication, relentlessness and team spirit from the Falcons towards the last few minutes of the game. Everyone is extremely proud of the squad’s performance and overall result today. Another 3 points in the bank. Go Falcons!
What better way for the Falcons to celebrate the win but to enjoy a live band show from The Mocktails at the Pavilion, sustained by a round of Jagg’s from RB Jack Stansfield. Thanks to those who stayed for post-game celebrations: CB Dom Stables, RB Jack Stansfield, CM Jack Harris, CAM Casey McGuinness, CM Andriy Tabas and LW / RW Sean Gallagher! The spirit of Football applies both on and out the pitch..! Remember this, lads.
Squad: Ali Basma, Dujon Desagurante, Steve Villard, Dom Stables, Jack Stanfield, Yakub Sezgin, Andriy Tabas, Guillaume Lefort, Anthony Sexton, Matthew Allen, Jose Da Cruz, Jack Harris, Sean Gallagher, Casey McGuinness.
Report by Steve Villard
OMFC 5s L 5-2
The eagled eyed among us noticed the opposition only had 11 players so the expectations were high. But with a fast start and defensive errors, Meads saw themselves 2-0 down. We finally got a foot hold in the game and created a couple of chances. Bridle’s flick on in the box cause havoc and Harry poked the ball in the back of the net. A few minutes later, Nathan chased a loose ball down the wing. With the oppo waiting for the ref to blow the whistle for an offside Nathan was able to nick the ball off the keeper and set Bridle up to slide in to equal the scoring. Half time looming, meads had got themselves back into the game and ready for the whistle. Unfortunately, some poor clearances lead to ball bouncing to their player who slotted the ball past the Meads keeper.
After half time, we looked bulked out the midfield by switching to 433. The game became more tense with less chances for both teams. With the referee seemingly flipping a coin to make a decision on any offside it became pot luck when any ball went in behind. Meads defence put in some very good recovery runs, an especially good performance from Wallace, but the opposition did put another one past us. The last 20 minutes or so see us push forward and leave the game very open, which unfortunately lead to a fifth goal and game over. Overall, annoyingly we didn’t exploit their weaknesses at the back and punished for silly mistakes. 5-2 the game ended.
Mom – Harry
Scorers – Harry and Bridle
Report by Harry Sanders
OMFC 6s – Report pending
Meads 7s 1 – 6 Roehampton 1sts
A grizzly score line this week for the 7s, the game was actually hard fought and the scoreline didn’t do Meads justice so buckle your seatbelts.
We played Roehampton away in Dulwich at the weekend… it didn’t feel right travelling for just an hour, a bit too close for a Meads away game I think.
Finally after a few plane tickets and overnight buses, we found Griffin Sports ground and it was a flat pitch, quite a treat at this level… that also didn’t feel right. Charldinho decided not to piss off the ref this week who appeared to be a tree trunk with legs. It would seem more suitable to call him a ‘refetree’ or ‘Treeman’ as we shall now refer to him as.
We began the game in a 3-5-2 formation. A bold formation against a team that have scored 17 goals in just 4 games. We quickly found out inside the first 20 minutes that Treeman wasn’t giving any offsides forcing Meads to drop deeper and shout even louder at Treeman to show some more love to his whistle now collecting dust.
The first goal was a penalty given against us by Treeman. Unfortunately for us, Treeman had by now figured out what a whistle was and there was no VAR to show the replay of the Roehampton player diving forward and breaking into the frontcrawl. Our keeper then pulled off a save almost as good as Dunkirk, giving us hope for another 10 seconds before a well placed shot was fired in from the rebound.
Later in the first half a chance came for Meads when Charldinho suddenly started glitching like fifa and decided to power up for a first time volley off the weaker foot outside the box, the ball making its way with some force towards the top right bin, only for their GK to just about get a glove to it and push it out for a corner. Solid effort, almost 3 goals in 3 games from Charldinho. HT.
A confusing moment for Meads was when Treeman suddenly decided he wanted to play for Roehampton changing into an orange top at half time. After Ed bravely faced Treeman in what we thought would be an epic battle, Ed triumphed and Treeman put his ref top back on.
Not long into the 2nd half, some good play from Nathan drew the foul, to which Treeman called for a Free-kick, until Nathan showed him the crime scene outline inside the box
the penalty was awarded to Meads and calmly finished to the right by Nathan. 1-1.
Meads continued to fight for possession but ultimately the papers were signed and Roehampton decided to take the house, the Lamborghini and the kids too, putting 5 more past us in the 2nd half with some good through balls on the counter attacks.
Worthy of some mentions, great chances from Charldinho in the first half, a nicely finished penalty from Nathan in the 2nd and noticeable effort from the back 3 at CB all game, with Ben L stepping into defence last minute, Bev taking command of the back line, passing it as calmly as Van Dijk at times and particularly good sliding tackles and clearances from Gurdeep, stepping up in his 2nd game for the 7s. But my MoM goes to our GK, as we all knew…that one would be a tough stint between the sticks, praise to the 7s keeper for some great saves who kept most of the 300 odd shots out. WIG goes to Treeman for putting on an orange shirt at half time and trying to play for Roehampton.
Report by Ben Lane
Old Meads 8s 0-4 Old Wokingians
What can I say, for a side that were physically stronger as well as fitter we were always going to struggle. First half, we fared better in the opening exchanges as the opposition bedded into the game but got worn down.
Their first goal came from a free kick what was given on the edge of the box, keeper got a hand to it but not enough 0-1. Second goal was a lob that should have been dealt with by the defence but he got through and doubled their lead 0-2. After half time they really put on the pressure and their physicality showed with both max and Rob on the receiving end of some WWE moves, The pressure was on and we really struggled in the second half.
Third goal went through the defences legs and keeper couldn’t get to it 0-3. Fourth, yet another through ball putting their striker 1 on 1 with the keeper, 0-4.
Report by Joe Powell
League Cup: Old Lyonians Vets 3 – 2 Sat Vets (AET)
The Sat Vets Management team knew we must win this game and go on a nice little cup run as we have been poor in all Cups for a few years now.
In short, same result, we were knocked out by a team in the Division below us. We are gutted.
The commitment was there, some great passing play in large portions of the match. We also had the chances just like in the past 3 or 4 games which is great news, but we have not been converting those chances. That is a missing link atm (plus a few other areas) but we have made some really good progress in terms of the way we are playing, it really is not far off.
Despite the injuries we have had (we have had many key ones) the remaining players have been regular and that is certainly helping. The commitment from the squad is fantastic, there is a real bond forming, first time I have seen this for a few years. The longer we continue to make progress and stick together as a unit the better we will get. The newer players have been excellent.
Like all managers I have my eye on the transfer market, I know what we need and its only two players as the squad is really good. The transfer window is coming up. I have had offers for Noel, Jeff & Bertrand but I will not sell…..
No match this week, about time we had a week off.
Looking forward to our game on 27th Nov against Maori in the Friendly League. We are at least top of that League.
London & Surrey Vets Friendly Football League Div1