Newsletter w/c 20.09.21
- 21st September 2021
Fixtures for Saturday 25th September 2021
|Venue / Referee
|The Chiswick Pavilion / Matteo Milanesi
|Old Hamptonians 2s
|Dean Road, Hampton, Middlesex, TW12 1AQ
|AFA Intermediate Cup
|Old Thorntonians 4s
|Riverside Lands – Pitch 1
|Barn Elms Sports Centre, Queen Elizabeth Walk, Barnes, SW13 0DG
|Riverside Lands – Pitch 2
|Old Wokingians 6s
|Kingsmeadow Playing Fields, Loop Road, Woking, GU22 9BQ
|Wandsworth Borough 6s
|Riverside Lands – Pitch 5
|Old Sedcopians 4s
|Sparrows Lane Sports Centre, Sparrows Lane, New Eltham, SE9 2BT
|Hampton Rangers Vets
|Riverside Lands – Pitch 4
Jose Da Cruz
Mudazir Ali (GK)
Paulo Budri Do Gad
Club Social – Sat 9th Oct @ The Chiswick Pavilion
Old Suttonians 2 – 3 Old Meadonians
After losing their opening game of the season, old meadonians firsts knew they the pressure was on to secure all 3 points in their second match of the season. The boys knew that if they lost their second game a ‘state of emergency’ would be declared by the clubs hierarchy. Jermaine seemed to take this quite literally and turned up at Epsom hospital after entering the postcode of the ‘nearest hospital’ instead of the ‘clubs ground’ into his sat nav. An early excuse for any ‘hospital balls’ that were given during the match.
There was further confusion during the warm up when the team realised the kick off was 15 minutes later than expected. It turned out to be a blessing in disguise as the team were able to perform a few more unsuccessful rondos and complete passing drills until the point the of absolute boredom.
However, the passing drills seemed to pay dividends in the opening stages of the match, as the team were confident in possession, creating numerous chances with penetrating passes. Meads took the lead after the self proclaimed ‘fastest man in the team’, Matt Fishman, read play well to intercept the ball from the opposition’s full back and play a pass into Xavi’s feet who finished well after a positive start.
Suttonians equalised against the run of play just before half time after their striker chopped one the defenders (no names mentioned) and whipped the ball top corner with his left foot. Meads started the second half in similar fashion to how they started the first and caused problems with their direct passing. Charlie Cain, whose first name is yet to be confirmed as to whether it’s his official first name or a nickname given due to his love of festivals (wink wink), whipped in a excellent cross to big Al who thumped a header home from close range. 2-1 to Meads.
Mid way through the second half, momentum swung in Suttonians favour who managed to equalise after Jermaine let the ball run after hearing a “keepers” shout which left the striker who was allegedly offside to finish a chance unchallenged.
With less than 10 minutes left, Meads continued to push for a winning goal and were rewarded in the closing stages of the game. Meads scored after Brighty (who was hated by the ref for some reason) won a couple of headers, and him and Toby, who was voted MOM, had a chance blocked on the line. The ball fell to Brighty, who despite his cramping legs, managed to bundle the ball over the line. The team then saw out the game to secure a hard fought win away from home.
Post match, the gaffer hosted the team back in his garden man cave. The hospitality was first class and food was provided to the team, along with drinks, stories of his time in the force and a display of a machete on the wall to let the boys know who’s boss.
The boys now go into the Thames River derby next week against Wandsworth borough full of confidence, hoping to take bragging rights back to riverside lands. Or the pavilion. Nobody know these days.
OMFC 2s – No report received
Old Suttonians 4 – 1 OMFC III Wildcats – Cash bar? Wow I hate Sutts
First league game for the Wildcats and a trip down to Suttonians who, personally, I am not the biggest fan of. The fact I always get beat down there added fuel to a fire born years ago that safe to say today didn’t extinguish. An almost recognisable Wildcats team was on show, Toby had traitored his way all the way to the 1s, rumours he has the same tongue technique as Fishman to get himself that high… but we will see. Further to him a raft of unavailability meant we went away with a bag of bassets all sorts.
Nonetheless we had been here before and always managed to grab a result so once we had arrived and Marlon and brought his mind back into the real world, we set out in the familiar 4-2-3-1 and went to work. A regular feature of last season was our slow starts and this week was no different, Sutts were well drilled and had the better of the first 20 minutes but without any real big chances. We grew into the game and new recruit from the 6s Will got himself on the ball and linked up well with Rob and Connor to create a few long-range shots but again the keeper remained untested. Just as the tide was turning Sutts broke the deadlock with some smart interplay leading to a classic FIFA cut back goal, 0-1. Louis then got one of the weakest bookings I have seen in amateur football as the ref employed a tactic of sit in the centre circle and guess, luckily this went both ways.
Their game plan was clear; get it and lump it into the channels for their quick striker to run after and create a chance, safe to say this was working as I am… well… slow as fuck. Liam then got away with the most outrageous handball and we gained some more control. Bridle had found some success against their defence and Marlon was in full ‘YYYYEAAAAHHHH’ mode. (this is what he shouts when he sprints forward and wants the ball). A quick triangle from Tim and Bridle put Marlon in down the left, he cut back delivered a pinpoint cross for Nath who dummied the keeper and the ball went straight in, 1-1. Sutts had tired and we were back in the game, Oli, Connor, Will, Rob and Nath all looked dangerous and there was time for Louis to pull down their wingers’ pants with a megs only for the cross to agonisingly fall out of Bridles reach, HT.
Frying an egg, drinking a pint, a session with the Mrs (including cuddling) – these are all things that can take about 4 minutes. What I missed off the list was conceding 3 awful goals and blowing any chance of winning against Sutts… what added to this was Marlon running over to me at 1-1 after 46 minutes saying he needed a shit because of a dodgy curry the night before. He came back after 50 minutes, and it was 4-1. Total implosion from the Wildcats. We fought back well after this to keep the score at 4 and some promising play led to a few chances but with the stuffing knocked out of us we couldn’t create the magic needed. Riff and Bridle tried to fight half their team, Liam compared me to Chico Flores and Rorke proved he can take his own goal kicks he just can’t be arsed. 4-1 FT.
MoM – Marlon, a constant threat from RB and a goal to get us off and running.
WIG – Who goes for a shit mid game, however this could go to Sutts for having a cash only bar…
Squad – Rorke, Clemo, Liam, Louis, Marlon, Tim, Bridle, Rob, Riff, Connor, Nath, Will, Oli
OMFC 4s – No report received
OMFC 5s – No report received
OMFC 6s VS St Mary’s Reserves
Due to a monumental floppage from the nominated match report writer, i.e. the wkends DOD, Jacob Cubitt, muggins here has to put down a brief summary of what went down.
In short, we gave them a spanking and then gave them a thanking, 3 cheers to St Mary’s!!!
They arrived early and I think tried to intimidate us funnily enough by the way they were warming up, it didn’t work!
We started ever so well, dictating play and were quick to win the ball back if it went astray, we had numerous chances, mainly from corners which we weren’t able to convert.
At half time we were 3-0 up, the oppo had barely registered a shot on goal.
Ultimately I wanted the team to come away with a clean sheet but due to a defensive lapse of concentration that didn’t happen, which was a shame as Alex didn’t deserve to concede a goal.
We were by far the more superior team, so much so the ref was taking pity on St Mary’s, refusing to send off, yellow card or even blow his whistle after 2x professional fouls (I think we got 1 of the fouls tbf but it’s the principle at the end of the day) if players are going to resort to such tactics then they shouldn’t be allowed on the pitch.
Game finished 5-1, and despite the score line, we still managed to miss, or should we say, the goalkeeper saved 2 pens!!
Gaffer came on for the last 10 minutes and almost scored, their keeper honestly kept the score line looking respectable, it could have ended in double figures.
A morale boosting first league win of the season, we now head to Woking for what will prove to be an important, yet no doubt, bruising encounter.
DOD Jacob, who turned up but was too battered to play. (it was his Bday on friday, so we’ll let him off)
OMFC 7s – No report received
OMFC 8s – No report received
OMFC Sat Vets – No report received