Newsletter w/c 25.10.21
- 26th October 2021
Fixtures for Saturday 30th October 2021
|Venue / Referee
|Fitzwilliam Old Boys
|Away / Club Des Sports, E Acton Lane, W3 7HB (3G Pitch)
|Clapham Old Xaverians
|Home / Chiswick Pavilion
|Old Thortonians 4s
|Away / Richardson Evans Memorial Ground, Roehampton Vale, SW15 3PQ
|Wandsworth Borough 3s
|Home / Riverside Lands
|Wandsworth Borough 4s
|Home / Riverside Lands
|Home / Riverside Lands
|Away / Reigate Priory Playing Fields, Bell St, Reigate, RH2 7AQ
|LOB Olympian Cup
|Old Wokingians 7s
|Away / Kingsmeadow Playing Fields, Loop Road, Woking, GU22 9BQ
|LOB Olympian Cup
|Home / Riverside Lands
Jose Da Cruz
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Old Meadonians 0 – 6 Old Hamptonians
It’s a new era in the team after losing 4 players, and it started pretty well. Our new leader Matt Fishman a.k.a Brave Heart, suggests that we should pay fines if not at training which shows results straight away and we had full pack of 11 players showing up. Keeping up on the good side of things we got very good new players which will help us to get back on the right track with the wins. The game against Hamptonians, well it wasn’t the best game for us as a team. They tend to play really well, moving the ball and trusting each other and creating good opportunities to score. Something I wish we could say for the Meadonians who completely forgot about their style of play and what they were practising. Long balls constantly flying from everywhere, not much movement outside of ball possession, and bad communication were some of the things which we could of performed better on. At the end of the day sometimes we win, sometimes we learn.
My humble opinion is that we should get used to showing that we are better then other teams rather then saying it. We need to focus on what Gord and Kev wants and that is to keep the ball moving rather than the long balls and work hard on our own weaknesses because for sure its not going to get any easier from here boys.
Report by Pavel
OMFC 2s 2 – 3 Old Sutts 2s
We knew it wasn’t going to be our day when we had players struggling with fitness to walk from the station to the ground, except the Wilsons who turned up in style on the electric scooters. Although you wouldn’t have thought they’d saved their legs based on the performance…
A bright start from the boys 10 mins into the game but that’s about as bright as it got throughout the day. The meads struggled to put together a string of passes in both halves and that sloppiness cost us as Sutts hit on the break for each of their goals. The ref being blissfully unaware of the offside rule didn’t help…
The oppo looked weak on the flanks where we had sparks of opportunities looking dangerous but couldn’t convert the chances we made. Bat Ears Wilson went close with a cannonball of a shot just before half time. It’s just a shame his foray into the oppo box made him forget how to defend at the other end… Jake Jordan also threatened, crashing one off their cross bar before half time.
Meads were 3-0 down 5 minutes into the second half, despite having more of the play. Not ideal. We pulled two back through a Gammon penalty and Jack Book rocket but ran out of time to take the game to extra time. Another dubious offside – this time wrongly given against us as Wilson tapped into the net – cost us but ultimately our own errors were to blame.
The most exciting part of the day came from Reidy post match, when he took offence to the whale of a keeper hurling some abuse at him, and it all kicked off. Dan Wilson found a way to get involved and almost dropped the nut on their full back. Rumour has it he wasn’t happy with a comment about his wheels and was heard challenging the lad to a race round the car park after the game.
That was that though, in to the showers we went and the pilgrimage back to Cheam station began for the boys. A shame to drop out of the cup but back to league business next week…
Report by Dan Donovan
OMFC 3s 4-0 Some team from Birmingham
On a fresh Saturday afternoon Meads looked to get their season back on track with a cup game at fortress el Chiswick cricket club. With the oppo having reversed the fixture for the boozy away day the boys were feeling fairly confident… until the now weekly text from Brendan running late due to an inability to work Citymapper, and Oli rocking up to the club house by mistake. Ominous.
Gaffa Clemo after experimenting with 3-5-2s and 3-4-3s reverted to the good old tried and tested 4-2-3-1 and promised no own goals this week for his part. The boys started well, knocking it about and got an unprecedented early goal with Kody finishing off a well worked moved. Meads stayed on top with Sam and Tommo winning everything in midfield, and Goodey sweeping up at the back, we probably should have been out of sight after half hour. However, we weren’t, and hit that self-destruct button in a way only the wildcats can. Challenge in the box, striker on the deck. Penalty. Red card. Cheers. Luckily the ref eventually remembered the double jeopardy rule and downgraded the red to a yellow, but the damage was done. Cue the immortal line of ‘This is in, Rorke never saves penalties, he never dives’. Rorke saved the pen without diving. Meads regrouped and Kody managed to bag a second before halftime and we were pretty comfortable from then on in to be fair.
With the yellow card count increasing from the oppo, Meads kept their heads and Oli got the third in the second half, deflecting in a long range strike from Louis. Next, Kody did his best Mason Mount impression and rounded off his hat trick late on. Still time to give away that clean sheet though, and a defensive mix up at the end saw Rorke make a textbook save (two yards outside the box – which the Italian Mike Dean somehow missed), and we got away with it. Clean sheet, a genuinely good performance, and in the hat for the next round. Happy days.
MOTM – Kody
Wig – Brendan
The Falcons are feeling confident since their glorious 6-5 win the previous week.Unfortunately, the squad has lost a couple of subs in less than 24h before KO, making it more challenging for the starting XI who only have one option in case of tiredness or injury. Fingers crossed.
After chasing the geese away from the pitch, the game can start with the Falcons trying a new 4-2-3-1 formation, where both CDMs Dom Stables and Guillaume Lefort are assigned to quite a critical defensive task to support the back line. This is meant to reduce the risk of conceding goals within the first 20 minutes of the game like the Falcons have witnessed in the past few games this season.
Unfortunately, the opposition are pushing really high and manage to score a couple of goals, with many (missed) opportunities to increase the score even further.Guillaume Lefort sees a yellow card over a rather-tough challenge and uses his notorious angry-frenchman mouth to start an argument with the referee, who doesn’t want to take any of this attitude.
A few mistakes and communication issues from the Falcons in the second half have increased the score to 4-0.Fortunately, the Meads manage to open their side of the scoreboard thanks to a lovely deep pass from CM Stephan Spiekman.CF Jose Da Cruz does not miss the opportunity to convert.
Adding to the existing pain for the Meads, CAM Dwaine Quashie is forced to leave the pitch 20 minutes before the final whistle due to non-football related commitments. This will later on rightfully give him the WIG title from his peeps.
Disappointing result overall (4-1) despite some very good efforts from the Falcons throughout the 90 minutes. Next week will be a win!!
Old Meads 5’s 2-3 Old Wokingians 5’s
So here we, the return of Meads 5s Meads 5ing it up on a Saturday afternoon down riverside lands.
Pros – Will Golbourne scoring a screamer to accompany a MOTM performance. Stitch finding his shooting boots to devastating effect with a truly astute finish early on in the second half. Continued signs of some really neat and flowing attacking football from a side only now finding some consistency with selection. And, Will Baylis-Allen finally getting the nickname he deserves, ‘Tall Will’. Creative on the pitch as we are off it.
Cons – poor substitutions by the Sammy Lee to Tim Gates’ big Sam, Peter Jackson. Which although done so to freshen things up and give adequate game time to all, can be seen to have disrupted the ebbs and flows of the Meads performance and limit the organised steel needed to hold onto leads. Kevin Quinn’s audition for Team GB’s basketball team for Paris 2024.
The game started well with the ball being played around nicely as ultimately showing what we can and will do as the season progresses. Unfortunately, this wasn’t to last despite going ahead on two separate occasions in the first and second half respectively. Pitting our midfield 2 against a 3 looked a fair although difficult competition in the first half but the extra man continuously exploited spaces and resulted in overload after overload.
The second half then saw Chris Bridle dropping deeper into the number 10’role in an attempt to plug a few gaps and retain possession more effectively which did produce some success but not enough. As Quinny was all to happy let Bridle know. Handbags a side, the performance from the 5s central striker was a selfless one that needs commending.
The real highlight being Will G’s relentless performance which as said produced a wonderful strike. Constantly pressing and putting it in for the shirt. RB – sorted. RW – no bother. Free Role across the front 3 – not meant to be here but f*ck it. A master of the dark arts as well as the finer elements of the game.
It needs saying that Wokes 5s were a very organised outfit that capitalised on some lacklustre displays in terms of work-rate and the aforementioned managerial deficiencies. On the day they were just better which does hurt to say but can’t be avoided.
MOTM – Will Golbourne, see above.
Wig – Quinn as much for the wonderful red number he was seen donning at The Pavilion after the game as the handball.
AP8s vs OMFC6
We embarked on the long ass journey to north London this weekend in hope of securing our first win of the cup campaign, oddly Meads 7s were drawn against AP7s and we got their 8s????
Take nothing for granted I say, sometimes you rock up in cup competitions thinking you’re playing the 8th team only to find they have pulled in a few of the higher team players and a couple of semi pro’s for good measure.
The 2 hours drive was made immensely pleasant by the fact dean decided to chauffeur me there and had a cappuccino waiting for me in the car when he arrived, top guy!
What I didn’t think through was the fact I’d drank about 4 litres of fluid that morning already to try and sober up, as a late drop out had left me with only one sub, so the injury prone veteran was potentially going be forced to play..
Luckily that didn’t happen and I was able to manage and spectate in my usual fashion, we went 1-0 up in the first half which we totally dominated, the second half found the oppo getting rather frustrated and angry at how things were going.
AP’s captain’s emotions almost got the better of him by offering out Captain America, “ I don’t fight pregnant people” was Dean’s reply… LOL
Andy almost scores an overhead kick from a corner, it looked like it was going well over only quickly take a dip and come off the crossbar, honestly, it’s some feat that the lad can still throw his body around like that and not put his back out, close but no cigar!
We scored again but let AP back into the game with some sloppy defending from a corner, to be fair the thunderous effort from the short corner was unreal, Christian literally didn’t stand a chance.
That set us up for a nervy last ten minutes which we resorted to a more defensive approach as AP had the wind in their sails, AP’s captain starts taunting us, saying “and you’re top of the league, ha!” famous last words, we scored on the break and left them with their heads in their hands!
It’s amazing how a worldy can completely collectively change a team’s perspective of how 96 minutes went, they genuinely forgot they only had 4 shots on goal and were defending resiliently for probably over 70mins of the match, some of them even refused to shake hands after the final whistle.
Having bizarrely been made aware of the hospitality on offer by the referee midway through the start of the first half, we gladly obliged as the opportunity rub salt into the wound proved to good to turn down!
The loud echoes of MEADOOOOOOOOOOOOSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS which rang around AP’s clubhouse were eventually met with good spirit and the lads who had previously point blankly refused to shake our hands were now hugging us and making us play darts, which again we won!
Tbf this lot were a good crack! This epitomised what away days, pre-covid, were all about. Shit food, alcohol, bants!!
And the food was actually fairly decent..
Final score AP8s 1 – 3 OMFC6
OMFC 7s – No Report Received
OMFC 8s – No report Received
AFA Cup: Old Meads Vets 0 v Jamrock Steppa Vets 5
Lets just say just straight out, not our finest moment.
Joe Porter (welcome back, you have been missed) put it so sweetly with “On top until 1st goal. Bit of an implosion and two poor goals sucked the life out of it. We had over 50% possession, last third not incisive on the day”.
Manager Fox is under pressure just like Ole. Leaking way too many goals, this Fox says is something future lineups/formations is going to address along with revised tactics.
Some of our passing has been particularly poor and not enough chances being created, the ones that have been created have not been taken on enough occasions.
It is the case that from the squad of 22 the starting 11 all need to be performing well, that just has not happened so far this season. That needs to change.
With Phil Dussard making a return this coming weekend and Joe Porter back in the fold is this a new beginning? We all hope so.
Update you all next week……..