Newsletter w/c 26.04.21
- 29th April 2021
Fixtures for Saturday 1st May 2021
|Venue / Referee
|Fitzwilliam Old Boys
|Home – Pitch 1
|Home – Pitch 1
|Royal Sun Alliance
|Home – Pitch 2
|John Fisher Old Boys
|Old Wokingians V
|Home – Pitch 4
|Sinjuns Grammarians IV
|Home – Pitch 5
|Home – Pitch 3
Nick De Falco
Felipe Da Silva
Old Meadonians 3 – 2 Old Wokingians
After losing to the same opponents last week totally against the run of play this match couldn’t come quick enough for this Meads s squad to gain justice.
The squad meet was set at 2pm
Your never too young to learn but I learned something new today
West London gets busy with traffic on a Saturday lunchtime
Trains get busy ,diverted and delayed on the weekend
The car parks at Riverside get busy
What I’m going to do next Saturday is leave just a couple of minutes earlier than I usually do so I can try and make that meet time. This way I evade a fine , don’t get splinters and don’t end up in the soft play area playing with my mate Charles. We only threw toys for a little while but we also gave a few huffs and puffs ….
Our colleague Matthew is always asking the same questions every week
How much is in the fines kitty ?
How many midfielders are playing in front of me ?
When are we playing Hampton next ? I think I’m away
Can I kiss Ed,s ring?
Our other teammate called Kimps had a birthday today, can you believe he’s only 26 years old ….. The old fella that normally plays with him was missing today through injury but an ancient older fella stepped in.
Scholsey was back in the mix and was face to face with his identical Woking counterpart , both big stars in the dwarf throwing competitions in Benidorm.
The Woking one managed to score from 38 yards last week !! So we were desperate to see if Marsh had got his appointment with his hairdresser sorted but alas Alice band was still present today.
Richardson turned up with his hair in a bun ?. He’s not on the council estate in Leeds now is he ?
The item of the week was a playing card …Scholsey and Brighty producing the same card ..double fines … How much is in the fines kitty ? Ffs Matt
With the sun coming out Medish chipped up with the mere 12 layers of clothing on having placed his winter layers away for the summer.
Latest recruits Harry and Pavel turned up quiet but observant
Meads started the game well and began to dominate the play.
The tempo was excellent and meads passing was crisp and silky ,one and two touch football which was a pleasure to watch. Playing from back to front with ball on the ground. A fantastic move from back to front ended up with John banging one in and Meads taking the lead. Shorty afterwards after continued pressure Meads deservedly went 2 up after Brighty smashed one in from edge of the box.
The back four were in control with Harry and scholsey dominating and allowing our midfield of Caino Brighty and xav to cause problems.
Second half and Woking came into the match but our defence were coping easily.
Mr Magoo … sorry the referee then gave Woking the softest penalty I’ve seen in many years.It simply wasn’t a foul. 2-1. Meads were still breaking away at pace with Brandon ,Brighty Medish and John playing excellent stuff. Pavel again impressing when coming on.
Woking equalised after a decent hit from their midfielder 2- 2
During part of this period Mr Magoo sin binned Brandon .. it was timed by our manager … 15 minutes 47 seconds … Magoo said he stopped watch at all stoppages … so we were with 10 men for that period ..
At this point I have to say Meads stepped up to a man , wave after wave of attack led to Brandon being chopped down , penalty to Meads. Up stepped Ryan Bright who calmly bulged the net with a great penalty 3-2 Meads FT
Superb performance from the whole squad Very much deserved.We are improving in the correct direction every week.Well done boys !!! Roll on next week.
Marsh 8, Fishman 8, Glover 8 ,Kimpton 8.5, Richardson 8, Taylor 8.5,Sanders 8.5
Cain 8, Bright 9,Xav 8, John 8, Brandon 9.5, Medish 8.5, Pavel 8.
6th Team – Wednesday 28th April
After 4 consecutive double headers, the league were really kind and gave the 6s a single game…. on a Wednesday night. Well, I suppose some teams are good enough to play on a Wednesday night. One for the Arsenal, Spurs and United fans out there.
So the standard ritual of half the squad turning up 15 minutes before kick off began, Greg lead the makeshift squad on a record breaking 30 second warm up, the team talk was ‘done’ and Meads relegation survival match was on.
The game started frantically with both teams trying to get control of the game (and the ball) on an incredibly bouncy pitch. Glyn’s game plan was to get it to the pacy young players up top and let them do the damage. Meads were by far the better team until a hashed clearance from right back, deflected off one Glyns player and into their striker who used the bounce to lob Clemo. 1-0 Glyn.
Meads reacted by creating some good chances. The gaffer had beaten the keeper with a glancing header only for the defender to clear it off the line. Minutes later Reidy had the same chance with the same outcome. We tested the keeper a couple of times from range with no success and went in at half time 1-0 down but by far the better team.
Meads started the second half with the same intensity as it had been for the entire first half. We wanted it more. Glyn’s were tiring, Meads were cutting them open left right and Centre. Chances came and went until finally, a lovely ball through to TK (who had earlier took pride in telling us how many times he’s scored at this venue) with his back to goal allowed him to swivel and hammer the ball past keeper at his near post. 1-1 and well deserved.
Meads saw blood and wanted more. This game was for the taking. We carried on as we had been playing. Carving the oppo open. Diagonal balls into the box, Dom’s trickery and Jamie’s relentless passing, causing all kinds of mayhem for Glyn’s. It was only a matter of time. Robbie forced a phenomenal save from the Glyn’s keeper with a great header, TK should have pulled the trigger earlier but was robbed at the last second and a barrage of corners were eventually going to pay off…….
Until Glyn’s brought on a sub. His first touch was to take the ball down. His second touch was the rifle the ball from 30 yards, low and hard. Clemo got down but the ball just bounced over his hand. Completely against the run of play, Glyn’s were 2-1 up!
The heads didn’t drop. Meads hassled, fought and continued to throw everything at Glyn’s. Nothing was happening. It wasn’t meant to be. Screams of ‘must be done now ref’ coming from the sidelines. With one final attempt, the ball was lofted into the Glyn’s box once again which only found their defender who calmly nodded the ball back to the keeper…. WHO WASNT THERE!! Into the back of the net for the equaliser. The ref blew the final whistle and Meads had managed to get a point with the final touch of the game. It’s not what we deserved…. we deserved all 3 points! We were robbed.
Clemo celebrated by putting his beanie hat back on and opening a can of Holsten before scuttling back off to his bush for the night.
2 days to prepare for ANOTHER double header!
Man of the match: Jamie – superb all game.
Moose/Wig of the match: Jacob – subbing himself off after half hour.
Big thanks to Clemo, Reidy, Robbie, Evan and Ringo for helping out 🏻
Tiffs 3s vs Meads 7s
A game of missed chances for the 7s.
The meads started off well. We got a good warm up in, lead by our manager Dave Acland, who dropped himself for today’s game to give other players game time. Well played gaffer, you’re too kind.
Two players turned up a few minutes before kick-off, so the starting line-up changed. “If you’re late, you don’t start” Dave said. Being defender heavy this week, we had to play a few players out of position.
The ref called up the captains for the coin toss. The 7’s captain, Andrew Newman went up, but lost and we switched ends, starting with the wind against us. Kick-off to the meads. The first 5 minutes, the ball was getting lumped back and forth until, the meads took control and dominated the next 20 minutes.
The ball falls to captain Newman, normally a centre back, calls himself “Mr versatile” playing up top today, gets a half chance, keeper makes a good save. The meads on top keep pushing, making one-twos, playing the ball into space. We get the ball wide, cross comes in from Dean aka “Captain America” and Newman is there again, looks like a tap in, but the keeper makes a good save, unlucky not to take the lead.
Shortly after a mistake from the Tiffs defender and Newman is on it. Their keeper comes out but Newman beats him to the ball, checks inside. Looks up and says he crossed the ball, but we all know he went for goal.
Exciting 20mins of football for meads is up.
Dave makes a sub and pulls off Sonny aka the “the midwife” and Mal, “Mr calm” Tiffs get a throw, the ball bounces about in the box, it gets half cleared, Tiffs then lob a ball over the top and they score. 1-0 down and our heads are down. This certainly won’t go down as one of the gaffers more inspired substitutions.
Tiffs have the upper hand at this point and the wind in their sails, another lofty ball over the top and again through on goal, 2-0 Tiffs. Not long until the first half is up, Tiffs go for yet another long ball, assisted by the wind. Same old story, it beats our last man, their striker makes no mistake, 3-0 Tiffs, literally their 3rd shot on target.
Dave makes some subs at half time and changes formation, bringing Paul on and reintroducing Sonny and Mal. We start second half the better team, this time we have the wind behind us. We play a few long balls to test their defence out and to hold them in their half.
About 5 minutes into the second half Humberto storms off and doesn’t return, he obviously took exception to being taken off, but if he bothered to look up and try passing to a teammate once in a while he might still be on the pitch, definitely a shoe in for D.o.D.
The meads machine keeps grinding away and eventually we pull one back, a scrappy ball in the box and on hand was Brenden with a tap in. 3-1 Tiffs.
Meads keep trying to play. Getting the ball down and passing. Also breaking down any Tiff attack.
30mins into the second half and “The midwife” floats a ball over the top to Brandon aka “Brandflake” and he tucks it past the keeper to continue his hot streak. 3-2 Tiffs.
Super squeaky bum time for Tiffs but it just didn’t happen, no matter what we threw at them we just couldn’t turn our possession into the goal we needed and we lose 3-2.
Down the pub after the game, we reflect on what went wrong, players turning up late, losing the toss, starting the game against the wind, not converting our opportunities, poor substitutions, players walking off, the list goes on.. Just a bad day at the office!
Despite all that, win, draw or lose the 7s love getting on the booze!!
On to next weekend..