Newsletter w/c 28.3.22
- 29th March 2022
Fixtures for Saturday 2nd April 2022
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HAC 4-0 Meads
A much changed and depleted Meads side arrived in dribs and drabs at a glorious Chelsea venue to play an HAC side who had caused us serious trouble earlier in the season in our last game at the pavilion pitches. With Jack Book making his first team debut and an elder statesman in the shape of Kevin Quinn making up the bench numbers( Quinny must surely be the oldest player to play for the ones ). We therefore should be relying on our regular stalwarts. Skipper Fishman who has been ever present in the last two seasons has however recently moved home. Not to a new gaff but in fact to a recently modified Nightingale Hospital , specifically adapted to deal with his multiple injuries which seem to have coincided with our bad run of form!!
After a short but effective warm up the boys took to the field with the gaffers instructions ringing in their ears – “remember they switch the ball and drop a crossfield ball into the back post” Seems clear enough. Anyway after 13 mins they dropped a crossfield into the back post which due to a defensive mix up they finished well. At this point skip decided he’d had enough and demanded to be stretchered off to be replaced by injury prone Kimps , who proceeded to have a cracking game. To be fair although we were conceded much of the early possession their keeper was called into action to save smartly from Jake Jordan and a header from Jordan Trafford and a chance by Mikey.
Chris and Jake were well marshalled by Jermaine in midfield. Lewis and Joe R switched and were both excellent in and out of possession. After 35 mins Sam Weaver contracted a Fishman and had to come off after batting a calf injury. The oppos then swung a ball into the box which created havoc and we couldn’t clear it and we finished the half 2-0 down. Meddish had come on and was causing problems in place of Mikey so time for a change at HT.
We turned around with the wind at our back now playing 4-4-2 and started the half with a large amount of confidence. We pressured really hard and this resulted in a somewhat unfair booking for Meds after the oppos CH had tried to remove his shirt. Mikey although suffering the after effects of a virus was also causing problems up top. Lewis had switched to centre back and was dominating in terms of tackling and distribution. However after a misplaced pass and successful interception we found ourselves somewhat unfairly 3-0 down. After 15 mins of the second half Meddish took a very nasty tumble after a rough challenge and dislocated his shoulder. Meddish decided not to bother the NHS and as we were on the phone to the ambulance he popped it back in. At this point Quinny was ready to play and to be honest Kevin acquitted himself very well in what was a bit of a dead rubber last half hour. The oppos scored again with a clearly offside goal but the game was dead before that.
To make matters worse both Jake Jordan and Jordan Trafford both picked up injuries towards the end of the game. Many thanks to Quinny and Jack Book today and decent games from all of our regular players. Make no mistake this defeat has cost us dearly but HAC are a very well drilled and super fit side , their position in the league is quite unbelievable for the standard of football they are producing. We have two games left to consolidate for next season so we need to dig in as a group and produce decent performances. As usual no MOM when we lose but some stand out performances from Jake ,Charlie, Lewis and Marshy but for me Jermaine was our best player today.
Old Meads VIII 2 – 5 Old Guilfordians III
Traffic was mad over Chiswick bridge this Saturday but the boys were blessed by Mr Chiswick himself (Jim Yorath) pulling up in the lane next to us and winding his window down like he was about to order from McDonalds. After a good old chin wag with Jim on the bridge, all our worries of being late because of the traffic seemed to have dissipated… I forgot I was even going to play football, distracted instead by the afterthought of a brisket burger and a beer in the sun…
We turned up at the school to spot Rob Clattermole (Rob Knowles) out on the pitch hanging up the nets, keen as mustard to get the pitch ready for his clatterings to come later that day.
When the kick off whistle blew, Meads burst into action taking solid control of the game for the first 20 minutes, we were a wall at the back and composed in the middle and passed it back and forth more times than the Chuckle Brothers. Weekes was causing problems for defenders with his pace as usual upfront but the first goal came from Chris Gooden… Bale wasn’t available this week with it being internationals so we whacked on the spare, who showed us how it’s done, rolling a defender and placing it around the keeper and into the the net, eBay Odegard (Ben Lane) with the assist.
It was going well for once until Politely Aggressive (PA) Scotcher decided it was going too well, and equalised for Guildford as his clearance turned out to be more of a clinical finish, slotting it bottom right corner past Joe Donny Powell. 1-1.
The curse of injuries at Chiswick school struck again with Guildford Fat Cafu stepping on the back of Sean’s leg, taking him out of the game. Late in the first half, some pinball in the box led to a 2nd goal for Guildford and Meads headed into the break 2-1 down with a star man injured.
I think Rob Clattermole wants to be in the running for clattering of the season as this game he was at it again, in the 2nd half he smashed up a player Vinnie Jones style sending them flying, earning himself a yellow card to go with it. This didn’t deter him though from carrying on the shithousery as he continued his onslaught of revenge by launching Fat Cafu into the goal netting from a firm but fair challenge and telling him to hit the gym after a few moans back from the player. Go hard or go home from Clattermole.
A few goals later, we were 5-1 down… don’t ask me how, it’s a mystery to us all still… but there was some light at the end of the tunnel as Meads had a few good runs up the pitch, Gulag Grealish started to show some dazzle as he got forward, then Clattermole went on another Joel Matip run playing Guivin through to score the goal and Clattermole with the assist. 5-2 to Guildford.
I was tempted to vote for Kortney to be MoM just for taking a rocket of a ball to the face like such a trooper, had you seen that in slow motion, I imagine it would have resembled something like this picture of Fellaini…
We had a lot of nearly moments that are worth mentioning, if we keep working, I’m sure we can convert next time. Muz and Jonny with some good battling up the left wing, Muz unlucky to miss narrowly with a shot at goal at the end. Will with a shot away at goal this game on the half volley, unlucky to not get the bobble and in like their player did maybe. Kortney did well as usual getting into space with his dribbling, but no meat this time around. Shamin also put in a shift at right back marking their dangerous left winger, kept him out for most of the 1st and 2nd half, until he got through on what Meads players thought was a definite offside, the decision didn’t even go to VAR as it was ruled onside and given, a tough job for the players at the back this game.
A potential nomination for MoM would be Joe Donny Powell for some cat like saves in goal, saving a top bins free kick effort and tapping multiple other shots just over the bar or past the post. MoM though has to go to Guivin again this week for a great goal, excellent work rate and immunity to injuries as he kept going and won free kicks all over the pitch. The number of times he got hacked down… you’d think he was wearing a “kick me” sign and paying people to swipe at his ankles.
For Wig this week, Will came close with an entry for getting done dirty by the guy with a beer belly but it goes to PA Scotcher who had an excellent few seconds playing for Guildford with his own goal, commiserations as he battled hard for Meads for majority of the game.