Newsletter w/c 5.4.21
- 8th April 2021
|Venue / Referee
|Fulham Compton OB
|Riverside Lands – Pitch 1
|Old Hamptonians 2s
|Away – 3G
|Old Wokingians 2s
|Riverside Lands – Pitch 2
|League – DH
|Old Suttonians 4s
|Riverside Lands – Pitch 7
|Riverside Lands – Pitch 4
|League – DH
|Old Whitgifitians 2s
|Riverside Lands – Pitch 3
|League – DH
Nick de Falco
Old Meadonains 1s 0 – 3 Old Hamptonians 1s
With over 4 months without a game, you can imagine how the lads were raring to go. A few of the boys had been keeping fit during the lockdown, myself included. But a few were noticeably a few yards slower, Matt Fishman and Charlie Cain to name just a few…
The day started with better attire than usual with the squad sporting items of clothing from their wives/girlfriends, or in Matt and Caino’s case, their mums. The game started well for Meads, keeping their own against a strong Hamptons side that have dominated the league for the last 5 years. Both teams were settling into the game nicely without any clear cut chances being created until Jay crashed a header into the post midway through the first half from a Cain corner (probably his highlight of the match). This proved a turning point in the game as meads sensed a chance to press on, a mistake down Fishman’s flank allowed Hamptons a chance that they took well. 1-0.
Hamptons ended the first half the stronger side and after their set piece delivery was placed perfectly on a plate (showing Caino how it’s done) for their defender to head in. 2-0. As usual, the lads putting in decent performances in spells but not consistently for the whole half.
Matt Fishman decided he’d had enough of being run ragged by their winger and dragged himself off at HT, possibly the best decision he made all game. As expected Meads pushed forwards in search of a goal to bring them back into the game. Like the first half there were glimpses of excellent link up play, the addition of Harry at half time made the ball move quicker through the middle of the park.
Meads pushed forward which fell into Hamptons hands as they broke towards the end of the game to score their third and final goal. Caino’s second highlight, and what he should’ve received the wig for, was an extremely speculative strike from a free kick 40 yards out. Fair play to him, his deliveries had been very average all game so why not do something else. Anyway his strike was still traveling as it went over the bar, reminiscent of his missed penalty in our semi final loss last year.
Great to welcome some new players to the squad. Meads still unable to put in a performance for 90 min, and lots to work on for the remaining fixtures. More importantly though, it was great to be back out there and to get the fines rolling in again. Notable mention to Brandon for his MOTM performance and Marsh for keeping the score line somewhat respectable.
MOTM – Brandon
WIG – Xav (for no reason other than he’s a great guy) Caino should have got it, Fishman could have got it. But it’s fine, I’m not bitter.
Wandsworth Borough III 1 – 2 Old Meadonians IV – 3 Summersaults with a twist please Marco
The freshly cut grass, the slightly ropey smelling kit (thanks Rorke), the boots with slight mould on from pre-xmas… the hangover. Oh yes, we are back. The wildcats rolled into Roehampton Vale searching for a first away win of the season and with Rusty turning up an hour early we fancied our chances.
The bingo machine was set into action for this week’s formation which landed on a hybrid 3-2-2-3 formation which I’m pretty sure no one understood but just nodded and smiled as they quite frankly didn’t give a shit and just wanted to play football. A lack of chances had slightly plagued us pre-lockdown but with a front 3 of Toby, Rusty and Kody we were always going to create chances and but for Toby forgetting to rent a left foot for this week’s game, bloody students, we could have taken an early lead. The first big chance fell, ironically, to one of the back 3 with Jordan blazing over from 7 yards after a sumptuous ball from Aidan. The pressure built and a slight mix up in the Borough backline left Rusty through on goal to round the keeper and slot home, 0-1.
Well in control and looking solid defensively another goal was needed to stamp our authority on the game. Great work from Rob in the middle led to the ball falling to Marco on the edge of the box who rolled their centre half and felt contact, to his credit and honesty Marco stayed upright and broke into the box, only to realise the ball had run away from him. Channelling his inner Tom Daley out came the swan dive and the ref pointed to the spot… hmmmmm. Their skipper looked at me and the only words I could muster were… ‘well you’ve seen them given’. Rusty slotted home, 0-2. With a bit of a scrappy end to the 1st half we pushed for more, but some sloppy defending gave them a guilt edge chance only for Rorke to spring into action and tip round the post, followed by a great block from debutant Nick the Falcon.
Second half and we decided that all our great work in the 1st half was a waste of time and to put it bluntly played shite. Kody linked up well with Rusty and but for a miraculous double save we could have been 3 up but apart from that there was little to report going forward. With the majority of the second half played in our territory it was only through a solid defensive team effort that we would hold on. Marlon and Chris were keeping the flanks secure along with newly qualified diving instructor/Justin Timberlake tribute act Harrison, until Harrison’s hangover defeated him (that or being megsed by their winger). Shout out to Toby, Aidan and Rob in the middle of the park as well.
Now, we all know the farcical scenes which are the handball rules in the English leagues and today was to be no different, Stevie V heading in for a tackle won the ball which bounced up and hit him on the back of the arm whilst he was facing the other direction. The whistle went, the pen was given, Rorke tried the mind games, they failed, 1-2. I was then told this was ‘justice’ for Marco in the 1st half, I’ll leave your imaginations to work out my reply. 20 minutes to hold on, and hold on we did. Great contributions all over the park to keep them out, notably Jordan in the air and Rorke commanding his box well. A late scare went over the bar and the win was ours. Wildcats remain 2nd, Rusty remains a fox in the box, and the 3-2-2-3 works…. Sort of.
MoM – Rorke – Tight between Rusty, Rorke, Jordan and Rob but key saves won him the day.
WIG – Stevie V – I mean turning up looking like a Deliveroo driver should be enough but giving away a pen finalised it. Aidan dribbling a freekick from 35 yards into the wall and Harrison’s hangover notable mentions.
Squad – Rorke – Clemo – Jordan – Stevie V – Marlon – Charvey – Nick the Falcon – Rob – Aidan – Harrison – Tom Daley – Kody – Rusty – Toby
Old Meadonians 5s
FOOTBALL IS BACK!
After seeing the fixtures announced for the coming weeks’ kicking off with a double header on Easter Weekend, thoughts of the below sprang to mind!
The 5’s got the restart off to a solid start getting 4 points from a tricky double header against Old St Mary’s II.
The first game was a drab 0-0 with a heavy wind and some trampoline first touches on display., it became apparent that the ring rust from 3 months of Joe Wicks workouts and too many takeaways was going to take a while to wear off…
At half time it was 0-0 but we had the wind advantage in the 2nd half, the rest of the game was spent camped outside the OSM area with chance after chance finding a way not to go in. Max Purcell drew a great save from their keeper and Oli Tugman had a header hit the bar and go over – it just wasn’t our day.
The 2nd match started in a similar fashion however the stand in Schmeichel (Evan Klajnscek) had even less to do this time around. Then out of nowhere golden boot front runner – Chris Bridle latched onto a smart through ball and powered the ball past the keeper for a 1-0 lead.
The 2nd half started and with 80% possession and the wind on our side, it was a matter of time before the lead was stretched. A whipped ball in from the corner courtesy of loanee Oli Deniau (thanks Alan) was met by Jason Reid who’s well placed header made it 2-0, the points were safe.
The game petered out as tired legs took over but a fantastic effort by all and well deserved 4 points in the bag. Great effort to keep 2 clean sheets and a solid performance from all who participated. Onto the next one.
Squad: Klajnscek, Wallace, Tugman, Jackson, Kenny, Cameron, Youle, Mitchell, Bridle, Reid, Tiztoutine, Scotcher, Purcell.
(+ Sanders & Deniau in game 2)
Old Meads VIII 2 – 0 Old Dorkinians VIII
Old Meads VIII 5 – 0 Old Dorkinians VIII
Team sheet:Ed Will Ant Elliot Adam Borja Jim Nick Raj Max Ben L Ben W Ben A Stan Charlie Emmanuel Jean
A few games this season it’s been mostly sizzle and no steak, but this week there was no shortage of meat for the boys, first game back we were off like a brides nightie, scoring goal after goal.
This week with Ben Amiet back from injury, the three Ben’s were back together causing havoc for the opposition, arguably more confusing in a game of football than the Bermuda Triangle, but after a few Timo Werner impressions, it was Weekes who grabbed the first bit of meat with a nice ball over the top from Nick showing his peacock feathers at RWB, looping it over to Weekes who was just too fast and too furious for the Dorking defence and finished the opportunity.
Just before the half time whistle, Weekes bags another goal similar to the first for a cushty 2-0 lead to Meads. The second half was about possession with Ben L and Max dominating the midfield hoovering up the ball and slinging it back out in the right areas, more chances came for Meads as the pressure was eased but with rusty boots many shots were off target and launching into orbit to compete with Musk for the next trip to Mars.
A few players had some knocks in the first game, with the real slim shady (Jim with his stylish bleached hair) subbed off after 10 mins with a calf injury, out for the rest of the season. The lads at the back had a good game, noticeably Elliot had a few battles with their CB who was double his height and strangely looked like he could’ve been his dad.
A solid first performance back to gain the advantage going into the 2nd game with fitness levels showing, 2-0 win to Meads.
In game 2, the squad was rotated a little more with Raj, Emmanuel, Borja and coming on. For the first 20 minutes, the chances went missing, but in a solo effort, Emmanuel opened up the scoring again, sailing in a worldie from the edge of the box, skimming under the crossbar and kissing the back of the net, 1-0 Meads.
At this stage of the game Will in goal could’ve fallen asleep if he wanted to as he continued to watch the game from between the posts being dominated by Meads outfield. Fitness levels started to outshine Dorking with players like Max (the Meads Grealish) and Lane in midfield both working harder than a pair of ugly strippers, keeping Dorking out of the game whilst creating chances for Meads. Borja had his first few chances of the game with some nice flicks over the defence, doing 80% of the work but still couldn’t quite park it. Half time 1-0 to Meads.
The second half saw 4 more goals banged in for Meads, Borja finally parked 2 nice goals. Ant scored soon after with a shot from outside the box. Confused by the offside rule and surprised by the sheer shot power from Ant, all the goalkeeper could do was watch the grass grow and argue for an offside whilst the ball majestically crawled across his goal line to go 4-0 up. To add salt to the wound for Dorking, Stan went up top for a glory goal and found it. A beautiful pass from Weekes saw Stan go one one one with the keeper and he did the business, marvellous finish from the CB.
The game ended 5-0 and the Meads go up the table.
Feels good to be back!