Newsletter w/c 7.2.2022
- 8th February 2022
Fixtures for Saturday
|Venue / Referee
|Old Suttonians 3s
|Home / Chiswick Pavilion / Referee: George Dobbie
|League – 2 South
|Away / Barn Elms Sports Centre, Queen Elizabeth Walk, Barnes, SW13 0DG
|League – 4 South
|Glyn Old Boys 2s
|Away / Priest Hill Playing Fields, Reigate Road, Epsom, KT17 3DT
|League – 6 South
|Home / Chiswick School / Referee: Nathan Nicholson
|League – 7 South
|Home / Riverside Lands Pitch 1 / Referee: Amar Chana
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Golden Boot Update
Old Meadonians 1 – 0 Old Suttonians
In a must win situation the weather looked to be kind for the ones with bright sunshine blessing Riverside Lands for the first home outing for the ones away from the pavilion pitch. A 1200 meeting time was changed by skip Matt to 1145 and when Gordy and Kev arrived at 1030 Matt was emerging from a tent he had set up by the side of pitch 1.
Perhaps it was fear of being dropped or his ongoing unhappiness with his single life but the management were a wee bit surprised to see him there. As he washed his naked body with several wet wipes Matt was buzzing and had his new boots on before any other items of clothing. A long career in law enforcement prepares you for a lot but the sight of Matt in his underdrawers and new boots will haunt me for ever. The team arrived in dribs and drabs but the confidence and excitement levels were high. Jake Jordan pitched up shortly after Jermaine and had been delayed by his old mans bowel movements causing him to leave home 20 mins after the scheduled time.
The Essex boys pitched up together both looking pristine and even Chris was there in time to avoid a fine. Ready for the warm up item of the week provided some interesting conceptions of what protein products looked like from Marshalls Haribo selection , which he keeps in the car for any passing schoolkids to Harry Sanders tin of chickpeas which I understand he has used as a cosh when threatened for his dinner money by the works bully!
Chris Bonnar produced the biggest tub of protein I have ever seen and my only thought after looking was it must shit gear because it clearly isn’t working. After a positive team talk and a decent warm up we were delayed by 25 minutes as the referee had decided he would get changed at Civil Service instead of the pavilion or Riverside. The oppos were unwarmed up but by the time the ref arrived they were right at it.
We started sharply with some rampaging down either wing and Xavi and Fishman providing some excellent crosses which unfortunately we couldn’t monopolise on. However after around 13 or 14 minutes a cross was driven in and finished by Mikey to make it 1-0 Meads. Come on. I get the feeling that we upset the ref as within 5 minutes a goalmouth scramble was cleared by Joe and Harry causing a dive by the oppos .
The ref blew up for what we thought was obvious simulation but no penalty given. The oppos CF who had caused us problem very time we played them in the past two season stepped up with an air of confidence and struck in hard with his left foot to the bottom corner. However Marsh had other ideas and got across to get his chest and hands to it and make a brilliant save. After holding their lead Meads continued to build against a competent and good passing Sutts. A wonderful ball by Chris to Lewis should have resulted in another goal but Meads were again denied. Safe to say that Jermaine has hit a bit of form and dominated the midfield intercepting or delaying all of the Sutts attacks.
Anything else was cleared up by a competent back four. We probably should have gone in with another few goals but HT 1-0.
We turned around with the wind at our backs and we should have gone further ahead with opportunities from Xavi, Mikey and Jake. There was also a fantastic run from his own half by Toby only to tamely pass back to the keeper( in a normal week for me that should have guaranteed the wig!!!!). To their credit the oppos continued to move the ball well but they couldn’t break through.
Jordan having to be subbed with concussion after a volley hit him on the top of his head. I suppose my only point would be head it properly and that wouldn’t happen!.
So final score 1-0 and 3 points secured for Meads. Jermaine was for me an easy MOM and is quaffing a bottle of champagne as I write this.
Wig was very contentious this week as the two strongest nominees were the management with Kev missing training to watch Celtic pump Rangers – only for his cable box to pack in after 1 minute, he then spent the rest of the game listening to Radio Clyde desperately attempting to repair his digibox. However after showing clear leadership and accepting responsibility for an “administrative error” that wasn’t his fault Gordy was wigged up-I love football.
With no game next weekend Meads 1sts await results and look to face Dorking on the 19th to secure their next 3 points. COYMs…..
Old Meads 2s 1-1 Old Paulines
A crunch game in Chiswick to keep the title fight alive. A promising start with only 9 players in the warm up and some fashionably late arrivals.
We started off well, lots of possession and a few half chances, but couldn’t capitalise. Then after about 25 mins Simon (keeper) found himself in nervy territory outside the box, and the oppo player managed to nudge the ball goal bound: time appeared to stand still as the ball trickled ever so slowly goalwards, surely a sprint or even a slow jog from one of our sprightly young centre backs would have caught up with the ball and prevented the goal, alas, this was not to be. Down 1-0.
A positive rest of the half and we were still clearly the better team. Half time came and went and we continued dominating in the second half. Minutes in and the match highlight finally arrived. A familiar face at the club managed to shank a pass with such venom that his boot ripped squarely in half. A quick sprint to change footwear ensued and a deserved Wig to add to the drama.
Luck however was soon to appear, with a speculative drive from Jack, from all of 30 yards whipped in from the right, sailing over defenders and keeper alike and nestling in top bins. 1-1, game on.
A combative and nervy 30 mins ensued with a goal remarkably disallowed for N Wilson.
Minutes whittled down to seconds and one last chance to seal victory fell to Medish two yards out but was not to be…
A decent performance all round and probably deserved more than a point. Next two games will prove pivotal in chasing promotion or silverwear…
Meads VIII 2 – 5 Woking VIII
This weeks crusade was at home against Woking and It was a tale of two halves really. We battled hard in the 1st half, before letting the cheese slide off our cracker a bit in the 2nd.
Our defence kept the Woking attackers in their pocket in the 1st half, with Barnsley man Rob man marking a player so closely it was as if he’d smelt a Greggs sausage roll on him and Gulag Grealish took no prisoners, winning all the battles.
The midfield kept working tirelessly to create chances, passing the ball around well. The feeling of a goal was looming just like a beer is looming at the pavilion after a game, if you go there enough, you can’t say no.
Lane hit one on the volley from outside the box, just rattling past the post. Abdi had been peppering the goal and working their keeper. Super sub Peter then came on and with his first touch of the ball headed it on through to Abdi, setting him up for a 1v1, which he finished. 1-0 Meads.
At half time we were 1-0 up, outclassing the oppo in all areas of the pitch. Woking looked more confused than a homeless man on house arrest. A few changes were made by Gulag Grealish at half time and the tide seemed to turn with one or two more experienced oppo players jumping on the field.
Shortly after starting the 2nd half, we conceded 2 more goals that would’ve made Mr Bean look good on a football pitch, the all too familiar Meads 8s story of letting goals in. Talha then hit one from outside the box which slipped past the defence and the keeper watched it go in the bottom right. Great to see him on the scoresheet, executed like it was on a golfing green. It was 2-2 and in good old Meads 8s fashion, we decided to quickly concede again. 3-2 and it was downhill from there, we were all thinking let’s turn this around, but I’m not sure we meant 360 degrees as we let in 2 more goals. 5-2.
At full time the scoreline didn’t really reflect the game, MOM Talha for his first goal for Meads and WIG Sam for not turning up to game and playing golf instead. A lesson in game management for the 2nd half but a show of strength in the first half of what’s to come.