Queen Mary College Old Boys 3 – 2 OLD WOODS
Saturday 19 September 2015
Old Woodhouseians 1XI second game of the season looked a daunting one away to Queen Mary College, last season’s run-away league winners. However The Woods started the game well, seeming to have successfully shaken of last weekend’s result. The whole team’s work rate and endeavour was impressive, causing Queen Mary an endless amount of trouble going forward and defending resolutely, with players throwing themselves into blocks and putting a foot in at every opportunity.
This pressure culminated in the opening goal for Old Woods – Industrious ball-winning in the oppo’s half from N.Greywoode, released N.Fisher with time and space to cross for the on-coming M. Britton to finish the move off well. Deserved and devastating!
The rest of the first half played out with Queen Mary pushing to find the leveller, but being denied each time by Woods captain and keeper C.King, who pulled off a string of excellent saves to keep a slender 0-1 score line at the half.
The second half started in the same vein as first ended… Queen Mary now growing in confidence, started to find their playmaker No.10 in some dangerous positions, but the hard-working Woods side defiantly stuck to their guns. However 25 minutes or so into the second half, Queen Mary delivered a dangerous cross which was only half cleared to the edge of Old Woods’ box. Enter the QM’s left back, who stepped in to hit the sweetest ‘daisy-cutter’ into the bottom-right corner. 1-1, “You just don’t save those!”
Old Woods hit back almost immediately to take the lead again through T.Pitcher, who latched onto another N.Fisher ball to calmly slot in the away team’s second. 1-2. Clinical.
However the lead was short-lived… QM where now bombing forward at every opportunity, mixing up their attacks by playing through the middle finding their No.10 or pinning The Woods full backs back and whipping the ball into the box. The latter option, led to Queen Mary’s equaliser… a cross from their right side into the Old Woods box, found their No.10 who chested the ball down for an on-rushing teammate to dispatch, high into the net. 2-2. Heartbroken.
Old Wood’s tried to rally again, but energy levels had understandably dropped. With 5 minutes to go Queen Mary poured forward – A neat one-two just outside the box ended with the opposition’s left-back running directly into V.Greywoode and throwing himself to the ground. To the bemusement of the Old Woods players, the referee awarded a penalty, stating “I have to give what I think is right.”
Penalty rifled in. 3-2. Gutted!
A deflated Old Woods side tried hard to snatch an equaliser but it wasn’t to be and the game ended 3-2 to the home side.
Despite the result. there was again a lot of positives to take from the game – N.Fisher showing his ability and creating chances, T.Pitcher and N.Greywoode looking dangerous and causing the oppo’s defence relentless trouble, M.Britton – defending well from the front. I have no doubt that once everyone is fully match fit, games like these are ones we will win.
Squad: C.King (capt), A.Fisher, A.Norman, J.Chapman, M.Wloch, M.Taylor, M.Britton, V.Greywoode, N.Greywoode, N.Fisher, T.Pitcher, J.Courtney, Gareth Dray
Scorers: M.Britton, T.Pitcher
MOM: T.Pitcher, M.Wloch
OLD WOODS 3 – 3 Old Danes
Saturday 12 September 2015
New keeper ????????????
Old Woodhouseians 1XI took on Old Danes in the season opener and it was an eventful afternoon. Having effectively moved up a division this first game always looked tricky. However with the oppo down to 10 men (professional foul) in the 15th minute and Woods playing the ball around nicely maybe a memorable start to the season was on the cards. It was not to be.
A long nothing ball over the top saw the Danes striker reach the ball before our keeper, knocking it past him, leaving him stranded thirty yards from goal. The finish then was a simple one. Woods fought back, consistently creating openings and frequently getting into promising positions. The goals had to come and they did, strikes from Nat and Tom saw Woods take a 2-1 lead. Had it not been for a combination of poorly timed final balls and a series of questionable offside calls that lead would and should have been extended before half time. Instead the first half finished with a gift of a goal. A harmless shot come through ball should have been gathered by our keeper, as he slid out in front of the on rushing forward the ball inexplicably rebound off his (my) knee straight back to the forward who rounded our stricken keeper (me again) and made it 2-2.
Disappointment and deflation set in after what had been a generally very promising first half display. Woodhouseians couldn’t get going in the second half, looking tired and confused. As work levels dropped so did our control of the game. Old Danes rallied to their credit, taking the lead mid way through the half and begun to look the more dangerous side. But Woods continued to battle, The smart passing of the first half was replaced by more desperate rushed play in the second and as the game got more frantic Tom was bundled over in the box, plenty. Nat passed it home for 3-3, and a point a piece.
Individually DK looked solid after moving up from the 2′s. Rory was arguably our best player on the day and on his debut, passing and talking impressively. He and Andy played well as an emergency paring at CB. They started most moves, were always an option for midfielders and competed well against a decent attack. Ant showed he can play Left or Right back for us this season. Joe looked busy, tackling and passing well and confidently beating players. Obeng played the holding midfield role beautifully, especially in the first half, always an option for a pass and working hard (well in first half anyway). Nick looks more and more comfortable with every game, keeping moves going and picking out through balls. Nat went past oppo players for fun at times and will always score us goals. Mark and Mason showed they will be a threat all season when running at defenses. Tom continued to impress holding the ball up, chasing down, pressuring defenders and you’d always back him to get a goal. And our keeper………..well there’s always next Saturday.
Squad: C.King (capt), D.Kinsella, A.Fisher, R.Mason, A.Norman, J.Chapman, M.Obeng, M.Taylor, M.Britton, N.Greywoode, N.Fisher, T.Pitcher
Scorers: N Greywoode 2, Pitcher