OLD WOODS 1 – 3 Southgate Olympic
Saturday 3 October 2015
For this weeks match report please see last weeks or the week before that or the week before that……………
Another week of shambolic selection process, saw a bare eleven rock up at Camdenians to face Southgate Olympic. But yet again despite the desperation of selection the 11 that took the field made up a very respectable line up. 11 became 12, ten minutes into the game as Mark Britton strolled across the cricket pitches and started to get kitted out. Once again it started very promisingly for Old Woodhouseians. A patched up back line of Bradley Mace, Dean Docherty, Viv Greywoode and Joe Chapman immediately looked comfortable playing the ball between themselves, with Alex Williams and Joe Fox lively and consistently offering options in the middle of the pitch. Nat Greywoode got into his running early attacking the Southgate backline with his directness. Woods were certainly the first to settle into the game, creating good openings with quick passing and impressive movement. Long range efforts from Alex and Viv Greywoode had Southgate’s keeper scrambling across his goal. Wood’s aerial threat appeared to be causing problems as we won a series of corners midway through the first half. But then three touches later Old Woods were behind.
A woods corner form the right was controlled and smashed downfield from within the Southgate penalty area, 2 touches. The long long clearance caught out the covering Woods defenders on half way, bouncing mid way through our half. The Woods keeper (King) started to come stopped and was lobbed as the Southgate striker ran onto the long ball, 3rd touch, 0-1. The second came as Woods were put under some sustained pressure on the edge of their own box. A through ball into the 18 yard box saw King rushing out past the penalty spot, he called for it, Viv pulled out of a clearance as any good CB should on hearing their keepers call. But this misjudgement from the keeper saw a Southgate striker nip in between defender and keeper, 0-2.
Woods got back into it after the break, a freekick from Joe Chapman was lifted into the box. The ensuing scramble saw Bugs swivel from close range and fire past the keeper, 1-2. A two goal gap was restored as Woods pushed for the equaliser. A mistake on half way saw Southgate in for a one on one with King. The striker cut into the area and finished confidently at the keepers near post, 1-3. Southgate also went on to miss a penalty. Skying it over the bar after Bradley was harshly adjudged to have handled by the ref. No late drama as the game petered out in the closing minutes.
Another promising first half ruined by errors and inconstancy.
Chris King
Glyn Old Boys 4 – 2 OLD WOODS
Saturday 26 September 2015
Late night text and early morning phone calls where the order of the day as the Woods First XI scraped together a 12 man squad to travel to South West London, to face Glyns Old Boys in the LOB Senior Cup. As it turned out the 12 men wearing yellow that day made up a pretty strong and attacking line up. A coupe of new faces saw Joe Fox make his debut and Jason Olaofe returning to the club. True clubmen Ola and Dean answered the call and made the journey south. The latter climbing off his sick bed to help, while the former always brings with him the prospect of pace and goals.
So we took the beautiful lush pitch with the sun shining and the belief that despite the absentees we would do well. And the first fifteen minutes only served to bolster that belief. While playing the ball out nicely from the back we were all surprised with the ease with which Ola was able to run through, Mark run around and Nat straight at the Glyns defence. Chances came and went at regular intervals. But poor decision making and poor finishing let us down. The Glyns keep did well, but should have been helpless to prevent Woods building up a strong lead at half time.
While at the other end one hopeful cross field ball was enough to catch DK out of position at LB and our keeper helpless 15 yards from goal. A delicate lob from the Glyns forward made it 1-0. And one would become two on the stroke of half time. A freekick 20 yards out was lifted over the four man wall and straight into the chest of the Woods keeper. Unfortunately the he failed to hold what should have been a regulation catch, the ball rebounding off his chest presenting itself at the feet of the on rushing striker, 2-0. There was jut enough time for Woods to concede another freekick in a very similar position on the edge of the area. This time our keeper managed to get a glove on the shot diverting it over the bar. But the damage had been done.
Frustrated by chances missed and no doubt disgusted by another keeper error Woods left the pitch at half time 2-0 down, when on another day they would and should have been 1-5 up. The second half never really seemed to develop a pattern or structure. Woods play got ever more desperate, as we searched for a goal. When the best policy should have been to continue as before the break, where we were cutting through the oppo defence at will. Ironically despite all our good football the breakthrough came from a set piece. Joe Chapman playing as a stand in Right Back delivered a delightful ball into the box where debutant Joe fox rose highest to head home. Our equaliser came from a similar source. This time a corner from the right was put to the far post by Chapman where Nat Greywoode got up well to head the ball into the bottom corner, keeper no chance, 2-2.
Chances then came at both ends as the game got stretched, both teams wanting the win (or not fancying another 30 minutes running around in the afternoon sun). As challenges got slightly more desperate a decent run from a Glyns forward saw him stumble through two tackles and probe (scuff) the ball along the ground into the far corner 3-2. So with time running out Woods switched to three at the back and successfully got over run. Gaps were inevitably left at the back and Glyns exploited them well. A second one on one in a matter of minutes saw a shot dissect a sliding fullback and our on rushing keeper 4-2, All over.
The attacking football in the first half gives us plenty of reasons to be optimistic. But much like last season too many mistakes and goals are being gifted at the back. A consistent squad and settled team will only increase our chances of better days ahead, Out of the cup, but improved performances and results await.
Chris King

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.

V.Greywoode

 

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 Season………..

New League……………

New challenge…………..

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.

Chris King

 

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