Southgate Olympic IV 2 – 2 (4 – 2 A.E.T) OLD WOODS
Saturday 23 September 2017
A 3pm kick off time for a cup game wasn’t ideal, due to the fact Alex Labey had to get to Bournemouth for a piss up straight after the game, and with the potential for extra time and penalties, the team were given strict instructions not to lose or go to extra time…things didn’t quite go to plan.
A classic tale of two halves (or four halves) to be totally accurate followed, on a typically grey Saturday afternoon at the Clowes sports ground.
The match started well for Woods, not troubled by the many long balls launched forward by Southgate, neatly dealt with in the air by Day. Doherty was on form with his tackles making one especially good block at the edge of the box. As planned Woods were keeping possession well, and using the width of the pitch and deploying our flying wingers Jay and Ade to great effect.
Following some excellent build up play from the midfield the ball made it back to edge of the box, Taylor calmly curled the ball, great chance, but the keep saved it. Adebisi took the resulting the corner from right side of the pitch; Labey made a late run to front post and met the low cross with a guided left footed volley which went under the keeper.. 1-0! (First goal for Woods).
Woods kept up the intensity with some good tackles and sensible football, creating a few more chances. Again Adebisi doing well, playing Labey in down the right wing who knocked in round the keeper but could quite finish or cross due to tight angle, should have probably been 2-0.
Another chance, probably the best move of the game; a string of one touch play from Young, to Labey who found Walker up front, out to Ade back to Walker who attempted a flamboyant volley… So close, good effort. Could have been 2-0 again.
Approximately 30 minutes in, thinking of a quick change to try maintain our lead as their right winger was causing us some problems, Southgate entered into a street fighter come hunger games style brawl amongst each other after a player had walked off the pitch and some arguments between them. Meanwhile Georgiou made way for Mang at left back. The referee sorted the madness out and game on.
Back to our usual game, with Olowojoba and Adebisi switching wings, a chance came for Olowojoba who finished nicely. 2-0!
Things somehow didn’t start of well despite a very positive half and team talk. The opposition probably hyper on adrenaline following their escapades starting putting pressure on the back four. A switch of their winger to central midfield made the difference, a good player a bit trickier to deal with. Holding out for next 20 minutes, Southgate broke though. 2-1!
A few chances for Woods down the wings again, Olowojoba clean though on goal unfortunately tried a little trick and didn’t pull off. Should have been 3-1.
With tired legs came mistakes and simple passes and control became increasingly difficult, Dankwah was on at half time making some decent passes but quickly tired, Labey’s knees about to give in and the pressure still piling on. Southgate broke through again took a pot shot and deflected in off Jeff’s (third) leg. 2-2!
Extra time started as the last half did, pressure on the Woods, tiring and struggling to maintain possession. The winger come centre mid from Southgate taking long shots from all over the pitch coming close a few times.
After a little more promising possession play, Turner did a typical Fifa 2017 error and passed the ball straight to the opposition, an easy finish 3-2!
In a final push to equalise, a change in formation; 3 at the back and 2 upfront with Labey pushing forward to try and pile on extra pressure. Jeff wandered forward in the last couple minutes to help but Southgate broke and scored in last minute to make it 4-2.
Overall an excellent first half, much like the first game of the season, but lack of fitness and composure in second half and final third. Disappointing result, with some excellent play but requires some resilience in second half to hold on to our leads.
MoM: Alex ‘Backseat BJ’ Day for winning so many headers.
Squad: Turner, Docherty, Day, Boateng, Georgiou, Labey, Young, Adebisi, Taylor, Olowojoba, Walker, Mang, Dankwah
Scorers: Labey, Olowojoba
OLD WOODS 1 -1 Old Ignatian III
Saturday 29 October 2016
The Woods went into this league game looking to put the disappointment of last weeks cup loss behind them. They started with a very unfamiliar team (due to people running late!) with Alex in goal (yes, I know!!!) a back four of Guildea, Chris, Lysander and John. Jimmy, Labey and Duggan in the midfield with Chase and Connor out wide leaving Ola up top. Bully and Andrew arrived later.
The unfamiliar Woods team were clearly unsettled from the start as in the first minute Old Ignatian were given a penalty from a handball. The Old Ignatian striker stepped up and despite his best effort Alex was unable to keep it out (but he did get a hand to it).
The Woods were clearly unsettled but started to battle back. The first half was over pretty quickly and that allowed the woods to put some things right.
Both Andrew and Bully came on allowing Alex come come back into defence and pushing John further forward. The Woods were already looking more comfortable spreading the ball well and creating chances.
After a few missed opportunities Ola was put through and slotted the ball past the keeper excellently.
The Woods were searching for a winner but they left it all too late and it wasn’t to be there day. Final score 1-1!
Alex ‘Backseat’ Day
Squad: A Hill, A Day, L Bryant, C Achilies, J Warner, C Cooney, J O’Shea, M Duggan, O Olaofe, M Guildea, J Young, A Labey, C Wilson\
MoM: Day – for going in goal when needed (deal with it)
Enfield Old Grammarians II v OLD WOODS
Saturday 22 October 2016
The Woods went into this cup game knowing that it was going to be a tough match as they visited a team four divisions above them.
They lined up with Ryan in goal, a back four of John, Jason, Chris and Alex. A midfield trio of Jimmy, Bully and DC which left Conner Lewis and Aziz making up the top three. This left new boy Lysander on the bench.
The Woods started brightly and made it known to the opposition that they were going to play the way they liked and keep the ball on the floor. This created a few early chances as the Grammarians defence was looking shaken by the pace of Lewis and Aziz. This is where the opener came from when Lewis was played through by Jimmy and calmly slotted it past the keeper. 1-0 Woods!
The Woods then kicked on as Aziz was found on the edge of the box, drove past a defender and slammed the ball into the back of the net via the post. 2-0 Woods!
Despite the difference in leagues the Woods were looking impressive with and without the ball as Jason and Chris reunited their defensive partnership by keeping the Grammarians strikers frustrated. However, the Grammarians did get a goal back before half time via a free kick which led to the follow up being put past Ryan (not through his legs this time!) 2-1 at half time.
The second half started as the first ended with the Woods wanting to play football while the Grammarians were sticking to their long ball game. The game was starting to get scrappy and that suited the Grammarians as they got their second goal via a header from a free kick. 2-2.
The Woods were still holding their own and playing some good football while looking for a winner but today wasn’t their day as Grammarians winger picked the ball up on the edge of the box and scored a screamer to win the cup tie.
Despite coming so close the Woods will be disappointed, however there were many positives to be taken from today’s performance. It was a great team performance but the man of the match has to go to Bully for pulling the strings in the middle of the park.
Squad: R Turner, J Warner, J Olaofe, C Achillies, A Day, J O’Shea, J Young, S D’Castro, A Hussain, C Cooney, L Entwistle, L Bryant
Scorers: Entwistle, Hussain
MoM: Bully – A bulldog in the middle of the park, Woof!!
Southgate County II v OLD WOODS
Saturday 15 October 2016
After two weeks of cup games the Woods were back in action in the league and faced a short trip to play Southgate County. The Woods lined up with Ryan (Close your legs) Turner in goal, a back four of Guildea, Dean, Chris and Alex with a familiar midfield trio of the Jimmy, John and Bully leaving Mason and George out wide and Ola up top.
The game started very scrappily with both teams failing to take control of possession. It became clear to the Woods early on that Southgate’s plan was a long ball up to their big striker and the defence managed to block that threat out well.
Around 20-30 minutes in the Woods started to get their foot on the ball and create some chances. The midfielders were beginning to run the game and Southgate were having to work hard to win the ball back. This however didn’t lead to a goal and it was 0-0 going into the break.
The Woods made a few changes at half time which led to Dan making his Woods debut and DC returning to second team action. The Woods also made a tactical change and switched to 4-4-2 and this worked very well putting the Southgate defence under pressure early on.
The break came when the ball fell to Jimmy who reacted well to a shot that was initially saved by the keeper by guiding the ball in to the side netting. 1-0 Woods!
This only proved to encourage the Woods to push on for another goal and it came from a counter attack. Ryan came out to clear up a potential dangerous ball over the top and then passed it out to Alex who then played a ball down the line for Ola to run onto who was hacked down in the box for a Woods penalty. Up stepped Jimmy to get his second of the game, 2-0 Woods!
The Woods were looking comfortable until a late break away from Southgate led to Ryan standing with his legs spread wide apart inviting the striker to meg him (it would have been harder to miss) and he easily completed this. Despite Ryan’s best attempts the Woods held out for the final couple of minutes to get another crucial 3 points to send them in the right direction in the league.
This was another good performance from the Woods who managed to break down a very solid defence. Man of the match has to go to Jimmy who played well both in the middle and out wide on the left of the midfield while also grabbing both goals.
Old Blues II 1 -2 OLD WOODS
Saturday 8 October 2016
The Woods found themselves traveling far and wide to a place called Richmond (look it up on a map and yes it is nowhere near north London!) for an AFA Cup game against Old Blues.
The Woods set up with Ryan in goal with a back four of Craig (Youngy/Mini Bully/Bully’s son), Jason, Chris and Alex. Jimmy, John and Bully in the centre of midfield with Jack and Mason out on the wings leaving Ola up top.
The Woods started well, keeping the ball across the back of the defence and linking well with the midfield. We started to find a few gaps and Ola, Jack and Mason were scaring the Old Blues defence with some great runs. This continued throughout the first half and Ola was played through on goal and took his chance brilliantly. 1-0 Woods!
The Woods started with the same team in the second half (due to not having any subs) and continued to control the game. Ola was having a blinder up front holding of two giant defenders and kept getting himself into some great positions.
Old Blues threatened to get back into the game and found themselves given a penalty on around the hour mark. Up stepped the penalty taker and Ryan pulled off a great save and an equally impressive second stop to keep it 1-0.
The runs made from the front three was beginning to become too much for the Old Blues defence and Ola found himself through again and the result was the same. Goal, 2-0 Woods!
The Woods began to tire but dug deep to keep out an Old Blues all out attack formation but they managed to grab a goal with 5 minutes remaining from a corner. The Woods managed to regain their composure and see out a great 2-1 win. This was a relief to all the lads as nobody fancied extra time after knowing how far we all had to get home.
Not one player had a bad game today but Ola, Jack and Jason had particularly great games. However, the man of the match has to go to Ryan after saving a penalty and making many more impressive saves right when the Woods needed him. On we march to the second round!
Alex ‘Backseat BJ’ Day
Squad: R Turner, C Achilles, J Olaofe, A Day, C Bull, J Young, J O’Shea, J Warner, J Pugh, M Taylor, O Olaofe
Scorer: O Olaofe 2
MoM: R Turner – Great performance between the sticks!
OLD WOODS 3 – 0 Queen Mary College Old Boys III
Saturday 17 September 2016
After a great preseason which saw the 2s beat two teams in divisions above them the season was about to begin.
Woods started with a new formation that was tested out in the previous friendly with Ryan in goal, a back 3 of Luuk, Labey and Chris with Alex and Craig in the wingback positions in a “typical” Italian style. The midfield consisted of Jimmy, Bully and John in the middle with a front two of Lewis and Mason. Deano (chanted in the style of Bully) and Ola were on the bench.
The game started slowly with both teams trying to take control of the game. After 20 minutes the Woods were starting to spread the ball well and find a few gaps in a solid Queen Mary side. 0-0 at half time.
The second half saw Deano and Ola feature in their typical centre back and centre forward roles and the Woods were in full flow keeping the ball and making the opposition work hard. This was telling after 15 minutes into the second half when Ola was played through and chipped the keeper from the edge of the box. 1-0 Woods!
The Woods were in full control of the game and could sense another goal coming and it did. After some great battling in the middle of midfield the ball fell to jimmy who struck a sweet shot that deflected off a defender into the back of the net, 2-0 Woods!
Shortly after that Mason also scored a very mediocre goal to put the Woods 3-0 up and in complete control of the game.
It was a great win and a very strong team performance from the Woods but the stand out man from today was Chris Achilles at the heart of defence.
The match was also preceded by an impeccable minutes silence for David Goldring.
Alex ‘Backseat’ Day
Team: R Turner, A Day, L Batuseen, C Achilies, A Labey, C Bull, J Young, J O’Shea, J Warner, L Entwistle, M Taylor, D Docherty, O Olaofe
Scorers: O Olaofe, J O’Shea, M Taylor
MoM: Chris ‘Staggs’ Achillies – Alpha Stag…