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Ingles OB 0 Oadby Owls Veterans 3 - 26th April 2014 (League)

Oadby Owls Veterans finished a disappointing campaign with a great victory away to league winners Ingles OB.

With Ian Scott deputising in goal for the unavailable Lee Rawlings Owls kicked uphill into the wind first half and whilst Ingles had more possession they failed to capitalise on this and only had a couple of half chances to show for their efforts.

Owls went ahead around the half hour mark - Matt Smith sent Vince Harrison away down the right hand side and his pinpoint cross was met by Ian Betteridge who planted a firm header across the keeper and into the net.

The only other incident of note was when Owls right back Martin Arnold was upended by a stray dog that had ran onto the pitch and wanted to join in! 

Owls continued to play well in the second half and had a couple of chances before Ian Betteridge broke free and was one on one with the keeper - Ian attempted to round the keeper and was fouled - penalty awarded but not even a yellow card for the keeper who had denied a clear goal scoring opportunity. Vince Harrison cooly slotted the spot kick home.

Ingles started to commit heavily to attack allowing Owls to play on the break - Ed Burbidge, Martin Arnold and Ian B all had shots saved before Nigel Mansfield made it three nothing with a cool finish - set up by excellent work from Ian Betteridge and Sam Patel.

Owls continued to defend stoutly with ian Scott dealing confidently with crosses and shots and ran out worthy winners.

Player of the day: Vince Harrison

Goal Scorer: Ian Betteridge, Vince Harrison (pen) and Nigel Mansfield


Markfield Vets 4 Oadby Owls Veterans 2 - 22nd March (League)

Owls Veterans traveled to Markfield in good spirits following a narrow defeat last week.

There were a number of changes to the team - Ian Scott replaced Lee Rawlings in goal, Ed Burbidge came in for Martin Arnold at right back, Sam Patel moved into central midfield replacing Vince harrison who dropped to centre back. Finally, John 'Benny' Bentham came into midfield.

The first 20 minutes were fairly even with both sides having chances; Markfield came closest when hitting the bar. The game was being played in a heavy shower which turned into driving hail forcing the Ref to call a temporary halt as both sides sought refuge in the changing rooms.

Markfield were first to strike - Simon Leavy was dispossessed in midfield and a couple of slick passes later the ball was in the back of the Owls net - Scottie having no chance in the Owls goal.

Owls struck back 10 minutes later when Vince Harrison took a quick free kick just inside the opposition half. The shot was finely judged and sailed over the Markfield keeper and under the bar for an equaliser.

The game remained even until Half Time with play concentrated in the middle third.

Owls introduced James 'Wogi' Watkinson and Alex Bexon at half time and went close when a superb cross from Wogi was headed narrowly wide by Matt Smith.

Owls then dropped off the pace and gave away 3 goals in quick succession - these were all the result of quick breaks from Markfield and left Owls with a mountain to climb.

The formation was changed to 4 3 3 in an attempt to get back into the game and Sam Patel gave Owls some hope with a back heel from a corner with 15 minutes to go. Vince had a free kick pass the outside of the post with the keeper beaten but it was all to no avail and Markfield ran out comfortable winners.

In a nutshell - must do better.

Player of the Day: Vince Harrison

Goals Scorers: Vince Harrison 1, Sam Patel 1.

Oadby Owls Veterans 0 St Patricks OB 1 - 15th March 2014 (League)


Owls Veterans returned to Coombe Park for the first time since December looking to gain some points to climb the league table - they were up against table topping St Patricks OB's and were without a number of key players through a combination of work commitments and a Leicester City home game.

This meant Owls had only 11 players, no subs and recalled the evergreen Malc Walker at centre back. The omens did not look good and when the ref pulled out on the morning of the game, the only available replacement was the St Pats manager!

Owls kicked off playing uphill with wind assistance and took a little while to get going, St Pats dominating possession and having a goal ruled out (correctly) for offside (many thanks to Tony Stonestreet for running the line). As the game developed, Owls started to pass the ball around well and make some inroads. Vince Harrison worked hard in midfield alongside Simon Leavy whilst Matt Smith and Ian Betteridge grafted in attack. Owls thought they had gone ahead when Matt Smith rifled the ball in from an acute angle……..however the attempt was ruled out for 'false calling'; not an infringement regularly penalised in veterans football!

St Pats went ahead after 32 minutes - an attempted clearance from Martin Arnold ricocheted to a St Pats player on the edge of the area who looped a shot over Lee Rawlings and under the cross bar for the opening goal.

Owls continued to press - Vince H curled a left footer just wide of the post with the keeper well beaten whilst a couple of corners bought scrambles in the  St Pats box but to no avail. Late on in the half Lee Brightmore also shot wide.

The second half was fairly even with both sides having chances - Yogi Patel completed a goal line clearance by somehow diverting the ball over the crossbar with both his knees whilst in attack, Vince, Simon L and Ian B all shot wide. 

Owls strived for an equaliser but to no avail and as legs tired towards the end they defended stoutly. The final whistle blew with Owls still behind but able to take great heart from a spirited showing.

For the record the 'Magnificent 11' were:-

Lee Rawlings, Martin Arnold, Pete Smith, Malcolm Walker, Yogi Patel, Nigel Mansfield, Vince Harrison, Simon Leavy, Lee Brightmore, Ian Betteridge and Matt Smith

Player of the Day: Malc Walker - tremendous effort from the 55 year old 'veteran' veteran  

Goals Scorers: Sadly N/A

Park View Veterans 1 Oadby Owls Veterans 1 - 1st March 2014 (League)

Owls Vet's finally returned to action having not played since December 14th due to multiple postponements.

The conditions were excellent - clear blue skies, no wind and a flat pitch that was in good nick considering the recent wet weather spell.

Owls opted for a 3 - 5 - 2 formation with Lee R in goal, Scottie, Pete S and Simon A  as a back 3, Ed and Nigel operating as wing backs, Vince, Sam and Benny as a central midfield whilst Matt and Simon L were up front.

Owls started well, keeping possession but without really threatening the Park View Goal. Owls were limited to a couple of shots from distance but failed to trouble the keeper.

On 20 minutes Park View went ahead with a break away goal - Owls conceded possession around half way and the striker broke clear and finished well.

Owls redoubled their efforts and forced a couple of corners, but to no avail. Matt Smith tried a spectacular flying scissor kick to a cross but succeeded in only getting injured!

At half time the owls trailed 1 nothing.

Martin Arnold replaced Nigel Mansfield for the second half and Owls continued to dominate possession and claimed an equaliser when John Bentham found the net - an offside flag denying Benny what would have been his first ever Owls vet's  goal. 

Owls did equalise on around 60 minutes when Simon Leavy coolly slotted home following good work by Pete Smith.

Both teams had chances to claim victory - Sam Patel cleared off the line for Owls whilst a couple of Owls corners came to nothing.

In a nutshell - great to be playing football again.

Player of the Day: John 'Benny' Bentham - an excellent stint in midfield

Goals Scorers: Simon Leavy

Oadby Owls Veterans 1 Ingles Old Boys 4 - 14th December 2013 (League)

After a 3 week break the Veterans returned to action with a home game vs Ingles OB. There were a couple of changes with Martin Arnold, Matt Smith and Simon Andrews returning in place of Simon Leavy (injured), Alex Bexon (unavailable) and Benny (working).

Owls kicked uphill and into the wind first half and although out played at times created a number of decent opportunities - Pete Smith coming closest when he grazed the post with a header. Owls fell behind when poor marking at a corner allowed an attacker to nod back across goal from the far post to an unmarked team mate who converted from about 3 yards.

A deficit of one goal at half time would have been a fair reflection but a highly debatable penalty on the stroke of half time was a killer blow. The referee appeared to be the only person on the pitch who saw a 'foul' when the Ingles centre forward pushed the ball past Ian Scott and lumbered goal wards. The ball ran through to Lee Rawlings in the goal who prepared to clear when the Ref blew and gave a penalty - the attacker was still on his feet, Ian had not touched him and no Ingles player appealed for anything. Quite possibly the worst decision I have ever seen on a football pitch!

Owls came out determined to hit back but gave a soft 3rd goal away when a Simon Andrews clearance was mis kicked to an opposition player on the edge of box and he dispatched expertly into the top corner.

Worse was to follow when Mark Bell had a rush of blood and received a straight red card for a kick at a defender - no complaints on the decision this time.

Owls battled well with 10 men and had a strong penalty shout (for hand ball) turned down before Lee Brightmore turned on a sixpence and floated a shot over the keeper and into the back of the net. Was this the start of a majestic comeback?

Sadly not as Ingles restored a 3 goal cushion almost straight from the kick off and the game petered out in a scrappy conclusion.

In a nutshell - we all need to up our game if we are to compete in this division. Fitness, team spirit and will to win were lacking in this showing.

Player of the Day: Sam Patel - never stopped battling

Goals Scorers: Lee Brightmore

Braunstone Trinity Veterans 2 Oadby Owls Veterans 1 - 23rd November 2013 (League)

Owls difficult start to the season continued with a narrow defeat at Mossdale Meadows. 

With Simon Andrews absent, Pete Smith dropped back to centre half whilst Ian Betteridge returned up front. 

Braunstone started the stronger and went ahead after 5 minutes - this was a disappointing goal to concede as Owls had 3 chances to clear the ball before it ran to an unmarked striker who hit home.

As the game progressed, Owls began to assert themselves and started to play some decent football, keeping the ball on the ground and passing to feet. Simon Leavy had a couple of chances to shoot but on both occasions dragged his shot wide.

The equaliser, when it came, was a well worked move. Owls attacked down the left, were unable to cross so worked the ball back to the right. James W, overlapping from full back beat his man, played in Ian Betteridge whose cross was sweetly dispatched by Alex Bexon. At the half time whistle the score was 1 each.

Owls continued to press in the second half - Yogi Patel and Ian B were both well tackled when poised to shoot, a looping shot hit the bar and generally Owls were on top.

Disaster struck in the 70th minute when Braunstone went ahead. The Referee missed a clear hand ball in the build up but Owls again had chances to clear before a sweetly struck shot found the net.

The game became stretched in the last 10 as Owls looked for an equaliser (which would have been no more than their play deserved) and Braunstone played on the break.

In a nutshell - we need to make the most of possession and chances or we'll be collecting the wooden spoon!

Player of the Day: Pete Smith (assured at centre half) & Yogi Patel (excellent showing at left back)

Goals Scorers: Alex Bexon

Oadby Owls Veterans 1 Blaby United Veterans 2 - 2nd November 2013 (Cup)

Owls veterans entered the Veterans Cup at the second round stage with a home tie against Premier Division Blaby Utd Vets.

Owls made 3 changes from the team that was beaten in the previous game. Lee Brightmore, Mark Neale and Mark Bell came in to replace Ian Betteridge, Matt Smith and Pete Smith. Owls lined up 4-4-2 in an attempt to gain their first win of the season.

The game started in a heavy downpour and Owls conceded an early goal when a long ball over the top fell between defence and goalkeeper; the Blaby striker was alert and nipped in to slide a shot pas the onrushing Lee Rawlings.

Owls rallied well after this early setback - both Alex Bexon and Lee Brightmore had one on ones with the Blaby keeper but both shot wide when it seemed easier to score. Alex then converted a more difficult chance from around 20 yards - a slick Owls passing move gave him some space on the edge of the area and his shot was well placed in the corner of the net.

The rest of the half was fairly even and the teams went into the break level at one each.

The second half was a fairly even contest - Owls moved Mark Bell up front and he had a couple of half chances as did Alex Bexon. The defence was solid with Simon Andrews and Ian Scott a solid defensive pairing and Yogi Patel and James Watkinson patrolling the flanks. However with 10 minutes to go Blaby again broke - the initial shot was blocked by Lee in the goal but the fall fell to a Blaby striker whose shot glanced off Lee Rawlings, then Simon Andrews and landed in the path of an attacker whose shinned shot drifted in the top corner.

Owls threw everything but the kitchen sink at Blaby in the last 10 minutes but were unable to create any clearcut chances and the Ref blew for full time to end Owls cup run at the first hurdle.

Player of the Day: Yogi Patel - superb at left back

Goals Scorers: Alex Bexon

St Patricks Old Boys 3 Oadby Owls Veterans 1 - 19th October 2013 (League)

After a 3 week gap Owls Veterans returned to league action with an away game at The Emerald Centre. St Pats were a premier league team last year and had won 2 from 2 this term so Owls were in no doubt as to the size of the task that presented them.

Owls made 2 changes from the previous outing - Ian Scott returning at centre back with Ed Burbidge moving to right back and Yogi Patel coming in at left back. Nigel Mansfield & Martin Arnold were the 2 players to miss out.

St Pats started the stronger team and Owls back 4 defended stoutly to restrict the opposition to a couple of half chances. Owls first chance came with a break down the right but the cross was cleared. A far more clear cut chance fell to Pete Smith on the half hour but he shot over when well placed. Owls came into the game strongly in the last 10 minutes of the half and nil nil at half time was a fair reflection.

Owls had the benefit of the slope and a light breeze in the second half and should have gone in front when Sam Patel broke clear but the ball bobbled as he pulled the trigger and his shot sailed high.

St Pats then went ahead when an innocuous cross from the left looked certain to be caught by Lee Rawlings in the Owls goal, however Lee was not able to reach the ball in time and it fell to the right winger who coolly slotted into the open net.

Owls rallied and equalised within 5 minutes - good work down the right released Ian Betteridge whose pin point cross was headed home by Alex Bexon.

At this point, the game could have gone either way but Owls gifted a second goal to St Pats when an attempted pass out by the keeper was intercepted by an attacker who chipped the ball back over Lee and into the net.

Owls continued to press forward looking to equalise but were caught on the break twice. The first time Simon Andrews cleared a goal bound shot over the bar with his chest but 5 minutes later he was adjudged to have handled a goal bound shot and the resulting penalty was duly converted to leave the Owls with a mountain to climb.

All in all a disappointing result and Owls will have to lift their game for a second round cup match in 2 weeks time.

Player of the Day: Sam Patel

Goals Scorers: Alex Bexon

Oadby Owls Veterans 3 Park View Veterans 3 - 28th September 2013 (League)

Owls Veterans finally got their competitive season under way this Saturday. They had warmed up with no less than 5 friendlies:-

Vs Huncote - won 7 - 0

Vs Burbage Cross Keys - lost 2 - 3

Vs Braunstone Trinity - lost 3 -4

Vs Midland Co-op - won 9 -2

Vs Vikings Vandals - won 6 - 2

There were league debuts for new signings Pete Smith and Lee Brightmore whilst the rest of the team comprised members of the squad which had won back to back promotions.

The game was played on a bright sunny day - the pitch was dry and had a touch of uneven bounce. Owls were quickly out of the blocks - Lee B broke from midfield, released Alex Bexon down the right flank and his pin point cross to the far post was headed in by Matt Smith. One nil up and only sixty seconds on the clock.

Owls continued to push forward and scored a second on 10 minutes when Matt Smith sent in an inswinging corner from the Owls left which went straight into the goal over a flapping Park View keeper. 

Owls continued to have the better of the game, both Pete Smith and Martin Arnold shot wide when well placed and Owls were comfortably on top. They suffered a setback when Ian Betteridge limped off with a knock after 25 minutes to be replaced by Simon Leavy but continued to have the better of the game.

Owls went three ahead on the half hour - a Park View corner was cleared by Alex Bexon and Owls broke very quickly. Some slick passing resulted in the ball finding its way to Simon Andrews whose shot was saved by the keeper but left back Martin Arnold was on hand to dispatch the rebound into the net.

From this position Owls should have gone on to wrap up the game but they twice gave the ball away in midfield in the 5 minutes leading up to half time and Park View succesfully converted two chances to go in to the break just 1 goal behind.

Owls sent on Yogi Patel after the break to replace Martin Arnold, but Park View had gained in confidence and were the better team. It was no surprise when they equalised - a deep cross was firmly met at the far post to leave Lee Rawlings with no chance.

Owls then changed formation to 4 4 2 (previously  4 2 3 1) with Mark Neale coming on at right back. This change certainly made play more even - Owls had a couple of good chances - Ed Burbidge heading over from a corner and Alex Bexon shooting wide when well placed. In defence Ed B and Simon A kept Park View at bay with Lee Rawlings dealing comfortably with a number of corners.

The game ended with the points shared but to be honest this was a game Owls Vets should have won. 

Player of the Day: Ed Burbidge

Goals Scorers: Matt Smith 2, Martin Arnold

Leicester City Football League 






28/09/2013 14:00  Park View Vets  Home  D 3-3 
19/10/2013  14:00  St Patricks Old Boys  Away  L 3-1 
23/11/2013  14:00  Braunstone Trinity Away  L 2-1 
14/12/2013  13:30  Ingles Old Boys  Home   
18/01/2013  13:30  Markfield  Away   

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