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Manager: Martin Arnold

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Oadby Owls 6 Beaumont Town 1 - 31st March 2012 (League)

The Vet’s final league game was at Home vs Beaumont Town Vets who were sitting bottom of the table and were Owls only chance to complete a ‘double’ for the season following a 2-1 win in the away fixture. Victory would also ensure 4th place in the league in the Vet’s first season.

Owls fielded a strong squad with Sam Patel back from injury, Mark ‘the cat’ Simmons back in goal and Simon Andrews at the heart of defence alongside Ian Scott. The game was played on a bumpy pitch (due to the recent dry spell) and it is fair to say that the opening 20 minutes were scrappy with goalmouth action few and far between. Owls went ahead when Vince Harrison rose like a salmon to plant a firm header in the Beaumont net. The excellent in swinging corner was supplied by Matt Smith. Beaumont Town rallied and were quickly level at 1 – 1 when hesitancy in the Owls defence proved costly and an equaliser was conceded. Owls were determined not to let this setback deter them and were soon back in front when Mark Bell poked home from close range after Matt Smith had supplied his second assist, heading back across goal from a deep cross supplied by Mark Neale. Matt then helped himself to Owls 3rd just before half time with a well taken finish. Owls suffered 2 injuries just before half time with Malc Walker and Lee Rawlings both forced to depart, Martin Arnold & Simon Leavy proving able deputies.

The second half saw Owls dominate – there were further goals from Sam Patel (set up by a lovely through ball from Mark Bell), Simon Leavy and Ed Burbidge. The latter 2 were both set up after good work from Jason Braybrooke who had come on at half time. Late on Beaumont were gifted a penalty, they elected for their keeper to take on the duties but he shot wide from the spot and Owls were well please with the final score.

As this was the last league game of the season, we adjourned to ‘The Owl’ for a quick beer, with the consensus being that the team had improved as the season went on and that we would sign up for another season in the Vet’s League.

Player of the Day: Sam Patel - solid performance on return from injury

Goals Scorers: Vince Harrison, Mark Bell, Matt Smith, Sam Patel, Simon Leavey and Ed Burbidge

Arriva Old Boys 2 Oadby Owls 5 – 25th February 2012 (League)

After a 3 week gap. Owls Vets returned to league action with an away game against Arriva Old Boys.Owls started brightly and dominated the first 20 minutes – they took the lead when Simon Leavy drilled a shot into the corner of the net from 18 yards; the Arriva keeper got a hand to the ball but the shot was too well struck. Arriva steadily got back into the game and after a number of half chances were awarded a penalty when Ian Scott was harshly adjudged to have brought down the Arriva striker. The Owls keeper saved the spot kick but the rebound fell kindly and the scores were level after half an hour. Owls rallied and just before half time, Mark Bell scored in the corner after good work by Matt Smith.With a small squad, Owls made no substitutions at half time and came out strongly. Firstly Matt Smith opened his account for the club with a header at the far post following an excellent cross from Mark Neale and then Vince Harrison scored from the corner of the 18 yard box with a cross/shot the Arriva keeper made a bit of a horlicks of!Owls continued to press, playing good football, and Matt Smith netted his second header of the game after good work by Mark Bell. At 5 – 1 up with 20 minutes left Owls were in the strongest position they have been this season and determined not to let the lead slip.Injuries to Ed Burbidge and Matt Smith disrupted Owls rhythm but they kept it tight at the back with Martin Arnold clearing off the line with 10 minutes to go. Arriva scored a second in the dying seconds but the fat lady was already warming up her vovcal chords by that time!This was Owls best victory of the season and we will need to continue this form in a fortnight when we entertain bottom of the table Beaumont Town Vets at Coombe Park.

Man of the Match: Team award – Great effort from all concerned.

Goals Scorers: Simon Leavy, Mark Bell, Matt Smith (2) and Vince Harrison

Leicester Academicals 5 Oadby Owls 1 – 28th January 2012 (League)

Owls Vets lost narrowly to Leicester Ac's at home and were keen for revenge in the away fixture.However, the Accies, with ex Leicester City midfielder Sam McMahon puling the strings and scoring a hat trick were too good for a depleted Owls Vets. The Ac's dominated the first half and took the lead after around 20 minutes. Owls equalised 5 minutes before half time with Ed Burbidge bravely heading in a cross from the right, but straight after the ball was given away cheaply in midfield, LA broke quickly and Owls went into the break 2 – 1 down.Owls battled strongly in the second half to no avail and as legs began to tire they conceded goals at regular intervals to finish the game on the wrong end of a 5 – 1 scoreline.

Man of the Match: Simon Andrews – Magnificent

Goals Scorers: Ed Burbidge

Oadby Owls 2 St Patricks 3 – 14th January 2012 (League)

Owls Vets started back after a midweek break with a home game against St Pats old boys. The away game was a hard fought 1 – 1 draw in September and Owls were keen for a win. On a cold bright day Owls started strongly and Jason Braybrooke got on the end of a free kick and placed the ball in the net but was deemed offside. Shortly after he guided a header through the keeper's legs to open the scoring.St Pats equalised direct from a free kick. The award of the free kick was contentious – Ian Scott penalised for hand ball when the ball hit his leg; the free kick was firmly struck and Mark Simmons in the Owls goal was beaten for 1 all..Owls were quickly back in front – Mark Bell scored a FIFTY YARD BELTER after a poor kick from the St Pats keeper – surely a candidate for goal of the season…… The game was tight after the break and St Pats equalised following a scramble in the area although there was a clear hand ball which the referee missed.St Pats went ahead on the hour mark – Mark Simmons just failing to keep out a low shot to the corner. Owls battled hard for an equaliser with Simon Leavy shooting just past the post, and St Pats held on for the 3 points.

Man of the Match: Ian Scott – a colossus in defence

Goals Scorers: Jason Braybrooke and Mark Bell

FC Khalsa 2 Oadby Owls 2 – 10th December 2011 (League)

Owls Vets were back in league action with a trip to league leaders FC Khalsa. Khalsa had won 3 – 2 at Coombe park in September and Owls were keen for revenge.On a cold bright day Owls started strongly and forced a succession of corners but were unable to convert pressure into goals – the nearest we came was a Lee Rawlings volley which cannoned off the bar. Khalsa went ahead direct from a free kick. The award of the free kick was contentious – Phin Fraser penalised when going up for a header; the free kick was firmly struck and Mark Simmons in the Owls goal was looking directly into the sun and could not pick up the flight of the ball until it whistled past him. Owls equalised straight away – Jason Braybrooke being fouled in the area and Vince Harrison slotting the penalty confidently home. The score remained 1 – 1 until half time.The game was tight after the break and Khalsa regained the lead when a cross from the right was headed home. Owls continued to work hard, looking to play a passing game and got their reward when Jason Braybrooke beat his man in the area and shot across the keeper into the far corner of the net.Both sides had chances to clinch all 3 points but the draw was a fair result.

Man of the Match: Jason Braybrooke

Goals Scorers: Vince Harrison (pen) and Jason Braybrooke

St Andrews 5 Oadby Owls 0 – 3rd December 2011 (Veterans Cup)

Owls Vets were back on the cup trail with a 3rd round visit to St Andrews Vets – 4 divisions higher and acknowledged as one of the leading Veterans teams in the county.Owls opted for a 4-5-1 formation and started steadily restricting St Andrews to half chances for the first 20 minutes and nearly taking the lead when Paul Holmes had a shot turned behind for a corner by a diving 'keeper in the St Andrews goal.St Andrews went ahead around the 25 minute mark when a cross form the right was met cleanly from 10 years out – the Owls keeper having no chance. St Andrews widened their lead just before the half time whistle when the offside trap was broken and another cross from the right was expertly despatched just inside the near post.Owls came out strongly for the Second Half and had 2 good chances to score, Paul Holmes shooting wide when clear through and Simon Andrews hitting the post when well placed.St Andrews continued to play an attractive passing game, working Owls hard and the exertions began to tell with 3 goals coming in the last 20 minutes or so – this put a gloss on the score line which flattered St Andrews.Overall, Owls worked hard for no reward and will look forward to a return to league action next week with a must win game away at FC Khalsa

Man of the Match: Sam Patel

Goals Scorers: N/A

Beaumont Town Vets 1 Oadby Owls 2 – 19th November 2011 (League)

Owls Vets gained their WIN of the new season with a deserved two one victory away at Beaumont Town Vets. After the drubbing last time out, the team was reshuffled. Ian Scott moving up front, Andy Ribbins coming at Centre Back and Paul Holmes and Martin Arnold coming into a new look midfield.The first half was fairly even, with Beaumont taking the lead from a corner when poor marking allowed a free header from 6 yards out, which was placed in the top corner to leave Mark Simmons with no chance. Owls had a good chance when Matt Smith went on a mazy run, exchanged passes with Ian Scott but ran out of steam as he shaped to shoot, the ball running softly through to the keeper.Owls equalised when Jason Braybrooke made the most of a half chance, turning swiftly and despatching his shot across the keeper into the far corner. Three substitutions gave Owls a better shape in the second half and they took the lead when Simon Andrews 30 yard free kick was fumbled over the line by the Beaumont net minder.Owls dominated the second half but could not turn possession into goals. However, they defended stoutly to earn their first win.Next up, St Andrews in the Cup – they will be shaking in their boots at this result!!

Man of the Match: Jason Braybrooke

Goals Scorers: Jason Braybrooke and Simon Andrews

Oadby Owls 2 Arriva Old Boys 6 – 5th November 2011 (Veterans Cup)

Owls Vets returned to league action with a home game against Arriva Old Boys. Owls started brightly and dominated the first 20 minutes but failed to convert pressure into goals. Arriva opened the scoring courtesy of an OG following a rapid breakaway. Worse was to follow on the stroke of half time when Owls failed to clear an Arriva corner and the loose ball was smashed into the net – we were 2 – 0 down at half time.In the second half Owls pushed forward in the search of a goal to get them back in the game and this duly arrived when Jason Braybrooke converted a penalty. However, Arriva continued to play on the break and soon netted twice mote to go 4 – 1 up.Owls had a succession of corners and Phin Fraser rose highest to give owls hope at 2 – 4. This was soon snuffed out when Arriva struck twice in quick succession to run out 6 – 2 winners.This was Owls heaviest defeat of the season and we will need to bounce back in a fortnight when we travel to Beaumont Town Vets.

Man of the Match: ?

Goals Scorers: Jason Braybrooke and Phin Fraser

Oadby Owls 1 Blaby United Vets 1 (Oadby won 7-6 on penalties) – 29th October 2011 (County Cup)

Owls Vets made their debut in the Veterans Cup in the second round, having had a bye in Round 1. The opposition at Coombe Park was Blaby United Veterans, 3 divisions higher. On an autumnal afternoon, Owls changed formation and played 4-5-1 with Ian Scott deputising in goal for the injured Martin Arnold. The opening exchanges were fairly even with Owls competing hard for every ball. Blaby had the first real chance, the striker heading over with the goal beckoning.Owls started to play more on the front foot as the game progressed and Jason Braybrooke was unlucky to hit the post from a free header on the far post. The score was nil-nil at the break.In the second half Owls started to dominate, playing downhill and with the advantage of the wind, but were unable to turn pressure into goals, the best chances coming from the excellent inswinging corners of Paul Holmes.Disaster struck when Owls were caught ball watching in midfield and Blaby broke clear down the right. An excellent cross was headed back across the goalkeeper into the net and Owls found themselves one down. The formation was changed to a more conventional 4-4-2 and this paid dividends when Jason Braybrooke broke down the right, cut inside and finished emphatically across the keeper. After 80 minutes the game was deadlocked at 1 all and it was straight into penalties, no extra time being permitted under the rules of the competition.Ian Scott made an excellent save from Blaby's 3rd penalty but this was balanced by Paul Holmes effort blazing over the bar; the score was 4 each after the compulsory 5 penalties each.In sudden death, Phin Fraser and Sam Patel kept their nerve and scored, as did their Blaby opposite numbers. Blaby missed their 8th attempt and player/manager Martin Arnold stepped up to dispatch the ball into the corner of the net to grab victory.An excellent performance from the team – Wembley* here we come!!!!!* or Holmes Park

Man of the Match: Simon Andrews

Goals Scorers: Michael Parkinson

Oadby Owls 1 Leicester Academicals 2 – 15th October 2011 (Friendly)

Owls Vets suffered a disappointing home defeat to Leicester Academicals, going down 1 – 2 at Coombe Park. On a bright sunny afternoon, Owls started brightly and went one nil up after 10 minutes when Michael Parkinson put the fnishing touches to a sweeping move down the Owls rightLeicester Acs started to settle and pressed forward only to be denied by brave goalkeeping – the Owls Number One only able to continue after the application of the magic sponge. Phin Fraser then headed off the Owls line from an in swinging corner. As half time loomed, it looked as though the Owls would take their advantage into the break but hesitant defending allowed the striker to fire a shot off which deflected into the top corner.In the second half owls dominated long periods of play but were unable to convert possession into goals – both Jason Braybrooke and Sam Patel failing to score when well placed. Disaster struck when Leicester Acs scored from close range – although there was a suspicion of a foul on Ian Scott in the build up.Owls poured forward in search of the equalizer and had two penalty shouts when Jason Bryabrooke appeared to be fouled but the Ref was not interested.In a nutshell – 3 points lost.

Man of the Match: Simon Andrews

Goals Scorers: Michael Parkinson

Oadby Owls 2 Birstall Vets 4 – 8th October 2011 (Friendly)

With a 3 week gap between fixtures, Owls Vets took on Birstall Vets in a friendly. Owls started badly with Keeper/Manager Martin Arnold beaten at his near post after slack defending gave the ball away on the edge of the Penalty Area.Owls hit back quickly, Paul Holmes notching his second of the season with a good finish across the keeper after equally slack defending by Birstall. The scoreline of 1 – 1 soon became 1 – 2 as the keeper was again beaten at his near post, this time from a sweetly struck shot from the Birstall striker. The rest of the half was fairly even with the Owls starting to string some decent passing moves together.The second half started brightly with triallist Alex Bexon looking sharp on the right before being forced off with injury. Owls went further behind when a good move down the Birstall left was finished off with a pinpoint cross leaving a tap in for the striker. Owls pushed forward in search of a goal and Matt Smith just failed to get his head to a cross from the right with the goal beckoning. The Owls defence was looking more solid and the keeper made some good saves before being beaten by a viciously dipping shot which dropped just under the crossbar.Owls scored a second through Vince Harrison and nearly added a third when Michael Parkinson rattled the crossbar only for the ball to bounce on the goal line and out to safety – a Russian linesman would have flagged it in!!Back to league action next week with a home fixture vs Leicester Academicals.

Man of the Match: Vince Harrison

Goals Scorers: Paul Holmes and Vince Harrison

St Patricks 1 Oadby Owls 1 – 25th September 2011 (League)

Owls Vets gained their first points of the new season with a deserved one all draw at St Patricks Old Boys.With a depleted squad after a couple of late withdrawals and Matt Smith on debut, Owls started slowly, but the new central defensive pairing of Ian Scott and Simon Andrews formed a formidable barrier. Owls had the ball in the net mid way through the half but were denied by what can only be described as a very dubious off side decision.Ed Burbdige, also on debut, came on at half time and soon made his mark, opening the scoring on the hour mark. The goal came from a corner which caused panic in the St Pats defence and Burbidge scored confidently in the corner.St Pats had a couple of chances but these were successfully dealt with by Martin Arnold in the Owls goal.With the clock ticking down and a victory in sight, St Pats were awarded a penalty when Jason Braybrooke was harshly adjudged to have fouled an attacker in the area. The penalty was expertly dispatched, the taker sending Owls keeper the wrong way.Overall a good performance and the Vets will be looking for all 3 points when they take on Leicester Academicals vets at Coombe Park in 3 weeks time.

Man of the Match: Jason Braybrooke

Goals Scorers: Ed Burbidge

Oadby Owls 2 FC Khalsa 3 – 10th September 2011 (League)

Owls Vets suffered a defeat on debut in the Leicester City Football League. The defeat can be put down to a stuttering first half performance which led to them being 2 – 0 down at half time. Khalsa's first came after a poor goalkeeping error by player/manager Martin Arnold, whilst the second was down to poor marking at a corner, the Khalsa attacker being unmarked when heading home.Owls started the second half in more determined fashion, and began to impress themselves on Khalsa with some fluid passing play. They were rewarded with 2 goals in quick succession from Michael Parkinson and Jason Braybrooke.Khalsa went back into the lead after the ball fell to the striker 6 yards out after a goalmouth scramble. The chance was expertly despatched into the corner of the Owls net.Owls came back strongly and had the ball in the Khalsa net but the referee blew for a foul on the Goalkeeper.Whilst the result was disappointing, there were good performance across the team which bode well for the future as the team starts to gel and fitness levels improve.

Man of the Match: Vince Harrison

Goals Scorers: Jason Braybrooke and Michael Parkinson





Play Against


13/08/2011 14:00 Harorough Town Vets Away
10/09/2011 14:00 FC Khalsa Vets Home
24/09/2011 14:00 St Patricks Old Boys Away
15/10/2011 14:00 Leicester Academicals Home
05/11/2011 14:00 Arriva Old Boys Home
19/11/2011 14:00 Beaumont Town Vets Away
10/12/2011 14:00 FC Khalsa Vets Home
14/01/2012 14:00 St Patricks Old Boys Home
28/01/2012 14:00 Leicester Academicals Away
25/02/2012 14:00 Arriva Old Boys Away
10/03/2012 14:00 Beaumont Town Vets Home

Team Notices

Training will commence on Wednesday 3rd August between 7pm and 8pm. Venue to be advised.