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Oadby Owls Tawnys 0 Aylestone Park Youth 6 - 24th March 2012 (League)

Our last game of the season was going to be a tough one. We had lost at their place 5-0, so we knew they would be good, but hopefully having home advantage would give us a fighting chance. So kick off and the opening exchanges were about even. We were giving a good account of ourselves. It was important to have a good start.  Unfortunately it didn’t last long!

A suicidal pass across the face of our box was intercepted by the Aylestone striker who emphatically put the ball into the corner, giving our keeper no chance. The worst possible start and a self inflicted goal. This seemed to knock our player’s confidence, and Aylestone were on top and didn’t take long to get a second goal from a corner which was bundled in. Our backs were against the wall, and things went from bad to worse, with a further two goals being conceded, one resulting from a ball hoofed up the field after our attack broke down.

We were second to the ball and seemed intimidated by their players; hopefully we could regroup in the second half, and at least get a goal.

Half Time 0-4

A brighter start. We had nothing to lose now, and were holding the ball better. But that was one of the problems we have had all season. By holding onto the ball to long we lose momentum and against the better sides, its vital to move the ball quickly and pass and move. If we can learn to do that, we’ll vastly improve. Although we had more of the play we didn’t really create any clear cut chances. Aylestone managed to score another two, and it could have been worse, as they also hit the woodwork twice!

A much better second half from us, but a disappointing result and performance for our last game. Much work to do, but it’s really been a season of two halves. Lots to learn from and improve for next season.

Player of the Day: Rian - Good second half, tried to create and take on players

Goals Scorers: N/A

Oadby Owls Tawnys 4 Beaumont Town Panthers 0 - 17th March 2012 (League)

Second home game in a row for Tawnys, this time against Beaumont. A bumpy, wet pitch was going to be testing for the players. Kick off and we set the play for the rest of the game straightaway. Ben managed to get the ball wide and an early cross went dangerously across the box, which Eric couldn’t quite reach. More chances followed, including a shot by Ben from the edge of the box, which was tipped over the bar.

We were well on top, with our keeper a spectator- who actually didn’t even touch the ball for the first 10 minutes. The first goal came after some good work from Thomas on the right. His shot could only be parried by the keeper, but Jaipal reacted first and was quick to follow up and slot the ball home. Thomas was caught very late in the build up to the goal but fortunately we were able to take advantage anyway. The second goal was one of the best moves of the entire season. The Beaumont defenders cleared the ball only as far as Will, whos calm low pinpoint pass out to the right for Eric was sublime. Eric passed the ball to Jaipal whos shot was saved, but this time Thomas was there to follow up and score.

Half Time 2-0

Surely more goals were to come in the second half. Lewis came on for Ben and made his presence felt going forward, and indeed it was he who scored our third goal. A cross found him unmarked at the far post, and after a good first touch he was able to half volley the ball into the far corner, despite the best efforts of the Beaumont defender and keeper to keep the ball out, it had crossed the line.

The fourth goal, again was a very satisfying goal to see. Some great work from Thomas whose run beat a couple of defenders and made it to the byline and crossed for Jaipal to slot the ball home.

A very satisfying win, not only in terms of goals scored and a clean sheet, but the build up and manner of the goals. If we can play like this in our next game against a top side like Aylestone, we can be very proud of our achievements this season.

Player of the Day: Ben - Good running and almost scored with a great solo effort

Goals Scorers: Jaipal (2), Thomas and Lewis

Oadby Owls Tawnys 1 Saffron Dynamo 1 - 11th March 2012 (League)

Home game against Saffron Dynamos. Hopefully we could get a result at home. We were a little unlucky in the away game. A bright start with Rian making a run down the left and whipping in a cross, in a move straight from the kick off. We were pressing well, but were still vulnerable when Dynamo attacked especially from corners, a certain number 8 was continually being left unmarked and the ball seem to find him a number of times, luckily for us he couldn’t make any of his chances count. Alex, who was returning from injury, was having a good game at the back, tackling and using the ball well. We were also causing Dynamo problems from our own corners. Will whipped in a number of successive corners that only needed a touch, but we couldn’t convert our chances. We were also guilty of hoofing the ball instead of playing to feet. Hopefully we could make a breakthrough in the second half and show the composure lacking in the first.

Half Time 0-0

Second half and we started just like the first. Lewis and Ben were linking well on the right, and we looked more dangerous on the attack. Thomas went close from a slick move involving a Lewis cross which he took in his stride, but the shot was just wide. The best move of the game came soon after and resulted in the first goal. Again it was Ben and Lewis linking up. Lewis crossed the ball and Jaipal took it first time with a volley which the keeper got his hands to but it was adjudged to have crossed the line. Confidence was high and we were having more chances. Lewis went close with a couple of shots, one saved by the goalies legs and the other driven just wide. Dynamo were also threatening, but Will was managing to keep their strikers at bay. But Dynamo did equalise. A hopeful up and under was lofted towards the goal from the right, which we failed to deal with, and it ended up in the net. A freak goal which felt undeserved. We continued to push forward but could’nt find a way past our former keeper Liam! So it finished 1-1. Overall a disappointing result, but understandable given the number of players who got injured during the game, - who we wish a speedy recovery, as our next game is next week!

Player of the Day: Adam - Some good saves and distributed the ball well

Goals Scorers: Jaipal

Harborough Rangers 1 Oadby Owls Tawnys 2 – 26th February 2012 (League)

Away game at Harborough, our first for a while would hopefully be the start of a revival. The previous day we had taken part in an indoor 5 a side tournament, in which we had played really well, so confidence was high that we could carry that forward today.

So kick off and a strong start. We were keeping the ball and passing the ball well. We were creating space on the wings, although the final ball was lacking. But we were in for a surprise. Harborough hadn’t seen much of the ball, but having made inroads into our penalty box they unleashed a shot from the edge of the box which flew into the top corner giving our keeper no chance. Again we had dominated the play but found ourselves trailing.

We had to compose ourselves and start again, and to their credit they did. Rian intercepted a ball on the left hand side and from a defensive position went on a run beating a number of players and making to the by-line and getting in his cross, which fortunately the keeper fumbled and it ended up in the net.

Our second goal also had a touch of good fortune about it. Wills shot was adjudged to have been handballed by a Harborough defender who put his hands up to stop it hitting his face. Lewis stepped up to take and score the penalty.

Half Time 1-2.

Second half and we were hoping more goals would make this game safe and allow us to relax a little. However the game did not start well. Harborough produced a slick passing move from the kick off and the final shot luckily for us hit the post.

We continued to press but the third goal would not come. We were again guilty of holding on to the ball too long and not releasing it early. If we can learn to do that then we can make our possession pay. We were fortunate, but pleased to be back to winning ways, and what would hopefully be the springboard to the start of good run in for the end of the season.

Player of the Day: Will – Great commitment

Goals Scorers: Own Goal and Lewis (pen)

Whetstone Juniors 2 Oadby Owls Tawnys 1 – 29th January 2012 (League)

First game of the New Year was at Whetstone. A cold and frosty morning, with a hard and boggy pitch wasn’t going to suit our game, but we had beaten them well earlier in the season, so were confident of a result.

Kick off and the opening exchanges were about even. But as the game progressed, we were making more errors-missed passes, short passes, and miss-communication between players. We were struggling to establish any kind of rhythm. Lewis had a couple of half chances, but we were snatching at opportunities, rather than composing ourselves in front of goal. It was from one of our attacks that led to a breakaway goal for Whetstone. A missed kick resulted in the ball going straight to the Whetstone forward who was able to break, and despite our keeper sprinting off his line and getting a hand on the shot, he was unable to keep Whetstone shot from ending up in the back of the net.

Unfortunately worse was to come. A back pass to the keeper feel well short and was intercepted by the Whetstone striker who slotted the ball past Adam to make 2-0.

Half Time 2-0

Second half and we would have to play much better-and we did. If only we had played like this in the first half. Eric and Thomas were linking up particularly well, laying off balls to each other, and then moving quickly into space in anticipation of a return pass. Our goal had a touch of good fortune about it. Will let loose a shot from the edge of the box, that was adjudged to have struck the hand of the Whetstone defender. Jaipal stepped up to slot the ball home to make it 2-1.

We were on top now, and a second goal looked likely. One notable attack saw Lewis down the right getting a cross into Jaipal, who pulled the ball back for Eric who looked certain to score, but his hurried and scuffed shot crept agonisingly wide of the post. Lewis was particularly unlucky, not to have his goal count. He picked up the ball in the Whetstone half and unleashed a shot that was to powerful for the keeper-however the ref blew his whistle prematurely and judged that Lewis had been fouled in the build up – and awarded a free kick instead- which came to nothing.

We continued to press, but couldn’t find the equaliser. A disappointing result, but the second half performance was encouraging, and we didn’t deserve to lose. Unfortunately we paid the price for two self inflicted errors in the first half, which resulted in two Whetstone goals. A bit more composure on the ball and particularly in the box are the requirements for the next game

Player of the Day: Eric – good running, good passing and nearly scored

Goals Scorers: Jaipal (pen)

Rugby Pumas 1 Oadby Owls Tawnys 1 – 13th November 2011 (League)

Away game at Rugby, saw us with a full squad for a change. With Eric and Will on the bench for the first half. Kick off and it was clear early on that this was going to be a tough game. Rugby moved the ball well, and seemed to find time and space. We were definitely on the backfoot, and when we did attack, and then lose the ball, we struggled to get our shape back to defend.

But for all of Rugbys good play, they only created one clear cut chance. Their attacker found himself completely unmarked, and ran through on goal, rounded the keeper but delayed his shot-this was enough for Ben to get in a tackle to clear the danger. The closest we came to scoring came from a rasping shot by Lewis which crashed against the woodwork.

Half Time 0-0

Second half and Will and Eric came on, and Lewis and Rian came off. A much brighter start to the second half, we managed to get the ball wide and Eric and Will were able to work the flanks alot better than the first half. Our passing was more accurate and we seemed calmer on the ball. It was this period of play which led to the first goal. Ben had a free kick near the half way line, and decided to shoot! The shot was initially saved by the keeper, but he could’nt hold on to the ball, and Jaipal poked the ball into the net.

Rugby came back at us, but we were holding our own, and dealing with any attacks- most were long range shots- dealt with comfortably by Adam. However on one such occasion a Rugby attack resulted in confusion and a mad scramble in the box, we just couldn’t seem to clear the ball despite numerous attempts-resulting in the ball being poked over the line to make it 1-1.

We could have nicked it in the end when Lewis was sent clear and he hit a decent shot but the keeper made a good save. All in all a fair result.

Player of the Day: Alex – solid and calm at the back

Goals Scorers: Jaipal

Oadby Owls Tawnys 3 Harborough Town 1 – 6th November 2011 (League)

We’ve hit a good run of form, so we were feeling confident and looking to another good win to consolidate our top of the table position. We also finally have a goalkeeper, so a warm welcome to Adam. Kick –off, and it was an unexpected and uncharacteristic start to the game. Harborough settled quicker then us, and were bringing the game to us. We were struggling to get the ball, and when we did, couldn’t string two passes together.

Har’boro were pinning us back, and Will especially was a busy boy at the back, and it was no surprise when they took the lead, although the goal itself was fortunate, with an attempted clearance from a cross, resulting in an own goal. As the half progressed we got into the game more. The best chances falling to Eric whose shot/cross hit the post, and Lewis – who just couldn’t quite connect with a ball that fell in front of him from a corner.

Half Time 0-1

So second half got underway, and whatever was said at the half time team talk certainly worked and delivered instant results. Lewis found some space on the right hand wing, and crossed for Thomas, whos shot hit the outside of the post, and just when we thought the chance had gone, – credit to Eric who reacted first and slid in to put the ball into the net from a tight angle.

Our tails were up and we were pressurising Harboro alot more than the first half. The second goal came almost immediately. Jaipal intercepted a Harboro pass, sprinted down the right, and crossed for Thomas to shoot past the keeper. As with previous matches we were now pushing forward to try and get more goals, which meant we were taking a few risks at the back. On one particular occasion Will sprinted back to make a last ditch tackle to deny Harborough. However we were creating opportunites, with Lewis having a couple of chances, but slicing his shots wide. The Harborough keeper was struggling with his kicking, and on more than one occasion Thomas was quick to intercept any loose balls, and this led to our third goal. He intercepted a pass out to a defender and slotted the ball past the keeper despite him getting a hand to the ball.

So a game of two halves, one bad and one good, but another win and a promising debut from our new keeper.

Player of the Day: Thomas – two goals and hit the woodwork

Goals Scorers: Thomas (2) and Eric

Beaumont Panthers 0 Oadby Owls Tawnys 3 – 30th October 2011 (League)

Away game at Panthers on a soggy and muddy pitch. Kick off and a lively start with Alex having an early chance, with a shot from a tight angle, hitting the side netting. The combination of Lewis and Eric on the wings was working well, with both delivering dangerous crosses into the box for Will & Ben to try and score.

The first goal came from an Eric corner – delivered with pace into the box, which caused confusion in the Panthers box and Will got a touch to score. Although we were dominating the possession, there were instances of getting caught on the break. One such break resulted in a shot saved by Jaipal with his legs, and another shot hitting the angle of the goal. However our possession did pay off, with Lewis once again getting a great cross in for Will to score.

Half Time 2-0

Second half and Thomas comes on for Ben, and Lewis replaces Jaipal in goal. We got an early free kick on the edge of the box, which Jaipal chipped over the wall, but was turned over the bar by the Panthers keeper.

We saved the best till last. With the third goal, a great example of defence to attack and moving the ball quickly. A ball was played out of defence by Rian to Jaipal, who passed to Will, whose cross into the box was met first time by Thomas to slot it into the net. A great move getting what it deserved. We continued to press, but no further goals. A great away win to put us top of the table.

Player of the Day: Will – always looking for the ball and great energy

Goals Scorers: Will (2) and Thomas

Oadby Owls Tawnys 5 Whetstone Oaks 0 – 9th October 2011 (League)

This week sees our lads welcome Whetstone Oaks to Coombe Park and having put our last disappointing result behind us we have a real chance of putting things right today and getting back to winning ways. Again we find ourselves down to a bare seven as Jaipal is out injured due to an accident, so hopefully we will have no injuries today. So on with kick off and from the start a lovely ball is passed out to Lewis down the right wing which he dribbled in and hit a right foot thunder bolt just wide, from that point the Whetstone lads came at us and started to play and with the wind behind them they seemed to have the advantage, resulting in one or two fine shots at our goal, which were saved fantastically by today’s keeper Will – keeping the opposition out. After a few minutes the Tawnys seemed to calm it down a bit and started to play some fantastic football and it wasn’t long before they broke the deadlock, the ball was picked up in midfield by Eric, only to be passed out to Lewis on the right wing, who then ran into the Whetstone Half, and swung in a perfect cross which somehow went straight through their defence and into the bottom corner of the goal. 1 – 0 Oadby.

Whetstone then kicked off but soon lost possession again in our half and the ball again was picked up by Lewis, who hit it from nearly half way and it flew towards the Whetstone goal bouncing just before the unfortunate keeper and over his head and into the goal, 2 – 0 Oadby. From then on we seemed to control the game for most of the first half but got caught right at the end of the first half by Whetstone who ran the ball right into our penalty box, which resulted in one of our boys giving away a penalty for a bad tackle. So up steps the Whetstone Penalty taker who strikes the ball perfectly but the penalty is saved brilliantly by our stand in keeper Will, and just after that the ref blows for half time.

On with the second half and both sides came out attacking but the Tawnys seemed to keep possession and were playing some really nice football and some fantastic movement off the ball, and linking up brilliantly this resulting in the third goal, the ball was rolled out quickly by Will to Rian who then passed it into midfield to Ben and then out to Lewis who nipped it by one of their lads and pinged it into the Whetstone box only to find Eric who smashed the ball past their Keeper, great move and 3 – 0 Oadby.

Again Whetstone came at us but every time they had a shot it was saved by the brilliant Will, who then every time rolled the ball out to defenders Alex or Rian quickly so we could counter attack which resulted in the fourth goal, again the ball came from Will to Alex who switched back to Rian who then played the ball into Ben, who passed back to Rian who then drilled the ball from about 20 yards into the Whetstone net, 4 – 0 Oadby.

Again and again the Tawnys passed the ball around sweetly but sometimes seemed to lose their shape a bit as they got more hungry for goals, but shown us how good they can pass the ball and link up especially down the wings, where Lewis was on fire and was turning the Whetstone midfield inside out most of the time, the rest of the time getting clattered by a Whetstone defender as did Ben and Rian. Into the last few minutes and Lewis seemed to get more eager to get his first hatrick of the season but only to be denied two or three times by Whetstones keeper who pulled off some remarkable saves, but could not do anything about the fifth goal which came from a fine pass from Eric, who then passed to Ben who went on the attack only to be closed down and having to play the ball out to Lewis who then whipped in another fantastic cross which was then cleared half hearted by Whetsones defence and went straight to the left boot of Tom Staples who drilled the ball straight into the Whetstone net giving Tom his reward for working his socks off, 5 – 0 Oadby, then one minute later final whistle goes. Great result lads and well deserved today, all seven of you were fantastic.

Next up: Beaumont Panthers.

Player of the Day: Lewis – scored two, set two up and was a constant menace on the right

Goals Scorers: Lewis (2), Eric, Rian and Tom

Aylestone Park 5 Oadby Owls Tawnys 0 – 25th September 2011 (League)

Well 3rd league game of the season and we are on our travels away to Aylestone Park Youth who are sitting top of our division with us on the same points in second. So with a bare squad of seven with no subs and still no keeper we knew we would have a tough game against a good side, so on with the game and right from the 1st kick Aylestone came at us with all guns blazing and it wasn’t long before they got their breakthrough and their 1st goal after a poor clearance was made only to fall straight at the feet of one of their boys who hit the ball goal-bound which looked to be heading straight at another one of their boys but he let the ball run through his legs which caught an unfortunate Alex out and rolled into our net ! 1-0 Aylestone.

After that our lads seemed to start to play a bit better and started to pass the ball around with more passion and certainly looked to have woken up ! But just could not seem to pin them into their half, thus resulting in the second goal, again Aylestone came back at us with some lovely passing and great movement off the ball, which finally resulted in the ball being crossed which once again was poorly cleared into the path of one of their boys who then drilled the ball from about twenty yards out leaving poor Alex no chance at all. 2 – 0 Aylestone. Two mins later and thankfully the first half finished at 2 – 0.

On with the second half and we seemed to start the half ok with some neat ball play going out on to the wings to Thomas who did really well but unfortunately did not have the support which meant the ball coming straight back at us and before long Aylestone were 3 up. This defiantly seemed to knock the stuffing out of our boys, and it wasn’t long before the 4th goal came and then the 5th goal coming right at the end. Unfortunately today we have had a lesson in football by a very good team who we would have normally matched but today we just did not turn up.

On a positive note lets put it behind us, learn from it, and pick ourselves up and lets look forward to putting it right on the pitch in the next game.

Player of the Day: Thomas Staples – some fine footwork and he never stopped running

Goals Scorers: N/A

Oadby Owls Tawnys 3 Rugby Pumas 1 – 18th September 2011 (League)

Second game of the new season and another home game. Still no regular goal keeper, so honours were shared between Ben and Eric respectively.

So kick off, we settled well and made some promising moves into Rugby’s half, we were dominating possession, so hopefully that would translate into goals, although Ben did pull off a fantastic save from a snap shot from Rugby to keep it goalless.

An early corner from the left hand side found Alex in the box, but he shot wide. We were working the corners well, with some great deliveries into the box by Thomas and Eric respectively. It was one of these corners that led to the first goal. Eric delivered a corner to the front post, Lewis made sure he was the first to the ball with a first time shot past the keeper. Well worked and well deserved. Unfortunately the lead did not last long. A Rugby attack resulted in a lofted ball into the box, which the keeper did well to save but failed to hold onto the ball, which found its way to Rugby player who slotted the ball into the net. So all square at half time.

Half Time 1-1.

Second half, saw Will come on as a sub, Eric go into goal, and Ben on the wing. The half started in much the way as the first, with Oadby attacking and Rugby defending well. Ben with his pace gave us an extra option in attack. It was important to keep our shape and not get carried away with chasing the next goal.

The second goal came from another corner, this time the ball found Lewis at the far post, who bought down the ball and fired in to claim his and Oadby’s second, despite a suspicion of handball.

Rugby stepped up to try and equalise, but we hung on, with Lewis, Will, and Alex making some timely challenges to thwart their attacks. This meant we could play on the break, and hopefully catch Rugby short at the back. As a Rugby attack broke down, Jaipal was able to bring the ball out into the Rugby half. His pass out to the left found Thomas, who played a great pass into the path of Ben whose run into the box and shot were perfectly timed to make it 3-1, and make the game safe.

A great result and every player played their part and had a good game.

MOM – Lewis – scored two, defended well, and show good commitment- what more could you ask for!

Player of the Day: Lewis

Goals Scorers: Lewis (2) and Ben

Oadby Owls Tawnys 0 Cosby Cruisers 2 – 11th September 2011 (County Cup)

Today saw the first round of the county cup at coombe park with Cosby cruisers visiting us in horrible windy conditions that were going to be difficult for any team. So on with kick off and on with the 1st half which saw us playing against the wind with Rian in goal as we are still without a goalkeeper! As we started our boys definitely looked up for the game as they linked up some fantastic passing right from the start but as quick as we got forward the cosby defence cleared the ball which naturally with the wind came flying back into our half with cosbys forwards giving chase and leaving Will, Alex and Ben to do a lot of chasing and cleaning up to do until finally they got there breakthrough. We put the ball out resulting in a cosby corner, naturally the corner was swung in with the wind which caught us out as cosby poked the ball into our net,1-0 cosby. As we kicked off again the lads seemed to pick themselves up and just get on with it and again started to play some really nice football with fantastic movement and link play especially between Jaipal, Tom and Eric in the cosby half, but we just could not punish the cosby keeper who seemed to be at the top of his game. Again we got forward with shots from Thomas, Ben and Jaipal being palmed away by the cosby keeper.


Second half and a couple of changes saw Lewis on for Jaipal and Will go in goal giving Rian second half on pitch .An even better start seen us again with some fantastic passing and moving especially down the flanks with some great crosses from the left and the right as the lads kept pushing forward with a lot of possession and more great shots from Lewis, Ben, Thomas and Eric but again the cosby keeper came to the rescue and just as we started to dominate the game we got caught as cosby cleared the ball straight over the top of our defence resulting in the cosby forward drilling the ball past Will who could not have done anymore to stop it, 2 shots from cosby and 2 goals ! 2-0 cosby. The last few minutes saw an end to Eric’s fantastic contribution as he went off injured, making way for Jaipal to come back on. Again we had all the possession but were just not clinical enough in front of the cosby goal as again some great shots from Jaipal, Lewis, Ben, Thomas and Rian were dealt with the cosby Keeper. Again and again we pressed forward but just could not capitalise in the final quarter. At the end of the day we may have lost the match but a lot of positives can be taken from this game, as the passing and link play was very good at times.

Well done boys, lets put it behind us and focus on next week.

Player of the Day: Alex Holden

Goals Scorers: N/A

Oadby Owls Tawnys 2 Blaby Wildcats 1 – 4th September 2011 (League)

First game of the new season saw a much changed Oadby Owls Tawnys team. Alot of new players have come into the team, with only 3 of the original team left. It was going to be interesting to see how the team would gel and play in their first competitive match of the season. As yet no regular goal keeper, so honours were shared between Eric and Will respectively.

So kick off, and a promising start. Some nice interplay and movement but the final ball was lacking, however the players showed commitment, and were quick to close down the opposition.

Jaipal had an opportunity early on. Breaking down the right hand side and shooting, but the keeper made the save. Another chance also fell to Jaipal, this time on the left. A short corner to Rian, was returned to Jaipal, who feigned to cross the ball, but instead turned the defender and ran across the byline and tried to squeeze the ball between the keeper and post, but his shot smacked the post.

Half Time 0-0.

Second half, and hopefully the passing would be sharper, and played on the ground alot more. The first goal came soon after and helped settle the players. Lewis received the ball on the edge of the box, and despite having time and space infront of him, decided to shoot. The shot didn’t have much power, and looked like it was going to be easily dealt with by the keeper, but it managed to fool the keeper and the ball went through the keepers hands to make it 1-0.

This gave the players and supporters more confidence, which led to the second goal. Jaipal received the ball on the right, he cut in, beat 2 players and curled the ball with the outside of his foot to Thomas, on the left edge of the box. He took one touch to put himself infront of goal, and fired high past the Blaby keeper. With their confidence up, it seemed a question of how many. Both Lewis and Rian had chances, but we were leaving ourselves open at the back, and on a number of occasions got caught on the break. Fortunately they couldn’t capitalise on their chances. We needed to keep our shape, and players needed to provide cover if one of the defenders went forward, hopefully this will come with more experience. Blaby did put in a number of dangerous corners and Will made some decent saves. They did manage to pull one back. A clearance found a Blaby player, who lofted the ball back into the box, it found a Blaby player who calmly side volleyed the ball into the net. This led to a nervous finish, but we held on.

A pleasing start, with the players still finding their feet, and their roles within the team. Roll on next week, and our first cup game.

Player of the Day: Jaipal

Goals Scorers: Lewis and Thomas