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Humberstone Rangers 7 Oadby Owls Eagles 1 – 4th March 2012 (League)

On a day when AVB was sacked by Chelsea I kept reminding my self that once you’re a team coach at Oadby Owls you are in for the long haul and only allowed to leave once you get it right!

We had already beaten Humberstone at the mighty Judgemeadow but this away trip was never going to be easy. The weather was wet and very cold – not good footballing weather and Humberstone sitting 2nd in the table. We started with Amar as sweeper again and four across midfield leaving Karran and Will on the bench until the game had settled. Two goals from Humberstone No7 with a long pass from midfield saw us 2-0 down in 15 minutes. Time for change and William came on first for Marc pushing Musty to right back. An inspired move with Will latching onto a lose ball and chipping over the Humberstone defence for Jake to run onto and slot home. Karran replaces Sami in midfield as a more forward player and the first half finished well with some good chances. 2-1 at half time.

Then the second half!!!! Sloppy defending and missed chances reminiscent of last season see the final score 7-1. Humberstone were 2nd in the table but we should have done better than this. 2 games remaining and mid table position is in our hands.

Player of the Day: Jake – For all his running

Goals Scorers: Jake

Oadby Owls Eagles 2 Blaby Bulls 5 – 26th February 2012 (League)

Only our 2nd fixture since Early December and it had to be Blaby! Top of the table and seemingly unbeatable. We tried a new formation with Amar being used as a sweeper and 4 across midfield to try and score on the break. Some good early exchanges but Blaby caught us out on the break and went 1-0 up after 10 minutes. The new formation started to settle and Jake Woods came on to give the forward line a bit more bite and there were plenty of forays, the game much more balanced. A trademark run down the left saw Jake just shoot wide on 25 minutes that would have put us level and we should have gone in evens at the half time break. But Blaby break on 30 minutes and score their second. 2-0 half time.

Oadby Start the second half with 2 or 3 good forward moves that result in Blaby scrambling the ball out of play on each occasion. Again Blaby break and pressure our defence, now back to the standard 3 to allow more forward play and they go 3-0 up against the play with the ball hitting crossbar and post before being despatched home. From the kick off, Karran scoops a shot wide, another attack Blaby resilient at the back. Now a good corner from Jack just skims high over the bar. Another corner, this time Jake latches on and scores Oadbys 1st, 3-1. Again Blaby press forward and hit the bar, straight back to their player for a volleyed goal 4-1. Luca tries his own luck and AGAIN hits the cross bar but the re-bound falls the Blaby feet. Musty continues to push and has his shot charged down before Jake slots home his 2nd for 4-2. After some excellent work by Oadby Blaby again push forward and AGAIN hit the cross bar which landed back in their favour 5-2 the final score.

A great game of football, Blaby rode their luck, we had none of it!

Player of the Day: Musty Saqib

Goals Scorers: Jake Woods (2)

Castle Donnington 5 Oadby Owls Eagles 0 – 22nd January 2012 (League)

A return match of the first fixture of the season where we lost a close run game. Conditions were very difficult with hurricane force winds threatening to blow spectators off their feet – this was not going to be a slick passing game.

With a dearth of left footed players in the team the first half should have been in our favour with John in the centre of defence in for the absent Amar, Sami playing in front of the back four and Musty in at left back for the injured George. The first 15 minutes were evenly matched with shots on both goals well saved by each keeper or floating just wide in the strong winds. Castle Donington playing pace down the middle of the pitch, Musty was moved more central and Sami at left back to stop the forward runs. After soaking up pressure Donington broke the deadlock with a good low strike followed by a second on ½ time whistle.

Despite being 2-0 down we should have been able to pull back the goals but heavy legs, a very rusty team after a lengthy lay off and some bad luck with shots high and wide Donington scored a further 2 in the second half then a harsh penalty minutes from the end see us lose 5-0. Two difficult games coning up against top of the table teams – we need to get points.

Player of the Day: Sami – for his adaptability, tenacity and persistence despite the onslaught

Goals Scorers: N/A

Oadby Owls Eagles 3 Lutterworth Town 0 – 11th December 2011 (League)

If last weeks game was all about the midfield strength this result was thanks to our defence after the forward play stuttered.

Relatively small crowd with Karrans mum making a rare appearance after hearing about his excellent goals recently no doubt embellished a little. Lutterworth started the game with only 8 and immediately Oadby took control on a cool day with heavy pitch they were going to make life difficult playing a defensive formation with most men behind the ball leaving little space for our goal scorers. Sami Tayub started up front with Luca and Karran in the centre, Will and Jake on the wings. Defensive formation John back at centre half, Amar on the right and George on the left. Lutterworths extra man turned up 5 minutes into the game but this did not deter our forwards and after 15 minutes Sami broke through and slotted home our first. A 20 minute inspired substitution (even though I say so myself) to bring on Jack with some fresh legs up front a cross from the left with him free in front of goal to head home the 2nd – or so we thought – this would have ruffled his hair and he chose to side foot into the empty net. During this 25 minute spell goalkeeper Sam did not get a touch, not even close, the defence swept up everything in their way, with George (the wall) Woods outstanding on the left even daring to push long arching balls back into the Oadby box. With 1st half minutes ticking away Marc took up his usual right back position with John in midfield and we continued to press with Karran making excellent runs shooting for our 3rd bouncing back off the keeper and into a defender scoring a ricocheted own goal, shortly after, nearly a 4th as Jack pushed a ball out wide, turned and just cleared the right hand stanchion.

The second half started in much the same way and wondered if Sam would get bored between the sticks a further 3 goals were on the cards but Lutterworth keeper stood resolute, saving at least 3 from Karran – one point blank. Legs started to get tired and play opened up but the defence stayed firm, Sam had to collect a couple of through balls but 3-0 was the final score.

We go into the Christmas break in 4th position, a good season so far – roll on 2012.

Player of the Day: George

Goals Scorers: Sami, Jack and an own goal

Groby Juniors 9 Oadby Owls Eagles 6 – 4th December 2011 (League)

After a stunning 7-3 home victory last week, I’d heard that they always have two additional players at their home games who make all the difference, hence the afternoon kick off as they play rugby in the morning – and so it came to pass!

High on a hill in Groby with an icy cold breeze across the pitch, 2 players lost en route and we were playing to the red line markings! What red markings, oh those red markings!

We got off to a VERY bad start with these rugby players running the show for Groby, Sami had started up front after showing promise in earlier games but after bravely closing down the Groby keeper took a clearance ball in the midriff and took no further part in the first half. After a few minutes Jack pulled up with bad cramp and had to be “stretchered home” – this was not going to be our day – defensive lapses let in 5 goals in the first 25 minutes – was this going back to the dark days last season? A brighter end to the first half with Karran pressing forward scoring a neat left foot just before the whistle.

A much better 2nd half with the midfield starting to take control, Jake causing problems on the left and William on the right, Musty took up a man to man marking role and kept their rugby playing forward much quieter. Luca slotted home a neat right foot effort and Karran his second after letting in another goal at the Oadby end – 6-3, could this be the comeback? Groby responded immediately with their 7th but Oadby continued to press forward and under pressure the Groby defence scored and own goal after an excellent cross from Jake 7-4 and getting closer to a win. The forwards pressed on and William scored a sweet right foot volley into the roof of the net then a deflected shot from the edge of the area, but this wasn’t our day as we conceded a further 2 goals. 9-6 the final score. I’ve decided I don’t like afternoon kick offs!

Lutterworth next week to finish on a high before a Christmas break.

Player of the Day: William

Goals Scorers: Karran (2), Luca, William (2) and an own goal

Oadby Owls Eagles 7 Groby Juniors 3 – 27th November 2011 (League)

After the defeat at Blaby and a number of weeks off, we had to get back on track if our aim of a top 3 position is to be a reality.

As the lads arrived it was obvious they were all up for this game, typified by Luca’s cartwheel – and that was even before the referee had commenced proceedings. A shake up to the usual formation with George playing left wing and William starting in central midfield, Jake, Sami and John on the bench. A very blustery day with the sun low in the sky Karran chose to play with the wind in the first half, the first 10 minutes or so looked a little sluggish with both teams finding their feet in these difficult conditions. Nevertheless the new central midfield partnership played well keeping the ball pushed forward at every opportunity and Karran opened the scoring with a neat side foot into the corner beyond the keepers reach, confidence was growing and Sam Manley in goal had very little to do in the first half, Luca notched up a second and third in quick succession, William hit a sweet right foot saved well by the Groby keeper, then a sublime, cheeky chip over the defence by Karran for Jake to latch onto and slot home the fourth rounded off a good first half.

The 2nd half was going to be difficult against the wind and we got off to a bad start conceding an early goal but the boys were not going to let this worry them – John had moved to right back in the second half and as we won a corner found himself loitering in the opposition half, the ball broke free and came straight to his feet – without a thought launched a 30m missile, that no one was going to stop for our fifth – goal of the season, end of! Groby came back again and some poor communication in defence let them have a 2nd. Again Oadby pushed forward – this was end to end stuff – William again with a sweetly struck shot from the edge of the area well saved by the keeper, then Luca rounded off his hat-trick with a left foot looping shot over the defence into the top right corner, Groby scored a third then Jake sealed the victory with his 2nd a jinking run through most of the Groby defenders reminiscent of Ricky Villa in the 1981 cup final. 7-3 the final score and the away fixture next week.

Player of the Day: Luca Zollino – for his hat trick

Goals Scorers: Luca Zollino (3), Karran Jobanputra, John Matthews and Jake Woods (2)

Blaby Bulls 6 Oadby Owls Eagles 1 – 20th November 2011 (League)

This was never going to be the easiest of games, Blaby were flying high at the top of the table and in form beating many teams by a good margin plus we had a number of weeks without a fixture. The first half started badly conceding a goal before the shrill of the referees whistle had barely subsided, less than a minute gone and 1-0 down. Nevertheless the boys started to get into their stride and make some good runs eventually rewarded by a Jack Boulby chasing down a spilt ball by the keeper and we’re on level terms. Blaby came back strongly and we went in 3-1 down at the break although Sam Manley between the sticks kept the score respectable.

Second half – End to end stuff with a number of Oadby players shooting high and wide or saved by some excellent goal keeping, everything Blaby hit on target, Sam Manley stood up to a number of shots and saved well on a number of occasions but this was not our afternoon, 6-1 the final score although we deserved better.

Player of the Day: Sam Manley – for some excellent saves

Goals Scorers: Jack Boulby

Lutterworth Town 6 Oadby Owls Eagles 5 (aet, 4-4 at full time) – 30th October (County Cup)

Who would want to be a football manager? To the impartial observer this was a cracker but I think I aged 10 years in the process.

With us visiting Lutterworth for the 3rd time in 5 weeks this felt like a home tie and was always going to be a tight affair. Word had got out about the recent form and the crowd included international spectators (well, Wales anyway) – for a start they thought we had the wrong ball got the hang of it in the end!

Lutterworth started the brightest with 2 early goals before 15 minutes but a quick response from Jake straight from the re-start and a left foot goal lashed into the stanchion by captain Karran saw Oadby 2-2. Pressure was now being exerted on the Lutterworth goal and after a good knock forward by George and run by Jake he was brought down in the penalty area which Karran slotted away with ease – 3-2 up at the break. Were now playing up hill but the formation had changed with a bit more pace up front and a sweeper system in defence but a messy equaliser left the game 3-3 shortly after the half time break – not to worry Oadby are playing well and some good runs by all the forward players see Oadby 4-3 up with 8 minutes to go after another good Jake effort, was this going to be our 3rd with in a row? A cracking right foot goal by the Lutterworth forward looped over Sams head for a 4-4 finish at fulltime – a disappointing end as Sam had made some excellent saves during the game.

Into extra time and playing down the hill, some rested legs back on for the last 10 minutes, Karran netting his hatrick 5-4 with the last 5 minutes beckoning. Both teams turn round at the break and Oadby kept strong in defence putting 4 across the back for the last few minutes, but Lutterworth grab an equaliser – but hang on they’ve have 10 men on pitch since the break, surely the goal can’t stand, referee waves away the protest from the line. Could this go to penalties, I’m not sure my heart will stand anymore of this end-to-end game. Into the final minute and Oadby exerting all the pressure but caught on the break and concede the losing goal 20 seconds before the end – gutted! I need a lie down.

Some excellent play and seem to be scoring at will, time to concentrate on the league.

Player of the Day: Jake – some great running and deserved goals

Goals Scorers: Jake (2) and Karran (3)

Oadby Owls Eagles 5 Humberstone Rangers 0 – 23rd October (League)

I must admit despite my confidence in the last report I went into this game with some trepidation with a home game against the league leaders who have won 4 out of their 5 starts. I needn’t have worried!!!! A defensive line up with John and Sami holding central midfield and only 3 recognised forward players starting the game Jake, Luca and Jack with Amar, Musty and George in defence.

Phil “the twins dad” Woods had missed most games this season because of his own coaching commitments and was keen to see the improvements. He needn’t have worried as Jake and Luca surged forward for two excellent goals before any of the parents could settle into their routines then Jack rattling the upright – the management team had to pinch themselves in disbelief, a change after 20 minutes with Karran and Will coming on for Sami and Jack meant additional pace in midfield, Jake scoring a second and Karran with the 4th.

I know I’ll wake up in a minute – I am dreaming!

4 – 0 at half time and Sam in goal only having to scoop up a few through balls. Second half Marc came on at right back with Amar at sweeper. Humberstone came out the blocks a little quicker but the defence and Sam equal to anything they had to offer but unfortunately Marc suffered a twisted knee and only lasted 5 minutes to be replaced by Sami. Immediately a further surge forward with a good run and shot by Karran, deflecting clear for William to slot home in the bottom corner followed by a 10 pin “strike” celebration – we will have to work on these at training!! Simon Manley checks his watch and is confident of a win but shouted down by the rest of the parents not to tempt fate. As the half went on, Humberstone became more frustrated and had a few weak shots high and wide, 5 minutes before the end Simon checks his timepiece again and is now VERY confident in a win – supporters allow home this moment.

Next stop County Cup against Lutterworth AGAIN!

Player of the Day: Amar – some excellent defending

Goals Scorers: Jake, Luca (2) and Karran

Lutterworth Town 2 Oadby Owls Eagles 4 – 16th October (League)

The second fixture against Lutterworth in three weeks and a County Cup game looming – we lost 5-2 in the league cup, time for the re-match. No substitutes on the bench and Sami Tayub taking up position between the sticks in Sams absence moving from his usual midfield role.

We decided to play a sweeper when playing up the slope and with 4 across the mid field in the opposite direction. Lutterworth won the toss and decide to play up-hill, after less than a minute Karran ran through the defence and a neat touch past the keeper 1-0, was this going to be our first points? A few minutes later Luca fires a shot – a second goal within 5 minutes and some good forward play – the defence has had little to do so far. An even remainder of the first half within Lutterworth finishing slightly on top, nevertheless 2-0 up at half time we were happy.

Starting up the slope 2nd half but the team were eager to go and Amar moving back to sweeper, Lutterworth struck very early when the defence still sorting their positional play. Nevertheless good running from the midfield, Karran and Jake making the most of mistakes, with Luca and William latching onto the lose balls. Then the turning point, Lutterworth charging down the right wing, shooting on sight, Sami managed to get a hand to the ball and slow down for Amar to make a goal line clearance, confidence was high. A third goal came 15 minutes into the 2nd half with Jake slotting home a good run, then a 4th William making a good run into the box beating defenders for pace, Luca just taking the ball off his toe for 4-1. Further pressure as William running up the right wing from half way and putting an excellent ball across the goal, Jake not quite near enough to put in the back of the open net. A final few minutes consolation goal for Lutterworth sees Oadby win 4-2 for their first ever league points, at this rate a few more to come.

Humberstone Rangers next week –watch this space

Player of the Day: Sami – some excellent keeping

Goals Scorers: Jake (2), Luca, Karran and William

Lutterworth Town 5 Oadby Owls Eagles 2 – 2nd October (League Cup)

El scorchio! Who can believe 28c in October! The supporters were happy basking in the glorious autumn weather but this was not going to be easy for the players on the pitch. The referee and managers made a decision before kick off to stop the game temporarily half way through each half for the players to take on water – and it would be needed.

We decided to play uphill in the first half in what must be a 45 degree slope whilst legs were fresh, but Lutterworth started the brighter with the first 15-20 minutes all downhill and 4 balls over the top of our defence turned into goals – surely this was not going to be another rout. The first water stop was badly needed, and the boys became more composed. George made way for Amar in defence for the last 5 minutes and the interval in the shade of a large tree, taking on plenty of water and much needed rest.

Marc came on in midfield rather than his usual defensive position and at one stage he was so far up the field there was a danger of vertigo. A much more assured 2nd half with Jake scoring a quick goal and plenty of attack through corners and forward pressure. Unfortunate Lutterworth scored a 5th after 5 minutes against the run of play – despite this Oadby had all the possession and pressure in the second half going close in a number of occasions – Lutterworth camped in their half, a second goal was not too far away, Johnny latched onto a through ball and slotted the 2nd home – his first ever goal for Oadby. other goals disallowed – its not going to be our day. 5-2 the final score and Steve the Lutterworth coach admitted he was sweating through the 2nd half and not down to the sun!

At least we won the last 40 minutes 2-1!!

Player of the Day: Johnny

Goals Scorers: Jake and Johnny

Oadby Owls Eagles 3 Castle Donington 5 – 11th September (League)

After a disappointing season at U11 we were determined to get off to a good start despite a strong cross wind. We put out an attacking formation with Luca at centre forward and John starting in the mid field. The early exchanges were all in Oadbys favour with good runs from all forward players – the defence kept strong when called upon. Our first goal came 10 minutes in with Karran running from mid field, latching onto a ball from Luca and slotting home in the bottom right hand corner, another good 10 minutes pressure and Luca lobbed the keeper from the left – the wind offering an assist. 2-0 up and all the play. Luca and Jake, after some excellent work, replaced by George and Jack who continued to pepper the Donington goal, 3 or 4 chances wide or saved – we should have gone into the half time break 4-0 up but a final minute goal by Donington left us at 2-1, nevertheless we were winning.

Second half started with an immediate foray on the Donington goal, a shot by Jack tipped over. Concentration started to lapse with opposition coming forward and a messy goal-line scramble lead to their equaliser then a third. None of the decisions seemed to be going our way and with Doningtons coach on the pitch treating a player the whistle blew for a corner which lead to their 5th, a mistake by the referee.

A couple of injuries during this time meant that the team had to be shuffled but the last 15 minutes we returned to our original formation with Jack staying up front and William on the right. Sam made some excellent saves and Donington were on the back foot, their replacement keeper kept out a number of shots, a dubious off-side decision for a goal by Jake would have put us right back in the game. A late left side run and superb shot and a consolation goal by Jake left us losing 3-5. We’re scoring goals and playing good passing football at times, improved concentration will see us win games.

Player of the Day: N/A

Goals Scorers: Karran, Luca and Jake