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Oadby Owls Tawnys 7 Harborough Town 1 - 9th May 2012 (League)

League champions Oadby finihed off the season with a convincing victory againt a struggling Harborough team who were one player short.

Although this was not a vintage performance Oadby dominated throughout and in truth were it not for some splendid saves from the visitor's keeper the score would have been well into double figures.

The deadlock was broken when our captain Oscar drove home and Liam doubled the lead when he neatly finished off a good Oadby move.

Further goals followed in the second half from Oshi, Liam, Kieran, Aadam and Cameron, with Harborough grabbing a consolation goal in between.

Well, what a season it's been and i always think it's important to stop, relax and review. So let's ne honest we have had a tremendous run in the league dropping only 5 points and winning the title by some margin, we have reached the semi final of the cup, we had a pizza party and The FA didn't manage to prize away our beloved manager Dr John Hall.

We have also attacted a super new flagman in the form of Steve 'The Flag' Jones and have significantly improved the coaching staff having made a very astute acqusition.

The fun hasn't finished - we have the club awards on Saturday and then a tournament on Sunday. After that we have the pilgramage to Holmes Park to collect the silverwear and after that we are off to the Horse and Trumpet for an afternoon/evening of skittles and traditional Englaish fayre.

Before I became invoved in the intitution that is the Oadby Owls Tawnys under 12's I was a virtual recluse - Not any more!      

Player of the Day: Rohan (for the Red boots)

Goals Scorers: Liam (2), Oshi, Oscar, Cameron, Kieran, Aadam

Oadby Owls Tawnys 1 Whitwick Juniors 1 - 3rd May 2012 (League)

Tawnys secure Hall for another season as FA opt for 'yes man' Hodson

History repeated itself this week when the FA over looked the publics favourite, John Hall in favour of WBA's Roy Hodson. Similarities can be dawn between this and the non appointment of Brian Clough back in the 1970's. Clough was winning trophies! Hall has won the league with games to spare and led his team to a narrow 0 - 8 defeat in the cup semi final, Hodson's WBA finished in the bottom half of the league and got no where in the under 12's Leicester Foxes Cup competition - what do the FA base their decisions on! 

On to the match, Tawnys were mainly in control of the first half and deservedly went ahead after Oshi went on a mazy run down the right, cut in and lashed home. Hall showed his genious by subbing Oshi as he trotted back to kick off - a strange decision indeed, but we have learnt to never question our charasmatic manaager (who was wearing shades - possibly fearing a strong turnout by the press) 

Oscar was unlucky not to add a second when he struck a fierce volley from the edge of the area which stung the keepers hands.

Half time saw us 1 goal to the good.

The second half was more even and Whitwick played some good football without really troubling the Cat. Whitwick are indeed an attractive side and I had a genuinly nice chat with their coach who said he was pleased with their season, he was a very pleasant chap with a very good attitude, I was very impresed, well done to you!

Both sides sought that elusive winning goal but in the end it was not be and the draw was not an unfair result.

When the ref blew it was warm handshakes all round and I said goodbye to their coach and we hook hands firmly - hopefully we may meet again next season.

The boys now only have two matches to go, home against Harborough and away against the Dad's (bring it on......we're ready for you!) Remember Dad's we must not reort to cheating unless we have to.

Player of the Day: Aaron

Goals Scorers: Oshi

Oadby Ows Tawnys 0 Rothley Imps 8 - 23rd April 2012 (League Cup)

Tawnys Edged Out In Semi Final, Knock Knock....Who's There? Dr... Dr Who? No.. Dr Hall!!

The boys today played in front of the biggest crowd of their young careers at Aylestone Park.

After a fantastic season, the team ably led by Dr Hall (see later) found this match a step too far. The opposition, Rothley, play in the top division and are full time all having given up school last year. Being able to train every morning followed by a few hours in the bookies made a real difference and the Imps scored two early goals which was a shock to our boys. Having said that young Cullen was unlucky when he got on the end of a long ball and was only thawted by a last ditch tackle.

During that first half the the lads were faced with a gale force wind and torrential rain/hail that was blowing directly in their faces and when the half time whistle went we were 4 - 0 down.

Unfortunately in the second half the weather cleared up and we were therefore denied the undoubted advantage that Rothley had enjoyed in first half. Rothley scored their 5th straight after the re-start. At that point the lads could have collapsed but i think everybody (both the Oadby and Rothley support) were impressed by the character and attitude shown. Rather than cave in they upped the effort and despite conceding 3 further goals the last 20 minutes or so was fiercly competitive and Rothley certainly knew they had been in a game. Special mention should go to Oscar, Dan, Cam and Oshi who really got stuck in and lifted their games for that 2nd half, well done to Aaron who played well when he came on.

It's been a brilliant season and I could not have done it without the help of Dr Hall, the players and supporters.

The lads now have 2 league games to play and although we want to win both they can relax in the knowledge that they already have the title in the bag and can therefore bask in deserved glory.

After these games they have the rather more daunting task of the dads v lads match and we have a couple of new signings in Steve 'The Flag' Jones and Cam's dad who looks as though he has a bit of talent to bring to the party. However don't worry boys as both Grandpa Cullen (aged 70) and Mick 'Builders Boots' Cullen (55 and a half) are both in the squad. We also will have Dr "I once played against Steve Perryman you know" Hall making possibly his last appearance if the FA get their way (after all Harry's crashing and burning).

Earlier in this report I refered to John as Dr and said "see later" well it's later! After the match John Hall allowed a few of us to join him in his back street boozer where we gained an insight into the 'real' John Hall.

In attendance was Gary Ireland (Assistant to the Assitant Manager), Paula Hargrave (girlfriend of the Assistant to the Assistant Manager), Steve 'flagman' Jones, Michelle 'woman' Cullen, Mick Cullen (spouse of Michelle) and Grandpa Cullen (dad of Michelle 'Woman' Cullen and father-in-law of Mick Cullen).

What did we learn, well:

1. He was a good footballer in his day and if someone needed kicking he kicked them and if they didn't need kicking he kicked them..basically he kicked them.

2. He played with (no..I mean against) Steve Perryman

3. He is a closet ballroom dancer (aka Len Goodman).

4. He is a Dr of biology

If you're reading this Dr you may feel betrayed. However in time you will look back and see that I have in fact done you a favour because if the FA do come calling and you take on the 'big one' you will not be able to breathe without the press pouncing. Therefore today will harden you up to the potential risks of talking to reporters, remeber we are never off duty and are always looking for a story/ scandle (by the way who is your dancing partner...lets just hope its Mrs H!?)

Please note I have had your phone tapped fot the last 3 months...............buy next weeks edition!

Goals Scorers: N/A

Player of the Day: Dan Boydon

Oadby Owls Tawnys 6 Stoneygate Lions 0 - 10th April 2012 (League)

Tawnys take huge step to Title glory!

The Tawnys all but won the league today with 2 games remaining. Only Whitwick can draw level and that is only if we lose our final 2 games and they win both of theirs, even then our goal difference is far superior - therefore, to put it in a nutshell, we are the champions.....well done lads, what a great season.

Today's victory was secured via a hatrick from Liam 'Jonesy' Jones plus singles from 'Dave' Cameron, Kieran 'The Pocket Rocket' and Oscar 'Wilde'.

This report is deliberately short as it's my debut on the new reporting system and I fear it will be rejected on a technicality - if this is the case I would then have to write it again and I'm a busy man who writes these reports on a voluntary basis and with no absolutely no financial gain.

Over and out!

Player of the Day: Liam Jones

Goals Scorers: Liam (3), Oscar, Kieran, Cameron  

Oadby Owls Tawnys 5 Countesthorpe Athletic 1 - 25th March 2012 (League Cup)

FA considering swoop for manager Hall as he guides Tawnys into semi finals

 

With Harry Rednapp refusing to commit to his country, rumours are now spreading like wildfire that the FA are taking a close look at 'up and coming' manager John Hall who today continued to demonstrate his credentials as his young charges ruthlessly despatched Countesthorpe in this pulsating cup quarter final.

 

Oadby took command from the start against opponents who play in the division above. The lead was taken through a 'goal of the season contender' from Oscar. It was then doubled when Oshi expertley flicked in at the near post after a swift breakaway move that allowed Kieran to cross from the right.

 

Just before half time, Hall did his chances of the England call up no harm when he displayed his tactical accumen by bringing on 'Rocket' Rohan who within minutes calmly flicked home after bursting through after a defensive error.

 

The 'suits' at the FA can't have failed to notice the timing of this change.

 

Although Oadby were largely in control Countesthorpe did create some chances and can count themselves unlucky when a blistering drive rattled our woodwork.

 

Aaron came on in the second half and put in a good performance on the left handside of midfield.

 

Oadby extended their lead after Oshi went on one of his typically powerful and determined runs which eventually resulted in him crossing to Kieran who tapped home at the back post.

 

Aadam drilled home the 5th from the edge of the penalty area after picking up a clearance from a corner, the goal was well deserved as Aadam is playing some really good football at the moment.

 

The Tawnys perhaps took their foot off the gas and after few near misses Countesthorpe eventually got a deserved consolation goal.

 

In addition to having the semi final to look forward to, the Tawnys also sit 2 points off  the top of the league with 3 games in hand and if they can achieve a good win against Stoneygate next week then they should all but seal the title.

 

Let's hope that if the FA do come calling that the Oadby board stands firm as I'm sure that Hall would insist on taking his management team of Boydon, David (Assistant Manager), Ireland, Gary (Assistant Assistant Manager), Jones, Steve (flagman) and Cullen, Mrs Michelle (woman duties) with him.

Whilst the compensation package would undoubtedly be attractive, it would be a major task to pull together such a talented management team and I feel that the Oadby board would be forced to look to the continent.

Player of the Day: Oscar

Goals Scorers: Oscar, Oshi, Rohan, Kieran and Aadam

Asfordby Amateurs 2 Oadby Owls Tawny 9 - 18th March 2012 (League)

Goal Fest!

I was unable to attend due to a prior commitment at Stamford Bridge along with another 6499 LCFC supporters, including the champagne quoffing Boydons who travelled first class - get you!

I am always nervous reporting on events that I have not witnessed first hand, especially as we now live in a culture where litigation is rife and I am mindful that any inaccuracies could be misinterpreted, by either player or relative, as libelous.

Believe you me I have no desire to find myself in a costly and long drawn out litigation battle, so therefore this report consists purely of fact and not opinion.

We won 9-2

Player of the Day: Oscar

Goals Scorers: Oscar (3), Kieran (2), Rowan, Cameron, Liam and an own goal

Oadby Owls 6 Harborough Town '94 2 - 11th March 2012 (League Cup)

Tawnys advance into last 8 of League Cup

 

Today's match took place under glorious blue skies without a cloud in sight, a world away from last week's rain lashed conditions. In all honesty we were not at our best in the first half and can count ourselves somewhat lucky to have been 3 - 1 up at the break, personally I think we were guilty of a little bit of over complacency.

 

Our defence came under far too much pressure and if it was not for resolute defending from the backline we could easily have been behind at the break. Tyler made some good interceptions and calmly played good simple passes into the midfielders, Els also made a number of good interceptions.

 

We took the lead through our leading scorer Kieran 'The Pocket Rocket' Cullen who finished smartly when put through against the run of play. Unfortunately this lead didn't last long and we were punished when some slack defending allowed Harborough to level . We regained the advantage when Cullen bagged his 2nd, smashing into the roof of the net after a superb run and cross from Dan 'The Man' Boydon. Just before half-time Oshi scored our third, thumping home after one of his trade mark maurauding runs which saw him power his way down the right flank brushing aside a number of Harborough challenges.

 

At half time Manager Hall rightly demanded more effort from his young troops and pleasingly he got the required response.

 

In the 2nd half the performance level upped substantially and we really could (and should) have scored at least 10. Oscar and Cameron dominated the midfield and Dan pushed on down the right flank. In addition to the goals from Cameron and two more from Oshi (completing his hat trick), Rohan hit the post and we were also denied countless others through a combination of near misses, poor finishing and good saves.

 

In the quarter final we will play Countesthorpe Athletic who put out Whitwick 5 -0, they play in division 2 so we are going to have to be at our best if we are to progress into the semi finals. However, there is no doubt we are capable of winning if we play to our potential

 

Fashion Alert - Who says linemen lack charisma?!

 

For years linesmen (or assistant referees as they are now called) have suffered from a reputation of being boring and dour! Not any more, today that all changed and a new era was born, enter Michael Cullen................................

 

The hot weather saw Michael unleash a rather natty 'sports casual look' that was all the rave in the 1970's.

Today's number consisted of 'ankle to thigh length' mustard coloured builders' boots (not dissimilar to those worn by that guy in the iconic 1970's mega pop group, The Village People), smart/casual jeans (tucked into said mustard coloured boots), a lime green 'Val Doonican' style cardigan (open to the upper navel), finished off with black shades (aka Miami Vice). Added to this his flag was also an equally offensive shade of lime green which complimented the Val Doonican number. When young Cullen came off little wonder he opted to stand the opposite side of the pitch with his mum! 

Player of the Day: Tyler

Goals Scorers: Oshi (3), Kieran (2) and Cameron

Blaby Bulls 1 Oadby Owls Tawnys 2 – 4th March 2012 (League Cup)

You aint going to get a tan in Blaby!

Have you ever wondered why you never see Blaby in those holiday brochures?I had………But not now! Blaby is without doubt an attractive Leicestershire village offering a quaint shopping centre which boasts a range of interesting shops and pleasant eateries. It borders beautiful English countryside yet is only 3 miles from the vibrant warm friendly city of Leicester and it’s only 100 miles from the nearest beach.

Despite all of these super features it’s suffers from an appalling climate….. No wonder that ‘Chalmers bird’ gives it a wide birth!

Turning to the football, this was a match we were due to play a few weeks back but whilst the rest of the resort of Leicestershire was baking in glorious winter sunshine the match was postponed due to artic like conditions that Blaby was experiencing.

Today the rescheduled match was played in a monsoon – when I got home I peeled off my jeans and my legs were dyed blue.

Despite aforementioned conditions the Tawnys came through this potential banana skin against high flying Bulls who are top of the league below ours & they were clearly up for pulling off a giant killing act.

With Oshi missing manager Hall opted to ‘shuffle the pack’ bringing in Aaron who played on the right hand side of the midfield with Cameron joining Oscar in the centre.

Rohan was a potential starter but forgot to bring his shin pads, he therefore had to travel back to the warmer climate that is offered by Blaby’s neighbouring resort Oadby – this round trip, including transfers, meant he wasn’t available until half time.

Anyway Oadby went in to the break sopping wet but one goal to the good thanks to a neat header from Oscar after a whipped in corner from Cameron – Going back through my mental archives I believe this is the first time we have scored a header – If I’m wrong I am happy to stand corrected – please drop a note to the writer c/o Rob Farrar.

Rohan (and his pads) entered the fray after the break.

Midway through the 2nd half the Tawnys doubled their lead when the hard working Cameran drove through the heart of the defence and coolly side footed into the right hand corner of the net.

That should have put the game to bed but Blaby then pulled one back which led to a nervy final 10 minutes or so for both sets of supporters (not because we were bothered about the result but because a draw would have meant extra time and penalties – potentially another 20 minutes longer in this rain lashed resort)

Fortunately the ref blew and the boys secured their place in the last 16 against Harborough – I believe this match is scheduled for next week. Although i’m not sure if it is at home, away or at a neutral venue – I don’t really mind as long as it’s not at Blaby.

Player of the Day: Cameron

Goals Scorers: Oscar and Cameron

Oadby Owls Tawnys 3 Meridian Reds 2 – 19th February 2012 (League)

HUGE WIN AS TAWNYS CLOSE IN ON THE TITLE!

Today saw 2nd placed Tawnys take on table topping Meridian Reds in the biggest match of the season.

A Meridian win would have piled on the pressure whilst a home win would put the Tawnys in the driving seat given their 3 games in hand.

As expected Meridian gave everything and went all out for the win and took the lead midway through the first half.

However right from the restart Oadby stormed forward and equalised through a stinging first time drive from Cameron.

The game ebbed and flowed with very little in it but Meridian snatched a second and went in to the break 2-1 up.

Manager Hall utilised his 80 years experience in the game and switched Dan back into the defence and put Oshi (fantastic hairstyle mate!) back into midfield alongide Oscar.

The boys realised that the next 30 minutes were going to be crucial and everyone gave 100% and came good.

Special mention must go to Dan, Oscar, Oshi and Cameron who were really strong in the tackle and stamped their authority.

Els did very well against Meridian’s lively centre forward who has scored 58 goals this season – Els advised me that he didn’t get one today!

Tyler was quietly efficient and his intelligent distribution was particularly impressive. Aadam also made a good contribution in left midfield.

The Tawnys pushed on and their efforts were eventually rewarded when Cameron hammered home his second of the day to equalize .

That goal really lifted the Tawnys who sensed that the win was within their grasp and with 10 or so minutes remaining our leading scorer, Kieran capitalised on a slip by their keeper and kept his head to slot the winner from a tight angle.

The full time whilstle blew and joyous scenes followed including a celebratory pitch invasion by the Tawny’s fans (well I went on anyway!)

What does this result mean in terms of the League?

Meridian remain top on 35 points with 1 game left to play whilst the Tawnys are 2nd on 32 points with 4 games left. It’s also worth pointing out that Whitwick who are 3rd are on 27 points but they also have 4 games to play, so let’s not become complacent.

Well done boys – a great win!

Quick joke

Paddy decides to take up boxing and goes for the required medical.

A few days later the doctor phones, “Paddy” he says “You’ve got sugar diabetes”

Paddy says “no problem! when do I fight him?”

Player of the Day: Cameron

Goals Scorers: Cameron (2) and Kieran

Oadby Owls Tawnys 1 Gilmorton Juniors 0 – 23rd January 2012 (League)

Tawnys Deliver Best Performance of the Season/Cameron you get my Vote

Today, in my opinion, saw the lads put in their best performance of the season, I say this because:

  1. We were playing a very talented and organised Gilmorton side
  2. The wind meant the conditions were always going to be tough

In order to secure victory every single player had to put in 100% effort and work for each other, especially in the second half when playing against a very strong wind and pleasingly every single player did this – the attitude and effort was spot on! Because the conditions were so tough we had to play with common sense and pass the ball along the ground whenever possible, again everybody did this and considering the conditions I felt we played some super passing football, especially in the first half when we were unlucky not to have grabbed a couple more goals.

First Half

Given we were kicking with the wind, most of the game was played in the Gilmorton half and we played some really good stuff, Cameron worked hard in midfield winning the ball and then looking up and laying the ball off intelligently, Oscar and Dan took charge of the midfield and fed Kieran who as always was a real threat with his pace and skill. The lads were not afraid to look up and pass, even if it meant going square or back five yards to keep poccession (very well done)

Despite dominating and coming close on a number of ocassions it took a while before we eventually broke the deadlock through a powerful Oscar drive after a typical penetrating run – great strike Oscar!!

Second Half

Manager John ‘Sven’ Hall utilised all his tactical ‘know how’ and experience (he’s 61 you know – hard to believe I know!) in recognising the impact the wind would have after the break and took the decision to reorganise switching Dan back into defence with Oshi moving into midfield and putting Liam on at left midfield (replacing Adaam who is playing well having scored 4 goals in the last game – keep it up Aadam). Inevitably much of the game was played in our half and I have got to congratulate every single player on the work they put in as we defended as a team right from Kieran up front through to Billy in goal.

As well as pulling off a couple of cracking saves, Billy made some excellent puches under his bar from corners and came off his line well when anticipating the long through ball. The back three of Dan, Els and Tyler were all excellent and concentrated throughout and it’s a credit that the team has still only conceeded 2 goals at home all season.

Cameron put in some strong tackles including a last ditch one which stopped a certain goal and Oscar dominated as usual combining his skill and strength. Whilst the majority of the play was in our half we actually contained Gilmorton to very few chances and in fact we created the better opportunities when we broke swiftly with Oshi putting in a couple of powerful runs, Liam going close and Dan flashing a header inches wide.The ref eventually blew and both the Tawny supporters and players were delighted with the result, there won’t be many sides that will beat Gilmorton!

Cake!

Michelle Cullen then dished out the chocolate rolls in celebration of Grandpa Cullen’s 110th birthday (I seem to remember last season that Matt’s mum provided home baked produce - up your game Michelle!).

White Boots!

Special mention to Cameron’s mum for sporting a very nifty pair of ice white boots that certainly brought a bit of glamour to proceedings- very nice indeed!

Anyway this was an excellent result, a really tricky fixture out of the way, and pushes us closer to our goal of winning this division (of which we are well capable). Meridain Reds remain two points ahead but we have the advantage of having two games in hand – Our next league match is against Whitwick who as you can see from the table below are another strong side so let’s all go to training and continue to practice and I am sure that you lads will get your rewards!

Player of the Day: Everyone

Goals Scorers: Oscar

Oadby Owls Tawnys 13 Quorn Juniors 0 – 8th January 2012 (League)

Tawnys Start New Year With A Cracking Victory

The Tawnys returned to league action after the Xmas festivities and picked up where they left off last year with a thumping home victory against struggling Quorn.

Manager Hall was forced to shuffle the pack as midfield General, Oscar is still on the piss sorry piste!

Oshi moved to right back, Jonsey switched to right midfield, Cameron moved inside to centre midfield and was joined by Dan who switched from defence, just to complicate matters further Aadam came in and played on the left hand side of midfield – has everybody got that!?

Right from the start Oadby dominated and peppered the Quorn goal, how we didn’t go ahead before we did I will never know (a combination of missed chances and good keepng from their goalie).

Eventually Aadam broke the deadlock and the floodgates opened with the score escallating to 5 – 0 at half time.

The second half saw more of the same and we added a further 8 to take the final score to 13.

Indeed such was our dominance that keeper ‘The Cat’ remained in his basket for the entire 2nd half.

Normally I provide the readers with a detailed analysis of each goal but to be honest I can’t be bothered (or remember)

By the way, big thanks to ‘Jonsey’ senior for providing the new tracksuits which were well received by the lads.

In terms of the league we sit well placed being just 2 points behind the leaders Meridian but with 2 games in hand.

We have a really important period coming up as 3 of our next 4 league games are against strong opposition (Whitwick, Gilmorton and Meridian, who have already given us tough games this season) so we all need to get to training to ensure we are ready for the challenge!

Next week we play Blaby Bulls in the cup – my indepth research confirms that they are going to be tough opponents as they are currently romping ahead in division four, 5 points clear of their nearest challengers.

Well done lads, see you all at training.

Player of the Day: Aadam

Goals Scorers: Aadam (4), Oshi (4), Pocket Rocket (2), Dan (2) and Aaron

Loughborough Dynamo 1 Oadby Owls Tawnys 4 – 11th December 2011 (League)

Good things do come in three’s! – A win, our rivals drop points and the club bolsters its coaching infrastructure!!

High flying Tawnys returned to league action today making the long journey to the university town of Loughborough to give the locals an education in the ancient art of the beautiful game.

With a depleted squad of only 9 manager John ‘Sven’ Hall bravely opted to start with all 9 leaving us somewhat short on the bench!

Indeed special thanks must go to Liam ‘Jonsey’ Jones and his Dad Mr ‘Jonsey’ Jones who interrupted a family break and travelled back from Stratford – great commitment lad & dad!

Tip to Mr Jones – might just be be worth buying Mrs Jones some chocs/ perfume/other form of bribe (I understand that Debenhams have got some good offers at the moment, but bloody busy in The Shires at this time of year & car parking’s a pig! Might be worth going down the on-line shopping route but remember you cannot guarantee delivery at this time of year? I’ll leave it with you…..)

Anyway into the action, the Tawnys piled on the pressure in the first half with the vast majority of the play being in and around the Loughborough penalty area. Indeed we did everything but score including striking the woodwork, going narrowly wide and being foiled by a very good keeper.

With the Tawny’s pushing on we did get caught short at the back on a couple of ocassions but thanks to ‘The Cat’ pulling off good stops we weren’t punished.

Despite the second half being more of an even affair we deservedly went ahead through a typical Dan Boydon strike after he maurded down the right, cut in and rifled home a low crisp left footer. Soon after that ‘Pocket Rocket Cullen’ nipped in and poached our second.

Really we should have taken control from there but more or less straight from the kick off we switched off and Loughborough pulled one back which knocked the Tawnys out of their stride for a few minutes.

However order was restored when we scored a very well worked goal. Cameron (where do you stand on the Euro?) intelligently found Dan on the edge of the box from a quick corner, who drilled in a low first time across that found its way through the crowded box for Jonsey to put into the back of the net.

Nanna & Grandpa Oshi

Oshi ‘I don’t like regee…Oh no….I love it…..’ put the game to bed with a delicious chip just before the end. This made Nanna and Grandpa Oshi’s day who were watching their grandson live for the first time.

Indeed as the game ended Nanna, unable to contain her delight, raced on to the pitch and have him the type of kiss that only your Nanna can deliver – a proper smacker!!

Was this a one off appearance by Nanna & Grandpa Oshi? Wouldn’t it be lovely if they were to become regulars? I see real long term potential to develop the OAP side of the brand and together with our other senior fan, Grandpa Cullen could we form Oadby Wise Old Owls Bingo & Tea Dancing Club (you’ve got to think out of the box – as we all know there’s a lot of oldies kicking about street corners with nothing to do – this could clean up the streets & give them a purpose & focus).

Exciting New Addition

Back to the team affairs, the writer understands that there is further good news in that after intense negotiations between board and agent a deal has now been struck which will see Gary ‘Tord’ Ireland appointed as the assistant to the existing assistant manager (Official Title:- The Assistant Assistant Manager). The result of this is that the team now has added another unnecessary layer to the management structure.

As I understand it, although contracts haven’t yet been signed, this is a formality as terms have been agreed and the club are simply awaiting clearance on checks from the CRB, the RSPCA and the IRA. As soon as these are received then pen and paper will become one and both parties can focus on driving strategy (getting in each others’ way)

Although personally I know very little about ‘Mr Ireland’ I can confirm that this is his first Assistant Assistant Manager appointment although I am advised he is well known locally following a long and undistinguished playing career.

Points Dropped

Our rivals Meridian today dropped 2 points in a 3 – 3 draw with Gilmorton and the top of the table now look as follows:

Team Played Won Drew Lost Points

Meridian 12 9 2 1 29

Oadby 9 8 0 1 24

Next Week

The boys play their final game of 2011 against Market Harborough so let’s hope we can finish the year in style

Player of the Day: Dan

Goals Scorers: Dan, Liam, Kieran and Oshi

Cosby United 5 Oadby Owls Tawnys 0 – 5th December 2011 (County Cup)

We might be out of the cup but we’re all going for a Pizza!

The Tawnys faced tough opposition today in the cup as Cosby currently sit 3rd in division one and play a sharp attacking brand of football.

That said, despite the score line, Oadby competed and Cosby in no way had it all their own way, indeed the game was ‘even stevens/ stephens?’ for the first 25 – 30 minutes, with Cosby only breaking through just before the break with two strikes in quick succession.

That first 30 minutes was fairly even with both sides creating chances, Billy ‘The Cat’ Withers deserves a special mention as he pulled off a number of excellent saves and showed terrific bravery between the sticks.

After the break Cosby caught us cold and scored a further two more, again in quick succession, that said the lads regained their composure and started to compete well and for a good period more than held their own. Special mention to Cameron who showed great attitude when he moved into defence where he really got stuck in and made some top tackles.

Rohan came on after the break, showed good touch and played a couple of very intelligent passes which on another day could have resulted in goals.

Cosby scored a late 5th on the break to seal victory.

We shouldn’t be too disappointed as the difference between the two sides wasn’t that wide (indeed in the first half I could see their manager was ‘cacking’ himself and was fearing an upset!). We just need to get stuck in a little bit more and if we do that we have got the skill to compete at this level.

Moving on to the xmas night out; It now appears that Pizza Hut is looking favourite as Paula has seached the net (she typed in ‘cheap and nasty meal deals’ into google) and apparantly they offer a deal where kids of 12 and under go free (please note this applies to the kid menu only, terms and conditions apply – read small print/ APR 216%/ Offer subject to satisfactory credit status).

I heard Paula running this by Mrs Michelle ‘My Belle’ Cullen, whose ear (the left one I believe) pricked up as the ‘cheap & nasty’ element of the deal was explained in detail.

My understanding is that Michelle is going to present this idea at board level this week and fingers crossed it will be signed off!!

I am hoping to be able to make a formal announcement in my next report, so keep that date free (the last Thurday before xmas).

Back to the beautiful game that we all love so dearly – Next week the boys are back in league action against Loughborough and I fully expect us to return to winning ways and continue to push on in the race for the title.

Late news…………The man arrested by police for attempting to steal a combine harvester, but then fell inside the machine, is due to be bailed tonight.

Player of the Day: Billy (brilliant performance from start to finish)

Goals Scorers: N/A

Stoneygate Lions 0 Oadby Owls Tawnys 8 – 27th November 2011 (League)

So Much to report… so little time

It’s great to be able to report that the Tawny’s returned to winning ways today in spectacular fashion by inflicting a comprehenive defeat on near neighbours Stoneygate.

I think a record was created in that whilst we were the away side we only had to travel 3 foot 6 inches as our pitch is next to theirs (interesting or what!).

Anyway Manager ‘Sven’ Hall drafted back Dan Boydon in to the starting line up after his absence against Meridian Reds and this resulted in Liam ‘Jonsey’ Jones and Cameron reverting to their usual attacking midfield positions.

Rohan had earlier reported that Stoneygate’s star player had broken his arm at school this week, apparantly he attends the same school as Els, Rohan, Billy and Kieran …….was he pushed or did he fall? I hope there was no foul play lads (but if there was keep it quiet…”don’t tell him your name Pike”).

I feel I have now set the scene and am ready to tell you how the match itself unfolded.

In the first half Oadby kicked with the wind (not literally) and the game was camped in the Stoneygate half. Oscar was unlucky with a number of thumping long range efforts and we also cut through the Stoneygate defence almost at will and on another day we would have been 3 or 4 ahead before Liam put us one up with his clinical finish. However soon after that first goal we almost got caught out when we committed too many men (children) forward and it was only an acrobatic save from ‘The Cat’ that kept out a stinging hot from their striker.

We notched a second through ‘Pocket Rocket’ Cullen who was sporting a slick new ‘short back and sides’ enhanced by a high quality gel (the cut looks as though it could have been a product of the Mr Rogers salon in the village – Michelle please confirm next week as it might be worth recommending it to Tyler’s dad who is due a makeover).

Unfortunately I am unable to report on the 3rd as my girlfriend was pestering me to check my Blackberry diary as she decided to arrange the lads’ Xmas party and whilst I was handling this untimely interruption Dan Boydon netted!

With regards to Xmas it has been decided that Thursday 22nd of December is to be the date and we are going to take the boys bowling at the Meridian.

Proposed Itinery (times to be confirmed)

7.30 : Boys bowling whislt adults have drinks in bar

8.45 pm: All move on to restaurant (personally I think pizza would be a good shout but I’m happy to go with the flow)

10 pm : Females drop kids home

10.30 pm : Females meet males in Caspers, then on to Jokers, then Prohibition.

Midnight : Females take taxis home, check kids ok and order taxis to collect males at 4.15 am (see later entry)

Midnight : Males remain in town and move on to Spearmint Rhino, I can source complimenary tickets so we get in free (you up for this Grandpa Cullen? No need to draw on the pension so Grandma Cullen need never be any the wiser!)

2.00 am : Males leave Spearmint Rhino

2.15 am : Males go for curry

4.15 am : Males get taxi home

7 am : Females phone males’ place of work advising males unwell and won’t be in today (Grandpa Cullen to have longer lie in)

Back to the game, at half time ‘Sven’ Hall emphasised the importance of discipline, after he had finished lecturing the parents, he then emphasised the importance of discipline to the team aswell.

Fortunately the boys paid heed and served upa tasty feast of delightful football which saw them dominate. Cullen completed his hatrick and Oscar, Oshi and The Cat (penalty specialist) also got on the scoresheet.

Overall a good performance, Oshi you had a good game and passed the ball sensibly as did Liam, who is also developing the knack of being in the right place at the right time to nick the odd goal. Tyler had a strong game and the ever dependable Elliot ‘The insurance policy’ Hargrave provided comprehensive cover at the back when called upon.

Cameron worked hard and created chances down the right whilst Rohan and Aaron also had good games when they entered the fray.

A snap shot of the top of the table is below:

P W D L P GD

Meridian 10 8 1 1 25 +52

Tawnys 8 7 0 1 21 +28

Whitwick 9 6 0 3 18 +13

You may ask “what can we deduct from this data?” Well let me explain:

  1. We are second BUT have two games in hand.
  2. We have dropped the least number of points.

As I write this I anticipate your thoughts and I can almost hear you all saying

“This is all very interesting but what does this mean to the layman?” I hear you say!

Well, put simply this means that our destiny remains in our own hands.Next week we have a tough cup match when we face Cosby who play in division one and are sitting in 3rd position and therefore are going to be a good side.

This will clearly be a test but I believe that if we play to our potential, with the right attitude and organisation we will have a cracking chance of going through to the next round.

Player of the Day: Oshi and Liam (for playing simple but effective passes)

Goals Scorers:  Pocket Rocket (3), Jonesy (2), Oscar, The Cat, Dan and Oshi

Meridian Reds 6 Oadby Owls Tawnys 0 – 13th November 2011 (League)

Sometimes it just aint your day……….………

...... and Sunday the 13th of November, from here on in known as ‘Black Sunday’ was indeed that day……….if it could go wrong, it did! As any follower of this column will know, up until today the high flying Tawnys boasted a 100% record in both league and cup…today this run came a grave and bitter end at the compact and hostile ‘Caldecot Junior School’ stadium.

Right from the start I had a bad feeling …….the pitch was tiny (the size of a postage stamp) and was never going to suit our free flowing style of football. This, combined with Dan ‘The Man’ Boydon’s unavailability left me feeling uneasy as 10.30 loomed….indeed my waters felt off.

We certainly missed Dan’s commanding presence in defence, his trade mark maurauding ‘box to box’ runs and his flick-ons from Oscar’s long throws. Given the current economic climate John ’Sven’ Hall had no funds to enter the transfer market and therefore had to shuffle the pack, this resulted in a number of players having to play out of position which adversely affected the balance of the team.

That said, the first half was an extremely competitive affair and The Tawnys can count themselves unlucky to have been a goal down at half time. Indeed had it not been for two fine stops by their keeper from the ‘Pocket Rocket’ and Oscar ‘Wilde’ we could have been ahead………………..and who knows what may have been (indeed none of us will ever know, the past is the past, we can’t change it, so there is no point to dwell on it……so lets put it in the past!).

The second half was somewhat disasterous…….early on Meridian scored 3 quick goals which rocked our boys, Our keeper ‘The Cat’ developed chronic ear ache and had to be substituted with Osh ‘I don’t like Regae……..I love it’ Hacket-London bravely taking over between sticks.

Meridian rattled in two further goals to complete the scoring.

OK,Ok… le’ts move away from negativity, take a step back and re-assess where we are:

1) The race for the title remains in our hands as we have dropped fewer points than our rivals.

2) We have the chance to make this result good as we still have the return fixture to play (we will have home advantage, we will hopefully have our full side available and we have got our ‘off day’ out of the way).

So it’s certainly not all doom and gloom – in fact its pretty good really, all great sides have a ‘blip’ don’t they (Man Utd 1 Man City 6/ Arsenal 2 Man Utd 8)?

They key is how we react and my bet is that we bounce back even stronger. Next up it’s Stoneygate Lions and I am sure the lads will show what they are capable of and get back to winning ways.

Player of the Day: Oshi – for stepping up and going in goal

Goals Scorers: N/A

Oadby Owls Tawnys 5 Asfordby Amateurs 1 - 6th November 2011 (League)

TAWNYS MAINTAIN 100% RECORD

Asforby made the long round trip to league leaders Oadby Tawnys fresh after picking up their first league victory.

The visitors are a far better side than their current league position would suggest and indeed I was advised that they had their strongest 9 available today.

Our lads now have to be guarded against under estimating any opponents as every team now raises their game in an attempt to become the first side to take a point from us.

Today the lads applied themselves and worked really hard throughout and as time passed began to take control.

Birthday boy Kieran Cullen (Where was my party invite player!) poached the first after a trademark misile Oscar throw in. Attacking left midfielder, Liam ‘Jonsey’ Jones added two well taken goals before halftime which were just reward for his best performance of theseason.

Half Time: Tawnys 3 Asfordby 0

Oadby started the 2nd half slowly and Asforby pulled one back when their striker found himself through one on one against ‘The Cat’.

The next 10 minutes, or so, proved nervy as Asfordby’s spirits were raised, although in fairness they didn’t create any real clear cut chances.

Eventually the ‘pocket rocket’ hit a super 4th when he chased down a ball he had no right to win, won it, raced towards goal and calmly slotted home.

This all but finished any lingering hope Asfordby had of coming back and finally the always impressive Dan ‘The Man’ Boydon steamed in to meet a Cullen cross.

Late on Asfordby struck a couple of long range efforts but ‘The Cat’ was in good form with everyhing sticking to those reliable paws.

Overall a very good performance with Oscar & Oshi using their strength to dominate the centre of midfield. We broke quickly with ‘David’ Cameron and Liam providing speed and width on the flanks and Kieran working hard up front. Finally I should not forget the defence who all worked hard to ensure that the opposition’s effort on goal were limited.

Are next weeks opponents Meridian Reds? I think this could be the case! If so then this is going to be our biggest game of the season as they are 2nd in the league (hot on our tails) having drawn 1, lost 1 and won the rest (with a better goal difference than us).

Therefore we will have to be on out metal and work our socks off (not literally lads – otherwise your feet will be cold).

Let’s make sure we are strong in the tackle and win pocession (Oscar, Oshi, Cameron & Dan keep uing your height and strength to get us the ball) and then from there we can take control and combine our team work & skill so that we put another 3 points between us and them.

If you keep up the attitude and the effort you will win this league (wouldn’t that be great – how far have you all come from last season?)

Well done again lads – when you’re playing like this it’s a pleasure to write the report!

Footnote – Michelle ‘My Belle’ Cullen provided chocolates to celebrate Kieran’s birthday – whose birthday is next? make sure you bring some goodies (my favourite is ‘marathon’)

Player of the Day: Liam

Goals Scorers: Kieran ‘Pocket Rocket’ Cullen (2), Liam ‘Jonsey’ Jones (2) and Dan ‘The Man’ Boydon

Oadby Owls Tawnys 4 Leicester Bharat 0 - 3oth October 2011 (County Cup)

“WE FEED THEM ON RAW MEAT!!

”Was the answer when the opposition management requested proof of age given the strength, size and power of some of our boys (we can’t help it if 3 shave & 2 have driving licences!)

Today the Tawnys were up against a skillful Bharat side who ply their trade in the division below the Tawnys but up until today boasted an unbeaten record.

After last week’s magnificent display there was always the danger that we couldn’t hit those highs again and in the first half especially this proved to be the case.

If I am honest (and I have to be!) we didn’t deserve to be two goals ahead at half time as much of the game was played deep in our half and for the most part we were 2nd to the ball. Credit to our back three and keeper as they worked hard to keep wave after wave of attacks out.

Against the run of play we took the lead through a fierce Dan Boydon strike after a trade mark long throw in from Oscar ‘Delap’ – that boy can launch those throws right in to the opposition’s box, they are as good as a corner, especially with the likes of Oshi & Dan winning the flick ons – keep them coming Oscar.

Our second came courtesy of a super solo effort from Oscar, picking the ball up in his own half he bulldozed through a number of challenges using a combination of his skill and power, he then kept his head to calmly slip the ball home – quality Oscar, pure quality!!

At half time John ‘Settled belly’ Hall emphasised that we were lucky not to be losing and that we were just not earning the right to play – we needed to get tougher, win poccession and get hold of the ball.

Fortunately the boys took this on board and straight from the start upped the effort and started to win the 50/50′s, especially in midfield with Oscar commanding and it was also noticable that the introduction of Oshi, back after his loan spell at FC Benidorm, gave us added strength down the centre.

The boys went up a gear and the majority of the second period was played in the Bharat half and early on the pressure was rewarded with two quick strikes from Dan who completed his hatrick. Further chances were created and the hardworking ‘Pocket Rocket’ Cullen was unlucky to see his shot hit the post.

Bharat never gave up and nearly nicked one towards the end when Billy ‘The Cat’ pulled of a great save flicking the ball over with his right ‘paw’.

The ever dependable Elliot Hargrave made a number of timely interceptions when ever Bharat threatened to breach our last line.

Well, that’s now six wins out of a possible six, and if you all keep:

1) Working hard when you haven’t got the ball,

2) Passing like you have been when you get the ball,

3) Stay organised and help each other as you have been,

4) keep playing with the same spirit and positive attitude,

then there is no reason why you can’t keep this excellent run going and win a trophy this season!

Well done lads!

Player of the Day: Kieran Cullen (excellent work rate, always chased and never gave their defence a moments peace)

Goals Scorers: Dan Boydon (3) and Oscar

Whitwick Juniors 1 Oadby Owls Tawnys 4 – 23rd October 2011 (League)

JOHN ‘DELHI BELLY’ HALL - ”YOU MISSED A CRACKER!”

In my previous report I reported that the boys put in the best performance I had seen from them, well today I can in all honesty say they were twice as good today (and that is no exaggeration). Everyone without exception played to the top of their game and I never thought they could produce a performance of this quality.

Whitwick started the day equal top with us, both sides having won four out of four games. With Aadam & Oshi unavailable Oadby were forced to play with the bare nine. Manager John Hall was tucked up in bed with a nasty combination of ’man flu and the trots’ (I have every sympathy John – we’ve all been there!) and the lads wanted to put in a performace dedicated to him.

The great thing about today was that they all fought for every ball and when they won it they played some superb passing football – basically Sunday 23rd October was a day when it all came together! They defended as a team starting from the front with Kieran continually putting their defence under pressure, the midfield worked its socks off, anticipated and won nearly every challenge and the defence was rock solid.

Oadby deservedly took a one nil lead into half time courtesy of a deliciously struck free kick from Oscar that curled into the net giving their keeper no chance.

The second half saw Oadby continue to combine excellent work rate with super team work and crisp passing but against the run of play Whitwick equalised from a long distance freekick. For a few minutes Whitwick looked dangerous but Oadby soon displayed the character and resilience that they have developed over the past couple of seasons and were rewarded when Kieran scored with a goal of the highest quality, receiving the ball, turning and unleashing a thunderbolt from well outside the box. A few minutes later Oadby were awarded a freekick on the right hand side of the box and this time Cameron stepped up and unleashed a ferocious shot that hit the underside of the bar and Rohan ‘Johnny on the spot’ tucked away the rebound. Oscar poached his 2nd and our fourth after a goalmouth scramble.

Given the level of performance everyone deserves a mention so here goes:

1) Billy ‘The Cat’ Withers – Didn’t have many saves to make as the team controlled the game and kept them away from our goal, did well when called up (thank god we didn’t get a penalty!)

2) Dan – As usual an excellent performance, won all his tackles, broke forward and strong in the air.

3) Elliot – Dependable as ever, great tackling and intellegent positioning ensuring that if Whitwick did threaten he was in the right place to sweep up.

4) Tyler - Improves with every game and distribution was particularly impressive consistantly finding his fellow team mates with good sensible passes

5) Cameron – Worked so hard, never stopped running and together with Oscar won everything in midfield. So unlucky not to get on the scoresheet with his thunderbolt freekick that rattled the bar.

6) Oscar – A true captain’s performance, won everything in the middle of the park, great skill on the ball, dangerous ‘Rory Delap’ throw in plus 2 goals!

7) Liam ‘Jonsey’ Jones – Worked his socks off getting in loads of good tackles and supporting the attack well. Took up some great positions on the left, really unlucky not to score with a well struck first time shot that flew narrowly wide

8) Rohan - Played just behind Kieran and displayed some nice touches and intellegent play. Great finish for his goal. He also gave us a this week’s comedy moment when he air kicked the ball and his boot shot up into the air, but he didn’t stop and hopped back trying to retrieve the ball.

9) Kieran ‘Pocket Rocket’ Cullen – Today Kieran played superbly well because he never stopped putting pressure on their defence,displayed bravery when he put his head in between keeper and defenders and was unlucky to see the ball hit the post. The other aspect of his game that was most impressive to me was the way he received the ball, held it up and intelligently laid it off to his team mates. His hard work was rewarded by his goal and he will have to go some to top that strike!

Oadby now sit deservedly at the top and everyone should be proud of their performance

Player of the Day: The whole team

Goals Scorers: Oscar (2), Kieran and Rohan

Gilmorton Juniors 0 Oadby Owls Tawnys 7 – 9th October 2011 (League)

I have been a season ticket holder & loyal supporter of this team for the past two seasons and have to say that today the lads produced the best performance I have witnessed! The reason I say this is because until today Gilmorton were unbeaten and despite the score they were the best team we have played so far. Of the 7 goals, 5 of them came in the last 10 minutes and the previous 50 minutes had been real end to end stuff and in all honesty both teams had chances.

Gilmorton started the stronger and they can count themselves unlucky not to have gone ahead as they created a number of good chances including a bullet header from a whipped in corner that flew just over the bar. Oadby hung in and gradually started to apply pressure of their own and took the lead when Oscar hit a shot from the halfway line that came down with snow on it and dipped in below the bar. The remainder of the first half was a lively affair with both sides working hard and creating chances.

Half Time – Gilmorton 0 Oadby 1

John ‘Sven’ Hall drilled into the lads the importance of maintaining the hard work and keeping their concentration and they did this straight from the whistle – without exception every player gave 100% and put in great performances. Dan Boyden was a colossus at the back, Oshi and Oscar used their strength to wrestle control of midfield and Kieran ‘pocket rocket’ Cullen was a constant hand full up front.

With 15 minutes to go, just after Billy ‘The Cat’ Withers had dived to his left to keep out a dangerous free kick, we got the crucial second when Oscar’s long throw was glanced in by Dan – However I think all of us on the touchline felt the game was far from over and if Gilmorton were to manage to pull one back then it would make for a nail biting finale.

With 10 minutes to go we were awarded a penalty and chaos broke out when for some crazy unknown reason our keeper Billy ‘The Cat’ Withers randomly decided to race from his goal in order to take it! At this point Annette Withers (Cat’s mum) was having kittens and ordered him back but he was a cat on a mission and having none of it. I looked over to John to see if he was going to bring some order to proceedings but he seemed unable to comprehend what he was seeing and as a result couldn’t get any words out!

Anyway Billy arrived, placed the ball on the spot, did some kind of hip swinging disco move, took a few steps back and despatched the ball into the back of the net. He then promptly completed a lap of the entire pitch in celebration whilst the Oadby support didn’t know whether to laugh or cry! Today confirmed that Keepers are definitely mad

Anyway this broke the hearts and minds of the Gilmorton team who then capitulated and Kieran banged in 3 with Oscar bagging his second to make it 7

Oadby are now equal top with a 100% record and a game in hand – keep it up boys, what a great performance by each and every one!

Hairstyle of the day: Tie between Oshi (Braided) and their No 5 (Australian blond beach look)

Player of the Day: Dan Boydon

Goals Scorers: Kieran Cullen (3), Oscar (2), Billy Withers and Dan Boydon

Quorn Juniors 0 Oadby Owls Tawnys 4 – 18th September (League)

Oadby maintained their 100% record by recording a 3rd straight win in emphatic fashion against Quorn at The Rawlings Community College stadium that sees them sitting proudly at the top of the table tonight.

Oadby only had the bare minimum 9 players with no subs and were also one fan down as season ticket holder Grandpa Cullen failed his fitness test on Saturday after injuring his finger last week after an unsavory tangle with his temperamental umbrella

Anyway despite the above Oadby dominated the first half and were unlucky to be only one up at the break courtesy of a rocket of a strike from Oscar after an intelligent lay off by Rohan. Had it not been but for the woodwork and a string of impressive saves from the Quorn keeper the score at the break could easily have been 4 or 5.

The second half saw Michael ‘come on lino!!’ Cullen step out of his comfort zone and take the flag for the first time. Despite a few shaky moments, on the whole he did well and looks set to maintain this role for the remainder of the season.

The impressive Oscar cricked his neck and was unable to appear for the 2nd half which meant the lads were a man short for the whole of the second period.

The team adapted well to this set back and Billy ‘the cat’ Withers didn’t have a save to make, indeed he was that untroubled he could have sneaked a quick bowl of milk with younger brother Tommy ‘the kitten’ Withers, whilst Oadby were camped in the Quorn half.

dam, Elliot and Tyler all put in steady performances at the back and Oshi won everything in the middle of the park. New signing Liam ‘Jonsey’ Jones put in an energetic performance and made a number of intelligent runs down the left and was unlucky not to get on the score sheet.

Oadby ran home 3 further goals, a brace from leading scorer Kieran Cullen and a thumping finish from Oshi.

Well done again boys, keep up the good work!

Player of the Day: Oshi

Goals Scorers: Kieran Cullen (2), Oscar and Oshi

Harborough Town ’94 0 Oadby Owls Tawnys 4 – 11th September (League)

Oadby romped to their second consecutive win of the season and have now taken a maximum 6 points having scored 9 and only conceded 1. The lads were both against the wind and kicking up hill in the first half but still managed to take a 1 – 0 lead into the break courtesy of a sweet strike from Dan Boyden after he swept home from an Oscar ‘Wilde’ Wills-Wilson throw in – the whole move was pure poetry.

The second period saw Oadby camped in the Harborough half and inevitably the second goal came when Dan Boydon notched his second which was a CORKER!! From around the half way line Boydon’s shot found the top left hand corner of the net with the Harborough goalie stranded.

Last weeks 4 goal hero Kieran ‘Dzeko’ Cullen added two more to complete the demolition including a rare headed goal after excellent work from new signing ’David’ Cameron. He looks like shrewd signing which came out of the blue by the usually Consevative John Hall. The only down side on the pitch was the ongoing problems with Cullen’s laces!! come on Michael & Michelle get him some new ones, I know there’s a recession on but surely grandpa can contribute.

Off the pitch Grandpa Cullen sustained a nasty injury whilst trying to erect his umbrella which resulted in a bloodied finger, however he is due to undergo a fitness test (opening & closing the said umbrella 5 times in a row) next Saturday which we expect him to pass

Player of the Day: A good all round team performance

Goals Scorers: Kieran Cullen (2) and Dan Boydon (2)

Oadby Owls Tawnys 5 Loughborough Dynamo 1 – 4th September (League)

‘Anything Dezko can do Cullen can do better’

The Tawnys got off to a flying start to the new season and hope to make The Judgemeadow Stadium into a fortress that their opponents wont relish visiting.

Last week multi million pound signing Dzeko notched 4 for Manchester city, however home grown Cullen wasn’t to be out done and grabbed all 5 today – what would his price be in the current market place? What’s he on per week? John, do we need to be looking at a longer contract based on say a Mars bar a week plus a Twix per goal?

Whilst young Cullen’s goals grabbed the headlines football is a team game and this is where the Tawnys excel with their never say die attitude and excellent team spirt.

Billy ‘The Cat’ Withers pulled off a number of good saves with cream being a diving save which saw him Paw the ball away from a viciously struck free kick. ‘Dave’ Cameron made a strong debut and his energetic all action box to box style will be a real asset.

The back three of Tyler, Elliot and Liam stood strong when called upon and dealt confidently when Loughborough ventured forward.

Player of the Day: Kieran Cullen

Goals Scorers: Kieran Cullen (5)