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Oadby Owls JFC 1 Anstey Swifts FC 1 - 05th May 2013 (League)

Now that's better!!

On a day where we started with a bare 11 players due to injury and absence to Rowan, Michael, Max, Ollie M, we just wanted to do our best and take some points off the team who beat us in the County Cup and are destined for League and Cup double, if we could then they would need to win their last game to take the Title. Again, they knew we were short and expected to batter us...............

We did better than we hoped and gave them a right battle, defended brilliantly again and with some enforced postional changes yet again got with sight of victory. With Owen W on his way after a cricket match we started in the heat on a bone hard grass-less pitch kicking uphill, Jordan temporarily returned to his more familiar striker role, Luke partnering Chez at the back and Owen P dropping in at left back. We did okay, on the back foot for a spell but started to get forward down the left side with Wills getting a couple of cracking runs and crosses away, Billy pulling most of our strings in midfield, defending well with a four man defence with Ryan starting to get forward and Elliott keeping out everything that was thrown at him. A couple of scares, nothing dramatic, when Owen W arrived he slotted into the back four, we moved Jordan back into midfield and Chez forward, all six foot plus of him who ran Anstey ragged from there on..!!!

Half time message..keep it up, try to use right as well as left when going forward and it worked. Kicking downhill with balls played forward at every opportunity we had them on the back foot, Chez charging around putting un-nerving pressure on their usually composed back three and Ollie B getting some great chances when running at Oadby old-boy Scott H. A smart right wing move saw Jordan arrive late and his shot went inches wide, our tails were up and Anstey lost control. A run into the box saw Ollie B felled and a cool Billy stepped up to convert, against the odds were were leading.

We sensed a result and everyone battled hard, Anstey began arguing amongst themselves and with their Coaches, he had them going.............and then we conceded a corner and the speedy winger Joe rang across the box to meet it with a smart header that bounced beyond Eliott and in.

The game plan worked, we took points off them, they now have to beat Thurmaston to take the Title. A great battling performance with a reduced squad, we look back at the season wondering how we didnt manage to win more games when we are so capable of digging in like today.

We finish a creditable sixth and are County Cup Runners-Up, big improvement on last year, platform for more success............

Player of the Day: Owen Pryor and Chez

Goals Scorers: Billy Tebbatt

Oadby Owls Juniors 0 Blaby & Whetstone FC 5 - 1st May 2013 (League)

Not so good today! After the unlucky defeat on Sunday we arrived hoping to put things right, but never turned up!! Starting with players that didn't start the Final and with a slight tweak of the formation to 3-2-4-1 we never got going at all, conceding early on to a badly defended shot, then to a rebound that went straight back into the striker who half-volleyed into an empty net and, to be honest, we were all over the show!The third goal for Blaby had the lads beginning to argue and half-time couldn't arrive quickly enough.

The second half improved but not much. Luke had an unfortunate header bounce straight off his head and into his own goal and with ten minutes left the Blaby striker shot squeezed into the smallest gap at the near post and we had all lost the will to live.

The game was cut short by an unfortunate incident where a Blaby defender slipped and fell arkwardly resulting in a broken arm, he is okay after two operations, we were happy to hand over the three points and get off home............

With little to play for in terms of League position we write this one off!

Player of the Day: 

Goals Scorers: 

Anstey Swifts 1 Oadby Owls 1 (aet 5-4 pens) - 28th April 2013 (County Cup Final)

How close was that? So proud of all the lads in battling their way to within 3 minutes of lifting the trophy!!!

Cup Finals are what football dreams are made of and these lads deserved to be there. We had won through having beaten tough Division 1 opposition at quarter and semi-final stages, scored 38 goals along the way yet arrived as underdogs against an Anstey side tipped to win the League.

With a squad reduced by the injury to Matt we started with the 3-5-2 formation we had practised last week, but with Michael, a key performer in recent games, struggling with a back injury that was to cut short his game after 20 minutes. Matching up their formation was a key tactic in not allowing them to swamp us and with Jordan again playing in a new holding middfield role we had Ryan, Owen W and Chez tasked with keeping the strong strike force out in  front of Elliott. With Chez also struggling after half an hour numbers reduced again and some of the extra man advantage eluded us, Ollie M deputised at left side.

Owen P on the left and Olly B on the right were key players in supporting the back line and they both worked tirelessly in getting up and down against some speedy wingers, Billy and Luke matched midfield opposition and with Rowan and his pace a constant threat we battled hard against a tough side who went close on a couple of occasions, in particular from set pieces where they are dangerous.

Coaching staff jumped high when Rowan went through and slid the ball past the advancing keeper, from the dug-out it looked in but went agonisingly passed the post by inches, our best chance of the first half. The defending remained strong, Ryan and, in particular Owen W, let little through and an Anstey side who had turned up expecting an easy time were up against it! Wills replaced Michael with his usual tenacity but it was difficult to create much, defensively all over the park we worked so hard.

The message at half-time was more of the same, the careful guidance from Stu meant no changes. The second half couldn't have started better, within ten minutes Rowan had put us in front,. cutting in from the left he unleashed a right foot strike over the keeper worthy of winning a World Cup let alone a County Cup! We were on our way. Anstey knew they had to press and it allowed us a couple of forward opportunites, a cracking corner from Jordan was just too high for Ollie Mac to convert, and free-kicks from Jordan and Billy went disappointingly wide. Sam and Max entered the game to rest players and maintain the momentum and counting down the clock Anstey threw men forward and we had to stand our ground. Desperate defending kept them out and then Billy broke only to see the ball squirm too wide to convert on the run.

Then disaster. With three minutes remaining the referee awarded a goal kick when to all a corner seemed obvious, time to play out and use some time went and, from the next play, Anstey forced the ball forward and a shot through a crowded area made its way just inside the post.

We battled on through extra-time in much the same way to arrive at a penalty shoot-out, a horrible way for any team to lose a Final. Under terrible pressure Anstey missed first, Elliott saved one and our five chosen takers had matched them at 3-3, Wills, Billy and Ollie Mac converting. A series of squad then had to come forward when they maybe wouldn't have chosen to and, after playing so well in midfield, the unfortunate Sam hit a post to give Anstey the Cup. Disappointment all round but brave in defeat, coming second is no good in a Final.

A brave and battling display, all players and helpers should be proud of their efforts, specail mention to Connor who didnt play a part ("I did nothing wrong all game today!" he correctly and humourously announced after the game), I think Oadby Owls now has the taste to be here again................

Player of the Day: The whole squad, but in particular Owen W, best player on the park today!

Goals Scorers: Rowan, Wills, Billy, Ollie Mac, Owen W

Oadby Owls 0 Allexton & New Parks 2 - 21st April 2013 (League)

We had billed this as a dress rehearsal for the County Cup Final, final preparations and a way of trying some new ideas in advance to see what our formation and starting line-up would be. For the first real time we opted for a 3-5-2 start, no real surprises except for the holding midfield role handed to Jordan, the first time he had played there, a role he did very well at.

We opted for swapping at 20 minute intervals to give all players similar pitch-time and the game really fizzled out into something end-of-season-ish. At 0-0 we had two clear opportunities, firstly with Rowan not able to convert at close range and then Ryan fizzing a shot against the bar. We dealt with most of what Allexton could throw at us, the new formation adapted well, and then gave away a poor goal from a throw-in when we allowed the ball to come into the box and bounce around before their striker reacted first to prod home. With no more chances araising we went in 1-0 down but not disheartened.

The change of personnel does have an effect on the momentum of the game and we struggled to create any more chances worth noting, conceding a further poor goal when lack of communication between Chez and Elliott laned the ball at the Allexton palyers feet five yards out for a simple tap-in, Xmas came early for him.

What did we learn - well, basically the starting line-up was probably the strongest of the three we played, had we continued throughout we may have taken points, but we are safe now in Division 1 for next season and that was not the exercise today, more about selection for next week.

Player of the Day: Jordan King

Goals Scorers: 

Glenfield Town FC 1 Oadby Owls JFC 2 - 3rd March 2013 (League)

We arrive at Glenfield, a team adrift at the bottom of Division 1, needing and expecting to win but trying to keep a lid on the inevitable potential of trip-up. It proved to be exactly what we wanted to avoid, a game against a team with no regular keeper and a bare 11 players that nearly went wrong!

We fielded a strong starting line-up with the idea of getting a couple of goals to the good before making the swaps and changes needed to ensure pitch-time for all involved. Glenfield played with a spirit that made their League position difficult to understand and with a bit more composure going forward could have caused us real problems. Rarely did we manage to play any possession football and move forward in a way to trouble their stand-in keeper and the first half disappeared without any memorable moments.

The half-time team talk was aimed to correct this poor dispaly by telling the truth of what we had all seen and witnessed. We went out with a greater purpose, but it was the Glenfield faithful that brought the park to light first when a smart cross-shot from a corner cleared defence and keeper to put them in front after 10 minutes. The game was slipping away and several positive attacks went unrewarded when head lifting was a better option. Elliott was then instructed to launch the ball forward and one such clearance allowed Rowan to drive through and force a header home. Shortly after the tired Glenfield legs allowed Michael to rescue us again when he squirmed a nearpost shot home at the second attempt.

After breathing a sigh of relief we take the three points and analyse the possession statistics that Jason had produced to see that it read exactly how it had looked, too many poor passes, lost possession greater in the attacking half versus the defending half and not enough possession generally. We had taken a poor training session into the game with the same results.

Not many positives to go into much depth about, couple of great saves from Elliott to keep us involved, strong running and involvement from Ollie B on the right, good organising of the troops from Luke, shining light for me on the day Owen Whitehouse who showed good composure and distribution in the sweeper role.

Training Weds was much, much better, take those thoughts into Sunday v Allexton and we should do well..........

Player of the Day: Owen Whitehouse

Goals Scorers: Rowan Powell, Michael Causon

Oadby Owls 1 Barrow Town Youth 1 - 24th February 2013 (League)

On a muddy pitch this was always going to be tough against a big strong Barrow side and that's the way it turned out, a scrappy midfield battle with neither team really creating many clear cut chances.

We picked three separate formations over the game designed to give all squad players the opportunity of equal match-time. The swaps and changes always disrupt the flow to a point, but the battling element of our play didn't desert us. The Barrow game plan appeared to be to close us down quickly and not let us get into our stride and it was effective. With the brief return of their main striker after injury we were conscious to keep it tight at the back yet didn't envisage conceding within the first five minutes from a corner that never was, the ball clearly NOT coming off the Oadby leg despite linesman protest being over-ruled. Having said that we defended the resulting in-swinger badly and went 1-0 down.

It wasn't very pretty from there on in really, the midfield struggled to create forward chances and with them knowing all about Rowan's pace and stopping the play into him and Jordan, it was difficult to get going. At the back we were strong, Chez appearing somewhere back to his battling best, Owen slotting in nicely alongside and Ryan providing great cover along the back line yet not having much opportunity to get forward. Matt on the left had the same problem and was forced off with injury again quite early on after a late tackle hurt his knee. Billy battled hard in centre midfield and had a hand in most of what Oadby sent forward and out wide to Wills and Ollie. Swaps brought Michael on alongside Jordan and Max on wide right and still the game fizzed around in the middle with Oadby defending a barrage of Barrow right hand side long throws without Eliiott really called into action.

One is the things that we have improved on this season is shutting the door and battling to the end. The goals that we do give away can be disappointing in the way they happen at times and are never perfectly timed, but we do have a knack of keeping opposition opportunities to a minimum. This was proven again. With Sam and Ollie Mac slotting in at the back we stopped most of what Barrow threw at us, Elliott well positioned twice when they did break through. Our problem was more in the creation of chances, Luke and Connor battled hard but couldnt get the ball out of the clogged midfield to pose dangerous balls through and it was well into the second half before we had shots at goal, Billy and Michael having attempts. Despite some great deadballs in from free-kick and corners from Jordan we couldn't convert opportunities and had to rely on the battling Ollie B to bustle his way into the area and win a penalty late on, smartly converted by Billy (after last time Rowan never considered - lol!!), to get us the point we deserved on the day.

Same as last week, lack of opportunities at goal and defending just well enough, although on an unbeaten run now of four games we need to take the three points out of games to ensure that comfort zone of League position. Bring on Glenfield..............

Player of the Day: Billy Tebbatt

Goals Scorers: Billy Tebbatt (pen)

Blaby & Whetstone FC 2 Oadby Owls FC 2 - 17th February 2013 (League)

The three points that nearly were.....

With a message related to striving towards a County Cup Final starting place with performances, attendance and positive attitude, the lads were in no illusion of what they needed to do against last week's semi-final opponents. On a small pitch with even smaller goals we started slowly yet never seemed to get in our stride. With a full squad available on the day we were always going to make some swaps and changes but felt that by starting with last weeks line-up we would match the challenge....not to be. Lack of the simple stuff put us on the back foot, the pitch was heavy but Blaby adapted better and from early on kept us pegged back, Elliott in goal having to be on his toes on a couple of occasions before we went 1-0 down.

After 20 minutes we made 5 changes and looked a bit more lively. Ryan getting forward on the right and Jordan going close with a move and shot well saved by the keeper, but at half-time we hadnt got much from the game so far. Five more changes followed and we started brightly when we fell further behind when a shot from the Blaby striker (who was a bit of a handful throughout) flew past Elliott.

It was then we came to life...........with every opportunity we launched the ball forwrad, Billy and Luke in centre-midfield began to get control and we were unfortunate not to be awarded a penalty when Jordan went clear for the keeper to swing out a leg which was ignored by the referee. He was forced to call the next challenge when Matt went down, Olly Mac converted a follow-up after possibly the worst spot-kick you will ever see!!

The ever-impressive Michael continued his good form when he brought us level with a smart shot into the top corner after several failed attempts.Game on.....pushing hard, chances from Rowan, Olly B and Billy went close, but when an early final whistle blew we just couldnt get that winner.

A fair result on the day, now we need to start picking up the points..............

Player of the Day: Michael Causon

Goals Scorers: Ollie McGowan, Michael Causon

Oadby Owls JFC 1 Blaby & Whetstone FC 0 - 3rd February 2013 (County Cup Semi-Final)

The boys done good!!! Following on from the successful quarter final result the previous week at Harborough, an injury ravaged Owls went into the game with one fit substitute after longer term injuries to Chez, Owen, Jordan and now Matt reduced us to a bare 12 - but what a battling performance!!

After four postponed League games against Blaby neither team knew a huge amount about each other. On a boggy pitch it was difficult to get going in the middle, but with a strong defensive display needed from Ryan, Ollie M, Luke and Sam we got exactly that. The message from Stu was that if we stopped them from scoring we would win and we didn't disappoint him. Fantastic displays from a number of players stopped the strong front line of Blaby from getting any clear chances and, yet again, Elliott didn't really have a clear save to make. Defending from the front, with Wills in particular working his socks off on the flanks and Billy and Ollie B grafting in the centre we went in at half-time at 0-0 having kicked uphill. Now we had a chance to take command.

Indeed that's what happened, a massive roar from the line erupted Coombe Park into life when a superb right foot finish from in-form Michael put us ahead. We took control and even when the big Blaby striker was re-introduced we held strong. It wasn't pretty but it was effective and when Rowan went clear late on to be brought down by the keeper for a penalty, we were allowed the fortunate luxury of him blasting over the bar from the spot!

A big cheer greeted the final whistle, we fully deserve the chance to play at Holmes Park on April 28th against an Anstey side we will be confident of more than competing against! Thanks to Stu for his contribution to the "new Oadby", be great to lift the trophy!

Author: a very pleased and proud Manager.

....now, back to this little matter of the League!

Player of the Day: Whole squad again, quality lads...

Goals Scorers: Michael (and nearly Rowan-sorry mate!)

Harborough Town 0 Oadby Owls 1 (aet) - 27th January 2013 (County Cup QF)

Postponed for the last two weekends due to the weather we eventually got to play this crucial County Cup Quarter Final on the Harborough 3G surface in windy conditions that blew right across the pitch.

The surface suited our possession football and gave us a more equal footing that the usual small pitches of Harborough Town and from early on we passed the ball around and fell into our stride. Although the game was tight from start to finish we had the edge, Elliott in goal rarely troubled and our chances never clear cut.

Reduced by injuries to Chez, Owen P, and Matt we switched around and had a new central defensive partnership with the arival of Owen W alongside Ollie M, throughout we defended very well with Ryan and Wills/Sam keeping Elliott's involvement in goal to a minimum. Billy and Luke were restored to the central midfield, one battler and one creater, and with Jordan and Olly B working wide behind Michael and Rowan we looked a strong unit.

Indeed that was how it panned out, on several occasions, first Ryan then Jordan and then Rowan, we had chances to hit the target but in each instance went slightly wide. That continued in the second half when Michael had a good chance but fired at the keeper with his right foot, Rowan went through on a couple of occasions but couldnt get a shot away and then Billy produced the save of the game from a 25 yarder that was tipped round the post by George in the Harborough goal. Ollie M had a couple of headers from corner off target and with not too much threat for Eliiot the game moved into extra-time.

Break through at last!! Ollie B, re-introduced on the right, got clear and sent over a great cross unfortunately turned into his own goal by the Harborough sweeper. With 15 minutes left we adopted damage limitation and battled hard to keep the chances against us to a minimum to claw victory by the skin of our teeth!

A great battle from two evenly matched teams, very humble in defeat Harborough wished us the best in next week's semi-final at home to Blaby & Whetstone, the pitch wont be as good and the game will be even tighter but we go on positively in the hope of our first final apperance!!

Good luck boys.................

Player of the Day: The whole squad.................

Goals Scorers: Own goal

Harborough Town 2 Oadby Owls 0 - 6th January 2013 (League)

The first game of 2013, like the previous two, didn't really go according to plan despite at times playing some great football.

On a small and very soft pitch we played uphill in the first half and took time to get going. A slightly reshuffled starting line-up due to the long term injury to Chez and Rowan's holiday saw Luke step back into defence, yet again proving to be an excellent sweeper with his vision and tackling ability, and the Saturday Hinckley strike partnership of Jordan and Michael, early on somewhat starved of service. With neither side really creating chances early on the game got lost in midfield, both sides matching each other.

We conceded another poor goal halfway through when what should have been a simple backpass to Elliott got caught up and he came out to clear only for the ball to bobble and hios clearance ended up dropping to their striker for what will be one of his easiest goals of the season. We then got ourselves together and started to move the ball through Billy who began to dictate our play, setting up the lively Ollie B on the right for a couple of great runs and crosses. Michael created our best chance when a drop shoulder and shot bounced back off the bar, yet at a time when we were on the up we gave away a free kick on our right, 25 yards out, the ball was swung into the box and despite some shoving by the Harborough centre half the ball bounced home, 2-0 down. Heads dropped, but at half time we knew we had matched them and hoped for better things in the second half.

We remained tight at the back, Elliott was called into action really only once for a smart save to his right, but whilst we had alot of possession we never created chances, the best being the pressure follow up by Jordan to a keeper error which hit the post and went wide.

Positives again, but we need to convert the possession into chances that we can finish that will reward the hard work and effort, create a bit more desire running through the squad and we are sure our luck will change. Some great individual performances, Billy played his best game for us this season, Ollie B battled hard, played with his head up and started to talk and play simple, but for me the performance of the day came from little Luke who yet again demonstrated his value to us.

Same team, same venue next Sunday in the County Cup Quarter Finals, we hope for a reverse scoreline!!!

Player of the Day: Luke Davies

Goals Scorers: 

Oadby Owls 2 Ravenstone Youth 3 - 9th December 2012 (League)

On a day we could have made the most of our games in hand to go second in Division 1 we produced one of our poorer performances of the season.

On a soft pitch with very little grass it was difficult to get going at all, no excuse really for letting most of what we are so good at in training desert us on the day. To be fair Ravenstone are a big side and did seem to muscle us out of the battles all over the park, they knew all about Rowan from the hat-trick he scored against them 3 weeks ago and he was crowded out, at times with 3 men close to him. We seemed to have some success in the first half down the left but were unable to get the ball crossed into the middle on several occasions, down the right we had little joy either. Halfway through the half Luke then appeared in front of goal and a shot could have posed problems but he couldnt get his foot through it and the chance went begging.

The first conceded goal was one that we could have cleared twice, ultimately it bobbled around and was stabbed home. The second was a good free kick that sailed straight in the centre of the goal, Elliott admitted he could have done better. When we went three down early in the second half it didnt look good, but a much better period saw us claw two goals back, firstly Rowan slotted and then a great left side move saw Matt release Jordan who squared into the path of Michael who volleyed home. Michael went clear on goal again soon after but fired staright at the onrushing keeper and the chance to draw level disappeared. On the back foot Ravenstone hung on, a case of too little too late from our boys.

Player of the Day: Ryan Davies

Goals Scorers: Rowan and Michael

Ravenstone Youth FC 2 Oadby Owls JFC 4 - 18th November 2012 (League)

A great result against the Division's in-form team. Oadby have not won here at this age group previously, there was no better timing than today when anything other than three points would have left us slightly adrift. As it is, with games in hand on teams above us, we are well placed for further moves up this tight Division if we continue bringing our training into games as we have today.

With a very soft pitch we knew we had to be positive and tried to play a narrow formation as we knew Ravenstone had a strong left side and very mobile strikers. Chez, playing more like his old self, and Ollie Mac needed to be tight at the back as the movement of their strikers did prove troublesome. With most of our stronger okay coming down the left in the opening exchanges itwas only fitting that Michael, massively in-form on both Saturdays and Sundays, should be the provider for Rowan to round his marker a drill a shot into the top corner for the opening goal. We gave little away in the first quarter but then let them back in when an elaborate cross field ball was intercepted and their striker went through one on one with Elliott to slot home, a sloppy goal to give away.

We did have more chances, a couple of poor corners that we had rehearsed on Wednesday didn't go well, but with midfield play matched evenly an equal scoreline at half time was maybe a accurate.

Second half, a different story. We started brightly and started to control the game, smart passing any moving got us going and we were starting to dominate our left hand side with Owen and Michael particularly bright and Luke and Billy starting to influence. We took the lead when a Billy left side corner bounced around and was adjudged to have controversially crossed the line after a Rowan poke forward, 2-1, the referee did question his decision after full time, too late, 2-1. Another great save from Elliott kept us in it and then a quite superb run and chip from Rowan gave him a deserved hat-trick for  a 3-1 scoreline with 10 minutes to go. A smart shot from Billy was superbly tipped round the post and a couple of chances when we tried to walk in the ball went away from us. Two player changes designed to close shop backfired when a muddle at the back let in the Ravenstone right winger for a smart drive in at the near post.

Fergie calls it "squeaky bum time" and for a while it was, hanging on to the three points was crucial, and so it proved. Another great run down the left from Michael saw him square the ball to the onrushing Jordan who managed to crash a volley into an empty net, just what we needed.

Too late for a response, we took the points with a performance that keeps our unbeaten run going and starts to create the self-belief we need. 

Well done lads, we improve each week.

Player of the Day: Billy Tebbatt

Goals Scorers: Rowan (3), Jordan 

Allexton & New Parks 0 Oadby Owls 0 - 11th November 2012 (League

Two seasons ago we would have come to Allexton fearing defeat, we now come disappointed with a goalless draw! The way we have improved due to the coaching of Stu is there for all to see, our pass and move football, desire and ability now shines through with every squad player. We were unlucky today not to have come away with a scoreline several goals in our favour!

Starting well we passed and moved the ball around better than at any point so far this season to date, everything we asked at training Weds evening came through. Solid at the back with Ollie McGowan outstanding throughout, creative and composed in midfield, challenging on the flanks and hard running and effective up front we were the far better side throughout the first half without creating many clear cut chances. Every player had played a major part in events to half time, the most pleasing thing was the composure and way in which the confidence on the ball shone through. With new keeper Elliott hardly troubled we arrived at half time with a great positive message - more of the same!

Allexton had seen our threat and made a couple of changes designed to stifle our play, the second half was a bit more disjointed despite the fact that we have several chances to take the points. Rowan had a couple great chances to score, the best being a strike that beat the keeper to only come back off the bar, Michael had two cross shots that eluded the far post, Owen created a couple of great runs and crosses that just went beyond the strikers and we must have had five great corners that only needed a connection.....something for the training ground!!!

Despite being unhappy not to come away with three points we must remain positive with the way in which we played, particularly in the first half, Dave and I have seen a great move forward in desire, team spirit and ability, thanks to Stu and his training regime, let's hope we can continue to move towards that top 4 spot. .....?

Player of the Day: Ollie McGowan

Goals Scorers: 

Riverside United 3 Oadby Owls JFC 3 aet 3-4 after pens - 4th November 2012 (County Cup)

A good battle, a typical example of never under-estimating a team from a lower Division in the Cup. Riverside top Division 3 and it is no surprise, they are a strong side who like a battle and have several good technical players. Despite all that, Oadby had chances to secure a 6 or 7 goal haul but for some poor finishing with Ollie in goal not really threatened.

On a very small and boggy pitch getting worse with the rain it was never going to be pretty, but despite a strong start Oadby never got the ball under control as well as we would have liked. A scrappy midfield battle throughout with neither team shining, Oadby took the lead with a great run and shot from outside the area from Ryan who had a great first half at right back. We lost Max to a shocking tackle which drew blood from his ankle, but with a shift round that saw Ollie B going wide right we scored a second with a super run and cross from Captain of the day Michael was met by the onrushing Owen who slotted past the Keeper with a smart right foot finish.

We looked comfortable but conceded two sloppy goals when Riverside came out with more purpose from the off. Our inability to string two passes together for a spell at a time when the opposition stopped us from moving the ball around, they had more desire and it showed. We still could have pinched the game, but entered extra time the inferior side.

A stalemate first half then saw Riverside take the lead with a run and shot that bounced around before being drilled home despite us having 6 players in our own box. Almost immediately Owen struck a superb free kick straight through a ruck of players, a deflection saw it hit the back of the net. Game on! Then, we give away a stupid penalty that fortunately was hit wide, we are lucky but arrive at a penalty shoot-out which, with goals from Rowan, Jordan, Wills and keeper Ollie, we win 4-3.

We progress to Round 4 by the skin of our teeth, we will need to be better next week when we go to Allexton!

Player of the Day: Owen Pryor

Goals Scorers: Owen 2, Ryan, Rowan (pen), Jordan (pen), Wills (pen), Ollie Mac (pen)

Oadby Owls 3 Thurmaston Magpies 2 - 14th October 2012 (League)

A cracking game that puts us on the map!!

With our keeper Will re-instated for the one-off game we started with a good level of confidence behind the back four despite having a couple of squad players out through injury. Early on we domintaed possession and were rewarded with a great goal from Michael who battled against a strong centre back before rounding him and slotting past the keeper with a great finish. Thurmaston then got back into the game when, from a simple throw in they had a loose player on the edge of the box who drove the ball past Will and into the bottom corner, sloppy marking cost us dearly. Battling displays all round kep us at it, but we couldnt seem to release Rowan in on goal and our wide paly wasn't creative enough to pose a threat.

Thurmaston came out strongly in the second half and went 2-1 up after a defensive mix-up. Despite a couple of great saves by Will we looked to be losing our way, but a couple of substitutions changed things round and proved that we can get those results if we believe. Great hold up play by Michael allowed the ball to be fed wide and a couple of half chances left Ryan with a left foot shot that drew us level. Game on - strong defending kept them at bay and then a great through ball put Rowan in and he slotted home to take us into the lead, superb finish with his only real chance!

Defending strong we rode a late storm to desrvedly take the points.

Player of the Day: Michael Causon

Goals Scorers: Michael Causon, Ryan Davies, Rowan Powell

Thurmaston Magpies 2 Oadby Owls 0 - 30th September 2012 (League Cup)

We have had better days at the office! Some of the positive stuff we have learnt and trained with Stu deserted us on the day against a well drilled team with some big lads and on a very big pitch! Both Manager and Assistant going back to the changing rooms after the game hoarse tells it's own story!

We set up with a 4-5-1 formation expecting a midfield battle and although we got one we altered during the first half when the it was necessary to offer some help to Rowan who was isolated in his lone striker role. Thurmaston have a strong left side and play to that strength and the grafter Ryan found it hard going against two big lads, it was down this flank that they scored the first goal when the wide man found the by-line and swung over a drilled cross which was met full on at the near post, 1-0 down. We held our own and when Rowan went clear we were already celebrating an equaliser, but the ball bounced just wide after a positive run on goal. A further run of his was unfairly judged offside, but the game was scrappy and we could not get into a rhythm, unforced errors and head-down clearances put us under uneccesary pressure The reliable Olly Mac in goal only really had one further shot to save before half-time, though we had not really pressurised the opposition goal at all though.

The second half was a bit more promising, upholding our squad rotation meant changes were made, posiibly upsetting our flow, but we did have a couple of good chances, both falling to Jordan who had a header well saved and then shot just wide when he maybe should have hit the target. A couple of corners kept us on the attack, but we didn't really play the ball around and through as we have done recently and conceded a soft goal from a corner that ultimately put the game beyond our reach. Some positives were the strong running of Rowan, sweeper Luke's composure on the ball and reading of the game and the second half display of Ryan in particular.

We will need to be better in the League fixture against this bogey team of ours in a couple of weeks time though, fingers crossed, sure Stu will have some words at training!!

Player of the Day: Rowan Powell

Goals Scorers: 

Oadby Owls 3 Harborough Town 1 - 23rd September 2012 (League)

We are off and running in the League, the first three points are on the board! A convincing first half performance which saw us go in 3-0 up was followed by a very jittery second half, but we hung on to take the victory.

A great start saw us control the game from early on, solid defending, solid pass and move midfield and pacey front play made it difficult for Harborough to get any momentum.  With the versatile Ollie Mac in goal we pinged the ball around from the off, Luke and Chez solid in the centre of defence and Ryan and Matt always available in the full back roles. With Connor chasing down every ball, most of the play went through Billy who linked well with Ollie B, Jordan and Owen with Rowan able to chase through the balls into the channels. One attempt on goal went wide but Rowan made no mistake with his second run at the keeper with a cool finish. A couple of half chances, a long range effort from Jordan just wide and a couple of great corners from Owen followed, but the inspired substitutions after 20 mins opened the door again,  Max providing the cross for Wills to work the keeper who spilled the ball for Jordan to drive home. Shortly after great tenacious work by Wills on the left, winning tackles and driving on, resulted in him being on hand to head the ball home.

Playing down the slope had given us the edge, the second half belonged to Harborough though. After a smart end to end move resulted in Jordan just slipping the ball wide, they took over as Oadby lost shape and got scrappy. Losing Rowan and Matt to injury didn't help, but we struggled to keep the ball and lost composure. Great battling from Ollie B, quality defending from Captain of the day Luke and assured keeping from Ollie Mac keep us in it, but a lot of lost possession and loose passing gives us something to work on again in training. Harborough scored a good goal, but the day did belong to Oadby overall after taking their chances during that first half.

Bogey team Thurmaston next in the League Cup, may get our Keeper back for the day, bring it on!!

Player of the Day: Luke Davis

Goals Scorers: Rowan, Jordan, Wills

Oadby Owls JFC 17 Ketton Juniors 0 - 16th September 2012 (County Cup)

The day started  with concerns as at 1.30pm with a 2pm kick-off the opposition had not arrived at Coombe Park. The team turned up and  the game went on without a hitch....unless you were part of the Ketton Juniors set-up who it has to be said had the best bunch of players, Coaches, Managers and Parents despite the score, top class! As the result suggests the game was totally one-sided, in fact with a bit more composure Oadby could have had 30 goals. We get comfort in the fact that we had progressed into Round 2, got some scoring practise after losing both of the two opening games despite playing well in both and did actually ping the ball around really well, but won't get too carried away with our success with the quest for League points being a huge priority next Sunday v Harborough. Well done boys, let's move on.................

Player of the Day: Ketton Juniors Players, Coaches, Managers & Parents

Goals Scorers: Billy, Ryan, Sam, Rowan (2 each), all other matchday squad players except Wills 1 each

Barrow Town 2 Oadby Owls 0 - 9th September 2012 (League)

On a day with temperatures soaring and squad players missing we didnt deserve the result!! On a day when I thought we played most of the better football, battled hard and struggled with not having a couple of extra pairs of fresh legs we were all so disappointed to concede two gaols in the last seven minutes to come away with nothing!!

We had altered a formation to 4-5-1 to combat some of the threat that we knew existed, at times we had Jordan first and then Michael a bit isolated at times but the game plan was not to concede before half time and hope to create chances. Will P in goal, playing his second and unfortunately last game for us, had little to do early on and the game did get very congested in the midfield. Connor and Ollie B battled brilliantly and stopped their flow and Billy showed us what he can do with his head on by playing some great attacking moves. The defence held firm, Luke was sweeper of the day and had a great game supporting Chez and with Matt and Kalis not really stretched we felt that the wingers Ryan and Owen/Wills would always provide chances. They were however few and far between for both sides, the Barrow keeper did save well from Ryan and Michael yet so far so good.

Barrow had five subs on the line compared to our two yet playing down the slope we did feel we could sneek something from the game. Passing moves started to develop as we altered formation, pushing the combative Kalis into midfield and chances came, the best falling to Jordan played in with a through ball which the keeper did well to save and then from a corner a ball bouncing around the Barrow box after several half-shots bounced wide. Will P produced a great save rushing out to challenge the ball, but then a longer ball game started to challenge the tired legs of our defence and balls over the top caught us twice and the game was over. Disappointed faces for all players and us on the line, we felt we could and should have taken points.

We have had a tough start, away to two of the better teams of the League, yet we have played some good stuff and our breaks will come. Chins up boys, this is a tough Division, we are haeding the right way!!

Player of the Day: Ollie Braybrooke for his battling

Goals Scorers: N/A

Anstey Swifts 4 Oadby Owls 1 - 2nd September 2012 (League)

With a larger and stronger squad moving into the new season we encountered a tough start against opposition potentially tipped to win the Division. In the absence of Stu and on a superb large Senior League pitch we lined up with a formation we believed was strong enough to compete and for the most part we did. Anstey adopted a 3-5-2 system, we felt we could compete with 4-4-1-1, but a couple of early defensive errors put us on the back foot as we slipped 2-0 down.

A slight re-shuffle and we began to stop their flow and despite conceding again before half-time were far more in the game, Will P in goal totally justifying the reason we spent months trying to get him to Oadby. We were not helped by a couple of injuries to Jordan and Ollie Mac, but had enough cover to go into the second half with a message to up the intensity and retain the ball. Anstey are a well organised unit, play together in the main as Aylestone Park MJPL in the Saturday league and we expected a battle, but more than matched them for large periods and started to create chances.

Kalis, captain for the day and another great squad addition, found several forward runs proved threatening and linked well with Ollie B who started to put pressure on the right side of the Anstey back line. On the left the combination of Owen and Wills started to open up their defence, strikers Michael and Rowan received more of the ball, tireless running and improved vision and passing from the complete midfield unit of Connor, Billy, Ryan and Sam, steady defensive play from Chez, Ollie, Kallis and Matt and another couple of great saves from Will made us look a different side from earlier.

The biggest roar of the day came when great right side play from Ollie and Kalis saw the ball crossed over for Wills to finish at the back post. We had drawn the second half 1-1 and look forward to the return encounter later in the season where we will match their formation and get at them right from the start.

Player of the Day: The whole squad for the second half display

Goals Scorers: Wills Page

Team Notices

Leicester & District Sunday Juniors League