Under 15 Juniors

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Manager: Rob Farrar

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Assistant Manager: Toke Singh

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The team play in the Midland Junior Premier League under 15′s League (Saturdays)

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The team play in the Leicester & District Sunday Juniors League – Division A (Sundays)

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Team Notices

  • Oadby Owls Presentation Night - Saturday 18th May 2013
  • Camber Sands Tour - Friday 24th May to Monday 27th May 2013
  • Wythall Juniors Tournament - Saturday 8th June 2013
  • Oadby Owls Tournament - Sunday 18th August 2013
  • Wisbech St Mary tournament - Saturday 31st August 2013
  • Barrowby Tournament - Sunday 1st September 2013
  • For 13/14 season Winter training is on Wednesday's at Guthlaxton College, Wigston on the 3G between 8pm and 9:30pm.

Midland Junior Premier League

Date

Time

Opposition

Home/Away

Result

 08/09/2012 10:30  Corby Town  Home   W 2-1
 15/09/2012  10:30  Wolverhampton Casuals  Away   W 4-1
 22/09/2012  10:30  Nuneaton Town  Home  L 2-3
 29/09/2012 10:30 Kingshurst Sporting Home  C-C
 06/10/2012   No fixture    
 13/10/2012 11:30 Pelican Colts Away   L 0-2
 20/10/2012 10:30 Burton Colts  Away  W 3-0
 27/10/2012 10:30  Four Corners  Away  W 10-0
 03/11/2012 10:30 Boldmere Falcons Home  W 1-0
 10/11/2012   No fixture     
 17/11/2012 10:30 Walsall Development Centre Away  P-P
 24/11/2012 10:30  Bustleholme Home  W 5-2
 01/12/2012 10:30  Hinckley United Home   W 5-0
 08/12/2012 10:30  Paget Rangers  Away   W 4-2
 15/12/2012 10:30 Shrewsbury D.C.  Home   W 2-1
 05/01/2013 10:30  Beaumont Town  Away   D 3-3
 12/01/2013 10:30  Worcester Olympic  Home   L 1-3
 19/01/2013 10:30 Birmingham City Community Trust  Away   P-P
 26/01/2013 10:30 Rushall Olympic Home  P-P
 02/02/2013 10:30  Rushall Olympic  Home   W 6-2
 09/02/2013 10:30 Birmingham City Community Trust  Home  W 4-0
 16/02/2013 10:30 Oxford City Away  W 4-0
 23/02/2013 10:30 Walsall Development Centre  Away   L 1-3
 02/03/2013 10:30  Stratford Town  Away   W 2-1
 09/03/2013 10:30 Kingshurst Sporting Home   W 3-2
 16/03/2013   No fixture    
 23/03/2013 10:30  Dudley Town  Away  P-P
 30/03/2013 10:30 Shirley Town (Friendly) Home   D 1-1 
 06/04/2013 10:30 Walsall Development Centre (Play Off QF)  Home   W 3-1
 27/04/2013 10:30 Pelican Colts                       (Play Off SF) Away  W 3-2
 11/05/2013 16:30 Beaumont Town                (Play Off Final) Rugby Town  W 2-0

Leicester & District Sunday Juniors League

Date

Time

Opposition

Home/Away

Result

02/09/2012  10:30  Blaby & Whetstone  Home W 1-0
09/09/2012  10:30   Whetstone Juniors   Away  W 6-3
16/09/2012  10:30  Hinckley United   Home W 1-0
23/09/2012  10:30   Hinckley United  Away W 5-1
30/09/2012  10:30   Whetstone Juniors (League Cup)  Home W 3-0 
07/10/2012  10:30  Quorn Juniors (County Cup)  Away W 6-0
14/10/2012   14:00  St Andrews  Away W 3-1
21/10/2012   14:00  Highfield Rangers   Home L 1-3
28/10/2012  10:30  Houghton Rangers  Away P-P
04/11/2012   13:00  Harborough Town (County Cup)  Home W 8-0 
11/11/2012  10:30   Houghton Rangers   Away W 11-2
18/11/2012   10:30   Thurmaston Magpies 2009 (League Cup)   Away  W 5-1
25/11/2012  10:30  Ravenstone Youth  Away P-P
02/12/2012  10:30  Houghton Rangers (County Cup)  Home  P-P 
09/12/2012  10:30  Houghton Rangers (County Cup)  Home W 5-0
16/12/2012  10:30  Ravenstone Youth  Home W 8-0
06/01/2013  10:30  St Andrews Magpies  Home W 9-0 
13/01/2013   10:30  Leicester Nirvana 2010 (County Cup QF)  Away W 5-0 
20/01/2012  10:30  St Andrews   Home P-P
27/01/2012  14:00  Highfield Rangers  Away P-P 
03/02/2013  10:30  Friar Lane & Epworth (County Cup SF)  Away W 7-0
10/02/2013  10:30  Leicester Nirvana  Away W 3-2
17/02/2013  10:30  St Andrews  Home P-P
24/02/2013   14:00   Highfield Rangers  Away L 1-3
03/03/2013  10:30  Blaby & Whetstone  Away W 5-0 
10/03/2013   14:00  St Andrews Magpies  Away P-P
17/03/2013  10:30  Houghton Rangers (League Cup QF)  Home  P-P
24/03/2013  10:30  Houghton Rangers  Home  P-P
31/03/2013    No Fixture    
07/04/2013  10:30  Houghton Rangers (League Cup QF)  Home W 5-1
10/04/2013  18:15  Whetstone Juniors  Home W 3-2
14/04/2013  14:00  St Andrews Magpies  Away W 4-0 
16/04/2013  18:30  Houghton Rangers  Home W 8-2
21/04/2013  10:30   Blaby & Whetstone (League Cup SF)  Aylestone Park F.C. W 1-0
24/04/2013  18:45  St Andrews  Home W 4-0
28/04/2013   14:00  Highfield Rangers (County Cup Final)  Holmes Park L 0-2
01/05/2013  19:00   Ravenstone Youth   Away W 15-1
05/05/2013  10:30  Leicester Nirvana  Home W 3-2
19/05/2013  10:30  Leicester Nirvana (League Cup Final)  Harborough Town W 3-1

Beaumont Town 0 Oadby Owls 2 - 11th May 2013 (MJPL Under 15's Major Cup Play Off Final)

Jordie makes sure we're out on the Town!

A breezy afternoon greeted us as we arrive at Rugby Juniors FC for the MJPL Major Cup Final. We expected a tight game against points winners Beaumont Town.

The match started nervously with neither side gaining any advantage as they tried to get to grips with the difficult conditions. Owls looked strong at the back limiting Beaumont to very few meaningful attacks. Owls then started to get into their rhythm controlling the midfield and getting the ball wide at every opportunity, Sergio and Josh Ashman began to cause problems down each flank. The early mounting pressure started to yield a few half chances but the final ball just wouldn't find an Oadby attacker.

Then Owls fashioned a fine move down the left putting Sergio free on the left hand edge of the box, his fine cross found Kuda but his half volley went high and wide and did not trouble the Beaumont keeper. Moments later another fine cross from the left saw Josh Ashman out jump the Beaumont defence to power a header narrowly wide. Oadby now in the ascendancy continued to probe through the middle and down the flanks. Josh, Kuda and Alfie all went close but they could break the deadlock. Owls continued to limit Beaumont possession in the middle of the park with Reece Bradbury and Jordie commanding in the air and Bradie and Rhys Dowds solid in the floor. Despite the first half finishing goalless, Owls had shown enough to warrant a good deal of optimism for the second period.

Half Time: Beaumont Town 0 Oadby Owls 0

Oadby started brightly in the second period playing powerful football and not allowing Beaumont time and space to settle on the ball. The midfield battle was won and Owls started to press Beaumont back inside their own half for sustained periods. Corner followed corner as Oadby pinned Beaumont into deeper and deeper positions. Niam was bombarding the Beaumont box with pinpoint crosses surely the pressure would eventually bear fruit. Following another fine corner from the right the ball was half cleared by Beaumont but Jordie latched onto the loose ball, controlling well before smashing right footed beyond the Beaumont keeper. This was no more than Oadby deserved and it gave them a platform to establish a strong foothold on the game.

Oadby brought on fresh legs in the form of Harvey, who replaced the faultless Rhys Dowds, Rhys Robinson who replaced Niam who had started to tire but who had done so magnificently in the middle and Alfie who replaced Kuda who had worked so hard leading the line, in an attempt to put the game beyond Beaumont. All three showed some fine touches as we started to attack at will down the left wing. With Josh Ashman a constant threat down the right there was only really one team that looked like scoring, James, Alfie and Kuda were too much for the Beaumont backline to handle as they pulled them this way and that. A long looping ball from Josh Ashman created problems for the Beaumont defence and Kuda challenged the keeper for a high bouncing ball despite winning the first dual the keeper could only push the ball back into the air. Rhys Robinson saw his chance leaping for the loose ball, out of position the keeper stuck out an arm pushing Rhys from underneath the ball. The referee had no choice but to award a penalty. Sergio stepped up a calmly slotted the ball home to give us a 2 – 0 lead with around 15 minutes remaining.

Christian replaced Bradie who had a strong game. Beaumont pushed for a consolation but the defence held firm, Josh Hallam made one fine save pushing a goal bound effort onto the post. Owls continued to look threatening on the break and could have added to their tally before the end. Sam Grouse and Rhys Robinson had chances to put the game even further beyond doubt but in the end could not convert their chances.

Final Score: Beaumont Town 0 Oadby Owls 2

A fine all round performance and a well - deserved victory.

Well done lads – Brilliant!

Player of the Day: The whole squad were fantastic but Josh Ashman and Reece Bradbury had outstanding games

Goals Scorers: Jordie Burke and Sergio Dhillon (pen)

Oadby Owls 3 Leicester Nirvana 2 - 5th May 2013 (League)

Oadby finish off on a high, but await other results to see whether its gold or silver!

OK so the League title has gone down to the final match of the Season – Our destiny is not in our own hands but if we win this match we keep up the pressure on rivals Highfields Rangers – Let’s see what the boys can do as we seek to lay down a marker ahead of the upcoming League Cup Final – It has the potential for a physical encounter and certainly the League believe the match worthy of fair officiating as League Referee and Linesmen stride purposefully to the pitch!

Starting Line Up :- Josh Hallam in goal, Defence: Harvey,  Reece, Bradie Midfield : Alex, Jordie, Niam, Sam, Josh Ashman Leading the Line Up Front : Alfie and Kuda

The Owls start the game kicking downhill and are immediately on the offensive – Nirvana attack but Bradie is big and strong as he shields the ball out for a goal kick. Swiftly taken, Kuda flicks on for the buzzing Alfie who can’t find a finish.  Kuda is battling the Nirvana defence and for a few minutes no team is dominant BUT that changes as Bradie clears his lines to Ashman who threads a ball with the outside of his foot for Kuda to run onto and finish GOAL 1- NIL !

Nirvana react as expected and it takes some collective defending to restrict them to within 20 yards of our goal – Back on the attack as the boys begin to take control of the game – Ashman to Kuda who accepts the interesting challenge and plays back to Ashman who controls the ball on his chest before volleying just wide – nearly there!

More excellent defending from Jordie and Ashman, followed by Reece leading his defence.  Kuda is released and wins a corner. Niam and Sam take it short and cross for Kuda to fashion a header. Nirvana back at us, Harvey clears our lines. Josh clears for Alfie to control and turn nearly finishing. Corner! Niam takes but the Nirvana keeper does well.

Free kick to us – Over from Niam – The lively Sam Grouse wins a header, Reece tidies up. Niam wins a free kick for a push in the back. Ashman gets the ball back and Alex is squashed for his troubles – Free Kick Sam takes Keeper collects. Jordie lovely ball though for Alfie just wide.  Oadby are in the ascendancy now as Nirvana defend desperately.

Nirvana break forwards but we defend the attack for a corner and then as we don’t clear our lines are punished, rather unexpectedly they find a finish to make it 1-1 – Hmmmm

Undeterred, the Owls attack with Harvey, Alex and Kuda combining. Kuda races into the Penalty Area with just the keeper to beat and is clipped form behind – It give the referee no option but to award a penalty and send the player off – Nirvana down to 10 men, Kuda steps up and SCORES – 2-1 !!

Now’s our chance to exert pressure – Sam plays in Alex who breaks free as two Nirvana players collide – Nirvana No 10 pulls our keeper back – Good tussle in Midfield continues – Back at us but Bradie clears – It’s good enough boys. Alex onto Alfie can’t find a finish – Bradie is having a tussle with MoMo – Good contest that Bradie is winning. Interesting challenges up our right flank lead to the Nirvana No 10 getting booked – Sub Alfie off JP on and it’s Half Time!

We start the 2nd half with bright passing, moving the ball quickly and almost creating openings for our forwards – Good player management from the officials is keeping the game honest.

We break with Jordie leading the charge, plays in Kuda who is only thwarted by last ditch defending from the Nirvana No 19 – All across the pitch our boys are looking strong and confident – Nirvana attack- Alex sees it out for a throw-in and eventually we have our goal kick.

More attacking play from Nirvana as they seek to get something from the game but the Defence and Midfield work together to keep them at bay – Alex plays in JP who turns neatly and finds Ashman – Quick ball juggling and he nearly finishes – Bradie goes on the charge and is fouled – Harvey takes the free kick but too long and we can’t convert. Nirvana break quickly but we defend – All ends up we seem in charge with no threat and then it happens – Out of nothing Nirvana manage to clip a ball over the outstretched arms of our keeper and draw level 2-2.

A nervous minute passes as the boys regain mental control after this set-back and re-group to find the goal we need to maintain our League Title challenge – Time for a hero to step forwards........

By this time Rhys Robinson is on the pitch and working the left flank successfully – He weaves into the box and has a strike on goal but it lacks sufficient power to trouble the keeper. Up the left again, Harvey, Rhys, James and back to Rhys for a cross into the box for JP to shoot on goal – Just over.

More good work up the middle as we are determined to seek out our winner – Harvey plays in Sam in the penalty box, skips past a player and hits the post! But it’s not over as the ball finds Alfie and he forces home to make it 3-2 The HOME crowd go wild! The hero we needed has stepped forward – ALL OF THEM!

And that is just about that as the Ref brings the game to a close leaving us to await the outcome of another match to see if we finish 2nd or TOP of Division One – The boys have come through a tough encounter with flying colours – WELL DONE ALL OF YOU – You make these supporters proud! 

Player of the Day: The whole team - brilliant!

Goals Scorers: Kuda (2) and Alfie

Ravenstone Youth 1 Oadby Owls 15 - 1st May 2013 (League)

HT: Ravenstone 1 Oadby Owls 7

FT: Ravenstone 1 Oadby Owls 15

Player of the Day: Sam Grouse

Goal Scorers: Niam (4), Sam (2), James (2), Harrison, Rhys R, Kuda, Alex (2), Josh A and Jordan

Highfield Rangers 2 Oadby Owls 0 - 28th April 2013 (County Cup Final)

Owls suffer heartbreak in Cup Final defeat

HT: Highfield Rangers 1 Oadby Owls 0

FT: Highfield Rangers 2 Oadby Owls 0

Player of the Day: 

Goals Scorers: N/A

Pelican Colts 2 Oadby Owls 3 - 27th April 2013 (MJPL Major Cup SF)

Owls toot good for Pelicans

A fine sunny morning greeted us at Lenton Lane as we arrived full of expectation that this year we would progress to the play-off final. The team was hitting top form at the right time but we anticipated a tough test against Pelican Colts who themselves had enjoyed a very successful season.

Alex, Ryhs Robinson, Harvey, Harrison and James made up a strong bench. Owls were straight out of the blocks forcing an early corner, Sam sent over a pin point cross but the ball was cleared at the near post. Pelican then created an half chance of their own from a deep free kick but thankfully the striker blazed wide.

Owls then settled into their stride and the passes zipped around producing attack after attack, Pelicans were pinned inside their own half and unable to force their way out. Niam and Sam fashioned a nice opening forcing the keeper to block a shot out to Kuda, his neat turn and first time shot went narrowly wide of the target. Sam then got free in centre midfield skipping past two challenges a driving towards the box, as he went round a third challenge he was upended by the centre back – free kick Oadby. Sam took the kick himself with a sweet strike around the wall and into the bottom right corner - Pelicans 0 Oadby 1

Now in full control Oadby passed the ball with great precision seemingly producing attacks at will, Sergio and Josh Ashman probed continually down both wings and Niam and Jordie powered through the middle. The reward came when a neat run and shot by Sam was only parried by the keep and Alfie nipped in to finish with a left foot strike. – Pelicans 0 Oadby 2

For the next 20 minutes Oadby dominated possession passing neatly through midfield to the front men who looked likely to score enough goals to finish the game off in the first half, chances came and went for Sergio, Alfie and Kuda. Then a great move through the centre including a sweet one-two between Sam and Niam saw Josh Ashman free down the right his first time shot looked goal bound before a defender stuck out an arm, Penalty! Sergio stepped up a calmly slotted home the spot kick. Pelicans 0 Oadby 3

Oadby now looked in an unassailable position but Pelican refused to give in and their perseverance was reward with a penalty of their own when Bradie was inexplicably adjudged to have raised an elbow. Bradie received a very harsh yellow card and the resulting penalty gave Pelican a goal just before the break

Half Time: Pelican 1 Oadby 3

Alex and James replaced Josh Ashman and Alfie to give us fresh impetus at the start of the second half. Oadby started as they had finished the first half stringing together some fine passing moves often containing 6 and 7 passes. One such move resulted in a clearance to the edge of the Box where Alex controlled neatly before blasting a half volley that the Pelican keeper did well to push around the post. Oadby forced three corners in quick succession but despite some well taken kicks we could not add to our half time tally.

As the second half progressed Oadby sat back and allowed Pelican more field position as we tried to conserve energy for our County Cup Final the following day. Pelican did create a number of half chances but in the main we looked secure at the back with Rhys Dowds, Harrison and Reece Bradbury all in fine form. Pelican got their second consolation goal right at the death after a defensive mix up that saw the ball trickle into the net from a speculative long ball. Owls first half performance was one of the best of the season just at the right time and we made the journey home looking forward to the Play-off final in May against either Beaumont or Stratford.

Player of the Day: 

Goal Scorers: Sam, Alfie and Sergio

Oadby Owls 4 St Andrews 0 - 24th April 2013 (League)

Bradie hits a Worldy!

An evening kick off due to fixture backup meant a dash from work for everyone in order to be ready for the 6:45 start. On paper this fixture was a potential banana skin as we looked to consolidate our push for a second league title.

Jordie, Sam, Jordan and Sergio made up the bench

Owls started brightest putting Andrews under immediate pressure an early combination between Alfie and Josh Ashman produced an early chance but the ball was eventually cleared to safety. A Harvey Judd free kick hit with precise accuracy found the head of Kuda but the resulting header went agonisingly over the bar. A quick free throw from Josh then finds Bradie in a bit a space a neat control and blistering half volley gave the St. Andrews keeper no chance and a all he could do was what the ball dip inside the far post – wonder strike!!! 1 – 0 Oadby

St. Andrews then gave us a scare a blistering drive from a full 30 yards was well tipped over by Josh Hallam and thankfully the resulting corner cane to nothing. Oadby, back in control produced a number of slick attacks with great link-up play between forwards and backs but either the final ball went astray or the Andrews defenders were able to clear. Oadby forced the play for the rest of the first period but were unable to add to their lead.

Half Time: Oadby 1 St Andrews 0

The second half could not have started better,Jordie collected the ball in the centre circle, his accurate pass found Josh wide right, his first time pin-point cross was converted with a neat half volley by James Parker 2 – 0 Oadby. Further half chances came and went but Oadby always looked in complete control limiting St Andrews to scraps of possession in their own half.

The third Oadby goal was almost a repeat of the second another ball from defence to attach by Jordie this time found James Parker running free, he beat the keeper in the foot race before selflessly  squaring for Kuda to tap in the empty net. 3 – 0

More goals seemed inevitable and so it proved Sam Grouse this time was the provider scooting through midfield before sliding a ball through to James Parker who calmly completes an impressive performance with his second and Oadby’s fourth.

Our new winger Milo Judd even tried to make a cameo appearance but was quickly retrieved from the action before being able to get a touch.

Full Time: Oadby 4 St Andrews  0

Player of the Day: Kuda

Goal Scorers: Bradie, James (2) and Kuda

Blaby & Whetstone BC 0 Oadby Owls 1 - 21st April 2013 (League Cup SF)

Owls through to another final!

The excellent facilities at Aylestone Park FC played host to a day of Semi Finals as we lined up in the 1st encounter of the day against old rivals Blaby and Whetstone who fielded our Saturday keeper Callum in their starting 11 together with Oadby ‘old boy’ Carter Gill.

Starting Line Up for Oadby :- Josh Hallam in between the posts, Defence; Harvey Reece, Christian Midfield; Alex , Jordie, Sergio, James, Josh Ashman Up Front; Alfie and Sam

Warming the Bench Harrison, Bradie, Kuda, Jordan and Rhys Robinson

This was always going to be a tough physical test and special mention should be made of the match officials and in particular our referee who was constantly talking to the boys throughout the game. His player management ensured that a tough physical encounter remained entertaining and fair – A test for the officials which they all passed with flying colours – Well Done and Thankyou all.

Anyway enough of that, to the game – We started well enough and even took the opportunity to keep our keeper on his toes with an interesting back pass – Josh dealt with it with a minimum of fuss! For much of the 1st half the ball was in the air as both sides failed to stamp their authority on the game. Throughout we seemed to be having the better of the exchanges with our Midfield  comfortable and our Defence standing firm and defending collectively whenever they were called upon – our forwards just couldn’t break down the Blaby defence. In truth our linesman didn’t have a lot of running to do as most of the action was in the Blaby half.

Here’s a bit of the action :- We get the ball on the floor and pass across the field – Jordie, Harvey, Alex back to Jordie who shapes to shoot but Sergio has an effort  -wide. Ashman bursts into the Blaby box two goes at it but Blaby clear their lines – All Oadby at the moment – Nice quick interplay on the left hand side crafts a chance for Sam but he is given offside. Harvey collides with the perimeter fencing as he sees a ball out – Ouch! Back on his feet and it’s Reeces turn to take one for the Defence as he walks off the pitch...... gingerly! Time for Christian to cover Reece. Snapshot Alex – The Blaby forward line looks strong but so are we, matching them physically. Blaby shape an opening – Over the top. Chester takes one in the face – Should pay more attention – Glad it wasn’t me! Ashman/Sergio xfield Alex wins a throw deep in the Blaby half. More kick tennis – Sam is lively chasing,  Jordie is having a GREAT game in the centre of Midfield and then the ball finds Ashman out wide – He crosses and the Blaby keeper (that’ll be our Saturday boy! tips onto the crossbar – No forward close enough to pick up the pieces. Corner – Ashman takes – Cleared. JP has an effort on goal saved by the keeper. Jordie chips into the box for Sam to chase down but a collision with the Blaby defender ends that encounter. Blaby back at us, collective defending thwarts them but they win a free kick. Taken long and high into our box, under pressure Josh collects and sets our boys free to attack again. Sub Bradie & Kuda ON for Sam & Christian. Better passing and an excellent 1st touch from Kuda sets up yet another series of attacks but the Blaby goal line isn’t breeched. Reece covers at the back, Harrison is on for Harvey – Good 1st header from Harrison – Alfie is set free and has a choice of two balls to fire at – James to Kuda into Alfie almost there – Late challenge on Harrison brings the scoreless  half to a close and a chance to catch a breath – I’m talking about the supporters!

2nd Half Starting Line Up :- Josh Hallam in goal (obviously!) Defence; Harvey, Harrison, Bradie; Midfield; Ashman, Sergio, Jordie, Rhys Robinson; Up Front; Kuda, Alfie and Jordan

Immediately Blaby try and pass through our Midfield but it doesn’t work – we attack, they attack – It’s got a familiar ring to it! Kuda, Rhys R, Harvey play the ball to one another on the floor – Better on the eye and more like it chaps! Ashman wins a free kick and the Ref has a chat with the Blaby No 4! And then we fashion an opportunity as our Midfield General Jordie wins a header – Into Rhys Robinson who controls and plays a ball through for Jordie to continue his  run onto – Under pressure he forces his way into the Blaby box and finishes FANTASTIC GOAL – The crowd goes WILD!!!!!!!!  ONE- NIL !!

Blaby attack up the flank and the ball heads out – Chester this time is paying more attention and catches beautifully – He’s been watching our boy in goal! Bradie is STRONG in the tackle – Kuda  is equally STRONG as we attack up the right flank – Ashman covers – Josh plays the ball to Kuda, nice back heel – Sergio/Alfie combine and get in on goal – We win another corner, Great defensive work from Sergio in the middle of the park.  Josh collects high above his head, sets Jordie free onto Jordan Alfie gets a snapshot away – Blaby back at us but Jordan is closing down well – Kuda  gets moving down the line again and then our other battling Midfielder Sergio gets an injury in the line of duty and has to be replaced.

The substitutions unsettle the balance and shape of the team for a few minutes and Blaby take advantage BUT we have BRADIE who gets in an EXCELLENT last ditch tackle to snuff out the Blaby strikers – FANTASTIC! We’re pressing as hard as we can but Blaby break free and are unlucky as Harrison clears a certain goal off the line – TOP defending boys!

This is an excellent contest now as both teams press for an equaliser or a goal to put the match out of sight – Personally I don’t want to see any more goals! Josh Hallam gets down low and saves at the Blaby Strikers feet, JP keeps battling alongside Jordan – Alex into Alfie,  he turns and fires just wide. Blaby break though our lines once more but we have BRADIE who makes another similar tackle to the one a few mins before – EXCELLENT!

And that pretty much was that as the Referee blows for full time bringing an entertaining and absorbing contest to a close. An excellent Semi Final, well contested by both sets of players and well managed by the officials – A credit to the competition – Looking forward to another final!

Congratulations to all involved.

Player of the Day: Jordie

Goal Scorers: Jordie

Oadby Owls 8 Houghton Rangers 2 - 16th April 2013 (League)

HT: Oadby Owls 3 Houghton Rangers 1

FT: Oadby Owls 8 Houghton Rangers 2

Player of the Day: 

Goal Scorers: Josh A (2), James, 

St Andrews Magpies 0 Oadby Owls 4 - 14th April 2013 (League)

With unexpected results elsewhere in the League working in our favour we needed to win this match and seek to improve our Goal difference to maintain a challenge for top spot. So with an afternoon kick off we find ourselves at the home of St Andrews Magpies – So much for the improvement in the weather – Windy Windy Windy – At least it wasn’t raining!

Starting Line Up :- Josh Hallam in Goal; Defence Christian, Reece, Harvey; Midfield Sergio, Niam,Jordie,Alex; Up Front James, Jordan and Alfie

Warming the Bench :- Harrison, Sam, Ashman  and Rhys Robinson 

It’s fair to say that the boys don’t always start as well as they ought against lesser opposition  and today was no exception. Josh began the malaise being a little casual but we got away with that threat to our goal and went on the offensive. Kicking downhill with the wind behind us there was always going to be a temptation that close inter passing might suffer and so it proved but in truth the 1st half belonged to Oadby as virtually all the action saw our boys launch attack after attack after attack, and corner after corner after corner!

Here’s a bit of the action :- JP lays Niam who should’ve banged it but instead found Sergio who got to the by line and crossed – keeper collects. Quick throw in Jordie flicks a 1st time ball forwards. We need to get control of the ball chaps! Alex gets flying down his wing and crosses – Goal Kick. Alex/JP work the right side St Andrews clear – It’s one way traffic. Lovely corner from Niam headed goalwards – St Andrews keeper saves – He’s had a busy start but his handling is good. JP neat feet across to Sergio who gets to the by line again to win a corner. Good delivery from Alex which the keeper saves AGAIN!  St Andrews attack - we clear our lines – Jordan chases and we win another corner, Jordie wins the ball, Niam moves it to Alex who shoots – Keeper spills but no one there for the bits and pieces. Nice attack another corner Niam takes and Reece heads over from a few yards with the goal beckoning. Good defending from St Andrews results in yet another corner and this time all the supporters had a kick at the ball and even with our help the St Andrews goal remained intact HOW?????????????

Free Kick to St Andrews – Header on goal - Josh saves. Back at St Andrews who are defending well just getting a last minute foot in to thwart our advances which is a bit frustrating for the supporters so I guess the boys were feeling it too! It’s getting all too familiar as we win yet another corner. This time the ball breaks for Sam who shoots, the keeper claws the ball away and it falls to Jordie who squeezes a finish in at the near post – Hurrraaaahhhhhh!!!!! 1-nil   

Tails up now but the Ref brought the half to a close.

We started the 2nd half well and with the wind in our faces and an uphill trek the boys would need to keep the ball on the floor. More corners were won and squandered bit the boys started moving and passing with better fluidity – One excellent move ended with a shot from Niam saved again by the pesky St Andrews keeper. With Niam winning his midfield battle and Christian supporting form right back we’re on the move again up the middle into Ashman in the St Andrews box and he finishes smacking the ball into the bottom corner – As good as he has been the St Andrews keeper has no chance with this one – 2-nil!

Harvey and Rhys Robinson work together up the left, set Sam free and combining with Alfie he gets the ball back and a shot away – Saved again! Ashman gets on the move up the right, crosses low into the box and JP instinctively shoots over the bar. Better passage of play follows but St Andrews break it up and get forward crossing into the box for their Striker to head goalwards – Josh makes the save look easy!

We win a free kick on halfway. Harvey knocks a marvellous ball deep into the box, Ashman heads back across the area and Alfie, rising like a salmon, nods home 3-nil.

A few more corners follow as the game is drawing to a close with just sufficient time for Alex to take a nice one. Ashman follows Alfies’ lead and heads home the final goal of the game – 4-nil!

Grotty conditions but In the end a comfortable victory as the boys regain the top position in the league – Let’s have fingers crossed for more results to go our way and do all we can to win our remaining fixtures – Don’t stop believing!

Player of the Day: Josh Ashman

Goal Scorers: Jordie, Josh A (2) and Alfie

Oadby Owls 3 Whetstone Juniors 2 - 10th April 2013 (League)

Wednesday evening kick off as we seek to clear the backlog of fixtures in time for the Cricket Season.  Nets up, Jill Ashman making and serving coffee – all we needed was an early evening Bacon Roll but we can’t have everything!

Starting Line Up :- Josh Hallam in Goal; Defence Harvey, Harrison, Christian; Midfield Jordie, Sergio, Ashman, Sam and Alex; Up Front Kuda and James Parker who it must be mentioned had been swimming after school and had neglected to gel his hair mush to the disappointment of his watching Mum! On the Bench: Jordan, Niam, Reece and Alfie.

As I recall from the last time we played Whetstone they are no walk and are capable of scoring goals  - So it proved once again. The Owls started brightly with good passing and movement from the Midfield 5, James Parker showed his usual appetite for tracking back and Ashman got in an excellent cover tackle as Whetstone pressed, setting Kuda free for an effort on goal that went wide. Nice head on from Ashman finds Harrison in an advanced position, back to Ashman and we win a corner. Sergio takes long and we get another corner on the other side from which Kuda has his goal bound effort cleared off the line. Nice football sets Alex racing forwards but he was given offside –Hmmm!

And then against the run of play Whetstone attack, cross the ball and their striker nips in front of Josh to finish – Owls 1 nil down!

Undeterred the boys pass and move and within no time Ashman sets Sam free with a lovely ball and the new goal machine that is Sam Grouse finishes with a diagonal shot into the corner – level at 1-1.

More attacking from the boys sees James play Kuda in and his deflected shot is saved by the Whetstone keeper.  Bit of penalty box to penalty box ‘keeper kicks’ nearly caught out Whetstone Back with Ashman winning a corner – same as last time as it turns into another and we can’t convert the opportunity. The midfield battle is hotting up as Jordie takes control – Better passing and movement from our Defence as they build as we enjoy a period of keeping the ball.

And once more Whetstone attack and this time waltz through our midfield – 3 missed tackles!!! GREAT 1st save from Josh but Whetstone react quickest and they take the lead for the 2nd time 2-1 – Hmmm AGAIN!

We’re straight back on it moving and passing but our2nd equalising  goal comes from some route one stuff as Josh clears long and Kuda manages to get in front of the advancing Whetstone keeper and head into an empty net 2 -2 !

Whetstone attack, Josh clears, more strong challenges from Jordie, ball into Kuda just wide.Alex combines with Sam who has his effort saved low by their keeper. Our defence is struggling to clear their lines – Sam breaks free Kuda shot is deflected – Corner – Niam takes – corner other side is the result! We win the midfield battle and advance but seeing a Whetstone player injured Jordie sportingly plays the ball out – Well done nice to see. Final action of the 1st half sees Harvey whipping a fine cross in front of the Whetstone keeper – Alfie can’t quite get there so we remain at 2-2 as the Ref blows for the break.

Much less to write about in the 2nd half as we strive to get back in front and maintain our challenge for the League title – Jordie overhead wide, Alfie into Sam shot saved – ping pong now as we don’t control the ball – Jordie plays a simple ball for Sergio to cross hard and low into the box – Alfie gets a foot to it but can’t find a finish – We are getting there though which is encouraging.  Substitution of note as Christian is replaced at Right Back by Jordan and he takes to it like a duck to water as he closes down the opposition quickly denying them opportunities to attack and break free. It seems like it’s only a matter of time before we should score as wave after wave of attacks follow. And then with 15mins left on the clock Niam crosses into the box for Sergio – the goal is unprotected but Sergio plays it wide ! 3 mins later Alex crosses into the box and Niam fires home the winner 3-2!

And as they say in all good cartoon episodes – That’s All Folks!

Player of the Day: Niam

Goal Scorers: Sam, Kuda and Niam

Oadby Owls 5 Houghton Rangers 1 - 7th April 2013 (League Cup QF)

A welcome return to Coombe Park saw the usual suspects arrive early to put the nets up with just enough Managerial supervision to ensure a good job was done in time for Bacon Cobs and Coffee.

Our visitors were Houghton Rangers hot from a recent ding dong with Leicester Nirvana so whilst on paper this should be an easy route to the Semi Finals, nothing should be taken for granted.

Starting Line Up :- Safe Hands Hallam in Goal, Christian, Harrison, Harvey Back 3; Alex, Sam, Niam,Reece Bradbury and Rhys Robinson across the middle; Alfie and Kuda up front. Keeping warm in the sunshine Bradie, Ashman, James and Jordan

Getting the game underway the boys started well enough passing and retaining possession whilst not quite creating the final penetrative pass but it was easy on the eye and they looked in control.

And then what happened next would shape the rest of the game - We broke forwards, Kuda knocked it wide for Alex to get round the back and fire in a low hard cross. Our resident Goal Machine Alfie found himself in a great scoring position and with the goal at his mercy managed to put the ball over the crossbar from just a couple of yards – BLIMEY he is human after all!

Barely had we recovered from that shock when Houghton were awarded a free kick about 30 yards out. Up stepped their player and smacked what can only be described as a contender for goal of the season into our Top corner to take the lead – From where I was standing if we’d had Callam and Hadley in goal as well it’d still be 1-nil Houghton!

A few minutes of Houghton pressure were absorbed and we were soon back on the attack – Josh knocks it long from our penalty area, Sam pulls wide and fires in a cross for Alex to run onto and finish instinctively to draw level 1-1 – Good goal!

Pretty soon after Niam scrapped for the ball as he began to excerpt pressure on the Houghton midfield, Reece chipped over the Houghton defence for Kuda to run onto and finish taking us into a 2-1 lead – Nicely taken goal. Another long ball from Josh, Kuda flicks on, the keeper spills the ball and Alfie hits the post. Reece through the middle, Kuda chases – 1st touch too strong and the Houghton keeper collects – We’re getting through but we seem to have ditched our passing game. At last we string some passes together and begin to look the footballing side we are – Sam makes a good run from deep but we’re not retaining the ball.

Multiple subs – Kuda has an effort cleared off the line by a last ditch Houghton defence. Another long ball this time from Houghton splits our defence and Josh races out of his area to deal with the threat. We’re soon back on the attack – Good work from Jordan, Kuda wins a throw in, quickly upgraded to a corner, Niam takes Reece heads over. Houghton back at us Reece covers. Ashman breaks forwards, gets to the by-line and pulls back a lovely ball for Sam to control and finish putting us into a deserved 3-1 lead as Half Time beckons.

More Subs at Half Time as our Manager shuffles his pack. Josh knocks it long and Alfie continues the way of the 1st half – can’t find a finish (I bet he’s saving the goals for the final!) More strong running from Jordan but it’s a better contest for a few mins. We need to get control of the ball! Corner – Ashman takes- cleared – Rhys Robinson breaks free and crosses from wide left – No finish from our forwards. All the action is in the Houghton half – JP chips forward , Alfie runs through and heads over the advancing keeper only for the ball to be cleared off the line by a defender Arrggh!!!!

Houghton attack up our left, one on one with our keeper, Josh makes himself BIG and the Houghton Striker knocks his effort harmlessly over the bar – Got away with that one!

Alfie battles away up the Houghton right, moves into the middle but the bouncing ball gets away from him before he can finish but he still manages a cross for Rhys Robinson – No change in the scoreline. Another attack sees Jordan finish after Alfie has had a bite at it – 4-1

Houghton attack gamefully but in truth we have done enough with our Defence standing firm and our Midfield controlling most of the play. And so the touchline conversation moves from football to fashion as Paul Grouse confirms he enjoys an orange with his wet suit – Hmmmmm get that picture out of your mind if you will!

Back to the game as our forwards create yet another opening and Alfie, rather than attempt an effort on goal, passes simply to Kuda to allow him to finish and take the score to a comfortable 5-1

Last action sees Oadby on the attack with Ashman taking the corner – no more goals!

An entertaining game, comfortably managed as the Owls progress into the Semi Final – Time to go home and see who we get paired up with.

Well  Done boys.

Player of the Day: Niam Morar

Goals Scorers: Alex, Kuda (2), Sam and Jordan

Oadby Owls 3 Walsall Development Centre 1 - 6th April 2013 (MJPL Major Cup QF)

Solid performance sees Oadby through to semi final

Considering the away fixture earlier in the season on paper this match looked a stern test, although this time we would enjoy home advantage as the high ranked side.

Following a delay to the scheduled kick-off time proceedings finally got under way at Midday after Walsall were allowed warm up time following their disrupted journey from the West Midlands. Kuda, Jordan, Harvey and Rhys Robinson started on the subs bench as we adopted our favoured formation.

Oadby started brightly enjoying almost all the early possession and in the process pinned Walsall firmly inside their own half for the first 10-15 minutes. The early pressure brought immediate reward when Sam Grouse was able to free himself down the right wing and advance towards the edge of the box, he scouted past the right full back, cut back inside and around both centre backs before giving the keeper no chance with a left foot strike. 1 – 0 Oadby

Now inspired by the early breakthrough there was no stooping Owls as they marched relentlessly forward with one attack after the next. Alex Hobart and Josh Ashman were forward at every opportunity supported by the bullets fired in from the midfield. The Walsall keeper was called upon on numerous occasions as were his backline to prevent us taking and unassailable lead. Alex, Josh, James, NIam and Alfie all came close to extending Owls lead.

Inevitably Oadby eventually added to their lead and deservedly so. Josh Ashman collected yet another fine pass and was free on the edge of the box, his fierce shot could only be parried by the Walsall keeper, Alfie picked up the loose ball and unselfishly squared for Niam to finish coolly with a well-placed shot into the far corner 2 – 0 Oadby. Unfortunately for Walsall there was no let up from Owls as they sought to kill off the game before the break. This time Niam turned provider as he sprinted clear of the Walsall defence before crossing to Kuda, Kuda’s clever dummy (air shot!) found Sam Grouse in space and he made no mistake to double his tally. Half Time: Oadby 3 Walsall 0

Rob made some substitutions at half time but as usual this made little difference to the end result as Oadby continued to press Walsall back restricting them to living off chances on the break. One resulting break saw Walsall get their consolation goal when their centre forward won the foot race to a long ball from the back and squared for the winger to finish well.  This looked unlikely to give Walsall any foothold for a recovery from Walsall but it took some organised defending from Bradie, Harrison and Harvey to ensure things were kept tight.

Owls had a number of chances during the second period to put the result even further beyond doubt Niam, Rhys Dowds and Reece Bradbury all went close with shots from range but either they went narrowly wide or the keeper was equal to the task and kept them out.

A fully professional second 40 minutes saw Oadby confirm their place in the play-off semi-finals with a thoroughly deserved 3 – 1 victory.

Player of the Day: Harvey Judd

Goal Scorers: Sam (2) and Niam

Oadby Owls 3 Kingshurst Sporting 2 - 9th March 2013 (MJPL)

Oadby defenders strike with brace of headers

The Owls welcomed Kingshurst Sporting to Judgemeadow this weekend as the Caterpillar pitch was out of action. Everyone was happy with the free teas and coffees on a cold morning.

Owls started well against a well drilled and physical Sporting team intent on disrupting our passing game and trying to get something from a fixture that on paper Oadby hoped to win.

Despite producing some well-crafted moves full of clean passing and forward runs the Sporting defence were able to frustrate Oadby with good organisation and some strong tackling. Eventually the pressure told and Oadby finally got their noses in front. A cross shot from Rhys Dowds was parried by the keeper and finished by Alfie and the second attempt 1 – 0

Chances came and went following good play and a number of free kicks but Oadby were unable to add to their lead. The Kingshurst defence held firm despite good attempts from James Parker, Sam Grouse to name but a few. Oadby then conceded a free kick on the edge of the 18 yard box. Kingshurst right back struck the kick low and hard and it beat the wall a sneaked in the bottom corner 1 – 1

Half Time: Oadby Owls 1 Kingshurst Sporting 1

Oadby started the second half strongly winning the midfield battle and setting up attack after attack, Following a corner from Alex the ball was cleared but from the second attempt Alex floated over a pin point cross for Bradie to head firmly home 2 – 1 Oadby great finish!!

Then Kingshurst won a penalty for a dubious hand ball and levelled the scores at 2 – 2 against the run of play. Oadby were soon back in control and pressing for the winner. Rhys Dowds then put in another superb left foot cross from yet another free kick and it was met perfectly by Reece Bradbury heading the ball back across the keeper and into the far corner, classic header and a great Goal

Full time: Oadby Owls 3 Kingshurst Sporting 2

Player of the Day: Jordie Burke

Goal Scorers: Alfie, Bradie and Reece

Blaby & Whetstone BC 0 Oadby Owls 5 - 3rd March 2013 (League)

A bright and sunny morning greeted us on arrival at Warwick Road the home for the current league leaders whose confidence must have been sky high after a number of impressive results. It was nice to see some old friends amongst the opposition’s ranks which added to the occasion. Alex, Kuda and Jordan started on the bench.

Owls were out of the blocks like a race horse giving no time for Blaby to settle, Harrison’s slide rule pass down the left wing found Sam Grouse in space, his neat trick along the by line saw him free to shoot hard and low across the six yard box, the Blaby keeper could only parry the shot and Alfie was the first to react firing home from close range. Oadby 1 – 0 up after five minutes the ideal start.

Blaby fought hard to steady the ship but were simply not able to match Oadby’s superior passing and movement which at times was some of the best we’d seen this season, Jordie, Sergio, Josh and NIam pulled the strings in midfield and James Parker, playing just behind the front two provided the ammunition, Alfie, Sam and Niam all went close to increasing our lead.  Harrison then put his trusty left foot to work again chipping in to Alfie’s feet, his neat turn put him past the centre half and a first time shot was well blocked by the keeper although not held, from the re-bound Alfie made no mistake Blaby 0 Oadby 2. Oadby continued to push forward creating a number of half openings but some strong and well organised defensive work by the Blaby kept the score un-changed at the break

Half Time: Blaby 0 Oadby 2

At the start of the second period Oadby once again established control winning a free kick on the left hand side. From the resulting kick Alex wriggled free and crossed well from the by line, a defensive clearance saw the ball arrive back at his feet, this time his right foot cross was a peach landing neatly on Alfie’s outstretched boot and into the top corner. A great goal and a fantastic hat-trick for the goal machine. Blaby 0 Oadby 3.

Alex once again causing havoc for the Blaby right back skips through before cutting back a perfect pass for Sergio, his neat control and quick feet completely bamboozled the Blaby centre half who sent him tumbling – Penalty.  Sergio steps up and fires a super penalty wide of the keeper to give Owls an unassailable 0 – 4 advantage.  James Parker saw a great shot rattle the cross bar and Sam Grouse was upended in the box for our second penalty. This time Sam stepped up to grab himself a goal but unfortunately dragged his spot kick wide.

AS the second half drew to a close Harrison once again sent in a dangerous free kick which was cleared by Blaby but only as far as the edge of the box where it was met by a Sergio right foot volley which sailed past the keeper Blaby 0 Oadby 5

Oadby continued to press for more goals but eventually ran out of time as the referee blew for full time. An impressive performance all round and a well-deserved victory. Well done lads – brilliant!

Player of the Day: Reece Bradbury

Goal Scorers: Alfie (3) and Sergio (2)

Stratford Town 1 Oadby Owls 2 - 2nd March 2013 (MJPL)

Taming of the town in Shakespeares back yard

Following last weekend’s disappointment we arrived at Stratford’s ground among the millionaire mansions of Tiddington hoping for a quick return to form. The pitch looked in great shape and bright sunshine greeted the players as they took to the field.

The Owls got off to an absolute flyer as inside the first 60 seconds they were in front. Alex Hobart was put through down the left wing, after beating the last defender to the through ball he darted to the edge of the eighteen yard box before lifting a delightful chip over the advancing keeper. Oadby 1 – 0 to the good before the notebook was even open.

Our early ascendancy was short lived as Stratford started to take a grip on the match, although the defence looked sound signs were ominous that we may have to score at least twice to be sure of coming away with a win.  Both sides began to find their feet and at times the football was very pleasing on the eye. Stratford favoured their left wing and mounted the majority their attacks down this flank keeping Sam and Bradie busy which inevitably meant the concession of a few free kicks. It was from one of the resulting  free kicks that Stratford got back on terms, the ball was swung over with pace and height finding its way un-challenged to the far post where a Stratford forward stooped to finish well into the un-guarded net. 1 - 1

Oadby then regained their composure and started to press forward again switching play from left to right and from defence to attack with great effect. Bradie nodded a hopeful forward ball down to Kuds’a feet his turn and half volley pass finds Alfie sprinting down the right wing and save for a sliding interception he would have been clean through on goal. From the resulting corner Niam finds Kuda but his header is turned over by the Stratford keeper for a second Oadby corner. This time Alex sends over an in swinging cross which is initially cleared but Jordie collects on the edge of the box a tries a looping shot, unfortunately he connects too well and the ball dips the wrong side of the bar. Shortly after this Jordie sends a looping pass over the last defender into Sam’s stride he rises high and attempts to head the ball clear of the advancing keeper but the keeper gets enough on it to be able to gather at the second attempt.  Sam and Jordie combine again to put Alex in space but he can’t get enough power in his shot and the ball runs through for an easy take by the keeper.

It was then Stratford’s turn to take the initiative again winning a succession of corners and free kicks resulting in some fine keeping from Josh Hallam and some narrow misses by Stratford. The most notable chance being a low strike from the edge of the box that beat Josh’s outstretched arm and looked in all the way before coming back off the upright and being cleared to safety by Harrison.

Half Time: Stratford 1 Oadby 1

Stratford began the second half the livelier and forced a fine save from Josh as he dived bravely at the feet of the Stratford attacker. As in the first half Oadby again came up with the sucker punch, Kuda collected a forward ball just inside Stratford’s half before turning and playing a pinpoint ball to Josh Ashman wide on the right wing his first time cross beat defenders, attackers and the keeper before nestling in the far left corner of the net -  Oadby back in front 2 – 1.

Again Stratford would not give up and they came back with wave after wave of attacks which in the main were dealt with very well by a well organised defence and the tireless work of the midfield quartet. Both Owls and Stratford created further half chances as the match ebbed and flowed one way then the other. It’s fair to say that Stratford had the lion’s share of the second half and were unlucky on occasions not to get some reward for their efforts. But in fact it was Owls who crafted the best opening having a shot cleared off the line with the keeper beaten.

In the dying minutes a cleverly placed Stratford free kick put a striker in behind the defence but thankfully Josh was equal to it making a fine save to seal victory. A hard fought win for Owls against probably one of the best sides we’ve played in the campaign so far, well done lads!

Player of the Day: Rhys Dowds but the entire squad had a very good game

Goal Scorers: Alex and Josh A

Highfield Rangers 3 Oadby Owls 1 - 24th February 2013 (League)

Rangers tame Owls as title hopes are shattered

We arrived at Highfield’s ground knowing that a win would put us in pole position to take a second Division One title from under the noses of our closest rivals. There was an air of nervousness as the teams took the field Niam, James, Harvey & Alfie made up the bench as we welcomed back Recce Bradbury from injury. With Ryhs Robinson still missing through injury Alex Hobart was given the wide left channel.

Things started as expected with neither side gaining the upper hand in a tight and nervy opening few minutes. It was clear that this would be a tough match to call and that whichever side got the early breakthrough may go on to win the game.

It was Oadby who created the first half chance, Alex caught his man in possession and after a neat turn hot a cross field pass to Josh Ashman who took the ball in his stride before producing a cross that cannoned off the last defender for a corner. Alex made his way across from the left to take the resulting corner and although his cross was well placed Highfield were able to clear the danger. Highfield then created a chance of their own after a ball was knocked out following a cross from the left wing the centre forward collected the loose ball but thankfully shot well over the Bar. At the other end Oadby were awarded a free kick after Kuda was fouled on the edge of the box, Jordie struck a well hit shot be unfortunately his radar was off and ball went over the right hand upright to safety.  Highfield then hit back with their right winger racing clear through the centre before hit a low drive to Josh’s right again we held our breath as the shot went narrowly wide. A number of other half chances came and went for both sides as neither really gained the upper hand.

A tactical switch saw us go three at the back, Christian made way for Alfie as we took the initiative in trying to break the deadlock. Immediately Owls strung together a fine passing move involving Sam Grouse, Kuda and Josh Ashman but once again the last pass was blocked out for a corner which came to nothing.  This pattern continued as the game ebbed and flowed from one end to the other with both sides taking their turn to look threatening on the break. Despite our bold move it was in fact Highfield who took the lead, the ball broke free after a tackle finding its way to the Highfield left wing, the initial cross was partially blocked but highfield’s striker was first to react guiding the ball past Josh at the second attempt. HIghfield 1 Oadby 0

The second half stared evenly with both sides enjoying an equal share of possession but it was Highfield who somehow looked the more threatening when they pressed forward.

Then disaster!!!

 In the space of just a few minutes the wheels fell off and our title challenge was in tatters. First, again from the left wing, a racking cross found a Highfield striker at the far post and we were 2 – 0 behind. Next the rangers centre midfield made a rangy run from his own half before being brought down on the edge of the box, from the resulting free kick the ever impressive Highfield number 8 struck a sweet curling shot in to the top corner giving Josh no chance, 3 – 0 down. Then just to compound our problems Jordie made a flippant remark to the referee who decided a booking was warranted (bad enough as this would cost yours truly), Rob called the referee for a substitution and Jordie started to make his way to the touchline, inexplicably the referee then showed a second yellow card, followed by the red and Jordie had been sent off.

Now down to 10 the game was effectively over although this seemed to give a little extra impetus to get something from the game and at least leave with our pride in-tact. James Parker who had run tirelessly all afternoon made another impressive run before the ball was squared to Alex to finish well.

On the day even though a few decisions didn’t go our way HIghfield’s extra physicality and desire gave them the edge and a deserved victory.

Never mind lads let’s just keep winning our matches and you never know what might happen.

Player of the Day: 

Goal Scorers: Alex

Walsall Development Centre 3 Oadby Owls 1 - 23rd February 2013 (MJPL)

Oadby learn lesson after lacklustre performance

A visit to fellow high flyers Walsall Development looked on paper to be another potential tough fixture for the Owls as we try to keep pace with the MJPL leaders.

On a freezing cold morning in the West Midlands on a pitch exposed to the elements and hard from the over-night frost the warning signs were evident. Oadby notorious for their slow starts when away from home began the match with Jordan, Sam Grouse and Bradie on the bench.

Early exchanges from both sides were confined to the middle section of the pitch as both midfields tried to gain the upper hand. Walsall favoured the more direct approach whilst the Owls tried to play the ball around. The stiff easterly breeze continued to make playing conditions difficult for both sides and as a result after 20 minutes honours were even and only a few half chances had been created.

Oadby then started to find feet resulting in half chances for Alex, James and Kuda but unlucky bounces and some tame shooting coupled with a safe pair of hands from the Walsall keeper saw the score remain goalless. From a free kick Walsall took an unlikely lead after Oadby failed to clear effectively and the loose ball dropped kindly for a Walsall forward who fired the ball home to out the home side 1 – 0 up.  Oadby quickly found themselves further behind after more hesitation at the back gave easy chances to Walsall to craft two further goals. This finally stung Oadby into action producing a cleaver move to set Kuda free to chase a bouncing ball, Kuda beat the Walsall keeper in the air before sliding the ball into the empty net.

Half Time: Walsall DC 3 Oadby Owls 1

Oadby played much better in the second half but found it very difficult to break down a stubborn Walsall defence who had clearly settled for conserving their lead. Oadby dominated possession and at times played some nice football but a combination of desperate blocks, clearances and an in form Walsall keeper frustrated us time after time.

It was not to be our day, despite showing lots of effort and enthusiasm we lacked the quality to carve out enough clear cut chances to claw our way back into the game. A more physical and determined Walsall outfit in the end probably deserved their win.

Full Time: Walsall DC 3 Oadby Owls 1

Player of the Day: 

Goal Scorers: Kuda

Oxford City 0 Oadby Owls 4 - 16th February 2013 (MJPL)

So Saturday comes and it’s time for this seasons trip to Oxford – This year we were invited to play on 4G Astroturf so a new experience for the boys and as it turned out a much better surface than last year! Thought I’d name the supporters as it was a long trip but of far more interest was the 3 generations of ‘George Hobart’ in attendance – Grandad, George Hobart, Dad, Simon George Hobart and our very own No 20, Alex George Hobart – And for good measure Cousin Chris George Hobart also turned up to support – MAGNIFICENT – We did ask the Match Photographer for a photo but his battery was dead!

Anyway to the football and our starting line up Callum in Goal, Back 3 Harvey, Harrison, Bradie; Midfield Sam, Niam, Reece, Rhys D and Josh Ashman; Up Front Kuda and Jordan. Warming the bench; Alex George Hobart, Alfie, Rhys Robinson and Christian.

The match couldn’t be described as a classic but the playing surface gave our lads an opportunity to keep the ball on the deck and play a passing game – It was an opportunity mind and they didn’t always take it!

It took a while for the boys to get the hang of the pitch and consequently Callum had a busy first half as he worked with his defence to clear his lines on numerous occasions. Often the through ball out paced the attackers but Callum was on hand to steady the ship and put in an impressive performance. 

Here’s a bit of the action :- Oxford attack and our defenders force them wide and they shoot wide. Nice clearance Callum to Reece onto Rhys R and we’re at them. Back at us Harvey and Harrison exchange passes to clear lines – Reece into Sam, out to Rhys D on the wing who finishes just wide. We’re keeping the ball nicely and playing it on the floor – Callum out again to clear – Kuda flicks the ball cleverly for Jordan to chase but the pace of the pitch is against him. Oxford through ball, Callum clears. We need to retain the ball if we’re going to progress on this surface. Kuda goes on a run with Ashman to accompany him. We’re building attacks down the left with Kuda passing a plenty to tem mates and getting the ball back but we can’t find a finish. Oxford at us and we clear our lines with good collective defending from Harvey and Harrison.

Jordan finds Kuda in the box – Corner! Niam takes and all the supporters can’t believe we didn’t score. Corner to Oxford – Defended. SUB as Reece pulls up injured and is replaced in Midfield by Christian.

Another corner to Oxford which we defend but we can’t quite get the ball working. Ashman heads on to Kuda and wins a corner. Niam takes it short to Rhys D who sets up Sam and he curls a shot just wide. Oxford break forwards leaving Jordan on the floor and Bradie covers the danger. The referee delays the resulting corner whilst Jordan is substituted having received an elbow in the eye – Nice swelling as he walked towards the treatment room!

Corner defended – Harvey, Alfie and Niam combine – Niam is strong in the tackle trying to get control of the Midfield – Kuda to Ashman who hits a nice cross field ball for Rhys D to get a shot away well saved by the Oxford keeper. Corner taken long, Harry swings – Over!

It’s all Oadby at the moment as Josh Ashman chips the keeper and hits the crossbar – We’re getting closer but we are still missing tackles and giving the ball away – Not the best of combinations but this pitch is taking some getting used to!

Sub – Bradie off and Alex on, Ashman to rightback. Long knock Harvey to Alex who is immediately flying but no outcome. Alex onto Kuda who plays the ball cross field to Rhys D, he sets up Sam and he FINISHES – ‘bout time! 1-Nil

Sub :- Time to switch Rhys D for Rhys R – Kuda goes on another run – no outcome. Harry into Alex who wins a corner. Niam takes – Keeper saves again for another Corner – Groundhog day as Niam takes it again onto Ashman who fires wide.

Half Time

Substitution :- Harvey off and Rhys D on at Left Back – From the re-start Oxford walk through our defence and shoot just over. Sam gives the ball away cheaply in the middle of the park but battles to win it back and then plays a long ball for Alfie to chase but no outcome. Sam and Alex combine allowing Alex to get a shot away from wide on the right – Just wide of the post as the watching ‘Georges’ were ready to celebrate................Ooooooh maybe next time.

Quick break from the football as we watch a helicopter land on the roof of the nearby John Radcliff Hospital – Back to the football – Rhys D, Rhys R and Kuda combine then leave it to Christian and Alex to move the ball but no outcome. Oxford back at us. Good take Sam onto Alex who is playing as if he knows the majority of the crowd are related to him – And they are!

Harry is strong into the tackle clearing long for Kuda – Oxford back at us – Crossfield ball finds Alex who chases and wins a corner – Niam takes but we head wide. Kuda, Ashman, Alfie and Christian combine – Alex crosses into the box and at the 2nd attempt Kuda finishes to make it 2-Nil and the ‘Georges’ go wild!

Sub :- Ashman off, Bradie ON and even Simon George Hobart running the line gets in on the act as he flags excitedly for offside! Sam nearly plays a great ball for Rhys R Oxford back at us as the pitch is beginning to take its’ toll on our boys – It’s ok if you play on this surface each week but grass is different. Sam plays for the willing Alex to chase and we win yet another corner. Niam takes and Rhys R nearly finds a finish but we’re still 2-Nil.

Sub :- Sam off and Jordan back On. Rhys R wins a free kick. Taken over and wide. Alex pins his ears back to chase another long ball but can’t quite reach it as the surface seems to quicken the ball speed! Sub :- Christian off Harvey On in Midfield. Alex crosses. Rhys D gets a good foot in – Callum plays to Rhys D onto Rhys R ball played nicely for Jordan who swings and then Kuda FINISHES to make it 3-Nil – Hurrah!

Sub :- Niam off Sam on – Kuda, Alex, Alfie great take and Kuda shoots – no increase in the score. Harry sprays a long ball into the path of Rhys D – He combines with Harvey and Sam – Sometimes we need to play a simple pass chaps!

And then with the final few mins left Alfie knocks a ball out to Alex wide on the right, Alex takes it in his stride and hits an unstoppable shot low into the bottom right hand corner of the net – 4-Nil and yes you’ve guessed it – The travelling ‘Georges’ went wild! –I think we should book them for the next match!

Not long left now as Oxford break forwards and shoot goalbound but Callum makes a fantastic save and the game draws to a close with Oxford taking the resulting corner and our goal line in tact.

Full Time and time for a trek home!

Player of the Day: Harrison Norton

Goals Scorers: Kuda (2), Sam and Alex

Leicester Nirvana 2 Oadby Owls 3 - 10th February 2013 (League)

So it was back to the League programme and our visit to Leicester Nirvana – 3 Leicestershire FA Officials strode purposefully onto the pitch and so our resident linesman Paul Robinson was reduced to the role of Supporter only!

Starting Line Up :- Josh Hallam in goal, Back 3 Harvey, Christian, Reece, Midfield Rhys Robbinson, Niam, Sam, Sergio, Alex and Up Front Alfie and JP

Warming themselves against the wind and rain, Ashman, Kuda, Jordan and Bradie.

1st Managerial decision of the day :- Send Toke to keep the Nirvana Management company on the other side of the pitch – Nice!

Anyway time for of a bit of the action and with the wind in their faces, the Owls got the game underway. The 1st few minutes were rather frenetic as both teams attempted to gain a foothold and it took some strong collective defending from our boys including a smart save from Josh to keep the score line neutral. And then with Nirvana on the attack Niam cleared his header to Alex who played an intelligent ball into Alfie and with 2 players and the goal keeper to beat, he calmly slotted home to take the lead 1-Nil Hurrah the supporters jumped to warm themselves!

The re-start brought more long balls from Nirvana, nicely snuffed out by Reece and more good passing movement from Sam, Alfie and James. Unfortunately the lead didn’t last too long as Nirvana played a long hopeful ball through the middle of our defence and route one worked for them making it 1-1 Hmmmm!

Nirvana tails are up as we win a series of Throw Ins. Alfie is hassling the Nirvana defence but Nirvana are back at us winning a corner. Niam heads clear and a slippy shot goes wide. Reece plays a nice ball through for JP to chase down but we need to press their keeper more. Alfie gets a shot away saved but the keeper as we begin to play better football. We’re not holding onto the ball as we should but we’re defending well and clearing our lines. The Midfield are holding their own as they battle on. We’ve now reduced Nirvana to long range efforts only until they break through and Reece defends the through ball in our penalty area – No foul there! Rhys Robinson goes on a run and plays in Alfie but he can’t quite control things. Sam wins a free kick – Takes it himself and Alfie heads home simply to make it 2-1.

Sub :- Harvey off Bradie on and Christian moved to left back.

Rhys wins another corner, Nirvana break away and we don’t suffer any more goals conceded – Phew!

Half Time is called just as flowing attacks become the order of the day but we’re in front 2-1

Half Time Subs :- Alfie and Alex off, Kuda and Ashman on

Nirvana attack and shoot wide. Kuda switches play to Rhys R and the move ends with a shot wide. Kuda is fully involved getting to the byline, passing to Sam who brings in Niam, crosses no outcome. Better pressure from our boys with the attacking Bradie at the forefront. Kuda shoots and te deflected shot is saved by the Nirvana keeper.The ball nearly breaks for JP – Nirvana play over the top but Reece clears up. Josh saves and knocks the ball long for our boys to chase. Nirvana attack, Reece blocks.

Sub :- Jordan on Rhys R OFF

Right now it’s Niam verses Nirvana – Reece is strong again and the opposition No 10 gets a deserved booking from the Ref. Scrappy few mins the ball breaks free and Kuda shows neat footwork – just over! Good ball  JP for Jordan to chase. Josh saves for a corner. Nirvana hit the crossbar – Long by us Ashman heads on from Josh, Jordan presses the keeper, Ashman shoots wide. Nirvana attack, Josh comes and clears his lines.

Sub :- Alex on Sam off – Reece continues his impressive form

Sub :- Christian off – Rhys Robinson on at Left Back

Coner to Oadby cleared off the line – nearly! Niam plays a lovely ball into the heart of the Nirvana defence, Kuda controls with neat footwork and finishes 3-1

Sub :- James off Alfie on – Switch at Left Back Ashman for Rhys Robinson

Nirvana break forwards but once again Reece Bradbury sees the ball out for a corner. Josh punches clear, Jordan chases once more and we win a corner. Nirvana break forwards and their No 10 finishes to make it 3-2 and we have a few minutes of pain to endure along with the wind, rain and cold!

Just enough time for Sergio to get himself injured and with the final substitution of the game Sam comes on in his place and the Ref blows for full time.

Definitely not a classic but a fair result in the circumstances.

Player of the Day: 

Goals Scorers: Alfie (2) and Kuda

Oadby Owls 4 Birmingham City Community Trust 0 - 9th February 2013 (MJPL)

In-form Oadby keep pace with the leaders 

Birmingham City CT were the visitors to the Caterpillar sports ground this weekend as Oadby tried to maintain pace with the leaders at the top of the MJPL table.

Starting line-up: Callum; Reece, Harrison, Rhys D; Josh A, Sam, Jordie, Niam, Alex; Kuda, James. Jordan, Sergio, Alfie and Harvey made up the subs bench

Both sides began slowly finding it hard to gain the advantage, most of the action was contained in the middle of the park as the two sets of midfielders tried to get the upper hand. As the half progressed it was Birmingham who started to press in more advanced positions but good defending from Harrison, Reece Bradbury and Rhys Dowds kept the threat on goal to a minimum.

Oadby then began to find their rhythm and the tempo of the game increased as both sides started finding feet with their passing. Oadby were the first to threaten a goal when a sweeping move started by Sam Grouse saw Josh Ashman put the Birmingham keeper to work as he fielded a low hard cross in front of the Oadby frontline. Then a combination between Jordie Burke and Josh Ashman sent James Parker sprinting down the right wing, he cleverly beat his man who pulled him back to give Oadby a free kick on the edge of the 18 yard box. Dead ball specialist Niam Morar stepped up and sent a curling shot goal bound which had the keeper beaten, but the ball skimmed off the top side of the bar to saftey.

As Oadby now began to take charge Birmingham found it increasingly difficult to defend against the sharp passing and off the ball movement which resulted in a number of free kicks for the home side. Sam Grouse and Alex Hobart both went close from the resulting set pieces as did Harrison Norton with a header following a fine corner from NIam Morar. Finally the pressure told as Oadby got their noses in front, a neat one-two between Sam Grouse and Niam set James Parker free, his low cross found its way to Alex Hobart who calmly drove a low stinging drive past the keeper 1 – 0 Oadby.

Now in full flow Oadby looked threatening from every attack, the midfield were now competing and pressing for every loose ball. Sam Grouse won a loose ball in the centre circle and immediately sliced the Birmingham defence with a pass to Kuda Muskwe, Kuda beats the keeper to the ball but cannot get a clean shot, the ball spins free and Sam Grouse slots into the empty net for a 2 – 0  lead. Oadby threatened twice more before the break but could not add to their tally. Half time: Oadby Owls 2 Birmingham City CT 0

It was more of the same from Oadby in the second half as they continued to look the most likely to score, Alfie, Niam and James all came close to increasing the Oadby lead but a combination of good defending and solid goal keeping from Birmingham kept the score the same until around half way through the second half. This time it was Kuda’s chance to be through on goal following a fine pass from Reece Bradbury, he out-sprinted the last defender only to be upended just insider the box. From the resulting penalty Kuda slides the ball just inside the post to give the keeper no chance 3 – 0 Oadby

Niam rounded off fine individual performance finishing off a move started by Jordie and Alfie to give Oadby a deserved 4 – 0 victory. Full time: Oadby Owls 4 Birmingham City CT 0 

Player of the Day: Niam Morar

Goal Scorers: Alex, Sam, Kuda (pen) and Niam

Friar Lane & Epworth 0 Oadby Owls 7 - 3rd February 2013 (County Cup SF)

OWLS SIZZLE DOWN “FRYER” LANE

A second successive county cup semi-final saw Owls take on un-beaten second division leaders Friar Lane & Epworth. Four points clear with games in hand on paper Friar Lane looked to offer a stern test especially as they had home advantage.  Thankfully the enclosed pitch sheltered both spectators and players from a cold northerly wind and offered good playing conditions for both sides.

Starting line-up: Josh H; Bradie, Reece, Harvey; Josh A, Jordie, Sergio, Niam, Alex; Alfie, James. Sam, Rhys R, Christian, Jordan and Harrison were the unlucky guys nominated for the subs bench as Rob and Toke had the very difficult team selection conundrum to tackle. However it was clear that those selected to start were keen to put on a display that warranted their inclusion.

Friar Lane were under pressure almost immediately as Oadby played some of their best attacking football of the season so far - Niam, Alex, James and Alfie constantly posed problems down the Oadby left creating a number of early half chances that pinned Friar Lane in their own half for long periods. It wasn’t long before the pressure got its reward when after 10 minutes Reece Bradbury knocked down a header to NIam who cleverly threaded through to James and his cool finish over the advancing keeper got us off to a flying start. Oadby 1 up and looking menacing

Now in full flow Oadby mounted attacks down both right and left flanks which saw the in-form Alex Hobart come close twice only to be thwarted by last ditch clearances and half saves from the keeper. Now under intense pressure Friar Lane began to concede free kicks as they struggled to find an answer to our flowing football. Harvey Judd had already swung in some inviting crosses from open play but it was his dead-ball effort from a free kick just outside the box that doubled our advantage when his clean strike beat everyone including the keeper to nestle in the far corner.

Not content to sit back Oadby even pressed when they did not have possession two successive blocks and tackles and a neat flick by Jordie inside Friar Lanes box gave Alfie the chance to turn and fire home Oadby’s third from close range. Oadby continued to press with unrelenting force creating further chances for Alex, James and Reece, a quick throw from Harvey found Jordie, his neat flick over the head of the defender and sizzling volley from the right corner of the box looked to be Oadby’s fourth but it dropped just over the bar with the keeper beaten. Further efforts from Niam from a free kick and finishing a another flowing move rounded off the half with Oadby well in control

Half Time: - Friar Lane 0  Oadby Owls 3

Oadby began the second half slowly and seemed to find it hard to regain the fluency and tempo of the first half. However spurred on by a midfield unit that simply refused to give any ball to Friar Lane Sam Grouse started to look sharper coming close on two or three separate occasions only to be denied by some close off-side decisions. As the tempo returned Owls got their rhythm back, passing became more accurate and attacks started building from the back. Josh Hallam who had hardly been called upon to make a meaningful save collected a stray through ball and bowled it out quickly to Bradie, Bradie ran freely beyond half way making a fine pass to James around the last defender, James sprinted into the box before squaring for Harvey Judd to tap in at the far post. 0 – 4 Oadby.

Jordan was next to show tenacity without the ball robbing the last man before calmly striding forward and slotting past the keeper to give us an unassailable 0 – 5 lead. Harvey playing in a more advanced roll made good progress along the left wing, his fine cross was met by the impressive Niam Morar but his bullet shot came back out off the underside of the bar. Next Sam Grouse skipped his way to the bye line before cheekily steeping back inside to draw a stone walled penalty. Harvey strode confidently forward to claim the penalty and his intended hat-trick only to see his forceful shot fly over the bar – unlucky mate!

Josh Hallam again distributed well from hand to Harrison, his ball forward found Niam and in turn his finds Jordan running free down the centre, as the keeper advances he calmly dinks a little chip over the keepers outstretched arm to give us a 0 – 6 lead. With only a few minutes left and the match convincingly won Sam Grouse finally got his reward as he danced between the two centre halves before firing a low shot to the keeper’s right that came off both posts before ending up in the back of the net.

Great win lads, and another clean sheet in the cup, yet to concede a goal so far let’s keep it like in the final and let the forwards do the rest. Brilliant!!!

A special mention for Rhys Robinson as due to a team sheet mix up cruelly enforced by the referee and Friar Lane management didn’t get his chance to shine. 

Full Time:  Friar Lane 0  Oadby Owls  7

Player of the Day: Niam Morar

Goal Scorers: James, Harvey (2), Alfie, Jordan (2) and Sam

Oadby Owls 6 Rushall Olympic 2 - 2nd February 2013 (MJPL)

Owls back to winning ways in MJPL

Oadby returned to action after 3 weeks without an MJPL match due to the recent poor weather and bounced back from a disappointing defeat last time out with a hard fought but convincing 6-2 win over Rushall Olympic.

Starting line-up: Callum; Christian, Harrison, Rhys D; Alex, Sam, Jordie, Niam, Rhys R; Lewis (Alfie), Kuda. Subs: Bradie, Reece, Sergio, James.

The Owls seemed a bit rusty when the game kicked off and it was Rushall that started the better and put Oadby under pressure early on. Rushall should have taken an early lead when one of their attackers was sent through and beat Callum in the Owls goal but Christian managed to get back to make a clearance off the line. Oadby gradually came back into it and from a free kick into the box Alex, Kuda & Harrison all had half chances to score but couldn't convert. Another free kick from Rhys D into the Rushall area, Kuda can’t quite get on the end of it, the loose ball falls to Alex but his shot on goal is into the side netting. Alex then makes a run down the right and crosses for Alfie who lays the ball back but a shot from Sam is well saved by the Rushall keeper. James on off the bench immediately finds space on the right side of the area advances to the byline and squares for Kuda to tap in from close range. 1-0 Oadby. James then sets the ball for Rhys R on the edge of the box but his shot is well saved. Rushall are then on the counter attack and shoot on goal but a combination of Christian & Callum manage to deflect it wide. From the resulting corner a lack of communication means the Owls fail to clear at the near post and Rushall stab home the equaliser. 1-1. Jordie plays Kuda in on the edge of the box and he turns well to lose his man but pulls his shot across goal wide. Rushall back at Oadby and a defensive error allows them in on goal but the final ball finds their attacker in an offside position when he turns the ball into the Owls net. One more chance for Oadby before the break but Alex’s shot from a Sergio throughball is high & wide. HT 1-1.

The second half gets underway and a deep inswinging free kick from Rhys D tests the Rushall keeper but he claims it well. Sergio then has a shot at goal from the left but his attempt is just wide. Oadby again on the attack with Bradie, James, Alfie & Kuda all exchanges passes to feed James in on goal and he finishes well from 12 yards. 2-1 Oadby. The Owls are now dominating the game with Reece controlling the centre of midfield. A ball out to Alex on the right, he skips past his marker and scores with a shot across goal to the far corner from the edge of the box. 3-1. Rushall are back on the attack but the danger is thwarted by a good challenge from Harrison. Bradie then plays a ball into the feet of James in the midfield, who plays Alfie in on goal for a cool finish. 4-1. With Oadby now full of confidence, Reece to James to Kuda running through and he makes no mistake. 5-1. Niam takes a free kick from long range which is dipping under the bar but the keeper does well to turn it over. Rushall pull a goal back after a rash Owls challenge in the box and the resulting penalty is confidently converted. 5-2. Niam then rounds off the Oadby scoring when he the finds the far top corner of the net directly from a wicked inswinging corner. 6-2. One more effort for the Owls as Sam has a chance on the right side 12 yards out but his shot finds the side netting. FT 6-2.

Well played to both teams and from an Oadby perspective a pleasing performance and result.

Player of the Day: Reece Bradbury

Goal Scorers: Kuda (2), James, Alex, Alfie and Niam

Leicester Nirvana 2010 0 Oadby Owls 5 - 13th January 2013 (County Cup QF)

Owls through to County Cup Semi-Finals

Sunday 13th January 2013 – Frosty conditions welcomed us as we arrived at the new home of Leicester Nirvana for the next round of the County Cup. A delayed start meant that Jordie had to leave early or else face the wrath of our Dinner Ladies!

Starting Line Up :- Josh Hallam in Goal, Defence Harvey, Harry, Christian ; Midfield Jordie, Sam, Alex, Rhys R, Sergio ; Leading the Line James and Jordan. Trying to keep warm on the bench Bradie, Alfie, Reece, Niam and back with us Euan.

We started brightly enough but allowed Nirvana to break through and encroach on our goal – Defended well and Nirvana took their corner – Nice solid confidence building save from Josh. For a few minutes it was all Nirvana as we strove to gain control of the Midfield and when we did break forwards we failed to shoot (most unlikely!). Another Nirvana attack ended with a header going wide. The Nirvana boys are organised coming forwards and organised at the back – We just need to gain control of the Midfield and we can push on.

The match is a bit scrappy but we begin exerting our superior skills on proceedings with Alex and Jordan combining well. Nice shot on goal from Jordan beaten away by the Nirvana keeper. More attacking now from our boys but we can’t convert the chances – Jordan has the beating of the left back and wins a corner – Alex takes it and’ rising like a salmon’ in the 6 yard box Harry heads home – Simple GOAL 1-Nil

More competant defending builds a platform for Alex and Jordan to chase down and pressure the Nirvana defence. Alex crosses but the ball goes out at the near post. From the resulting goal kick Jordie wins  a solid header, JP harries and wins a throw in but Nirvana are back at us with their powerful Midfielder breaking  through 2 players until Jordie gets a foot in – C’mon boys follow your leader!

Time for us to go on the offensive with Rhys R advancing up the line and winning a foul – Long ball up the line from the free kick  – Corner to us. Delivered, Harry swings, another corner – Alex takes it short to Christian who chips it into the box – no outcome as the ball is cleared and with Nirvana quickly back at us Christian makes a last gasp tackle on the half way line and earns himself a booking and an early departure as he injures himself – Expensive weekend for Rob with 2 yellows!

Bradie replaces the injured Christian and is immediately into the action clearing strongly for Jordan and JP to chase. The ball breaks on the right, Alex crosses and hits the crossbar – now was it a shot? Rhys passes the breaking ball to JP who calmly slots home from 6 yards to make it 2-Nil.

Time now for Oadby to boss the game as Jordan breaks but can’t find a finish. Bradie continues pressing forwards finding Jordie onto Rhys R. Surging run forwards from Jordie taking a leaf out of Bradies book – finds Alex who controls well and plays a simple ball into JP to finish smartly – 3-Nil

It’s all Oadby now as we Attack! Attack! Attack! the Nirvana goal. Rhys strikes goalbound – cleared for a corner. Taken and lines cleared by Nirvana. Bradie crosses well – out as we don’t get anyone on the end of it. James and Rhys combine, Alex shapes to shoot and just clips the bottom of the post with the keeper well beaten. With that the Ref brings the 1st half to a close – Time for a steaming hot mug of Tea and a Bacon Roll – Ah well you can but dream!

Multiple Subs for the start of the 2nd Half as well as a definite drop in the temperature and so the 2nd Half Report will be shorter than the 1st (Hurrah I hear you cry!)–

OFF Jordie/Sergio/Alex/James                                             ON Alfie/Euan/Niam/Reece

Immediately we are on the offensive but it breaks down and culminates in a corner to Nirvana. Niam and Rhys work together but the Nirvana forward gets a shot away – Josh saves comfortably – Nice height but he made it look easy!

To and Fro now as we attack through the middle with Reec e on the charge – no end product. About this time Malc (Assistant Manager of Oadby Vets) introduced himself and confessed he was on a scouting mission for new blood. Didn’t stay long when he saw the collection of crutches and metal pins we parents sport – Shouldn’t see him again for a while!

Niam gets a shot away – Keeper saves – Alfie goes on a run slicing through the defence but fires over the bar. Niam another long range effort – over! Euan wins a free kick – Out for a throw in – back at us. Cross into the box almost falls for Jordan. Bradie defends and cleans up – At last we get back to moving the ball – Euan to Rhys who fires goalwards – Keeper saves. Euan is back in the fray winning another free kick. Harvey knocks a nice ball into the penalty box no outcome.

Subs : ON Sergio/Alex/James OFF Rhys R / Jordan / Sam

Euan continues to work hard finding JP in the area – shot wide. James takes the ball from the skies and shoots wide – Great control but more composure needed for the finish!

Niam needs to come off after a challenge which required Mum or Dad to attend to! Sam replaces Niam who heads to the touchline for a check on his bits and pieces! Not long to go now as we clap our hands trying to warm them up. Reece combines with Euan and Sergio who plays the ball into the penalty box and we score to make it 4-Nil. At this point the goal should really be referred to the dubious goals panel however, as Alfie claimed it and no-one else minded it counts for our Goal Machine!

Last few minutes – Bradie goes on a run and shoots – Saved for a corner. Alex takes, the ball falls to Alfie and you’ve guessed – He FINISHES 5-Nil

Thankfully the Referee has the good grace to blow for full time – Even he was looking chilly in his short sleeved shirt and matching pink arms!

Time to go home and see who we get in the next round!

Good solid performance all round!

Player of the Day: Harvey Judd

Goal Scorers: Harrison, James (2) and Alfie (2) 

Oadby Owls 1 Worcester Olympic 3 - 12th January 2013 (MJPL)

Missed chances see Owls learn lesson

Another top of the table clash awaited Owls in the form of Worcester Olympic on a cold a bleak morning at the Caterpillar Stadium. Expectations were for another difficult and close game and so it turned out.

James, Jordan, Harvey, Christian and Rhys Robinson made up the bench as Rob Farrar once again shuffled the pack looking for a winning combination, Callum made his first start between the sticks.

Owls started well creating early pressure which resulted in chances for Alex Hobart, Alfie Halford and Sam Grouse but a combination of good goalkeeping and missed opportunities saw the score remain 0 – 0 after the early exchanges. Gradually Worcester began to produce some attacking opportunities of their own and Oadby had to start to concentrate on organising their defence. Reece Bradbury marshalled the defence well and Owls rarely looked under any meaningful pressure as we kept the Worcester attack at arm’s length for the first twenty minutes.

Eventually the Worcester pressure resulted in a free kick after Josh Ashman conceded what looked like a very soft fowl on the right edge of the Oadby 18 yard box. The Worcester left back swung in a fierce drive towards the near post which Callum could only parry into the path of the Worcester centre back and he fired home from close range. 0 – 1

Owls instantly struck back once again creating chances at the other end but the final pass or shot was unusually lacking in the quality needed to provide a true goal scoring opportunity. Jordie then broke free following an clever flick from Josh Ashman, his ball forward found Alex in space but his shot was blocked and the ball found its way to Alfie, he in turn slotted through to Sam Grouse who finished with aplomb fashioning a curling shot with the outside of his right foot 1 – 1. With their tails now up Oadby continued to press Jordie pounced on a stray pass from the Worcester midfield threaded a ball through to Alex in the left wing position his first time shot beat to on rushing keeper but the impressive Worcester centre back cleared off the line to keep honours even.

Oadby then conceded another free kick in an almost identical position to the first, another right foot ball hit low and hard found its way into the Oadby box, the Worcester centre forward cleverly stepped over the ball leaving it to run agonisingly into the far corner eluding Callum as he dived full stretch in an attempt to push it wide 1 – 2. The last chance of the first half saw Sam Grouse place a looping header out of reach of the advancing keeper but unfortunately his effort was just too high and the ball went safe for a Worcester goal kick.

Half-time;  Oadby 1 : Worcester 2

Oadby came out refreshed after half-time and the introduction of some fresh legs saw Owls force the pace early on without really creating any meaningful attempts on goal, as in the first half the Worcester keeper looked in control when called on snuffing out any danger. Indeed it was his long ball from hand that deceived the Oadby defence setting the Worcester number 9 free down the centre he latched onto the ball and headed towards the box. Reece and Harrison closed in and in the ensuing tangle of legs the Worcester number 9 was sent crashing to the turf resulting in the inevitable penalty being awarded. Luckily for Owls the penalty was sent high, wide and hansom by the fowled player keeping the score at 1 – 2 in favour of the visitors.

From this point on Oadby had all the pressure pining Worcester in their own half and limiting their attacking threat to just a few minor excursions on the break and from long kicks down field by their keeper. Jordie and Niam were now in complete control in the centre of the midfield as we pressed for the equaliser chances came and went, and came and went as James, Alfie, Alex and Sam all had goal bound shots blocked by the willing and very able Worcester back line.

Following yet another period of sustained pressure the Worcester keeper once again launched a long clearance forward putting the Owls defence under pressure two or three shots rained in and in what became a goal mouth scramble the referee judged Sergio to have committed a fowl and Worcester were awarded their second spot kick of the game. This time there was no mistake by Worcester as the penalty was calmly stroked in despite a fine effort from Callum to keep it out.

The 1 – 3 score line rather flattered a Worcester side that did not really create very many clean cut chances from open play but Owls learnt a lesson that chances missed at this level and the occasional lapses in concentration at the back can be the difference between winning and losing.

Bad luck lads on to next week.

Player of the Day: Alex

Goal Scorers: Sam

Oadby Owls 9 St Andrews Magpies 0 - 6th January 2013 (League)

Owls hit 9 past Magpies

The first Sunday match of 2013 as we welcome St Andrews Magpies to fortress Coombe Park. The conditions were wet and slippy which was going to make things interesting as the starting line up took to the field :-

Josh Hallam between the posts; Defence Christian, Bradie, Harvey; Midfield Rhys Robinson, Niam, Reece Bradbury, Sam and Alex; Up Front Jordan and James Parker – Keeping the bench warm – Alfie, Jordie, Harrison and Sergio.

From the off the boys started brightly building from the back, linking players with good passing and movement which culminated in our winning a  free kick. Nice delivery, hooked wide. The 1st half was pretty much a one way affair and the boys could only be guilty of trying too much individually but as you will read later the scoreline didn’t suffer! More attacking as JP feeds Sam, efforts goes wide. Niam plays a crossfield ball to Jordan who wins a throw in. Harvey hits a long ball at the St Andrews keeper. The ball then breaks free for our players to run onto and JP beats Alex to the ball – wow! Corner to Oadby – No outcome. Ball played into Jordan who controls nicely and threads a ball...... From the resulting throw in Harvey, Rhys R and Jordan move the ball finally to Reece who chips forwards for Sam Grouse to run onto and slot away - 1-nil we’re underway.

Immediately from the re-start we win the ball and Reece attacks – Gets a shot away – wide. St Andrews on the offensive – Josh collects without fuss. More chances as James puts over from 6 yards (just like Beaumont did to us yesterday!) Harvey and Niam combine, Niam plays a super ball for JP but he’s given offside. Rhys – lovely feed to JP who shoots but straight at the keeper and saved. St Andrews attack, Christian calmly heads back to Josh and we’re back at them. Corner – breaks to Harvey who shoots wide – We’re creating plenty of chances but making hard work of the match. Time for an improvement as we move the ball – Corner – Taken and defended by St Andrews but Christian chips the ball back into the danger area and Rhys Robinson runs past he outcoming defence and finishes to  make it 2-nil Linesman claimed offside Referee overrules – only one winner on these occasions!

Hardly had the ink dried from the last sentence before Christian plays a ball to Jordan who lays it off for Sam on the edge of the box. He swings and SCORES! 3-Nil !

Subs : Harry, Jordie and Alfie ON / Jordan, Bradie and Reece OFF

Rhys Robinson breaks up the left flank and we continue to attack. Alex shoots but straight at the busy St Andrews keeper. – Alfie onto Alex and an instinctive goal bound strike draws an excellent save from the keeper this time – He’s keeping the scoreline respectable. Nothing can stop the next effort as Christian chips into the box and goal machine Alfie heads home neatly – 4-Nil !

It’s all Oadby as Rhys feeds JP – excellent 1st touch but just wide. Niam now to JP but again straight at the ball attracting St Andrews keeper! Quick touchline discussion about the merits of 3D Sunday Papers during which Oadby win a  corner and Sam heads home to make it 5-Nil as Half Time is called.

As the linesmen switch sides we meet and greet ‘John The Linesman’ from St Andrews – Nice chap!

Half Time Subs :- Sergio, Reece, Jordan ON / Niam, Sam, JP OFF  And the boys are back on it as Harry plays in Alfie and from the confusion the St Andrews Centre Back plays into his own net to make it 6-Nil .

 The 2nd half brought a more composed Oadby team to the game and their passing and movement was more pleasing on the eye. Unfortunately it didn’t result in as many goals as it deserved but nonetheless the boys showed their superiority across all areas of the pitch. Great move Alfie – Keeper saves for a corner taken short – Keeper saves again. Back at St Andrews as we pass the ball across our back 4 and build patiently – Rhys goes on a run – keeper collects. Jordie brings more commitment to the Midfield tussle – Keeper collects, and again! Once more Oadby patiently build an opening this time for Reece for shapes to shoot but just wide. Jordie to Alfie bit tight and we need to move the ball. Alfie shows excellent footwork and fires goalwards but the keeper saves.

 Sub : Christian OFF / Bradie ON. More attacking – ball delivered into their box, Alfie heads over. Nice football from the boys as Niam works with Rhys to win a corner – more like it now boys working together. Sub : Alex and Rhys Robinson OFF / Sam and JP ON Corner to Oadby and the ball falls to Sergio who finishes smartly into the top corner to extend our lead with a well deserved goal 7-Nil

Sam plays a cheeky back header which nearly catches the St Andrews keep out but he reacts well and protects his goal. Niam surges into the box, plays in JP who fires home BUT keeper saves – He hadn’t counted on the predatory instincts of Alfie who finishes from close range – 8-Nil

It’s attack attack attack from all areas now as Harvey goes on a run. Collecting the ball just inside the St Andews half and he has a shot on goal which hits the post – So close!

Discussion about next Saturday – Tonie wants to start at 4pm – Fair enough I say! James bursts into the box can’t find a finish. Frustrated Managerial outburst from the touchline (not ours!) inspires Sam to clear the ball over our bar for a St Andrews corner. More patient build up culminates with a chipped ball to Jordie standing on the edge of the box. Just likeZinedene Zidane for Real Madrid (or was it France), he waits for the ball to arrive, shapes and volleys – FANTASTIC effort which clips the crossbar – Would’ve been a contender for goal of the season but it didn’t go in so there ends the comparison!  – Maybe next time!

Niam wins a corner, the ball is delivered into the penalty box and Jordan finishes smartly into the top corner – No more than he deserves for his self less running, making it  9 – Nil !

Just time now to make sure we keep a clean sheet as St Andrews break and hit the crossbar – Now that wasn’t in the script! And that was the last of the action as the Referee calls time on an entertaining match – The boys made hard work of it in the 1st half and didn’t get the full reward for an excellent 2nd half team performance. Still 9-Nil will do. Well done!

Player of the Day: Sam

Goal Scorers: Sam (3), Rhys, Alfie (2), OG, Sergio and Jordan

Beaumont Town 3 Oadby Owls 3 - 5th January 2013 (MJPL)

Perkins inspires incredible comeback!

Owls were under pressure from the start in this top of the table clash with fellow title contenders Beaumont Town. Previously unbeaten Beaumont showed just why as for the first twenty minutes they dominated possession creating a number of early chances as Oadby found it difficult to get a grip on the game.

Two fine saves from Josh Hallam tipping certain goals over his bar kept the honours even for the first ten minutes but it was not long before Beaumont made their pressure tell. A looping free kick from the Beaumont centre half ran loose in the Oadby box and Beaumont’s attack were first to react poking the ball home to take a 1 – 0 lead. Despite this early set back Oadby then began to put some passing moves together but the killer pass in the final third eluded us which meant that no meaningful chances were created.

Beaumont continued to look the most likely to score and added to their lead following a break down the Oadby left putting their winger in open space behind the Oadby defence, a fine low cross was met first time by the Beaumont forward line and Oadby found themselves 2 -  0 down. No more than five minutes later Beaumont once again got a man free this time down the Oadby right. On receiving the ball the Beaumont winger twisted and turned before firing a low shot into the bottom corner giving Josh Hallam no chance to save.

At this stage the travelling supporters started to feel that damage limitation and pride would be the only thing to gain from what we hoped would be a close fought match. Coach Rob Farrar decided to make a formation change together with some tactical substitutions bringing on Niam Morar for Harvey Judd and Bradie Perkins for Christian. This seemed to have the desired effect as Oadby began to get a hold on the game. A number of strong challenges from Bradie galvanised the back four and inspired the midfield to get stuck in.

Oadby now started to show promise in attack getting in some strong positions behind the Beaumont back line resulting in some half chances finally coming our way. Beaumont were now having to concentrate on defending our attacks and began to look vulnerable for this first time in the match, Sergio, Niam and James Parker all had goal bound shots blocked as Oadby began to increase the intensity . Finally we got our break when Alfie Halford was uprooted just inside the box and the Ref had no choice but to award an Oadby penalty. Alfie stepped up but saw his initial strike well saved by the keeper diving to his right but he could only push the shot back to Alfie who once again sent the ball goal-wards only to see the keeper make another stop. Again the ball landed back with Alfie but with the third attempt he unfortunately put it wide. Perhaps it was not going to be our day?

Our fighting spirit never deserted us and just before the half-time break we got what we deserved Jordie broke through the middle passing neatly to James who cleverly turned the ball into the path of Niam who strode forward before hitting a long range shot which looped over the Beaumont keeper and dropped into the far corner.

Half-time 3 – 1 to Beaumont

Oadby survived an early scare at the start of the second half when a shot well saved by Josh Hallam was skied over the bar by the advancing forward. After this the second period belonged to Oadby, midfielders Josh Ashman, Jordie Burke, Niam Morar and Alex Hobart (now on from the bench) took control of the middle of the park starting wave after wave of Oadby attacks down both flanks, Josh and Alex continued to run at their markers creating half chances for Alfie and James and forcing a number of corners. Oadby were now looking the more likely to add to their tally and so it proved. Jordie threaded a ball through to Josh who sent a looping pass over the last defender to Alfie who beat the last defender before squaring to James Parker who finished calmly 3 – 2.

With the wind now well and truly in their sails Oadby created attack after attack pinning Beaumont in their own half for long periods, chances for Josh Ashman, James and Sam all came and went but it was inevitable that our pressure would get it’s reward. Rhys Dowds slide a precision pass through to Alfie who in turn found James in space his clever twisting run freed him from the centre halves and he fired home to complete a quite amazing comeback.

Well done lads – Brilliant!!!

Player of the Day: Bradie Perkins

Goals Scorers: Niam Morar and James Parker (2)

Oadby Owls 8 Ravenstone Youth 0 - 16th December 2012 (League)

Time to welcome our visitors Ravenstone - the final League match of 2012.

Before the game got underway both sides lined up and, in impeccable fashion, observed 2 minutes silence as a mark of respect to Richard Nieuwenhuizen, the Dutch assistant referee who was tragically beaten to death after a football match in which his son was playing.

Respects paid, the starting line up of Josh in Goal, Harvey, Harry and Christian at the back; Niam, Reece, Ashman and Rhys Robinson across the middle and up front Alfie, James and Jordan got the game underway.

The Owls started brightly and within a few minutes Jordan and Alfie had an effort cleared off the line. The conditions were always going to be a factor in this game and many times the boys on both sides seemed to lose their footing for no apparent reason – Still it made the game more entertaining and the Mums will have fun washing the kits afterwards!

Across all areas of the pitch Oadby were impressive and it was just a matter of time before the Ravenstone goal line was breeched but it still took a few efforts high and wide before the boys found their range. Opening the scoring Jordan worked the ball for Niam to tap in and make it 1-nil.

Shortly after Josh played the ball to Harry who slipped in Alfie. Our Goal Machine clipped the ball past the advancing Ravenstone keeper to make it 2-nil and just as soon was substituted!

Alfie off / Alex ON – We win a succession of corners but don’t convert. Ashman plays a superb ball over the top, Jordan turns inside a Ravenstone defender shoots and scores! 3-nil.

Good football across all areas now and we’re looking strong. The defence are snuffing out any Ravenstone attacks and the Midfield are getting to grips with both ball and conditions – The next highlight is a MAGNIFICENT run up the left flank by Rhys Robinson who in the last 2 matches has re-discovered his form – Good to see!

Half Time

Multiple Subs – Harvey/JP/Niam Off Sergio/Jordie/Alfie ON

Reece goes on a charge and the only question is how didn’t we score! BUT from the resulting corner Alex fires into the top corner from the edge of the penalty box –Nice finish to make it 4-nil

And almost immediately Alfie makes it 5-nil with a simple header.

Ravenstone go on the attack and are unlucky as they just shoot wide of the far post. Alfie heads wide. Time for a few booking from the Referee for a missed kick on Niam and a bit of ‘afters’ – We’re winning the game 5-nil but it’s 2-0  for Yellow Cards!

Jordie goes marauding up the wing, onto Rhys R who finds Alfie but he can’t find a finish.  Reece fires at the keeper who can’t hold on and Alfie nips in smartly – 6-nil

Sub Rhys R and Ashman Off – Harvey and Jordan ON – Shower time for two of our boys as they prepare for the post match Xmas lunch.

The ball is crossed into the Ravenstone penalty box and Jordie attempts a spectacular effort – one day it’ll go in but not today!

Harvey feeds Niam who bursts into the Ravenstone box and finishes to make it 7-nil GOOD Goal!

Alfie scores his fourth to make it 8 - nil

Chance after chance follows but we’re not converting and then Alfie breaks into the box and is brought down PENALTY! Josh Hallam steps up BUT the Ravenstone keeper SAVES!

Unfortunately the Ravenstone defenders were encroaching in the area and the penalty is re-taken. This time Josh fires WIDE!

Back between the sticks for our keeper and time for him to stop pestering Rob to take a penalty!

Not long left and the Referee brings the game to an end.

Time for a quick change and out for Xmas Lunch. As the Club take a well deserved Christmas break it’s a BIG Thumbs Up to our Manager!

Player of the Day: Christian Farrar

Goals Scorers: Niam (2), Alfie (4), Jordan (1) and Alex

Oadby Owls 2 Shrewsbury Development Centre 1 - 15th December 2012 (MJPL)

The rain has gone and so we changed venue to our old stomping ground at Judgemeadow to welcome long distance travellers Shrewsbury. Delayed Kick Off given the distance and a debut for the next goalkeeper off the production line – Should be a FUN day!

First things first though, Julian was an Honorary Dinner Lady for the day as Tonie took a well earned rest – Well, she’d done all the organising so how difficult could it be?

Anyway back to the match :- Starting Line Up Callum in Goal; Defence Harvey, Reece and Christian; Midfield Boys Rhys Robinson, Sergio, Jordie, Niam and Alex; Up Front Alfie and James Parker.

Warming the bench – Rhys D, Harrison and Jordan.

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Oadby started in fine form passing and moving the ball beautifully up the left flank, ultimately it ended with a Shrewsbury pass back to their keeper but it was VERY pleasant on the eye and testimony to the hard work the boys put in on the training ground.

The sides appear well matched, Shrewsbury are well organised and this is going to be a good contest. As ever the Midfield battle is key but we have the personnel to excel and that is what they did. Here’s a bit of the action: - Working together the defence snuff out the Shrewsbury forwards as they advance on our goal. Rhys Robinson re-discovers his attacking flair and combines well with Harvey who knocks long into the Shrewsbury box – Their keeper fumbles and we win a corner. Alex takes it long and we win another corner. Niam takes a GREAT corner from the other side, Jordie fires over. Could’ve been 1-nil!

Long high ball from Shrewsbury – Dealt with!

Nice header Harvey to Rhys R onto Niam who attacks and crosses just too deep. Keeper collects – Reece defends. Nice 1st touch from James finding Alfie on the march.

Rhys R attacks up the left flank again bursting onto the box, wins a corner, Alex takes – Another excellent delivery but we can’t get on the end to convert. Shrewsbury back at us – nice flowing move as for once they break through our Midfield but we clear our lines – Jordie chips for JP who shapes and shoots just wide. Shrewsbury at us again. Harvey misses a challenge but recovers well and sees the ball out for a corner – Nice recovery across the pitch the boys are working hard it’s easy on the eye we just want the goal it deserves. Corner defended Jordie plays a long cross field ball for Alex to chase down – almost gets there. Alex wins the ball crosses into the box; Alfie pulls the ball down, swivels and fires just wide. Jordie plays onto JP who flicks to Alfie another attack just out for a corner. Good delivery, Niam heads over – We can feel the goal coming!

More excellent play from our Midfield finds Rhys R chipping goal wards – Corner! Alex takes and the busy Shrewsbury keeper saves. Sergio and Alex combine to allow Alfie a shot on goal – Keeper saves with his feet. JP draws a foul – Free Kick on halfway. Harvey takes long; Niam hits the post with his header. Goal keeper slices his kick and we’re back at them. Oadby are certainly in control and working their triangles well – still good football. About this time the football played was really excellent from Oadby with flowing moves and interpassing and retained possession. Never in danger at the back, all we need to do is find a finish.

Time for a bit of pressure from Shrewsbury – They break though the middle and we defend. They break up our right flank and we defend. Shrewsbury are in the ascendancy but it’s only for a few minutes.

We’re back at them working the ball nicely into the Shrewsbury box – We work yet another chance Hard into Alfies feet on the edge of the box – but harder into Alfie as he wins a Free Kick on the edge. Niam takes just over! It’s one way traffic from Oadby. Harvey plays a neat back heel into JP who finds Jordan and he chips the keeper who fumbles and gets the ball out for a corner.

The ball is cleared and Alex gets absolutely FLYING up the pitch Phenomenal is the only word for his speed. Shrewsbury attack up the middle, Harvey clears. Jordie drives forwards, turns and clips the ball to JP who shoots wide into the bushes behind the goal. The Shrewsbury keeper goes to retrieve the ball but won’t go deep in the bush – Obviously gloves and football boots aren’t enough protection!

More lovely attacking play from the boys. JP plays across the face of the goal just behind Alfie – Corner – We can’t convert and the Referee brings a thrilling half to a scoreless close.

Multiple Substitution :- Alex / Rhys Robinson / Harvey Off Harrison / Rhys D /Jordan ON

It’s fair to say the substitutions upset the flow of the game temporarily as Shrewsbury soon crossed in from the right and headed into our net to take a 1-nil lead somewhat against the run of play!

Shrewsbury are all over us for a few minutes – A ball over the top is tidied by Reece. Time for Callum to save a goal bound effort – well done son! JP gets going and finds Alfie – He has some work to do but beats the advancing keeper with a lovely chip to equalise 1-1 Game ON again!

Back into the groove, the boys begin to find their 1st half form and move the ball nicely up the left flank with Jordan running strongly. Shrewsbury attack, obviously buoyed by their goal but Reece snuffs out the danger. Jordan nice ball into JP, keeper saves for another corner – Jordie takes we don’t convert. Harrison gets a knock and is replaced by Harvey. The game is more open now – both sides chasing the winner. Nice footwork Rhys D still a good contest. Strong header from Jordie in the middle of the park. Back at us Reece and Harvey defend. Free Kick – Harvey delivers long onto the box – no conversion. Shrewsbury have a free kick on the edge of the box – Wide.

Sub – Christian Off Harry back ON – Nice work JP shoots and hits the crossbar. More fantastic football , good movement and we find Alfie but he shoots wide. Jordan battles and nearly finds JP. One of our boys gets a shot on goal – the Shrewsbury keeper saves at the near post with his feet.

Reece into Jordan, onto Alex crosses for Niam just wide! LONG ball from Shrewsbury – Callum tidies up. Sub Niam Off Rhys R on

Sergio works his way into the Shrewsbury Box, pulls the trigger and is felled – PENALTY!

Jordie steps up and fires low and hard into the bottom corner BUT the Shrewsbury keeper saves FANTASTICALLY. Alfie follows up but they clear for a corner. What a corner from Rhys – We’re all over them. Reece goes up the flank, plays in Jordan – Corner Jordie Takes – Keeper punches clear. Sub Alfie Off Alex ON – Sergio shoots, keeper saves. Rhys Robinson – nice skills and plays in Rhys D who finishes and makes it 2-1 Hurrrrrrrahhhhh!!!!!!

Tactical switch – 4 at the back  - Callum collects – Shrewsbury are pressing and get a shot ongoal – Callum saves well. Shrewsbury attack – we defend – Not long to go now. Jordie clears the ball long, Rhys D chases it down and the Referee draws the match to a close.

Full Time – A well deserved victory – GREAT match and a GREAT  way to end the year – FANTASTIC!

Player of the Day: Jordan Gill

Goals Scorers: Alfie and Rhys Dowds

Oadby Owls 5 Houghton Rangers 0 - 9th December 2012 (County Cup)

Time for the delayed County Cup fixture against fellow Division One side Houghton Rangers. We’d played these boys just a few weeks ago and so we were looking forward to an easy match – Oh how wrong we were!

Starting Line Up :- Josh Hallam in goal, Defence Reece, Harrison, Christian ; Midfield Niam, Sergio, Alex, Rhys Robinson, Jordie ; Up Front James and Jordan.

Waiting for the ‘nod’ - Harvey, Ashman and Alfie.

Oadby started in fine form - passing and moving the ball up the Houghton left flank. Looking like the accomplished team we have become and so the spectators settled in for a good game with plenty of action and end product – And that’s just what we got – It’s just that the timing was somewhat off!

Anyway to the action: - Houghton attack, Jordie breaks it up. Harrison clears, JP onto it like a whippet but the ball is seen out for a goal kick. Better passing from the boys, nice but no end product. Jordie tidies up, lays the ball for Christian who clips the ball for Jordan to run onto. Good interception Rhys R sets Harry free to attack – Houghton back at us Reece clears up. Long range shot from Jordie – Houghton keeper sees it out for a corner. Another chance – Building up the right the ball is crossed no last touch. Reece plays a lovely cross field ball to Alex wide on the wing.

It’s a fair Midfield contest and Houghton attack through the middle. A bit of sloppy defending allows Houghton a chance on goal but Josh makes himself BIG and clears for a corner. We clear the ball, Alex breaks plays it through to JP who draws the Houghton player and slots the ball into the corner of the net to make it 1-nil Phew!

Corner to Oadby – Jordie to Christian into the box Rhys R jinks and JP gets a shot away – Keeper saves. Houghton back at us in our box – Josh saves again. Good ball JP to Alex who shoots but the goal bound effort is cleared off the line. Houghton attack and Josh RUSHES out of his Penalty Area to intercept. We defend together and clear the danger. Good passing up the left flank finds the hard working Jordan who feeds JP but we can’t get a meaningful shot away. When we pass and move the ball we look good but we really need to be more clinic al. Sergio makes space for himself and shoots wide –Half Time

Houghton are giving as good as they get and the score line we enjoyed the last time is looking some way off!

Multiple Subs: - Sergio/Harry/Alex Off – Ashman/Harvey/Alfie ON

Corner to Oadby taken long, Jordie tries a spectacular effort – About this time the touchline discussion centred around uniforms and dental nurses but words won’t do justice so back to the action – Niam breaks free and spills a supporters cup of tea – To be honest that was the highlight!

Alfie shoots, Keeper tips over – Corner – Better football – Harvey to Rhys, chip to Alfie who shoots just wide of the post. Ashman crosses into Rhys R who lays it for Jordan but we can’t convert.

Back at us, Good ball JP to Rhys R keeper saves. Rhys onto Alfie who turns and shots straight at the Houghton keeper.

Sub: - Jordan Off Harry ON – Niam hits the ball clean and goal wards but too high – Harvey into Alfie Good save Houghton Keeper.

Sub: - Rhys R off Alex ON

JP curls a lovely shot but the Houghton keeper fumbles and Alfie nips in to finish and make it 2-nil – Time to breathe a sigh of relief. Houghton go on the attack immediately and hit our post!

And now Oadby take control of the match but as my hands had frozen I’ll just record the scores – You can read this quickly because that’s how it happened!

Reece – long ball for Alfie to chase – He does – Shoots and scores – 3 –nil

Something brilliant happened – Alfie on the end – Shoots and scores – 4 – nil

Niam Shoots and scores – 5 nil

Full Time!

An interesting game – We made hard work of it but came through impressively – Well done boys the next round beckons.

Player of the Day: Reece Bradbury

Goals Scorers: James, Alfie (3) and Niam

Paget Rangers (West Midlands) 2 Oadby Owls 4 - 8th December 2012 (MJPL)

Owls escape from the Rangers!!

Chief sports writer Mark Judd in his new post of match day foreman delegated responsibilities of report writing and linesman duties to Julian Burke and Simon Hobart who both gladly accepted.

A bright and crisp morning greeted the players as they took to the pitch for what we expected to be a stern test against the formerly named “Holly Name” who had beaten us the quarter final play-offs last season. Jordan, Reece Bradbury and Alex started from the bench.

Oadby won the toss and chose to kick into the sun. Oadby started sluggishly allowing Paget to dictate the early play which saw Harvey Judd called into action covering well across from left back on two separate occasions. After weathering the early pressure Oadby began to find their rhythm and soon started creating chances. Harrison made a long range pass which Josh Ashman flicked on to send Alfie through on goal his strong shot only found the side netting. Jordie and Niam were now dominating possession in the middle of the park winning the aerial battle and breaking up the Paget attacks. From another strong header By Jordie Sergio collected the second ball and despite being fouled slotted a precise pass through to Ryhs Dowds in the left hand channel Ryhs sprinted past his marker to finish well. 0 – 1 Oadby

Oadby were now on the front foot and enjoying almost all the possession a number of half chances came and went with no addition to the score. Oadby were defending from the front with both strikers and midfielders pressing the ball. This pressure eventually paid off as Sergio and Alfie forced a mistake at the heart the Paget defence which gave Alfie the chance to chase in on the keeper his presence forced the keeper to fluff his clearance and Alfie side footed home, 0 – 2 Oadby. Following further pressure in the Paget defence another easy goal was presented to Oadby as the Paget keeper was again forced into a mistake allowing Alfie to double his tally and take Oadby into a commanding 0 – 3 lead.

Paget Rangers then enjoyed some better periods of possession as Oadby started to relax a good passing move from right to left split the Oadby defence and the Paget winger finished well, 1 – 3 Oadby.  Paget created some further chances in this period and it took some good goal keeping and good defensive covering from Harvey Judd to ensure Paget did not force their way back into the game.

Josh Hallam then launched a kick from hand deep into the Paget half forcing them to concede a throw. Rhys Dowds took the throw quickly sending Sergio clear down the left wing his pin point cross found Alex stealing in from the right wing and his first time finish flew past the keeper’s right hand giving him no chance, 1 – 4 Oadby. – Half time

The second half saw the majority of the play in the midfield as both sides cancelled out the others attacking efforts, Oadby found it difficult to re-gain the upper hand and Paget started to enjoy more and more of the possession. Half way through the half Paget’s left winger got free and put over a cross that was finished well by the centre forward with a powerful header. At this point Paget had the upper hand and for a time it looked as if they might force their way back into the game.

Only a few half chances were created by each side in the final twenty minutes as the game rather petered out towards the end. 

Player of the Day: Niam

Goals Scorers: Rhys Dowds, Alfie (2) and Alex

Oadby Owls 5 Hinckley United 0 - 1st December 2012 (MJPL)

Oadby maintain their winning run in return to Judgemeadow

December arrives with a cold snap and a text message at 8.15 confirming the match is ON!  Venue change as our new home ground was unfit we met up at Judgemeadow and got back into the old routine of nets up followed by pre match coffee– well some of us did!

Anyway to the Starting Line Up – Josh in goal;  Defence Reece, Harrison, Harvey;  Midfield Ashman, Sergio, Jordie, Rhys D; Up Front James, Alfie, Sam.

Warming the bench; Alex, Jordan, Rhys Robinson and Christian

It’s fair to say that the boys made hard work of this match and although the eventual  5-nil score line suggests otherwise, we really need to improve our decision making up front and with the clinical finishing we are capable of, put games out of sight early doors.

But enough of  this Reporters’ thoughts, let’s share some action :- Starting well Oadby are in command and constantly attacking, Jordie has a long range effort high and wide quickly followed by a JP long range effort also wide. Ashman is mobile up the right flank and takes a late tackle to win a free kick – JP into Alfie who shapes to finish but a Hinckley defender gets in a great tackle to snuff out the danger. Reece passes long to Ashman, onto JP shot wide. Hinckley attack ends in a goal kick. Good work up the left flank with Rhys D excelling in a new Midfield role. Harvey crosses, Ashman beats the advancing keeper but hits the crossbar, the ball drops to Alfie but he can’t convert.

So you get the picture – We’re in command but can’t find a finish – we need more entertainment and then it happens – Our Manager goes to retrieve the ball and gets his feet WET WET WET in the dyke – Thanks to Al Parker and all the boys on the bench for confirming!

Hinckley attack and Sullo gets a shot away – Josh saves comfortably low to his right – Makes it look good! Hinckley have a period of attacking but the boys defend collectively and Josh is comfortable when called upon displaying his usual calm and sure handedness –Good decision making with excellent distribution and sound clearances when required. Big and strong – the same cannot be said for his dad who CONSTANTLY reminded us he had a cold and was feeling unwell – Usual sympathy from the touchline – NONE!

Back to the match and with the Hinckley defence missing a clearance, Rhys D nipped in and found a GREAT finish to make it 1-nil At last – time for the floodgates to open?

Better football now Rhys D, Harvey, JP combining.

Sub : Harvey off, Rhys R ON – Alfie plays a long cross field ball to Ashman, Alfie chips keeper saves. Al takes a phone call and has to explain his next offside decision to the away supporters: - eloquent and accurate as ever Mr P!

Half Time

Subs : Alex ON for Ashman; Christian ON for Harrison

Straight from the off Alex breaks down the middle and chips for JP but the ball doesn’t quite make it. JP battles, Jordie hits it long and wide for Alex nearly setting our flying winger free. Long high ball into their box – Defender heads clear – Corner to Hinckley – ball is cleared and the Owls break forward but are surprisingly given offside, the linesman being 20 yards behind the play?

We win a corner and the ball falls to Jordie who gives it away cheaply BUT immediately chases back and WINS the ball with a GREAT tackle – FANTASTIC play from a player on top of his game and deserved MOM as awarded by the opposition. Reece gets in on the act winning the ball and crossing for Alex – into the penalty box – Sergio has 2 digs at it but Hinckley clear long – Josh tidies up. We get back on the attack in the right corner, a ball is knocked low into the box and Alex finishes smartly into the top corner from a tight angle giving the keeper NO chance – GREAT instinctive finish 2-nil!

From the re-start Hinckley attack and shoot over the bar – got away with that one boys – SLOPPY defending! More attacking from our boys up the right flank, Jordie floats a ball long into the penalty box and Rhys Robinson finishes smartly at the back post – another instinctive finish to make it 3-nil !

Subs : Too many to mention and we’re back on the attack –Out of nothing Alex shoots and grabs a brace – 4-nil !

Quickly followed by a goal for the hard running  Jordan who chases a ball into the Hinckley Penalty Box, the Keeper clears against Jordan, the ball goes high, Jordan controls the ball and finishes neatly 5-nil and well deserved!

Not a lot more action of note and the game is brought to a close so we can all go and thaw out!

As I said at the start, we need to improve our decision making up front, and with a little more composure this could’ve been double figures – Still, nice addition to the Goal Difference column and the defence kept a clean sheet – Well done boys!

Player of the Day: Sergio

Goals Scorers: Rhys Dowds, Alex (2), Rhys Robinson and Jordan

Oadby Owls 5 Bustlehome (West Midlands) 2 - 25th November 2012 (MJPL)

Oadby overcome weather and opposition

OK Ok! so Julian steps in last week  and writes his match report in a hotel in Turkey and is published almost before kick off! This Match Report was always going to be about lateness – Me writing it late, the late tackle on Christian that left him watching the game from the sidelines after 2 mins and the Match Reporter missing the 1st goal! Mind you Julian was late for the 1st 2nd Half goal last week and we must make a correction – Goal machine Alfie scored not young JP.

Before we start a BIG ‘THANKYOU’ to Toni Burke for stepping in and taking the role of ‘Head Dinner Lady’ Saturday catering is going to be even more fun and if you have Pizza make sure it is sliced – Nuff said!

Anyway, enough pre-amble time for the main event!

I’m told Bustlehome got the game underway, Alfie nipped in and won the ball, fed Sam Grouse who chipped the keeper – One Nil – GREAT start!

Starting line up Josh in goal, Christian, Reece, Harvey – Midfield Alex, Sergio, Jordie, Rhys R, Niam and up front Alfie and Sam.

Almost immediately from the re-start Bustlehome advance up our right flank – the danger is seen out by Christian for a throw in but he gets a late stud rake on his calf for his troubles – Nice! Substitution time Harrison on to replace Christian.

With the quick goal in the bag it was time for Oadby to dominate the game – Alex crosses, keeper fumbles. Bustlehome pass back to their keeper, Alfie chases it down but the keeper sees it out to safety. Bustlehome attack, Harry clears our lines. Reece and Josh work together to defend. Sam and Alfie are working together pressing a high line – Josh collects the ball, distributes quickly to Alex and he’s off up the wing – It’s going to be another torrid day for the opposition Left Back as Alex has his number and is combining well with Niam.

We win a free kick on the edge of their box – Alex takes – over – Sam into Jordie over to Rhys R who gets a shot away – just wide. Bustlehome attack up our left – ball into the middle and they shoot over – Josh had it covered!

Oadby are breaking quickly and moving the ball well but the two sides are well matched and Bustlehome certainly look capable of scoring if we let our guard drop. Alex – Sam – Cheeky ball to Sergio just wide! Nimo heads on for Alfie to chase – Better football Harvey chips for Nimo to head on to Rhys R up the left flank. Reece sweeps wide for Alex and Sam to chase down. Alfie shoots, the ball is going wide and as Rhys R re-directs it into the back of the net he’s given offside – fair enough!

Sub – Harvey off Rhys D ON

Midfield grind is going on – clear cut chances are somewhat lacking but the game is entertaining and the Referee is having a good game as well as the players (which is nice!) And then it happens Bustlehome win a corner. The ball is too long and Alex clears the ball long up field. Alfie runs and runs and runs and runs avoiding all the defenders snapping at his heels, then passes selflessly to Sam for a simple tap in – 2- Nil and Half time beckons.

Half Time subs :- Alex off Jordan ON

Bustlehome are on the offensive, Nimo clears to the willing Sam who chases it out. Alfie back to Nimo who plays a 1st time defence splitting ball for Jordie who crosses wide – Corner – Reece heads wide.

45mins played and the Ref notices the Corner Flags are missing – Out they come!!  Fantastic ball by Jordan to Alfie who chips the keeper and just clips the wrong side of the post – Maybe not today for our Goal Machine? Rhys D heads forward – Sam on it Keeper saves. Rhys Robinson works hard to win the ball back – Crossfield to Jordan who wins a corner – More and constant pressure from Oadby pays off as Alfie jinks into the penalty box and is clipped – Penalty. Sam steps up and slots home comfortably to make it 3 nil to Sam Grouse sorry I mean Oadby!

Sub :Rhys R off Harvey ON wide on the left of Midfield. Lovely knock Jordie to Jordan – Cross field to Harvey who is looking a little more lively than the last time he was on the pitch!

Jordie onto Sam, shot saved by keeper. Great header Harvey onto Sam who chips wide – Patient Alfie waiting in the wings for his chance to get on the scoresheet.  More good attacking play from the Owls and the Bustlehome keeper collects. Looks like we’ll play this match out to a convincing win if only we could convert more of our opportunities.

And then Bustlehome  attack down their right flank. The winger crosses deep, in fact so deep that the ball dips over Joshs’ head into the bottom corner 3-1 Hmmm!

Straight back at them from the re-start nearly there for Alfie. Jordie, ball of the day, to Jordan – Sam wins a corner – Alex takes 13 mins to go – Bustlehome tails are up and they go through the middle of the park but we clear our lines and then some awful defending allows them in to make it 3-2 – Interesting few mins left as we are letting the opposition boss things.

Again from the re-start we invite more pressure but defend better  this time– Jordie battles back and regains control of the midfield once more – Alex gets free to cross into the box, Alfie stoops low and nips in front of the Bustlehome keeper to head home – Well deserved goal and we’re 4-2 up.

Sub – Niam off Rhys R ON – Harvey crosses to Jordie, onto Alex blocked shot! Corner – Keeper collects. Time for a bit of route one from the boys as we clear our lines and Alfie chases willingly to find the back of the net 5-2 comfortable once more!

Sub Jordie off Niam ON time to shore up the defence and that just about is that!

A good contest – Fair result –Well done boys!

Player of the Day: Sam Grouse

Goals Scorers: Sam (3) and Alfie (2)

Thurmaston Magpies 1 Oadby Owls 5 - 18th November 2012 (League Cup)

Owls Tweet the Magpies with one for Robbo!

Another bright and sunny morning for our visit to Elizabeth Park to take on second division high flyers Thurmaston in the Leicester and District League cup.

Harrison, Sam and Rhys Robinson started on the bench as we started with an attack minded 3-4-3 formation. We looked lively from the start putting together some impressive passing moves despite a bumpy and awkward playing surface. James Parker and Alfie Halford once again combined well in attack fed by the midfield dynamos Jordie, Niam, Sergio and Jordan.

Early chances came and went before another dashing run down the right by Alex Hobart this time produced an inch perfect cross for, else but Alfie to finish well with a first time strike across the last defender and underneath the keeper 0 – 1 Oadby

The game then settled down and both sides looked comfortable in possession each cancelling each other out in the final third resulting in only a few half chances for either side. One notable long range effort from Niam came back off the base of the right hand post with the Thurmaston keeper well beaten.

Then disaster! – the Oadby defence was guilty of ball watching as the Thurmaston winger drifted through on the right before crossing for the centre forward to coolly finish after seeing his first effort come back off the bar. Harrison and Sam replaced Reece and Niam and although this changed the personnel it did not inspire any meaningful goal mouth action until close to half time when Alex once again skinned his man before squaring for Alfie, his quick turn and shot beat the advancing keeper but a well timed block by the Thurmaston centre half prevented another brace for Alfie.

Half-time 1 – 1

Right at the beginning of the first half, even before the reporting apprentice returned from the coffee run Oadby survived an early scare as Thurmaston crafted an opening but thankfully Josh was on hand to spread himself wide doing enough to force the shot wide of the post. The James and Jordie combined well to force a corner which was swung in expertly by Alex putting the Thurmaston centre half in an impossible position of facing his own goal whilst having to get something on it the inevitable OG resulted 1 – 2 Oadby

Unusually our second goal came from a classic route one move – Christian laid the ball back to Josh who thumped a long range clearance straight into the path of Alfie who raced past the last defender and calmly slotted left footed past the on rushing keeper 1 – 3 Oadby. Not to be out done Niam was next on the score sheet after being set up on the edge on the box by Alex his thunderous drive gave the keeper no chance 1 – 4 Oadby

With game now well won Oadby saw out the remaining minutes adding one additional goal through Rhys Robinson with a well struck swerving shot that bamboozled the keeper much to the annoyance of his frustrated team mates

Full-time Thurmaston 1 Oadby 5

On to the next round – well done lads

Player of the Day: Lewis 'Alfie' Halford

Goals Scorers: Alfie (2), Niam, Rhys Robinson and an OG

Houghton Rangers 2 Oadby Owls 11 - 11th November 2012 (League)

Parker writes the Script!

A bright and sunny autumn morning greeted us on arrival at Wier lane playing fields. Tea/coffee was served in proper mugs and the smell of bacon and sausage cobs filled the air. Chief sports correspondent Mark Judd lent out his pen (but not his trusty pad) to his apprentice so that proceedings could be recorded in his absence.

A full squad of sixteen was available - Euan, Jordan, Christian, Sergio and Reece Bradbury were the un-lucky players asked to keep the bench warm. Oadby began brightly taking the initiative from the first whistle and dominated early possession. Neat passing football lead to some early chances but a combination of good goalkeeping and missed opportunities kept the scores even through the first 10-15 minutes.

Finally the deadlock was broken  - Rhys Robinson got free down the left wing, his low cross found Alfie Halford in the eighteen yard box with his back to goal, his attempt with a cheeky back heel broke free to James Parker who smashed the ball home from close range  0 – 1 Oadby.  James then doubled the lead a few minutes later after being cleverly put through by Alfie with a deft touch over his left shoulder 0 – 2 Oadby.

The Oadby midfield was now in complete control and it was not long before scorer became provider. Jordie knocked a ball to James who flicked a pass to send Alfie through one-on-one with the keeper, despite the keeper making a fine save from Alfie’s original strike the ball cannoned into the air and Alfie was able to finish at the second attempt with a well-crafted header 0 – 3 Oadby.  Sam Grouse was next to strike, a fine pass from Rhys Robinson sent Sam clear and after a fine 20 yard run to the left hand side of the box his well-placed shot found the bottom corner 0 – 4 Oadby.

Houghton then replied with a fine move down their right well-finished by the centre forward with a cross shot down to Josh’s right hand post. This spurred Oadby into action - an excellent, six pass move was finished from close range by Sam Grouse following a fine run and cross by Alex Hobart 1 – 5 Oadby. Harvey Judd then made a surging run down the left wing sending Ryhs Robinson clear to cross for Alfie who squared for James Parker to complete his hat trick and see Oadby go into the break 1 – 6 in front

Rob and Toke shuffled  the pack at half time bringing all five subs into the action which soon paid its dividend when Reece Bradbury sprinted through the right hand channel, his fierce shot could only be parried skywards by the Houghton keeper, Sergio was the first to react with a well- directed header over the advancing keeper 1 – 7 Oadby. Still well on top Oadby created further chances for Niam, James and Euan which were all well saved by the Houghton keeper. Eventually the Oadby pressure bore fruit again this time Jordan won the ball in midfield sprinted past the last defender and finished well with a low drive across the face of goal into the far corner 1 – 8 Oadby.

Oadby then took their foot off the gas allowing Houghton to double their tally, some less than perfect defending saw a Houghton forward race clear through the middle and he finished calmly 2 – 8 Oadby.  Oadby soon restored their eight goal cushion when Niam raced clear down the left un-selfishly squaring for Euan to finish from close range 2 – 9 Oadby.

Further chances came and went for both Alfie and Sam before Sam put Euan in the clear one-on-one with the keeper Euan kept his nerve rounding the keeper before side footing into the empty net 2 - 10 Oadby. An impressive win and a fine boost to our goal difference was rounded of by Alfie with a header from close in five minutes from time

Player of the Day: Alex Hobart

Goals Scorers: James (3), Alfie (2), Euan (2), Sam (2), Sergio and Jordan

Oadby Owls 8 Harborough Town 0 - 4th November 2012 (County Cup) 

Owls ease through to the next round of the County Cup with a comfortable albeit WET win vs Harborough Town 

Diwali Festival of Light Celebrations in Leicester in the evening – We just needed to get through the RAIN RAIN RAIN at Coombe Park as we entertained our visitors, high flying Division 3 Leaders Harborough Town, in the County Cup.

The starting line up squelched out to the middle :-

Josh Hallam between the posts; Defence, Christian, Bradie, Harvey; Midfield, Niam, Jordie, Rhys R, Alex, Sergio: Leading the line Up Front, James and Alfie.

This game was always going to be entertaining and it lived up to the billing. As my Notebook got rained on this is from memory but I do recall Toni arriving in her Harborough Town Winter Coat-Maybe Father Christmas will bring her an Oadby Owls one?!

Always in control of the game, the Owls proved too strong, too quick, too skilful and too organised for our opponents. Nonetheless the game was entertaining and played in a fine spirit – The pitch conditions meant slide tackles were the order of the day and the Players keeping on their feet was a challenge. The Mums were going to have FUN FUN FUN washing the kit afterwards!

Edited highlights only :- Oadby began the game kicking up hill and were immediately on the offensive. JP took the ball neatly up the wing and avoided the sliding Harborough No2 to win a corner. Alex takes and Bradie heads close. Constantly and consistently we are on the attack, Alfie chases onto a through ball, rounds the keeper but gets clipped to win a penalty. Jordie steps up and finishes GOAL 1-Nil we’re off and running!

Harborough attack – we snuff it out. Great move up the left Sergio shoots wide. Through ball for James to run onto, who nicks the ball past the advancing keeper and finishes calmly – GOAL 2- Nil

Harborough create a few chances and Josh is called upon – He delivers with his customary calm competence. JP has another chance saved by the Harborough keeper – He’s having a good game and is keeping the score respectable. Alex is flying up the right wing again, Sub Euan on JP off / Sam on Alex off.

Words can’t describe the conditions but we’re making the best of things trying to find good areas on the pitch to play football. Niam crosses  for Alfie who finds Sam and he finishes GOAL 3-Nil Simple when we get to use the blades of grass rather than the MUD SLIDES!

Half Time!

Subs :- Rhys R and Alfie off,  James and Alex back on

Kicking downhill now, Sergio moves the ball crossfield to Sam, he waltzes into the box and finishes GOAL 4-Nil

Josh feeds Euan who shapes to shoot – Wide. Another effort from Euan saved by the busy Harborough keeper.

Sub :- Jordie off Alfie ON and with his 1st touch he makes it 5 The Goal Machine keeps them coming!

Harborough attack – Josh saves.

Corner to Oadby – Alfie heads home GOAL 6-Nil

Rhys R – Finishes neatly GOAL 7-Nil!

And finally a shot from Alex is sliced into his own net by a Harborough defender – GOAL 8-Nil

The Ref blows his whistle and brings this ENTERTAINING game to a close. Time to dry off and enjoy the festivities – Well played Harborough Town – Looking forward to the next round! 

Player of the Day: The whole squad

Goal Scorers: Jordie, James, Sam (2), Alfie (2), Rhys R and Alex

Oadby Owls 1 Boldmere Falcons 0 - 3rd November 2012 (MJPL)

Owls come through Boldmere test with narrow win 

A miserable day in Desford greeted our opponents Boldmere Falcons and we all agreed it would be lovely to munch on a Bacon Buttie with our cups of Tea whilst the boys warmed up for the match – We really can’t offer too many more catering ideas – We’ll have to wait for our Dinner Ladies to take up the challenge.....................?!?!?!

Anyway, back to the reason for this report as our Starting line up took to the field:- Hadley between the sticks;  Defence, Brand New Rhys (Dowds), New Reece (Bradbury) and Bradie; Midfield, Old Rhys( Robinson), Alex, Sam, Sergio, Jordie and leading the line Up Front, Alfie ‘Double Hat Trick Halford’ and Partner in Crime JP. On the bench, Harvey, Jordan and Niam.

From the start Boldmere break but Bradie recovers to clear his lines and then the 1st half settles into a familiar pattern with our boys passing and moving the ball very, very well. Constantly on the attack, we are often thwarted by the Boldmere Keeper reminiscent of a young Peter Schmeical resplendent in his Blue kit. Oadby are dominant in the 1st half with Alex Hobart flying up the right wing, each attack ensuring the Boldmere Left Back has a torrid morning. All we need to do is show a little more composure with our final ball and/or  finish and the half time score line could be somewhat different. Through the middle of the park Man of The Match James Parker is keeping the ball with great footwork and neat close control, and again with a little more composure in front of goal could have troubled the scoreline. (Sorry I meant trebled!)

Here’s a bit of the action in more detail:- Jordie battles in the midfield and loses the ball BUT immediately wins it back and plays over the top for JP to chase down but the BF keeper collects 1st. Rhys R plays into Alfie, onto JP who gets a shot away but the BF keeper parries for a corner. Alex shoots, keeper saves, JP heads goalbound but the BFK saves again.  Rhys R goes on the attack but Boldmere attack – our defence deal with the threat completantly. JP to Jordie to Alex nice cross but no finish. Sam gets in on things into Jordie to JP to Alex (familiar pattern developing boys) BFK collects. Wide for Rhys R to chase down but the ball is out for a throw in and at this point Kim Grouse leads a discussion about BBQs..........................................

Boldmere attack, Jordie is covering the hard yards and marshalls the ball out for a goal kick to us. We attack once more moving nicely but are given offside. Freekick – Rhys R finds Reece in the box who heads goalbound but the BFK saves –Corner. Sam delivers, Sergio crosses, BFK saves at the near post – Corner again. Boldmere can’t clear their lines with Jordie closing down strongly. James nice reverse pass nearly gets Alex clear on goal. Boldmere knock it over the top Reece clears. Referee talks to the BF Manager – naughty boy!

Jordie good ball into Rhys R – BFK collects. Hadley clears, JP jinks – Alex crosses – Sam SCORES – Offside. Good Midfield contest is developing as the Referee threatens to abandon the match which whilst being a tad inconvenient would help Paul Grouse with his next fixture – He doesn’t and so the Under 18s are kept out of the changing rooms at the end of our match but that’s for another report!

Yet again Bradie has 2 forwards to mark and we defend our lines – Rhys R attacks crossing for JP who makes the BFK save AGAIN for another corner. Once more we get the ball in the net but this time ruled out for a foul still 0-0. Alfie heads on for JP great footwork and he gets a shot away just wide. – We’re creating plenty of chances just need to find the finish. A surging run from Jordie takes him into the penalty box but a quality final delivery escapes him.

At this point one of our players kicks the ball away and the Ref makes him go and fetch it – Cheaper than a booking and good man management – Well done Ref! At this point it’s fair to mention the Ref who was consistent throughout the match – good to see.

Time for Boldmere to attack and eventually we clear our lines – The Back three are working well together and keeping Hadley protected. We soak up the pressure and Rhys R helps defend our lines. Good movement form Jordie out wide to James – Throw in leads to a corner last action of the 1st half – Alex takes and we fire over the bar – Half Time 0-0 time for coffee and a warm up.

Half Time Subs:- Rhys D and Sergio off, Harvey and Niam ON. The 2nd half begins as the 1st half ended with Oadby still dominant and attacking. Throw in to Sams feet and Alfie chasing selflessly. Alex still flying up the wing, Jordie is penalised for a high foot (?) Free Kick to Boldmere which we defend. Sam good ball into the box no finish, JP almost release Alfie but BF clear lines. Sam gets injured seeing the ball out. Throw in, strong header Harvey and the Sun comes out fleetingly. Niam is leading the Midfield battle winning strong challenges – Good fair Match at the moment but we are lacking the fluency of the 1st half attacks.

And then it happens :- Harvey clears to James who chases the ball – From the resulting throw in James jinks into the box, gets to the byline and feeds Alfie who nutmegs one player and calmly finishes GOOOOOOAAAAAAAALLLLLLLL  1-0 !

Sub Alex off Jordan ON. Boldmere go high and long, Harvey clears our lines. Alfie presses the Boldmere defence – BFK saves again. Jordan is released up the wing and is chasing willingly as he always does. The Midfield battle is hotting up and Jordie is replaced by Sergio. Our defence need to talk a little more and offer better options but generally we’re in control. Sergio onto Jordan. Good football move but Boldmere are back at us. Sub Bradie off Rhys D ON. A Reece foul brings a harsh yellow card and we get away with the resulting freekick. Boldmere are pressing and Rhys R helps the defence. From the corner Boldmere head over the bar.

We break away with JP and Alfie combining well. Back at us Jordie clears up. Sub Rhys R off Alex back ON. We soak up the Boldmere pressure. Alex to Niam to Jordan who shapes and shoots just wide. 2mins to go – Excellent defensive work form Jordan and with the last move of the match Boldmere attack up our right, get to the byline and chose the wrong option opting to shoot at the near post instead of crossing to 2 of their forwards in front of goal – Outcome? Hadley SAVES – Goalkeepers aren’t allowed to switch off and Safe Hands didn’t!

Full Time – A well deserved victory – Should’ve scored more – Good Performance from the Owls.

Player of the Day: James

Goal Scorers: Alfie

Four Corners 0 Oadby Owls 10 - 27th October 2012 (MJPL)

HALFORD’S BONANZA!!

In the absence of our chief sports writer Mark Judd, Julian Burke stepped into the breach in an attempt to fill the shorts and shoes -  not that it was a day for shorts as the cold wind blew across the exposed four corners pitch.

Christian Farrar returned to the squad after recovering from the injury that saw him miss both fixtures last weekend this meant that we could field a more familiar defensive line. Harrison, Reece Bradbury and Rhys Dowds started alongside Christian and Jordie was back in his usual role in the centre of midfield. Bradie, Jordan and Alex made up the subs bench.

Both sides started brightly in difficult conditions, the strong gusting wind made accurate passing over distance very hard to control hence a lack of any early clear cut chances for either side. James Parker and Alfie Halford both looked lively and Oadby did put together some fine passing moves only to be thwarted by a stray final pass. Four Corners also passed the ball well but they too lacked a cutting edge in the final third.

Eventually good build up play resulted in an end product, James Parker got free in the centre circle and sent Sam Grouse clear down the right, his simple early cross was met by Alfie inside the six yard box and his side foot finish gave the keeper no chance. 1 nil to Oadby.

Now with tails up Oadby started to look threatening with every attack, James Parker, Reece Bradbury and Alfie all went close but saw their efforts saved by the Four Corners keeper. Then another move started by Reece Bradbury released Rhys Robinson on the left his direct run and cross from the edge of the 18 yard box picked out Alfie who cleverly back heeled to James Parker, his shot was blocked and re-bounded to Jordie who crashed a right foot drive into the top corner, 0-2.

Alex Hobart, on for James Parker, was the next to create a scoring opportunity his slick dribble starting from the right wing across to the left hand corner of the box found its way to Rhys Robinson who again provided an inch perfect pass for Alfie to double his tally. Half time: Four Corners 0 Oadby Owls 3

Oadby started the second period as they ended the first, midfield dominance and clever passing moves creating long range chances for Sergio and Jordie. Indeed it was Sergio who produced the next Oadby goal picking up a weak clearance and sending a fierce shot in off the underside of the bar, 0-4.

Bradie then decided he should join the party picking up a ball inside his own half he rounded two players before slotting a ball through to James, his one-two with Jordan gave him half a yard to fire a low shot past the keeper, 0-5.

Not to be outdone Rhys Dowds then sent a cross over and again it was Alfie on the end of it to secure his hat-trick, 0-6.

By this time Four corners were finding difficult to clear the ball and were under constant pressure from a now marauding Oadby attack, further goals came from Alfie (2) either side of a Jordan strike to take Oadby into an 8 nil lead.

As Four Corners heads went down Oadby continued to play with pace and power resulting in “forward of the day” Alfie Halford bagging two more goals giving Oadby an impressive 0-10 triumph and helping himself to an outstanding double hat-trick in the process. Full time: Four Corners 0 Oadby Owls 10

Congratulations Alfie and well done the lads!!

Hands digging deep in pockets for Neil “ the hard up-man” Halford no more woolly hats for you mate!!

Player of the Day: Lewis "the hit-man" Halford (Alfie to his mates)

Goal Scorers: Alfie (6), Jordie, Sergio, James and Jordan

Oadby Owls 1 Highfield Rangers 3 - 21st October 2012 (League)

Owls defeated by title rivals

As with the MJPL game the day before we were limited to a squad of 13 players for our most important fixtures of the season so far.  The return of Reece Bradbury gave us a boost at the back but it was still necessary for some players to fill unfamiliar roles as we attempted to get a result against probably our strongest opposition.

The match started in unbelievable fashion with a goal in the first 20 seconds. James Parker sent Alex Hobart free down the right wing; Alex skinned his man for speed before whipping in waste high cross that the Highfields keeper could only parry into the path of the on-coming Sam Grouse who finished with a header from 10 yards out. Oadby 1 Highfields 0 – what a start!!

The make-shift back three of Jordie Burke, Reece Bradbury and Harrison Norton coped well with the early pressure from Highfields who began strongly getting the better of the inevitable midfield battle. Attacks and good passing moves were traded by both sides without either side really creating any clear cut chances. Despite winning three corners in quick succession Oadby were not able to increase their lead even though Harrison Norton saw a snap shot go narrowly over the bar and Euan Ford had a shot on the turn well saved by the Highfields keeper.

It was then HiIghfield Rangers turn to create some half chances as they pressed hard for the equaliser. A high cross from the right was cleverly headed down at the far post before being cleanly struck on the half volley by Highfield’s centre forward. Oadby 1 Highfields 1

No more than 10 minutes later Highfields once again got a player free down the left but a fine block by Josh Hallam saved a certain goal unfortunately the ball re-bounded into the path of a Highfield striker and Jordie Burke was unable to provide a second goal line block despite recovering well to guard the empty net. Oadby countered well creating chances for Sam Grouse, Rhys Robinson and Euan Ford. Then Niam Moorer got free on the left wing sending in a perfect cross field ball to Alex Hobart but his shot didn’t find the target and one of the best chances of the half went begging. 

Half time: Oadby 1 Highfield 2

The second half continued to see both sides battle away in midfield and both sides created some half chances but generally both defences looked in control.  An un-characteristic slip from Harrison Norton gave a great chance to Highfields but Josh Hallam was alert and made a fine save down to his left at the feet of the on-coming striker. At the other end James Parker sent an inch perfect pass through to Alfie Halford but his fine effort went narrowly wide.

In a last throw of the dice manager Rob Farrar changed the formation once more moving Rhys Robinson at left back and pushing Reece Bradbury into the centre of the midfield but at this stage of the game Highfields seemed happy to sit back and protect their lead which made it very difficult for Oadby to create any meaningful chances. Despite this Oadby continued to press for the equaliser and finally the chance came when Alfie Halford wriggled free on the left beating the keeper with a low perfectly placed shot on the run. Time seemed to stand still as the ball rolled towards the Highfields goal, defenders watched unable to affect the outcome only to see the ball hit the base of the post and be cleared to safety.  Was this our last chance gone?

As the end of the game approached Oadby pressed and pressed for a deserved equaliser but alas it was not to be as in fact it was Highfields who scored the final goal of the game to finish the victors

Full time:  Oadby 1 Highfield Rangers 3

Better luck next time lads!!!

Player of the Day: Harrison

Goal Scorers: Sam

Burton Colts 0 Oadby Owls 3 - 20th October 2012 (MJPL)

Owls take the points with win at Burton

On a grey and damp morning we arrived at the ground with a squad reduced to 12 due to unavailability and injury. We welcomed new signing Rhys Dowds for his debut and the club and parents would like to wish him every success for the rest of the season.

Rob and Toke had to shuffle the starting eleven to compensate for the missing players which saw Jordie Burke make his debut at right back in a defensive three with Harrison in the middle and Rhys Dowds on the left. Oadby went straight on the offensive from the first whistle wining two early corners in quick succession unfortunately neither kick produced a goal bound effort of any note.  It was then Burton’s turn to create an attack resulting in a long range shot hit with real power but thankfully Josh Hallam was able to watch it rise over the bar. 

Oadby then started to pass the ball better finding feet rather than open spaces, James Parker found space and sent a slide rule pass through to Alfie but he was flagged for off-side when through on the keeper. Shortly afterwards following a good run down the right wing by Alex Hobart Oadby forced another corner. Niam swung over a great left footed corner which was met by Harrison but somehow the ball sailed over the bar rather than in the net.  We then had to endure a period of pressure from Burton during which they created a number of half chances exposing our in experienced back line but thanks to some poor finishing and a number of good saves from Josh Hallam we were able to go in at half time 0-0. 

Oadby started the second half looking more solid as personnel got used to the system of play and passes started finding feet. Oadby mounted a series of attacks from both left and right wings thanks to good passing combinations between Rhys Dowds, James Parker, Rhys Robinson, Alex Hobart and Sergio Dhillon but our play lacked a killer instinct in the final third. Finally Euan Ford showed a bit of class on the edge of the box, collecting a clever pass from midfield he controlled turned and jinked past both central defenders before firing a crisp shot under the keeper to give us a deserved 1-0 lead. 

From this point on we appeared more in control of the game allowing only a few rare attacks of any danger from Burton and even when we came under pressure Josh Hallam looked in control commanding the box and marshalling the defence well.  At the other end our attacking threat increased as the forwards started to work tirelessly to close the ball down which in turn started to see us win the ball in advanced positions. The increased pressure saw us collect a ball in midfield and produce a through ball sending Euan in one-on-one with the keeper, the keeper stretched full length at Euan’s feet taking man and ball in a challenge the ref saw as a penalty. Euan stepped up to convert the resulting kick for a 2-0 Oadby lead.

In the closing stages Oadby did create a number of half chances before James Parker pressed the Burton keeper following a back pass,  the ball re-bounded off James as the keeper tried to clear falling neatly at his feet allowing him to pass the ball coolly into the open net to seal a 3-0 victory. 

Player of the Day: Rhys Dowds

Goal Scorers: Euan (2) and James

St Andrews 1 Oadby Owls 3 - 14th October 2012 (League)

Hot on the heels of yesterdays disappointing result we wondered how the boys would respond as we travelled to The Aylestone Recreation Ground to meet our old rivals St Andrews. With an afternoon kick off we all arrived in good time and the starting line up of Hadley, back 3 Sergio, Harrison and Christian; Midfield 4 Niam, Reece, Sam and Rhys with 3 up front Alfie, JP and Alex took to the field. On the bench Harvey, Bradie, Jordie and Jordan.

St Andrews clearly had a game plan designed to congest the middle of the park and with 1 player up front they achieved it. Oadby created numerous chances but lacked the composure in front of goal to trouble the scoreline and when we did manage to get a shot on target, the St Andrews keeper was on hand to protect his goal. The game was pretty much all Oadby when out of nothing St Andrews attacked, winning a corner which we defended.  St Andrews attacked once more but their striker was clearly offside as he knocked the ball into the net – Just a shame the linesman wasn’t in line – as it gave the home supporters an unjust reason to have a moan! And then it happened – one of the St Andrews forwards fired a shot into the Top Corner – 1 nil – Great strike!

Half-Time – We’re one down!

The only Half-Time substitution of note was Al Parker for Paul Robinson running the line – Always one to enjoy a challenge our Al!

Straight from the off we’re on the offensive as Alex gets a shot on target which the keeper saves – Still can’t find the back on the net! Jordie plays it long for the willing Alfie to chase. Another hopeful ball into the box isn’t converted. Sam is hassling as St Andrews come back at us. Reece and Hadley combine to clear our lines. Next we’re winning a corner – Bradie flicks on, Sam hits on the turn – Still one nil down!  A good move across the middle of the park finds Sam in a shooting position – The keeper saves. Alex attacks down the wing and shoots – over the bar. At least the boys are now fighting to win this match. Alex goes wide, crosses into the box – we head wide! We’re creating chances just need to convert! Alfie attacks, St Andrews back at us but they shoot wide. We work an opening and win a corner. Sam takes and a St Andrews player turns the ball into his own net whilst attempting to clear. 1-1 Thank goodness!

Life left in this game as Hadley is called upon to save the day – And he does as usual!  Rhys gets on the attack up the left hand side and wins a throw in but the ‘home’ ball boys delay giving the ball back. Undeterred, we continue attacking – JP onto Alex who plays a ball in to the box and in the confusion St Andrews put through their own net again – Oadby are in front 2-1 Hurrah!

Substitution to go 4 at the back and shore things up – Sam plays a superb dummy on the St Andrews No 9 – Now that’s how you react to a kick! Alfie wins a corner and the ball falls to Harrison on the edge of the box – He tees it up and lashes it into the net – 3-1 And this time we know who the scorer is!

Full Time and the Owls 100% record on Sundays remains intact – Mind you we need to get better at finishing!

Looking forward to this run continuing!

Player of the Day: Alex Hobart

Goal Scorers: Own Goal (2) and Harrison

Pelican Colts 2 Oadby Owls 0 - 13th October 2012 (MJPL)

Owls suffer MJPL defeat in Nottingham

The Owls travelled to Nottingham to take on a strong Pelican Colts side in the MJPL and despite competing well in what was a high quality game they came home without any reward after slipping to a 2-0 defeat.

The catering on offer was very good and there was a noticeable gesture of good will from Mark Judd who bought Jeanette a bacon roll on her arrival along with his second one of the morning.

The scene was set for a good game between two good sides on a nice playing surface. Both teams were trying to play a passing game but it was the home side who created the better opportunities in the early stages. Pelican came close to opening the scoring on two or three occasions but the Oadby defence of Christian, Reece, Harrison & Harvey stood firm, with Josh making the necessary saves and comfortably collecting the crosses when called upon. Gradually the Owls started to get into the game and when they spread the ball across the midfield trio of Jordie, Niam & Sergio they were able to create some good attacks from which Sam, James & Alfie to caused some problems for the Pelican defence. Oadby came close to taking the lead shortly before the interval when a powerful shot by Jordie from the edge of the area was well saved by the Pelican keeper. Half time: Pelican Colts 0 Oadby Owls 0

The Owls had by now changed some of their personnel with Rhys, Alex & Jordan on to freshen things up. Pelican nearly took an early second half lead when a free-kick from the edge of the area struck the inside of the near post but rebounded to safety. Oadby came forward again and a shot from Sam across goal is well saved by the Pelican keeper. Josh then makes a good double save as the Pelican attack threaten again. Owls back on the attack as Rhys gets in round the back on the left, his cross is met by James whose shot is blocked, spins up in the air and Alex nearly gets on the end of it but the keeper gathers. Pelican then break the deadlock with a cracking 20 yard strike which is still rising as it flies into the top corner of the Oadby net. The Owls try hard to get back on level terms but it is not to be their day and Oadby's misery is compounded when they concede a late penalty which is duly dispatched by Pelican to kill off the game. Full time: Pelican Colts 2 Oadby Owls 0

Pelican showed us what we already knew, there are some quality sides in this league and games will be won or lost by fine margins. Oadby need to take the positives from this match and continue to work hard and play the football which will get us back to winning ways.

Squad: Josh Hallam, Christian Farrar, Reece Bradbury, Harrison Norton, Harvey Judd, Jordie Burke, Niam Morar, Sergio Dhillon, Sam Grouse, James Parker, Lewis Halford, Rhys Robinson, Alex Hobart, Jordan Gillype report here

Player of the Day: Lewis 'Alfie' Halford

Goal Scorers: N/A

Quorn Juniors 0 Oadby Owls 6 - 7th October 2012 (County Cup)

A stunning late Autumn morning saw the boys visit Quorn and progress smoothly into the next round of the County Cup – Mind you before that if our Managers indecisive parking on arrival was anything to go by then we were going to be in for an interesting match!

Starting Line Up :- Hadley between the posts, Christian, Harrison, Harvey back 3, Jordie, Sergio, Sam and Rhys our Midfield with Alfie ,Jordan and James up front. On the bench, Bradie, Alex, Niam and spare’ keeper Josh.

The boys started brightly and immediately got their passing game going but the midfield was congested and hindered progress. It’s fair to say that the game was scrappy as Quorn battled valiantly against the inevitable. Not much action to speak of for the 1st 15 mins and so the pitchside discussion turned to Breakfast – Obviously Bacon Butties were top of the pile but we have in our midst a man who likes melon!! – His identity will of course be protected for the time being!

Anyway back to the action:- Quorn attack, Hadley collects . Good feet Sergio, into JP over to Jordan whose shot is deflected for a corner. Sam takes it short to Jordie – no effort on goal. Quorn attack again but straight away we’re back at them. Another corner. Sam knocks it long, Rhys heads wide.

Quorn attack, Harrison slides and breaks up the move, Hadley collects. We need to raise our game. JP is fouled, Harvey takes the resulting free kick but knocks it over the bar – Too many weetabix for his breakfast! Quorn shoot, Hadley saves – He’s a bit busier today than we expected!

We progress up the Quorn left, JP wins a throw in but we need to create some width. Sam threads a ball into JP but the Quorn keeper gets to the ball 1st. Rhys goes on a run – keeper saves at the near post conceding another corner.  Sam takes, Harrison heads goalwards and Quorn head clear – We know it’s coming!

Corner to Quorn which is cleared to Jordan who knocks a long ball deep into the Quorn half. JP is onto it holding off the Quorn defenders to finish smartly GOAL – I nil Hurrah!

Sub Time :- Jordie and Sergio off Niam and Reece ON

Immediately Niam plays in Alfie who finishes GOAL 2 – Nil Yippee!

We’re moving the ball better now. More substitutions :- Harvey & Jordie off Bradie & Alex ON

JP passes wide to Rhys who gets his cross over but Quorn clear their lines.

Sub :- Sam off Sergio ON

Alex gets motoring and knocks the ball into the box for Niam to head in and make it 3 nil! On reflection JP must’ve been involved at least his mum said so. It turns out that the lively JP was in a Hot Tub in Norfolk just hours earlier – So like Balotelli!

Half-Time

The 2nd half started with some lovely wing play from Alex who crosses for JP to get a shot away saved by Quorn keeper. Reece moves the ball wide to the willing Alex, Sergio switches play to Jordan who shoots wide. Alfie nice control touch and plays the ball out to Alex waiting on the wing. Quorn back at us and they clear the advancing Hadley. Fortunately Harrison gets back to clear the goal bound effort. More Oadby pressure, JP harries and plays in Reece who shoots low. The busy Quorn keeper makes a good save pushing the ball out for a corner.

Sub :- Christian & Harrison off Jordie & Harvey back ON

Almost immediately Quorn miss an open goal and the frustration flows into their next few challenges – Enough said!

Good interplay leads to another foul on Harvey.The free kick is taken quickly and finds Alex in the box to finish GOAL 4 – nil !

Quorn attack – Bradie and Reece defend. Nimo goes on a run, skips past the Quorn No 20 crosses and wins a corner. Nimo takes and Bradie heads over.

Bit frantic on the left as we attack once more – Alfie plays a delightful ball splitting the Quorn defence and Jordan finishes smartly GOAL 5 – nil!

Jordie chips the ball long but it asks too much of Sam as the keeper collects on the edge of the box. Rhys/Harvey/Sergio nice play . We win another corner Alex takes Bradie heads wide. The Angry No 19 has a nibble at Nimo. Hadley commands the defence as Bradie clears – Nice attack from Nimo finds Sam waiting in the box. Turning on a sixpence he fires home to complete the scoring for the day 6 – nil !

And so the game draws to a close with the sideline talk turning to an Oadby Owls Calendar – Any volunteers ladies?

Player of the Day: Sergio Dhillon

Goal Scorers: James, Alfie, Niam, Alex, Jordan and Sam

Oadby Owls 3 Whetstone Juniors 0 - 30th September 2012 (League Cup)

Win sees Owls safely through to last 16 of League Cup

Oadby advanced to the last 16 of the League Cup in what turned out be a reasonably comfortable win in the end.

In the first half Whetstone made it difficult for the Owls to play their passing game. When Oadby did manage to move the ball wide through Euan to Sam and out to Josh A on the wing, his cross was met by James in the six yard box but his shot was wide of the goal. Sergio then put in a deep cross from the left, Josh A managed to get on the end of it but his hooked effort back across goal was over the bar. A left footed inswinging Niam free kick on goal from the right was also too high and drifted over the bar. Sam then managed a shot on goal from 25 yards but his effort was also lifted over the top. Whetstone attacks were few and far between and were being snuffed out by the ever dependant Reece. When they did get forward a long range shot was gathered safely by Josh H in the Oadby goal. Josh H then set Bradie free in space on the right who fed the inspirational Jordie in the middle, Jordie played a defence splitting ball through to Alfie who had his shot saved by the Whetstone keepers legs. Oadby were held at bay until just before the interval when a controversial penalty was award for a 'foul' on Euan in the box. Euan duly picked himself up and despatched the spot kick into the net to give the Owls the lead. Half time: Oadby Owls 1 Whetstone Juniors 0

The second half continued in a similar pattern to the first period with Oadby dominating. They were pressing for the second goal and were rewarded when a great move from one side of the pitch to the other, starting with Jordan feeding James, onto Niam and then wide left to Rhys who got in round the back and his dangerous cross was deflected by a Whetstone defender into his own net. 2-0 Oadby. Alfie then had a good attempt blocked by a Whetstone defender in a crowded penalty area. The Owls made it 3-0 when Rhys, Niam and Jordie combined well with some neat footwork and interchange play to set up Euan unmarked in the box to finish well from 12 yards. A glancing Alfie header from a Euan corner was cleared off the Whetstone line. Euan then plays in Rhys, onto Alfie but his close range effort is saved by the keeper. Sergio, Sam and Euan set up Jordan to put in a good cross but Alfie doesn't manage to get a proper connection and the ball is scuffed wide. Jordie then sets up James on the edge of the Whetstone area but his shot is high and wide. Full time: Oadby Owls 3 Whetstone Juniors 0

Squad: Josh Hallam, Bradie Perkins, Reece Bradbury, Sergio Dhillon, Josh Ashman, Jordie Burke, Niam Morar, Rhys Robinson, Sam Grouse, James Parker, Euan Ford, Lewis Halford, Jordan Gill

Player of the Day: Jordie Burke

Goal Scorers: Euan (2) and Rhys

Hinckley United 1 Oadby Owls 5 - 23rd September 2012 (League)

Return fixture at The Greene King Stadium following on the heels of last weeks’ interesting encounter at Coombe Park – Just wish I hadn’t got lost and our entrance in the chauffer driven Porsche Panamera would’ve had more impact! Sufficiently late to ensure Harvey was on the bench along with Jordan, Harry and Bradie!

Starting line up Josh between the posts; Reece, Sergio and Christian defensive 3; Rhys, Jordie, Niam, Sam and Ashman across the middle and leading the line, James and Alfie.

A couple of personnel changes from both teams meant the temperature of the game was unlikely to be as hot as last week but it was CHILLY on the sidelines for the supporters!

We start nicely and are immediately on the attack – Christian clips a nice ball onto the ever willing Ashman who crosses into the box but the Hinckley keeper collects. Hinckley back at us chance over. JP gets in on things jinking into the box but is given offside. Alfie nods on, Sergio and Rhys combine. Nimo – Great ball Alife breaks clear into Ashman sot away keeper saves. Alfie chases putting pressure on Hinckley defence – Corner – Sam takes Ashman heads – Jordie onto Ashman another header wide – Another Corner – Niam takes no-one gets on the end of it.

Attacking, attacking, attacking – It’s all Oadby now we’re controlling the game – Sam cross field to Ashman – Christian plays a good ball into the box but the Hinckley keeper collects ahead of Alfie. Sloppy work at the back lets Hinckley in but Reece recovers well to get an excellent tackle in.

Good persistence from Rhys Robinson and we’re moving the ball passing Rhys/Sergio/Nimo – We’re stretching out the play and linking well we just need to make that final pass – We give the ball away allowing HInckley to attack but Josh gathers.

Building again, Nimo trys a long range effort – wide. Now we’re stringing passes together, better movement at last.JP gets a shot away saved by the keeper. We win a free kick – Ashman takes, keeper fumbles but we can’t convert. Christian clips another nice ball into Ashman onto JP who finishes smartly GOAL! 1-0

Sub Rhys off Harvey ON - Reece moves forward again finding the busy Ashman who shoots wide. JP is off on a jinking run – Sam tees himself and shoots just over – It’s all Oadby now.

With space and time on the right flank Christian clips another ball to Ashman crosses to Nimo header saved! Good interplay sets Ashman off on a run crosses Sergio/Nimo/JP we win a corner – NICE move boys and Half Time arrives with Oadby definitely in control.

Half Time Subs:- Ashman, Segio ,Reece, Alfie off Harry ,Jordan, Bradie and Rhys ON

Sams persistence helps us build another attacking position as we win another corner. JP breaks into the box and we thought he’d won a penalty but the Ref thought otherwise. And then out of nothing Hinckley score to draw level 1-1 Hmm!

Back to frenetic but we need to find the final pass. Harry gets into the box, Sam gets the ball moving. James on the edge of the box gets a shot away just wide.

At this point Jules brought everyone except himself coffee – TOP chap! Long shot Harvey – wide swiftly followed by a phone call from Jessica – They are lost on their way to the ground now – Typical!

Sub: - Off goes the busy Christian replaced by Reece. We’re playing better football but the end product is missing and then just as I get my coat JP cores to make it 2-1 GOAL!!!

Long shot Jordie. The ball is cleared high and Sam takes it nicely playing in Jordan who crosses deep into the box and JP gets a shot away. Not the most powerful strike as the ball creeps agonisingly across the line and ‘Honest Rob’ running the line for Hinckley flags to confirm the ball has crossed the line GOAL and Hat-Trick JP 3-1 – Nice!

More attacking sees Sam in the box but he needs support – Jordie crosses too close to the keeper who collects. Josh good distribution to Harvey, ball on for the willing Jordan to chase, Jordie for once plays a rubbish ball and then has a 2nd go and plays his more usual quality pass!

JP wide – Jordie good effort – Nice move finds JP on the edge of the box and he jinks past a couple of challenges and finishes GOAL 4-1 He’s a one man Goal Machine today!!!!!

Sub: - Jordie off Alfie ON Oadby have a few more long shots and then it happens – A few chances and we win a penalty – JP takes, keeper saves and Rhys is quickest to nip in and finish BUT that linesman ‘Honest Rob’ is flagging – he’s spotted Rhys was already in the box and having conveyed this to the Ref, a free kick is awarded to Hinckley – Even the mums on the line know the penalty should be re-taken – Never mind!

Ashman, Jordan, Sergio combine and Rhys gets a shot away hitting the crossbar. 2 minutes later Rhys shows JP it’s not just him with neat footwork and he shoots and scores! GOAL Yippeee 5-1

Still attacking Sergio has a header against the cross bar gathered by the keeper. Nimo fires a shot at the keep which stings his hands and with a final effort wide from Ashman the match comes to an end.

Well deserved win for the Owls to keep us Top of Division One. With a bit more composure n front of goal it could’ve been more – Well Done all of you!

Squad: Josh Hallam, Christian Farrar, Reece Bradbury, Sergio Dhillon, Josh Ashman, Jordie Burke, Niam Morar, Rhys Robinson, Sam Grouse, James Parker, Lewis Halford, Bradie Perkins, Harrison Norton, Harvey Judd, Jordan Gill

Player of the Day: James

Goal Scorers: James (4) and Rhys

Oadby Owls 2 Nuneaton Town 3 - 22nd September 2012 (MJPL)

Saturday 22nd September - could be the last of the warm weather as we prepare for the 1st fixture of the season against Nuneaton. The Oadby Dinner Ladies were back at full strength – Just needed the boys to be likewise.

Starting line up: - Hadley restored to Saturday Keeper duties, Christian, Harvey and Reece at the back, Jordie, Sam, Sergio, Ashman and Niam across the middle with Euan and Alfie leading the charge up front.

Both teams began brightly enough but failed to keep control of the ball – The pitch is hard at the moment and we need to improve our touch and ball retention if we are to make progress on this surface.

This match was a classic ’game of two halves’ and here is a bit of the action: - Sam and Ashman combine on the right followed by Sergio/Niam and Sam – Euan feeds Sergio who chases valiantly but the ball goes out. Nuneaton attack but Reec e covers. Nuneaton chance on goal Hadley collects – Another chance for Nuneaton – We defend but we’re not clearing our lines – Hadley collects the ball just in front of the Nuneaton forward.

Bit scrappy – we need to grasp some control. It’s fast and furious. Long knock forward Harvey to Sam, too much to do across to Alfie great touch leads to a long range effort form Niam – Wide. Better passing from our defenders across the back line, Jordie Niam Euan involced, Harvey plays it wide to Christian who clips a nice ball forward for Euan and Alfie to work the Nuneaton defence.

Back at us but soon Sam, Niam and Sergio are working together building pressure – Chance Nuneaton Wide. It’s shaping nicely into a good contest. Sam wide to Ashman better quality passing now. Sergio pops up good move – chance – over! Sam plays a ball into Alfie, Nuneaton clear their lines. Another Oadby attack building from the back, Christian plays in Ashman who get a cross into the box – chance brings a lovely save from the Nuneaton keeper mind you it is straight at him!

Corner Oadby Euan takes Alfie heads home – SIMPLE – GOAL! 1-0

Euan bursts into the box – Nuneaton keeper saves again. Shoulder barge on a Nuneaton player draws a mild moan from the away supporters – They need to play Blaby next!

Sub :- Sergio off Rhys ON – Nuneaton attack – Reece defends – Alfie into Ashman, onto Euan who can’t get the ball out of his feet and Nuneaton attack down the right. Hadley is off his line but the Nuneaton striker fires a shot into the open goal – Well it would’ve gone in but for a magnificent goal line clearing header from Harvey  - EXCELLENT! We defend the corner.

Sub:- Christian off Bradie ON – Nimo spreads wide for Rhys but Nuneaton close him down before he can get motoring. Jordie over to Ashman who delivers a lovely cross no outcome – Nuneaton back at us – Time to wake up as Nuneaton are looking the livelier – Our defence are working well together.

Sub:- Sam off JP ON – Once more we play the ball out to the hard working Ashman – Euan goes wide, JP and Rhys are all over the Nuneaton defenders. Alfie sets up Jordie who shoots wide – Harvey misses a header and as Bradie cleans up the Ref brings the 1st half to a close.

Half Time Sub :- Euan off Jordan ON

Nuneaton are immediately on the attack and we can’t get a meaningful tackle in. As the player wanders into our box he wins a penalty. Hadley makes a great save from the penalty kick but Nuneaton react quickest to the rebound and finish to draw level 1-1.

Scrappy again but we’re attacking as Jordan plays the ball into Alfie – back at us – Bradie recovers, can’t clear lines and Nuneaton shoot wide. Right now Nuneaton are looking most likely to convert a chance but we’re defending well. Another ball into Ashman who today is our main outlet but with 2 defenders on him there’s too much to do. Corner Nuneaton – No challenge on their players and we find ourselves 2-1 down – Hmmm!

Spurred on,  Reece, Jordie, good turn can’t get away. Bradie covers and Jordie plays into Ashman nice cross but the keeper gathers. Better now, neat footwork Nuneaton, Reece recovers.

Sub:- Jordie off Niam ON – Niam wide to Rhys into Jordan

Sub:- The hardworking Ashman off Sam ON Out of nothing Nuneaton score again to make it 3-1

Somewhat rattled by this it’s time for some hard work to get back into this match boys. Bradie defends well. Alfie plays into Sam who goes wide – Rhys/Sergio shot – Keeper saves Corner. Nice move boys Jordan/Sam/JP crosses Rhys header wide but we’re building pressure. Another move wide Sergio gets a shot away wide. Jordan into JP who chases, Sam crosses out. Back into the Nuneaton box – the ball breaks and Sam reacts quickest to fire home 3-2 C’mon!

Nuneaton are straight onto us from the re-start and win a corner which we clear – Back on the attack and Sam gets a shot on goal which the Nuneaton keeper tips over the bar – Referee gives a Goal Kick. For all our good work we still allow Nuneaton midfield to waltz through but we defend and with 10 mins to go we win a corner. Sam takes long and we shoot wide yet again. Nuneaton back at us – Sergio gets a tackle in, Bradie gets told off – BUT the mums on the sideline know best and he is exhonorated!

Corner – Hadley collects – Good movement up left flank ends with Niam shooting wide.

Sub:- Alfie off Euan ON Euan gets intercepted by the Nuneaton No 5 – Great tackle Bradie – Deliberate handball wins a yellow card for Nuneaton as the boys get stuck in trying to raise the tempo – Too little too late as the Ref blows for full time and Nuneaton inflick our 1st defeat of the season.

REALLY annoying as we were on top and this Reporter doesn’t think we deserved to lose – Score line tells a different story – NEXT!

Squad: Hadley Beeken, Christian Farrar, Reece Bradbury, Harvey Judd, Josh Ashman, Jordie Burke, Niam Morar, Sergio Dhillon, Sam Grouse, Euan Ford, Lewis Halford, Bradie Perkins, Rhys Robinson, Jordan Gill, James Parker

Player of the Day: Sam 

Goal Scorers: Alfie and Sam

Oadby Owls 1 Hinckley United 0 - 16th September 2012 (League)

Sunday 16th September,  sunny but chilly – Not a day for shorts on the sidelines (unless you hail from Stoke Golding) as we welcome Hinckley United to Coombe Park for the 1st encounter  of the new season with them – Return fixture is next weekend so it’s important to lay down a marker.

Great to see Hadley back from injury between the sticks and time to get our goal keeping rotation underway – What a luxury to have 2 QUALITY keepers in the same squad.

Not a lot of football on show today as Oadby maintained their 100% record in all games this season and whilst the early exchanges had Oadby on top, once Euan got a Red Card following his reaction to an off the ball challenge, the game changed – Oadby struggled to get their passing game going and it looked like it was going to be stalemate until Jordan played a through ball for Sam Grouse to chase, the Hinckley defenders intercepted and knocked back to their keeper taking him by surprise and allowing the still running Sam to chase down and finish to make it 1-0  - Just shows there are no lost causes!

Hadley didn’t have a save worthy of mention. Often we defended too deep inviting pressure and once the sending off happened we lost our opportunity to clear our lines and build attacks but the boys stuck to their task and ultimately got the result they deserved.

We know we can play better than this and hopefully next weeks’ encounter will be more entertaining from both sides.

Squad: Hadley, Euan, Sam, Jordie, Niam, Josh Ashman, Sergio, James, Jordan, Rhys, Harrison, Alfie, Christian, Bradie, Reece 

Player of the Day: The team tried but failed to show their quality following an action of ill discipline by Euan

Goal Scorers: Sam

Wolverhampton Casuals 1 Oadby Owls 4 - 15th September 2012 (MJPL)

City falter in Wolverhampton but the Owls come away with an MJPL victory

Oadby continued their promising start to the season by making it two wins from two in the MJPL with a 4-1 victory at Wolverhampton Casuals.

An early start was required for the Owls as they travelled to the west Midlands on a sunny Autumn morning to be welcomed to an excellent ground and a perfect pitch.

The scene was set for a good game of football and Oadby did not disappoint as they got straight into their stride from the first whistle. The Owls took the lead on 4 minutes when Sam squared a ball on the edge of the area for Euan to hammer home a fierce shot into the bottom corner of the net. Oadby were full of confidence and nearly doubled their lead when Sam had a shot parried and James' effort from the rebound was pushed wide by the Wolverhampton keeper at the near post. It didn't take the Owls long to get a second goal when after 9 minutes the ball was set for Josh A who struck a trademark thunderbolt from 25 yards into the top right corner.

The Owls back three of Christian, Reece & Harvey looked very solid and were largely untroubled. The casuals were working hard to stem the flow of Oadby attacks and the managed to create an opening of their own but the shot on goal was just wide of the upright and Josh H diving at full stretch in the Owls goal. Oadby on the attack again and a cross from Rhys on the left finds Alfie who glances his header just wide. Then James floats a cross into the box and again it finds Alfie but this time his chested effort on goal drifts agonisingly wide of the post. Harvey puts a ball over the top for Alfie to run onto but the defender does just enough to ease him off the ball as he is about to shoot. More Owls pressure on 30 minutes results in the third goal when a blocked shot on the edge of the area falls to Sam who again squares to Euan to finish for a carbon copy of the first goal. Alfie then puts Euan in but his shot is pushed wide by the keeper. From the corner a header from Josh A hits the bar and the shot from the rebound by Sergio is deflected over. Niam puts James away wide on the left who crosses to Alfie but his shot on the turn is blocked. Alfie then finds himself through on goal and he lifts the ball over the advancing keeper but just wide of the goal. Just before half time Euan completes his hat-trick after a mistake from the Wolverhampton keeper gifts him the ball in front of goal and he clinically finishes to put Oadby four goals ahead. Half time: Wolverhampton Casuals 0 Oadby Owls 4

Oadby started the second half with Bradie on at the back with Reece pushed up into the midfield. Wolverhampton started the second period a lot sharper than they did the first and they nearly reduced the arrears with a good attempt at goal that Josh H did well to tip over the bar. The Owls get back on the attack with a Josh A pass to James who crosses into the box and a shot by Sam is saved by the keeper. James receives the ball from Euan and spreads it wide into space on the left, Rhys gets round the back and the Casuals are forced to concede a corner. Wolverhampton back on the attack and a shot on goal is well saved by Josh H. From the resulting corner Oadby fail to clear and the Casuals are first to the loose ball to score from close range.

The Owls take the game back to the home side and Euan outpaces a defender to get a shot in but the keeper turns the ball onto the bar. Wolverhampton should have made it 4-2 but their striker spurns a gilt-edged chance from the the six yard line. Niam then has a good long range effort turned round the post by the keeper. From the corner Rhys shoots over from 12 yards. James plays Euan through on goal and his shot across the keeper is only inches wide. Euan squares for Sergio on the edge of the area but his right footed shot is saved by the keeper. Euan is set free down the left and he finds Sergio on the right and another effort with his right foot is again well saved. Full time: Wolverhampton Casuals 1 Oadby Owls 4

An excellent first half performance that won us the game. Not quite so good in the second half but we did still create scoring opportunities and with a bit more luck and/or ruthlessness could have scored a few more. Credit to Wolverhampton Casuals who did not let their heads drop at 4-0 down and made it difficult for Oadby in the second half.

Squad: Josh Hallam, Christian Farrar, Reece Bradbury, Harvey Judd, Josh Ashman, Sam Grouse, Niam Morar, Rhys Robinson, James Parker, Euan Ford, Lewis 'Alfie' Halford, Bradie Perkins, Sergio Dhillon

Player of the Day: Euan

Goal Scorers: Euan (3) and Josh A 

Whetstone Juniors 3 Oadby Owls 6 - 16th September 2012 (League)

First away match of the new season sees the Owls travel to the home of Whetstone Juniors – The instructions said limited parking so get there early................................

Nice set up at Whetstone and having encountered this team last year in a Cup competition at Coombe Park we were looking forward to a fair match. Starting line up :- Josh Hallam in goal, Bradie, Harry and Harvey back 3; Sam, Jordie, Alex, Sergio in the middle with Jordan, Alfie and JP up front.

Whetstone Juniors started the more brightly of the two sides and it took a few minutes for Oadby to settle down and begin the passing game we know the boys are capable of. James chipped the ball onto Sam who knocked the ball into the path of Alfie to let him nod home 1 nil. Game on now let’s see the Owls play!

Whetstone attacked with a move down the left flank, the ball ending in the arms of our keeper Josh. More attacking from Whetstone and Josh is called upon again to race out of his box and clear his lines. Free Kick to Oadby – Harry onto Alex crosses for Alfie just wide.

Corner Oadby – Sam takes, we head goalwards – Keeper collects.  Back at us Whetstone attack and the ball lands close to our goalline – Harvey slices a clearance and Josh is on hand to collect. Free kick Whetstone – Harry heads clear and we’re on the attack up the right flank culminating in a Sergio effort going wide. Threaded ball for Alfie - too strong.  Jordie is now commanding the midfield as we know he can – Free Kick Oadby Harvey into Alfie who sets up Segio wide again.

Whetstone are back at us but can’t find a way past Josh who makes a great save. Then we raise our game with a lovely flowing move – QUALITY ball from Jordie crossfield to Alex cross over for Alfie just over! Alex is flying down the wing now and wins a corner. The ball is delivered, JP shoots, keeper saves, Sergio shoots, Jordan hits one the keeper saves – We need to convert some of the chances!

Sub :- Alex off Kuda ON and with his 1st touch Kuda has an effort on goal saved by the keeper – Really ought to use his left foot!

Sub :- Sergio off Niam ON Superb ball Grouse to Kuda who rounds the keeper and the ball is on its’ way in but a Whetstone defender intercepts!  Oadby are now commanding the game with a fantastic move Nimo – James – Sam – Alfie GOAL! No just offside but we’re looking much much better.

Sub :- Jordan off Rhys ON Whetstone attack Josh races out and clears his line Harvey attacks up  the left flank, gets called back to defend, ignores the call, plays in Rhys who nicks the ball in for Nimo to finish nicely making it 2-0 and drawing the half to a close.

Half Time Subs :- Harry off Reece ON. Kuda works well up the right and wins a corner – Niam takes and Bradie heads just wide. We’ve started as we ended the 1st half but then we lose our way as Whetstone waltz into our box and finish unchallenged to make it 2-1 – Hmmmm!

Within minutes the score is level – Free Kick into our box and Whetstone No11 nods home 2-2 Double Hmmm!

Nimo has a long range effort that is comfortably saved and then a long ball is threaded for the lively Whetstone winger to run onto and nick past the advancing Josh – We’re 3-2 behind – can’t believe it the Whetstone boys are jubilant.

Sub :- Jordie and Jordan off JP and Sam ON quickly followed by Alfie off and Harry ON up front. Whetstone are still in attacking mood and Josh saves smartly with his feet. James Parker jinks though a few challenges and hits the post – Keeper didn’t move but it’s still 3-2 !

Corner – Kuda flicks, Sergio gets a shot away – Keeper saves. At last the boys have woken to their task and are now putting the required effort in but will it be too late? Another corner to Oadby – Goalmouth melee and JP smashes home to equalise 3-3 – Hurrah! 15 mins to go – Great flick Harry onto Kuda who rounds the keeper and finishes smartly – 4-3 Double Hurrah!

Sub :- Niam off Jordie ON The supporters are breathing a collective sigh of relief – Will the boys realise just what we go through on the line?  Finally the boys take control of the match and Sam plays a neat ball into Kuda and with good footwork he creates an opportunity, shoots and scores! 5-3 Whetstone spirits have taken a bashing but still they come back at us winning a free kick hear our penalty area. Question is will we defend as we should – Emphatic answer as we clear a goalbound header and we’re on the attack again to win a corner – End to end stuff now as the match is drawing to a close. Sam takes the corner, Harry heads and then smashes home his saved effort – 6-3 same scoreline as last year COMPLETELY different way of getting there!

Player of the Day: Jordie

Goal Scorers: Alfie, Niam, James, Kuda (2) and Harrison

Oadby Owls 2 Corby Town 1 - 8th September 2012 (MJPL)

Owls start the new MJPL season with a win

Saturday 8th September, a new day and in stunning sunshine, Oadby Owls begin the defence of their MJPL League Title – OK so we didn’t win the ‘cup bit’ last year but nonetheless we’re defending champions as we welcome Corby Town to our new Saturday home ground at Caterpillar.

Nice facilities for the Oadby Dinner Ladies to do ‘their stuff’ – At least it will be when we get the key to the kitchen! Special mention goes to Toni who had to make do with just Jill and Jules for helpers – Well done and thankyou – Mums do know best!

Starting line up: Josh Hallam in goal for the injured Hadley, 3 at the back Harvey, Reece and Christian. Midfield: Ashman, Sam, Sergio, Niam and Rhys with Euan and Kuda up front.

Talk about a bright start – Within 3 mins we were in the lead 1-0 as Euan finishes neatly from a Sam through ball – GREAT start to calm any nerves!

Time to describe a bit of the action and if you think I write a lot – read it QUICKLY!

Corby attack our boys but Sergio breaks it up. Niam and Harvey work together to see an attack out. Niam gets on the ball, good skills and threads through to Kuda but just too long. Sergio, Kuda crossfield to Euan who heads on and Corby keeper collects.

Corby attack and we’ve got an excellent Midfield contest on the cards – At this point we decided that Paul Grouse was truly an inspiration – Grouse inspires and Julian does!

Back to the action – Sam/Rhys/Sergio – out  Corby attack down our right flank but Reece cleans up. Ashman tidies up and plays the ball into Nimo – The game is settling down. Ashman over the top to Euan good chest control as the BIG Corby No 8 starts strutting through the middle knocking a dangerous ball to the edge of our box for their BIG No 10 to run onto  – Brilliant work from Josh Hallam continuing his excellent form from last Sunday as he collects at the forwards feet.

Rhys is called on to defend down our left hand side – Corby snap shot wide. And then with an air of inevitability Sam Grouse gets himself booked – Good job Mum is away this weekend!

Harvey chests the ball onto Euan into Rhys. Corby are back at us but we defend collectively to clear our lines. The Corby No 8 is back on it but our boys are standing firm. Sub: Niam off Jordie ON.

Rhys plays a lovely ball into Kuda who takes it into the box and wins a penalty. Kuda brushes himself down and steps up to take the penalty. Struck cleanly, the Corby keeper makes a great save but Kuda reacts quickest and slams home to make it 2-0.

Our defence is working well together, Harvey guilty of shirt holding, Corby header on goal – Josh collects. Reece is strong on the Corby No 10. Jordie collects and cleans up. Josh save again.

Subs: Euan and Sam off – Alfie and James ON. Jordie chips forward, Alfie chases and it turns out the Corby linesman is a lady Referee – blimey! Jordie FANTASTIC challenge on Corby No 8 – Sergio breaks free and releases the ball but the Ref pulls the game back for a free kick – Good interplay Sergio/Alfie/Rhys and Kuda. Corner to us Jordie takes and gets it back straight away – The second delivery is excellent, Kuda goes just wide. HALF TIME – 2-0

Half time discussion with Corby parents: They have 3 Referees!

Half Time Subs: Christian, Ashman, Kuda, Sergio off Bradie, Sam, Euan and Niam ON.

Another bright start from the boys as they move the ball – better passing and movement Euan/Sam/Alfie – Euan twinkles and wins a free kick which he takes – Reece heads over.

Defence is turned quickly into attack as Jordie releases Sam Grouse. Alfie hassles the Corby No 15 Great work Mr! Nimo wins a free kick – Back at us – Bradie and Reece work together to clear our lines. Brilliant work form James Parker up front working an opening with 4 players on him! Alfie/JP into Euan who gets a shot away. Nice move from the back as Harvey brings the ball out of the defence to eventually find Sam – Shot wide.

Corby are on the attack – Reece misses a header BUT recovers superbly and clears. Josh punches clear, Jordie breaks – Free Kick – More good defending from the Owls. Alfie cushions a header – good skill.

Playing across the pitch Sam almost releases Euan – Harvey misses an interception but recovers – Defence are holding firm. Niam nice touch and release – Bradie challenges and then out of nothing a diagonal ball into our box evades every Oadby challenge and Corby snatch a goal to make it 2-1.

Sub: Rhys off Sergio ON. Corby tails are up but we’re defending collectively Midfield and Defenders holding firm. Sub :- Alfie off Christian ON – 4 at the back again to shore things up. Corner Bradie clears and Sergio carries the ball to relative safety. Sub :- Euan off Kuda ON – Josh collects the ball from a Corby effort on goal – Got away with that one boys!

Bit scrappy now with Corby on top but the boys weather the storm, Jordie winning his battle and JP chasing the bits and pieces. Not long to go as the boys continue defending and taking every opportunity to move forward – Sergio great feet into Kuda who plays a cross field ball to Sam – shot wide.

Final Sub: Harvey off Rhys ON. No more action as the Ref blows for full time to end a thoroughly entertaining game – Both sides gave no quarter but the whole match was played with great spirit - Excellent application, a tough encounter we’ll look forwards to the return fixture when it comes around.

Congratulations to all involved for a cracking start to the Saturday campaign.

Squad: Josh Hallam, Christian Farrar, Reece Bradbury, Harvey Judd, Josh Ashman, Sam Grouse, Niam Morar, Sergio Dhillon, Rhys Robinson, Kuda Muskwe, Euan Ford, Jordie Burke, James Parker, Lewis ‘Alfie’ Halford, Bradie Perkins

Player of the Day: Euan

Goal Scorers: Euan and Kuda

Earls Barton 3 Oadby Owls 5 - 5th September 2012 (Friendly)

Rusty Owls dust off the cobwebs with unconvincing win in Northamptonshire

Oadby made the trip to Northamptonshire for a friendly against Earls Barton who were last seasons Kettering Weetabix Youth League Division 1 champions.

The scene was set for a good game on a nice pitch as the Owls were made welcome by the hosts on a bright late summer evening.

Oadby started the stronger and after some early chances were squandered the Owls went 1-0 up when Harrison set Alex free down the right who delivered a good ball into Euan for a clinical finish low into the far bottom corner.

The goal should have given Oadby the confidence to push on but the home side were pressuring the Owls defence into some uncharacteristic mistakes. Having won a corner Earls Barton got the equaliser as Oadby failed to clear their lines and a downward header looped up and over Hadley in the Owls goal. 1-1.

It got worse for Oadby shortly afterwards when a defensive error from a long clearance from the Earls Barton keeper sent their striker through on goal to finish coolly and put them 2-1 ahead.

Hadley then had to leave the pitch after an arm injury picked up when Earls Barton scored their first goal proved too painful for him to continue. Harvey manfully put the gloves on and went in goal for the rest of the match.

Credit to Oadby who fought back with two goals before the interval. Firstly a neat move involving James, Euan & Rhys resulted in a close range finish from Kuda to level the score at 2-2. Then Christian played Kuda through on goal, his shot was well saved but Euan was on hand to net the rebound to restore the Owls lead. Half time Earls Barton 2 Oadby 3.

The second half was largely disappointing for the Owls as despite dominating the game and creating plenty of opportunities to put the match out of Earls Bartons reach, chance after chance went begging. Sure enough Oadby were punished for not extending their lead when the home side made it 3-3 after another defensive error allowed one of the Earls Barton forwards to score from close range after the ball spilled loose in the six yard box.

With time running out and the light starting to fade, it looked like the match might end as as draw. But the Owls continued to press until the end and were finally rewarded with two very late goals to win the match. Kuda found Sam in the area and he finished well, then a cross from Euan into the box was flicked on by Kuda and Rhys was at the far post to score with a stooping header. Full time Earls Barton 3 Oadby 5.

Although the team performance was not to our normal standard, the match proved a worthwhile exercise for fitness and working towards sharpness for the forthcoming competitive Saturday & Sunday matches. A major improvement will be needed if we want to get on a good consistent run of form.

Squad: Hadley Beeken, Christian Farrar, Reece Bradbury, Harrison Norton, Harvey Judd, Alex Hobart, Niam Morar, Sergio Dhillon, Rhys Robinson Euan Ford, Jordan Gill, Sam Grouse, James Parker, Kuda Muskwe

Player of the Day: Christian Farrar

Goal Scorers: Euan (2), Kuda, Sam and Rhys

Oadby Owls 1 Blaby & Whetstone 0 - 2nd September 2012 (League)

Owls start the new season with a battling win

The 2012/13 Season opener sees our boys welcome old friends Blaby & Whetstone to Coombe Park. 1st things 1st though – Milo and the Ashman Puppies had a play in the Car Park and then it was over to the get the posts up in double quick time – We have some new and enthusiastic dads this year – time to watch the warm up and sample the tea – Well Mark Norton led the charge for Tea closely followed by Paul Grouse.

Anyway time for the football – Al Parker decided running the line would be more fun than Match Reporting and so we were underway.

Starting Line Up:- Josh Hallam in goal, Harvey, Reece and Christian at the back, Jordie, Sergio, Sam, Josh Ashman across the middle and our forward line of Alfie, James and Kuda.

The early exchanges pretty much summed up the match - not a lot of football but plenty of physicality which our boys withstood. No advantage either way but our goal is looking well protected. Ashman helps out Christian links up with Sam Grouse and we progress up the right flank. Alfie gets released, quick feed into Kuda who wins a corner. Defended by Blaby then Christian lays the ball onto Josh Ashman who plays a high hanging ball back into the Blaby box met by the rising Alfie who heads us in front 1-0.

Blaby come back at us but Reece in the Centre is marshalling the defence and showing good strength to thwart the Blaby forwards. The football got a bit frantic but Oadby seem to have the better of the exchanges. At last we play some better football with a great move – Reece/Christian/Ashman/Grouse/Alfie good inter change and movement quickly followed by a Blaby shot on our goal safely gathered by Josh. Oadby soak up the pressure with the forwards working hard at defensive duties – JP, Kuda and Player of the Day, Alfie, covering the hard yards and hassling Blaby. More good challenging from JP and Sergio releasing Kuda who is brought down – Harvey takes the Free Kick Reece heads goalward – 2nd bite – Corner. Blaby clear their lines – time for Sam Grouse to win his physical battle – Well Done! Great work from Jordie with good footwork just before he and Alfie are subbed for Jordan and Euan.

Personnel may change but the work rate continues – Jordan and Euan both covering the hard yards now. The midfield battle rages with Sam and Sergio holding their own, Sam feeds Kuda, shot on goal saved by Blaby keeper. Euan knocks on for Reece to get a shot away – wide. Blaby attack down the middle, lines cleared Christian and Harvey – Jordan puts in some excellent defensive work and Blaby win a corner. Lovely take from Josh – our goal still looks safe. Euan picks up the ball near the Blaby box, moves inside and releases Jordan who wins a corner. Bit scrappy.

Good forward run from Harvey, strongly tackled but Euan picks up the ball moves it to Sam and he gets a shot away just wide. Harvey/Serge, nice back heel Kuda great battling – We’re competing well. Euan flicks onto Sam back to Euan who draws yet another foul.

The half comes to a close with Josh saving another shot on our goal but the words above do not do justice to the outstanding work of our forwards and midfield who stood strong and constantly hassled the Blaby players - Alfie, JP and Kuda leading the line. Half Time 1-0.

Substitutions at the break bring a re-shaped defence with 4 across the back, Bradie, Reece, Harrison and Harvey – Christian and Kuda making way.

Ashman clears, Alfie chases – Corner to us. Blaby Handball in their box but the Ref didn’t see it. Quickly followed by an attack on our goal cleared by Harvey – Corner taken and Blaby have a free header over the bar - Let off boys.

More physical pressure from Blaby – Interesting shoulder charge on Sam Grouse – Getting heated but the boys are keeping control. Bradie gets in on the defensive duties – Alfie/JP combine and almost fashion another spectacular finish for Alfie but not this week!

Bit scrappy again and the ball falls to Harrison who knocks a long ball for Alfie to run onto and lob the keeper – just wide. Foul on Harvey by the overly aggressive No 7 – A new tactic rather than just a shoulder barge or look over the shoulder for the player! Crossfield ball to Alfie same result – Foul on him. Nice ball from Sergio into space – just needed the forwards to anticipate it but we’ll forgive them cos they’re working so hard. Harvey gets his own back – wrong number but he still deserved it.

Good feet Ashman/Sergio – Substitution time Harvey off for Kuda – 3 at the back to see the game out. Kuda is straight into the action winning a corner. Jordie switches play.

Euan strong – onto Serge – Free Kick to Blaby – Long hit into our box and Josh collects above Harrys head – impressive! Time for Reece to show his strength with a shoulder barge of his own. Alfie gets fouled AGAIN – Jordie knocks on to Euan into Kuda nearly ................

10 mins to go and surprise surprise Ashman is fouled . We take it quickly but the Ref demands a re-take. Harry to Alfie, Jordan across to Euan good linking from the boys – Alfie Awesome!

Nice skills from Jordie – onto Jordan who chases willingly. Alfie/Jordan to Euan who turns inside and unleashes a FIERCE shot that the Balby keeper spills – no follow up so they get away with it.

Another quality move from our boys as Ashman moves the ball to Alfie into Euan who weaves and shoots just wide. Now we’re controlling the game with our passing and movement. Jordie moves the ball forward and wins a corner. Serge takes, Alfie shoots and Blaby clear their lines. The ball bounces and Ashman collides with Carter who sustains a facial injury but is ok. The Ref gives a Free Kick.

The game is coming to an end when out of nothing Blaby have a strike on goal – No worries for the dependable, flying Josh who dives full stretch to make a tremendous save, pushing the ball past the post for a corner – Blaby take the corner and again Josh commands his box and catches cleanly – Last of the action as the Ref blows the final whistle. Full Time 1-0.

A scrappy but solid performance from Oadby Owls – Another 100% start to the League campaign but we’ve got some work to do on the training pitch!

Good Result.

Squad: Josh Hallam, Christian Farrar, Reece Bradbury, Harvey Judd, Josh Ashman, Sam Grouse, Jordie Burke, Sergio Dhillon, James Parker, Kuda Muskwe, Lewis ‘Alfie’ Halford, Jordan Gill, Euan Ford, Bradie Perkins, Harrison Norton

Player of the Day: Alfie

Goal Scorers: Alfie

Barrowby FC (Grantham) Tournament - Sunday 26th August 2012

Owls warm up for the new season with a Tournament win in Lincolnshire

Oadby made the journey to Lincolnshire for the Barrowby tournament just outside Grantham.

The Owls showed their quality and proved far too strong on the day for all their opponents, whether from Lincs or Leics. Despite only having a squad of 12 players (including Rhys who unfortunately injured himself in a cycling accident the day before), Oadby still managed to win the tournament convincingly by winning every game without conceding a goal.

Due to two teams letting the organisers down by pulling out at short notice, the tournament was set up as one group of four teams all playing each other twice in 12 minute group matches, before advancing to 20 minute matches at the semi-final stage.

The Owls topped the group by winning all six matches against Lincs teams Ruston Sports and Barrowby, and old Leicester rivals Blaby & Whetstone.

The semi-final was a convincing 4-0 win for the Owls over Ruston Sports. This was followed by a closer but comfortable 2-0 victory in the final over tournament hosts Barrowby.

Goal of the day had to be Alfie's scissor kick from outside of the box which the Barrowby Manager (and Tournament Organiser) said was the goal of the weekend from the best team at the Tournament!

Well played Oadby, a good pre-season warm up. Roll on the start of the 2012/13 season proper!

Results summary:

Group game 1 - Oadby Owls 3 (Kuda 3)  Ruston Sports, Lincoln 0

Group game 2 - Oadby Owls 1 (Kuda)  Barrowby, Grantham 0

Group game 3 - Oadby Owls 1 (Josh A)  Blaby & Whetstone 0

Group game 4 - Ruston Sports, Lincoln 0  Oadby Owls 2 (James, Kuda)

Group game 5 - Barrowby, Grantham 0  Oadby Owls 1 (Alfie)

Group game 6 - Blaby & Whetstone 0 Oadby Owls 1 (Alfie)

Semi final - Oadby Owls 4 (Kuda 2, Sam, Alfie)  Ruston Sports, Lincoln 0

Final - Barrowby, Grantham 0  Oadby Owls 2 (Josh A, Alfie)

Squad: Hadley Beeken, Christian Farrar, Reece Bradbury, Harrison Norton, Josh Ashman, Sam Grouse, Sergio Dhillon, James Parker, Jordan Gill, Kuda Muskwe, Lewis ‘Alfie’ Halford, Rhys Robinson

Player of the Day: Alfie

Goal Scorers: Kuda (7), Josh A (2), James, Alfie (4) and Sam

Wisbech St Mary Tournament - Saturday 18th August 2012

Unlike the last time in Wisbech St Mary the sun was shining and with a full days sunbathing in prospect we SLAPPED on the sun cream and headed for Pitch 6.

Mind you if the organisers thought they had a problem with teams dropping out overnight they should’ve seen our Gazebo – Collective repair skills of Craig, Phil and Jacks Dad sorted that little hitch and so it was time for the action :-

Opening Game – Oadby vs Personal Soccer  WON 2-0 (Kuda x 2)
The 3rd match of our group and a winning start from the boys. We had the pace of the 3 games, looked fit and with a brace from Kuda we’re looking good.

Second Match – Oadby vs Billericay Town WON 1-0 (Reece)
A tougher encounter than our opening effort. Good physical match up WELL won. Fair to say Billericay were on top for the 1st10 mins with Hadley utilising the woodwork to assist but we came through. As the Manager told the boys there are times to hold and times to press. The winning effort an excellent header from Centre Back Reece.

Third Group Game – Oadby vs Wendene Wanderers WON 7-0 (Alfie x 3, Jordan, Sam, Kuda x 2)
After a couple of marauding runs up the left flank from Harvey, the score remained 0-0 and Wendene broke though our centre – Would we be susceptible to ‘that’ kind of attack like last year........? A resounding NO is the answer folks as Reece made up ground and got in an excellent tackle - It’s looking good for the coming season. Fortunately this brought our forwards to life and Alfie bagged a hat-trick ably supported by the other scorers.

Fourth Group Game – Oadby vs Cambridge City LOST 0-1 
Started a little bit lax and got punished – A penalty was given away and we find ourselves 1 nil down from which we can’t regain our composure – Need to sort ourselves out for the coming season and find the spirit behind our rolled up sleeves. Still we’re through to the Semi.

Semi Final Oadby vs Bushmead Rovers WON 3-0 (Alfie, Reece, Sergio)
We’ve played these boys before but without Al Parker or ‘stand in Reporter’ Jules no-one can remember the result! 20 mins and we’re in the final so here’s a bit of the action :- Bradie shows us some excellent defending, carrying the ball away from danger  to get our forwards attacking. Ashman onto Alfie to Rhys and over by Sam. Quickly followed with Rhys getting a shot away.And then, move of the game – Kuda crosses low and hard for Alfie FANTASTIC finish! 1-0. More good collective attacking with the boys shooting onsight. Free Kick to us. Harvey delivers long into their box and Reece meets powerfully to score his 2nd of the tournament making it 2-0. It’s not over yet as Hadley is called upon to make a GREAT save. Corner – Punch – Shot back at us – Another GREAT save – Keepers in form for the season. And then the final goal scored by Sergio – A long ball played through – Someone was offside but not Sergio who netted to make it 3-0. Game over we’re in the final!

Final Oadby vs Pelican Colts LOST 0-3
A match up of tournament winners from last summer and May this year. Unfortunately I had left my notepad in the car so this part of the report will be brief. We lost 3-0 – Conceding within the first 2 mins never helps and so we were always chasing the game but still we ended with great sun tans and Sunday to recover. Two late goals conceded by the team whilst pushing for an equaliser.

Well done Oadby Owls – We have a lot to look forward to in the coming season.

Squad: Hadley Beeken, Christian Farrar, Bradie Perkins, Reece Bradbury, Harvey Judd, Josh Ashman, Sam Grouse, Jack, Sergio Dhillon, Rhys Robinson, Jordan Gill, Kuda Muskwe, Lewis ‘Alfie’ Halford 

Player of the Day: Jordie Burke

Goal Scorers: Kuda (4), Alfie (4), Reece (2), Jordan, Sam and Sergio

Oadby Owls Tournament - Saturday 11th August 2012

Group Match 1 v Friar Lane & Epworth

After a slow start Oadby gradually got their passing game going enjoying large amounts of possession and the subsequent pressure resulted in some near misses notably from Euan Ford who put the keeper to work on a number of occasions. Alfie then won the ball in the centre circle and with a precise through ball put Euan clean through who finished with aplomb rounding the keeper and slotting calmly home for a 1-0 half time lead.

HT 1-0

Continued pressure at the start of the second period saw Kuda intercept and short pass back before rounding the keeper to give Oadby a deserved 2-0 advantage. Christian then placed a nicely weighted ball into the path of Kuda who fired a perfect ball into the box for Jordan to finish with a deft touch at the near post 3-0. Next Niam sent Sergio clear down the left wing and his pin-point cross was headed home by Kuda for 4-0. Niam then rounded off a great second half performance from a cross from Sam Grouse to see Oadby complete a 5-0 win.

FT 5-0

Group Match 2 v Headless Cross

Chief Press Reporter Mark Judd was drafted in for his debut running the line in a game where he spent most of the time waxing lyrical with the Oadby supporters (no change there then). On the pitch Headless mounted the first real attack forcing a great save from Hadley to keep us at 0-0. Headless again looked dangerous down the left and a nice piece of skill saw the winger get free and his rasping shot beat Hadley at the near post putting Oadby 0-1 down at the break.

HT 0-1

Ryhs Robinson and Kuda both go close in the early exchanges of the first half but the Headless Cross keeper makes two good saves to maintain their slim advantage. Oadby then started to dominate possession forcing free kicks and corners but all came to nothing. 

FT 0-1

Group Match 3 v Dunkirk Colts

Oadby started strongly producing attack after attack but a combination of off-side decisions and good goal keeping kept the score level until just short of half time. Finally Oadby got their noses in front thanks to a sweeping move through the middle coolly finished by Euan after rounding the last defender.

HT 1-0

Oadby mounted attack after attack in the second period most notably one move excellently finished by a Sam Grouse header that was cancelled out for off-side.  Despite forcing a number of corners during the second half Oadby were unable to convert any further chances

FT 1-0

Group Match 4 v Headless Cross

Despite the candle burning efforts of Al Parker and Rob Farrar spaces in group A could not be filled which resulted in the four remaining teams having to play double fixtures to finish off the group stages.

This time around Oadby knew what to expect and started the stronger Euan putting Rhys Robinson through on goal but unfortunately he saw his shot beat the keeper but come back off the post. Despite pressing hard with some intricate passing moves Oadby could not find a way through. Just before half time Oadby conceded a free kick just outside the box which was converted by the Headless Cross striker to give them the half time advantage.

HT 0-1

Oadby again started the stronger at the beginning of the second half forcing corners on both left and right wings following excellent moves combining defenders, midfields and strikers. Eventually the break-through came after a throw-in from Jordie found James Parker in space just inside the box his clever turn and lobbed shot (cross!!) beat the keeper at the far post to bring us level at 1-1. Despite a draw being good enough to take us through to the knockout stages James Parker decided it was time to produce a piece a magic. He collected the ball just inside the Oadby half, sprinted quickly between two defenders, rounded a third with a neat dribble, skinned both centre backs with mesmerising footwork before bending a shot with the outside of his right foot beyond the despairing dive of the Headless Cross keeper. What can only be described as a WORLDY!!!!

FT 2-1 (Oadby top the group)

Quarter Final v Thurmaston Magpies

With Mark Judd our official match reporter taking up his new duties as chief catering manager (keeping Kim company in the Burger tent) Paul Robinson assumed lino duties once more. Al Parker continued to suffer from PMT (Pre-Match Tension) DTSD (During Tournament Stress Disorder) and SCWGS (Son Scores Wordly Goal Syndrome). 

The players however showed no ill effects from the group stages remaining focused on the task in hand. Early pressure saw us force a number of saves from the Thurmaston keeper with Sam Grouse and Reece looking dangerous down the wings. Good chances were created for Josh Ashman, Euan and Rhys but sadly none were converted.

HT 0-0

With the tension building and the prospect of penalties we needed something to break the deadlock. Thankfully Jordie had the same thought making a slide rule pass to split the Thurmaston defence right into the path of Sam Grouse who sprinted through and calmly netted past the keeper 1-0. Jordan and Kuda where now beginning to pull the Thurmaston defence around, Kuda had already had a snap shot go narrowly wide and seen his low running cross run across the goal. Sam Grouse then won the ball and slide through a pass to Jordan who squared to Kuda, his rasping shot was too hot to handle and the keeper could only palm the shot back out to Jordan who made now mistake 2-0

FT 2-0

Semi-Final v Worcester City

The early pressure came from Worcester forcing an early save from Hadley who came out bravely to dive at the strikers feet.  Oadby struggled to find their form and the free flowing passing from the early matches began to desert them as the game became a bit ill-tempered. Di Robinson commented that she thought the ref would benefit from reading 50 Shades of grey. Worcester then broke free in mid-field and a long range shot from the edge of the Oadby box nestled in the bottom left corner 0-1

HT 0-1

The second half saw both sides have number of half chances each but there was nothing to suggest that either side would add to their tally and so it proved. A disappointing end to a good day.

FT 0-1

Squad: Hadley Beeken, Christian Farrar, Bradie Perkins, Reece Bradbury, Harvey Judd, Josh Ashman, Sam Grouse, Jack, Jordie Burke, Niam Morar, Sergio Dhillon, Rhys Robinson, James Parker, Jordan Gill, Kuda Muskwe, Euan Ford, Lewis ‘Alfie’ Halford

Player of the Day: Reece Bradbury

Goal Scorers: Euan (2), Kuda (3), James (2), Sam (2) and Jordan

Oadby Owls Class of 2004 - Roll of honour

Snowys Under 7's 2004/05

Jun: Thurlaston Carnival Tournament Winners
Aug: St. Andrews Tournament Winners
Aug: Birstall United Tournament Winners
Sep to Mar: Leicester & District Mutual League Div 2 Winners (unbeaten) P 14, W 13, D 1, L 0, GF 83, GA 14, Pts 40
May: Hinckley United Tournament Winners
May: Lutterworth Juniors Tournament Winners
Jul: Markfield Colts Tournament Winners
Jul: Aston Villa Tournament Winners

Snowys Under 8's 2005/06

Aug: Ibstock Youth Tournament Winners
Sep to Mar: Leicester & District Mutual League Div 1 Winners (unbeaten) P 14, W 13, D 1, L 0, GF 59, GA 9, Pts 40
Apr: Stoneygate Lions Tournament Runners-Up
May: Derby County Academy Cup Winners
May: Skegness Spring Festival of Football Tournament Semi-Finalists
Jun: Oadby Owls Tournament Winners

Snowys Under 9's 2006/07

Aug: Mowbray Rangers Tournament Winners
Sep to Mar: Leicester & District Mutual League Div 1 Winners P 14, W 9, D 3, L 2, GF 35, GA 13, Pts 30
Feb: Birmingham City Mini-Tournament Winners
Apr: Derby County Academy Cup Winners
May: Amsterdam U10’s Cup 4th Place
Jun: Fleckney Athletic Tournament Winners

 

Snowys Under 10's 2007/08

Sep to Mar: Leicester & District Mutual League Div 1 5th Place P 14, W 5, D 2, L 7, GF 15, GA 20, Pts 17

May: Catalonia U11’s Trophy (Barcelona) 3rd/4th Place

Jun: Littleover Villa (Derby) 11 a-side Tournament Winners

 

Under 11's 2008/09

Aug: Hinckley United Invitation Cup Runners-Up

Aug: Aylestone Park Midland Champions Invitation Cup Tournament Winners

Sep to Apr: Leicester & District League Div 1 Winners P 18, W 14, D 3, L 1, GF 52, GA 19, Pts 45

 

Under 12's 2009/10

Aug: Oadby Owls Tournament Winners

Aug: Market Deeping Tournament Winners

Sep: Presidents Cup Winners

Sep to Apr: Leicester & District League Div 1 Runners-Up P 18, W 12, D 4, L 2, GF 47, GA 24, Pts 40

May: Loughborough Dynamo Summer Cup Runners-Up

 

Under 13's 2010/11

Jul: Welland Valley Tournament Winners

Sep to Mar: Leicester & District Sunday Juniors League Div 1 3rd Place P 18, W 11, D 0, L 7, GF 59, GA 28, Pts 33

May: Leicester & District Sunday Juniors League Cup Runners-Up

 

Under 14's 2011/12

Sep to Mar: Midland Junior Premier League (Saturday) 1st Place P 18, W 16, D 1, L 1, GF 55, GA 19, Pts 49

Sep to Apr: Leicester & District Sunday Juniors League Div 1 Winners P 18, W 15, D 2, L 1, GF 68, GA 11, Pts 47

Apr: Leicester & District Sunday Juniors League Cup Semi-Finalists

May: Wisbech St Mary Tournament Winners

May: Leicestershire County Cup Finalists 

June: Phoenix United (Birmingham) Tournament Finalists 

 

Under 15's 2012/13

July: Welland Valley Tournament Winners

August: Wisbech St Mary Tournament Finalists

August: Barrowby (Lincs) Tournament Winners

April: Leicestershire County Cup Finalists 

May: Midland Junior Premier League Major Cup Winners

May: Leicester & District Sunday Juniors League Cup Winners

Sep to May: Leicester & District Sunday Juniors League Div 1 Runners Up P 16, W 14, D 0, L 2, GF 85, GA 21, Pts 42

May: Camber Sands Whitsun Tournament Runners Up