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Oadby Owls Tawnys 2 Harborough Town 1 - 2nd March 2014 (League)

The wind tried its hardest today to ruin a today’s match, but both teams showed plenty of skill despite the awful conditions to make this a tight and entertaining match to watch. Owls started brightly with Jack M snapping into the tackles to win possession in a crowded midfield. When in possession Tawny's quickly settled into their traditional passing game with Jack B pulling the strings in the middle of the park. It was therefore not long before Tawny’s created their first scoring opportunity. Jack B expertly slid the ball through to Adam in the centre circle. Adam controlled the ball skilfully and quickly looked right to spot Charlie free on the right. Adam’s pass curved perfectly between the two defenders and left Charlie with a free run on goal. Charlie collected the ball with his first touch but unluckily his shot spooned over the bar with only the keeper to beat. On the left Alex M and Alex V combined well to create more attacking moves. Tawny’s best attacking moves came by switching play to the wings and Charlie was particular energetic, often beating his opponent with his skill and pace. Jack M again won the ball in the midfield before spraying a great pass out to Charlie, who beat the full back and crossed the ball towards the onrushing Adam and Alex M. Unfortunately, Adam could not adjust his feet in time to connect with the ball strongly enough to trouble the keeper. It seemed like it would be one of those days for Tawny’s as from another cross, this time delivered from the left by Alex V, Alex M could not apply the finish. Throughout the half Tawny’s did not have the game all to themselves and some fine defensive performances were required from James, Ewan and Alex V. Jack M also worked tirelessly to break up the Harborough attacks. When the defenders were beaten Nykah showed great skill athletically blocking and claiming any shots that came towards him. Nykah’s distribution was also great today often starting attacking moves.   

HT 0-0     

At halftime Tom and Lucas came on for Adam and Charlie. Tom certainly looked up for the fight today as he announced his arrival with a strong shoulder-to-should challenge on the Harborough centre-back.  Lucas added his dynamic energy to the left of midfield chasing everything and soon won a free kick to the left of the penalty box. Alex V gleefully eyed his chance to show that he is still king of the free kick takers. With the anticipation mounting Alex V did not disappoint, delivering a pin-point accurate shot that curled over the keeper into the far right side of the net. Although Tawnys took the lead this seemed to spur on the Harborough team who mounted a succession of attacks. During one attacking move James was injured and unable to continue, which meant that the influential Jack M was pushed into defence and Adam returned to the fray. As the pressure mounted Harborough eventually scored a fine equaliser from ex-Tawny’s player Leon. Following the equaliser both teams pushed hard for the decisive goal and the game switch from end-to-end. Jack M showed fantastic composure when surrounded by two attackers in his own area he could have just sent the ball off the pitch but instead calmly beat one player and then the next before sending a perfect pass to Lucas on the left wing to start another attacking move. Shortly afterwards, with the Tawny's backline again under pressure, the ball was not cleared and as a Harborough players set to shoot Adam appeared, after chasing back 30 yards to make a critical block. Luckily the ball then fell to Ewan who was able to remove the danger with a long pass to Jack B. Alex M started a move that nearly put Tom free on goal, slotting a deft pass to Jack B, who in turn shipped the ball onto Adam. Showing unselfish football Adam played a measured though ball into Tom’ path, but he was ruled offside before he could shoot. With the clock running down and the crowd getting restless Tom was not going to be denied his goal today and showed great persistence to win a ball on the edge of the area. He then skipped past two players before calmly directing the ball past the keeper’s outstretched hand. There was only time enough to kick off before the ref, who despite the strong resemblance to the Tawny’s manager, was not I am assured his long lost twin, blew for time. This was an excellent match played in a competitive way by both teams who showed great skill and quality football in spite of the strong wind.

Team: Nykah, Ewan, James, Alex V, Alex M, Jack B, Jack M, Charlie, Adam, Lucas, Tom

Player of the Day: Jack M - Showed great control and composure throughout the game, an excellent performance

Goals Scorers: Alex V, Tom

Ibstock United Juniors U12 1 Oadby Owls Tawnys 4 (County Cup) 6th October 2013

After a cruel defeat on penalties to Harborough Town the week before in The League Cup, The Tawnys were determined to put together a better cup run in the County Cup.  On paper Ibstock United weren't the stiffest of challengers, but nothing can be taken for granted in a one off game.  

Sam and Lucas had the entire squad available and went with a starting line up of Nykah, Will, James, Arun, Alex Van Dijk, Alex Mawby, Tom, Adam and Lucas who took the captains arm band.  There was little action to talk about early doors and the first half chance came to Ibstock, but the ball went over the bar.  An injury to James saw Jack Marvin come on early, but the shape seemed a bit disjointed all half.  The breakthrough came with a dangerous corner from Will, which was met by Alex Van Dijk to put Oadby one up. The lead didn't last too long however as Ibstock got the ball to their dangerous winger on the left hand side, who easily beat two players and got a shot in that was even too accurate for Nykah to get to.  Nykah did make a great save soon after as poor positioning allowed Ibstock another chance, however Oadby went into half time 2 goals to 1 after Tom Staples eased the nerves with a fine finish.

The second half started with six subs coming on, Morgan, Jack Burton, James, Charlie, Eric and Ewan and after a good save earlier by Nykah, Oadby made it 3-1 with a fine solo effort from Charlie on the right hand side.  The Oadby shape was still a little disjointed but fortunately Ibstock didn't pose too much threat in front of goal.  Oadby nearly went 4-1 up, after a great corner by Morgan was met by the head of James that went very close.  

Bing in the hat for the next round was sealed after a great goal by Jack Burton who keeps his goal a game record with a thunderbolt from outside the box.  Other good efforts followed from Jack B, Morgan and Tom (back on for JackB) but there were to be no more goals this time.

All in all a pleasing result for the Tawnys but chances squandered again up front and the shape wasn't great, but lots of positives for Sam and Lucas to work on in training.  Man of the match went to James, who always puts his body in the line and is always so brave and never shirks his responsibilities.

Player of the Day: James

Goals Scorers: Alex Van Dijk, Tom, Charlie, Jack Burton

Harborough Town 0 Oadby Owls Tawnys 0 - Harborough Town won 4-3 penalties - 29th September 2013 (League Cup)

The first round of the league cup saw two of the Oadby teams against Harborough Town teams, unfortunately The Tawny's got the better of the two teams.  A tough fixture was made more difficult with Jack Burton out injured, not yet recovered from a knee injury. The team to start was Nykah in goal,Ewan, James and Alex Van Dijk at the back, a midfield of Morgan, Jack Marvin, Eric and Charlie, with Adam up front. 

In the opening minutes Morgan passed a great ball through for Adam who hounded the defence but saw the ball cleared and pretty much straight after HT had 2 good efforts themselves.  The ever dependable James cleared the ball out to Morgan, who showed impressive ball control, beat a man and made an inch perfect ball through to Adam who was hounded out by the HT defence. It was a fairly even game at this stage and Nykah had to be alert to the quick and strong HT forward to put him off.  Some end to end stuff continued in the first half without too much threat.  Jack Marvin was proving strong in centre midfield, sweeping up danger and linking up well with Morgan, who was making some excellent passes through to Adam, who himself was trying really hard and causing problems.  Charlie and Eric were also linking up well on the left side, but in fairness no team looked like scoring in the first half.  The closest was a free kick by Morgan that was close, but went into the side netting.

Tom, Alex Mawby, Will and Lucas came on in the second half and in the same vain, good balls through from Morgan early doors, but Alex couldn't quite get his feet and body right and soon after Eric makes an equally fine pass that is again broken down via the HT defence. A couple of opportunities came for Oadby from free kicks, first from Eric and then Will, but both are too tame to beat the keeper.  Any opportunities HT did have were either dealt with by Oadby defence or cleared up by Nykah, although there were a couple of scary moments at corners when the ball could have dropped anywhere.

The best chance of the game came when Will passed through to Alex Mawby who in turn made a great pass to Eric, who just couldnt find his feet quickly enough and his effort went agonisingly inches wide of the post.

In extra time Alex Van Dijk and Eric were replaced by Jack Marvin and Ewan and again the early pressure was from Oadby which saw Jack Marvin's shot saved.  HT had a corner which was powerfully cleared off the line by a Morgan header.  The game seemed to filter out and penalties was the order again.  HT lost 2 shoot outs last season, in the County cup to Aylestone Park and in the league cup to our very own Snowy's so I am sure they were not looking forward to this.

Sam picked his penalty takers and first up to take one was Morgan, who confidentially stepped up.  The goalkeeper got a hand to it, but there was too much power to stop it going in, 1-0 Oadby.  Nykah makes a stunning save 1-0 still.  Next up was Will who slotted his right of the keeper, no chance for him, 2-0 Oadby.  A great HT penalty 2-1.  Some confusion next as an injury to the HT goalie meant Tom was waiting some time why they switched keepers, unfortunately his effort was well saved, 2-1.  Another fine HT penalty 2-2.  Charlie was up next and saw his shot well saved again, but a bit of luck as the HT player hit the bar.  Jack Marvin was up next and capped his great display off with a goal, 3-2 Oadby.  Another great HT penalty 3-3.  Ewan was up next and was distraught when his penalty was well saved also by the keeper, so advantage HT and they took the advantage well with a great finish to go through 4-3.

All in all, Oadby more than matched HT and were the better team for most of the game, but a lack of clinical forward play was quite costly else it could have been a comfortable win as some good pin point passes were made to the front players.  That said, all the boys should be very proud of themselves as they ran their socks off and every lad put in a great effort.  Morgan had a great game, made some fantastic through balls and ran up and down the line defending as well as attacking, but man of the match went to Jack Marvin, who was great in the centre and stepped up his game in the absence of his usual partner Jack B.  Still, the team didn't lose during open play and this was to a top tier team and the confidence is flowing now in the players.  

Bring on Ibstock this Sunday.  Well done boys.

Player of the Day: Jack Marvin

Goals Scorers: 

Whetstone Juniors 2 Oadby Owls Tawnys 2 - 22nd September 2013 (League)

At the beginning of the day the two tams were 1st and 2nd, with Whetstone possibly the best team in the league and sitting comfortably at the top after beating Carib the week before.  The fixture was made tougher with James sitting out and his calming influence was going to be a big miss.  

The game started with Nykah, Will, Ewan, Lucas, Morgan, Alex M, Jack B, Tom and Adam and Whetstone started the brightest putting early pressure on with Nykah having to be at his best.  The game had to be temporarily stopped when the ref spotted poo on the pitch.  It was established that none of the boys were the culprits and it was actually dog poo.  Luckily someone had a bag in their pocket so the game could continue.

The central midfield was missing Jack Marvin and despite the ever reliable Jack B playing well, holes were exploited and Whetstone soon went into a two goal lead, despite Ewan clearing an earlier effort off the line, and looked more than good for it.  At this stage it looked like being a long day.

Half way through the first half Adam got injured and Luke and Sam were called into action with choices, Jack Marvin was brought on at right midfield and Morgan was pushed up front.  The game started to turn in Oadbys favour with chances soon after with Morgan having a volley saved and Jack B working tirelessly in midfield making great surging runs.  Soon after Jack B was put through on goal and although Morgan was making the run with him, Jack calmly slotted home for his 3rd of the season.  A chance came soon after for the equaliser when Jack B saw Morgan in space, but Morgan couldn't slipped slightly as the ball came through to him and the chance was gone.  Whetstone did look dangerous every time they had the ball though and the central midfield missed the usual partnership of the two Jacks.

In the second half Alex VD, Charlie, Eric and Arun came on and Jack Marvin went into central midfield with Jack Burton. There were a few scares in the opening ten minutes of the second half with Nykah pulling off two great saves from free kicks and Will was needed more than once to clear the danger and was having a great game at the back.  In the last 20 minutes though Oadby were fantastic, first Alex VD got the equaliser after being put through by Will and Jack B and Charlie both put in a superb shift of great runs and skill between them, which deserved another goal.  It nearly came when the post denied Jack Burton a second and with goal line technology it may have stood.  Whetstone did look dangerous on the break though and pounced on a rare Will mistake when he let the ball bounce and a Whetstone forward ran through to be denied by Nykah.  Lucas came back on at right back and then Oadby were rarely troubled.  

If not for a couple of dubious offside decisions and lack of a goal poacher, Oadby may have gone on to win, but all in all 2-2 was probably a fair result.  The man of the match rightly went to Nykah, but Will and Jack Burton were both excellent as was Charlie with a great second half performance.  The boys can be proud of themselves today as they continue to improve after a poor first game.

Player of the Day: Nykah

Goals Scorers: Jack B 1, Alex VD 1

Oadby Owls Tawnys 3 Ratby Sports 0 - 15th September 2013 (League)

After last weeks loss against Barrow Town, all the lads had a point to prove and this game couldn't come soon enough.  With Sam away, Simon from the Snowy's was on hand to support Lucas as was Matt.  The starting line up was Nykah in goal, a back 3 of Ewan, Will and James, a midfield of Jack B, Jack M, with Lucas on the right and Morgan on the left.  Charlie completed the line up as the lone frontman after being away injured last week.

Ratby kicked off, but the Tawnys were up for this and were the better team from the start, however Nykah was quick off his line to make a crucial save early on, other than that the back 3 of Ewan, the ever reliable James and Will were fantastic and their composure paid off breaking up Ratby's play whenever they ventured over the half way line.  The two Jack's bossed the midfield and Lucas made some fine runs on the right side of midfield, linking up superbly with Charlie as most of the play started on our right hand side.  A few long kicks by the Ratby keeper were superbly headed back by Will and James, always putting their bodies in the way, backed up by Ewan reading the game well to break up attacks.  Lucas, caused problems down the right and got very close with a shot going inches wide.  James showed a bit of skill with a lovely 360 in the middle of the pitch before passing it through, unfortunately getting broken up by the Ratby defence.

The goal finally came from a corner.  Morgan, great with a dead ball, beat the first man and Charlie pressured the defender and keeper, which led to panic in the Ratby defence and an own goal.  Not long after, Morgan put another great corner across which was this time cleared.  Other shots in the first half were a screamer from Jack M that hit the post, a half volley from Morgan on the turn going just over as well as a few efforts from Jack B, enjoying his role as the advanced midfielder.  The boys went in at half time one up, but all had played their part in a great one sided performance.

Three subs were made at half time, with Lucas, James and Charlie coming off and Alex V, Tom and Adam coming on, with Adam playing an unfamiliar forward role, Tom on the right side of midfield and Alex in his best position of left back back, which kept the team looking strong.  Nykah was always really quick off his line to sweep up any balls that breached the Oadby defence, otherwise the same as the first half where the back three were immense.  Adam quickly settled into his forward role and was being a right nuisance to the Ratby defence, but the first real chance came from a screamer from Jack M that looked in all the way, but was well saved by the Ratby keeper.  Jack B was first to everything in midfield and was enjoying his dominant midfield display linking up brilliantly with Morgan who was causing problems down the left side, but still getting back to support Alex on the left side when Ratby did have the ball.  Ewan and Tom were doubling up well on the right and Tom also linked well with Adam, who really was causing problems in the Ratby back lines.

Number 2 came from a free kick after Morgan cut inside and was brought down.  Will placed the ball down, took his run up, beat the wall and also the goalkeeper, which was well deserved after a dominant second half performance from Oadby.  This meant 2 in 2 for Will and you could see the delight in his celebration.  Ratby finally threatened in the second half and a free kick brought a great save by Nykah, determined not to be beaten today.  A couple of great pieces of play from Adam to Jack B and Morgan to Jack B allowed him to get shots off which went just wide and Morgan cut in from the left also to get two shots off which tested the keeper.

A rare opportunity did come from Ratby and they were unlucky to only hit the post as a big kick from the keeper was allowed to bounce with Ratby players pouncing on this rare mistake, however as the ball came off the post, both Ewan and Alex were there to see it away and shortly after goal number 3 came from Jack B who also brings his tally to 2 for the season and another assist from Morgan (3 now) who put him through and nicely slotted it by the keeper.  This ensured the game was won and finished off a brilliant display from all the squad today as Oadby got back to winning ways.

All 12 players played their part today and can be proud of themselves with fantastic performances and Adam may have found himself a new position up front. Jack B got man of the match and deserved it with his all round hard working display today and is forging a great partnership in the middle with Jack M and both he and Morgan are linking up brilliantly with some great offensive play.  However, this was definitely a team display and all 12 were superb, with a really strong defensive unit in both halfs and Nykah showing that great quality when he was called upon (he wasn't going to be beaten today) and showed fantastic distribution with some great throw outs and also big kicks when the occasion called.  

A great end to the weekend and all the boys went home feeling really proud of themselves.  Started the game in bottom place and ended it in second place, so next weeks match is at the leaders Whetstone, where much of the same as this week is needed.

Player of the Day: Jack B 

Goals Scorers: Jack B 1 Will 1 OG 1

Barrow Town Youth 3 Oadby Owls Tawnys 2 - 8th September 2013 (League)

The season finally got underway for the Tawnys against Barrow Town Youth after last weekends game against Carib got called off.  After a good display in a friendly the day before against Syston there was a good buzz on a lovely sunny afternoon.

The Tawnys kicked off with Jack B and Alex Van Dijk, who was playing up front and started to press Barrow quickly, with an early shot from Jack B, which was well saved by the Barrow keeper.  With Jack M supporting Jack B in the middle, Alex M and Eric providing the width, Oadby seemed in great control and anytime Barrow pressed Jack, Ewan and Will were more than a match as were the big firm hands of Nykah.

The Tawnys were awarded a free kick 25 yards out and Jack B wasn't giving the ball up and his kick went agonisingly close as the keeper was well beat, but unfortunately a few inches wide.  Not long after though the pressure told as Will hit a corner in, which was cleared straight back at him and from the most acute angle he shot and beat the keeper, one for the scrapbook for sure.  

Oadby continued to dominate, James won everything in the air, Ewan and Will snuffed out the Barrow wide players and some good runs from Eric and Alex M supported by the fullbacks.  James got a slight knock and was replaced at the back by the dependable Lucas who slotted in well. Alex VD was linking well with the two centre midfielders Jack B and Jack M and the Tawnys were unlucky not to go in at half time more than 1 up.

Substitutes at half time saw the introduction of Tom, Morgan, Adam and Arun.  Unfortunately there was a mad 15 minutes where Barrow went on to score 3 goals and get their noses in front, meaning The Tawnys were chasing the game. Morgan was pushed out to the left, Jack B and James were back on and Oadby were dominating again with good efforts from Jack, Tom, Morgan and Eric.  Chasing down a ball with a defender, resulted in Eric getting a knock and was replaced by Will who slotted in the right side of midfield.

At this stage, apart from one Barrow break resulting in a great save by Nykah, it was all Oadby pressure.  A good free kick into the box from Morgan nearly turned out better and then a great corner from Morgan was met by the head of Will which glanced agonisingly by the post. The pressure finally told when Morgan picked the ball up on the left, beat a man cut inside and cushioned the ball into the path of Jack B, who along with Tom had made a great run into the box. Jack B took a touch and smashed it by the keeper with his left foot, getting himself off the mark for the season.  Unfortunately time ran out for the Tawnys and despite the frustrations it was just not their day, but lessons learnt and more determination for next weeks outing against Ratby.

The motivation and passion was there from all the boys and lots of positives for Lucas and Sam to take away and work on for the next game, which cant come soon enough.

Player of the Day: Will  

Goals Scorers: Will 1 Jack Burton 1

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