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 07/09/2013  10:30  Coton Green (Tamworth, Staffordshire)  Away  W 2-0
 14/09/2013  10:30  Beaumont Town (Leicestershire)  Home  W 4-0
 21/09/2013  10:30  Kenilworth Wardens (Warwickshire)  Home  W 6-0
 28/09/2013  10:30   North Birmingham Celtic Greens (West Midlands)   Home  W 3-1
 05/10/2013  10:30   Bilbrook Juniors (West Midlands)  Home  D 0-0
 12/10/2013  10:30  Highfield Rangers (Leicestershire)  Away  L 1-3
 19/10/2013     No Fixture - Half Term    
 26/10/2013    No Fixture     
 02/11/2013  10:30  Stourbridge (West Midlands)  Home  L 2-3
 09/11/2013  10:30  AFC Worcester Olympic (Worcestershire)  Away  P-P 
 16/11/2013  10:30   Tipton Town  Away  L 1-4
 23/11/2013  10:30  Knowle Juniors (West Midlands)  Away  D 1-1
 30/11/2013  10:30   Rushall Olympic (West Midlands)  Home  W 2-1
 07/12/2013  10:30  Mickleover Sports (Derbyshire)  Away  W 0-3
 14/12/2013  10:30  Swindon Village Bowmen (Wiltshire)  Home  H-W
 04/01/2014  10:30  Stratford Town (Warwickshire)  Away  P-P
 11/01/2014  10:30  Rostance Edwards (West Midlands)  Home  L 0-3
 18/01/2014  10:30  Burton Colts (Staffordshire)  Home  D 3-3
 25/01/2014  10:30  Coventry Sphinx (Warwickshire)  Away  P-P
 01/02/2014  10:30  Solihull Juniors (West Midlands)  Home  P-P
 08/02/2014  10:30  Bustlehome (West Midlands)  Home  W 3-2
 15/02/2014  10:30   Birmingham City (West Midlands)  Away  W 2-1
 22/02/2014  10:30  Mansfield Town (Nottinghamshire)  Away  D 0-0
 01/03/2014  10:30  Birmingham City (West Midlands)        (Major Cup R1)  Home  W 2-0
 08/03/2014  10:30  Pelican Colts (Nottinghamshire)  Away  W 4-0
 15/03/2014  10:30  Mansfield Town (Nottinghamshire)       (Major Cup QF)  Away  W 1-0
 22/03/2014  10:30  Highfield Rangers (Leicestershire)       (Major Cup SF)  Away  W 1-0
 05/04/2014  10:30  Coventry Sphinx (West Midlands)  Home  W 1-0
 12/04/2014  10:30   Solihull Juniors (West Midlands)  Away  L 1-3

Oadby Owls 1 Coventry Sphinx 0 - 5th April 2014 (League)

Owls win tight match against MJPL finalists!!

Oadby welcomed fellow MJPL Major Cup finalists Coventry Sphinx to their Caterpillar Sports ground.

The match saw two good sides go head to head in a curtain raiser for the big cup final match which is to be played at Field Mill, Mansfield Town FC in May.

Both Oadby and Coventry played some good attacking football, with both teams defending well against forward lines with skill and pace. As it turned out one first half goal for Oadby which was well taken by Sam Grouse at the second attempt was enough to separate the two sides.

The second half saw Oadby press for another goal to kill off the game but Coventry held firm. When the visitors came forward in search of an equalising goal the Owls defence were determined not to concede and rebuffed any dangerous attacks

Squad: Elliott Taylor; Reece Bradbury, Jared Rydquist, Harrison Norton; Alex Hobart, Jordie Burke, Jagdeep Dhaliwal, Jack Dowle, William Newton; Sam Grouse, James Parker; Lewis Halford, Bradie Perkins; 

Goal Scorer: Sam Grouse

Oadby Owls 1 Coventry Sphinx 0 - 5th April 2014 (League)

Owls win tight match against MJPL finalists!!

Oadby welcomed fellow MJPL Major Cup finalists Coventry Sphinx to their Caterpillar Sports ground.

The match saw two good sides go head to head in a curtain raiser for the big cup final match which is to be played at Field Mill, Mansfield Town FC in May.

Both Oadby and Coventry played some good attacking football, with both teams defending well against forward lines with skill and pace. As it turned out one first half goal for Oadby which was well taken by Sam Grouse at the second attempt was enough to separate the two sides.

The second half saw Oadby press for another goal to kill off the game but Coventry held firm. When the visitors came forward in search of an equalising goal the Owls defence were determined not to concede and rebuffed any dangerous attacks

Squad: Elliott Taylor; Reece Bradbury, Jared Rydquist, Harrison Norton; Alex Hobart, Jordie Burke, Jagdeep Dhaliwal, Jack Dowle, William Newton; Sam Grouse, James Parker; Lewis Halford, Bradie Perkins; 

Goal Scorer: Sam Grouse

Highfield Rangers 0 Oadby Owls 1 - 22nd March 2014 (Major Cup SF)


The home of Highfield Rangers and the prospect of a FANTASTIC match between two TOP sides to reach the MJPL Major Cup Final.

Summary – One converted penalty and one exceptional goal line clearance in a testing match. Current MJPL Major Cup Holders, Oadby Owls win 1-0.

Amongst a flurry of bookings, the Highfield Rangers Manager is sent off and on Sunday morning we learn that Oadby may have fielded an ineligible player in contravention of the unique MJPL rules.

As of now we await the outcome to see whether we are through to the final to defend our title.

Whatever the outcome the boys have shown themselves capable of winning yet another tough encounter and all connected to Oadby Owls U16s should be rightfully proud of their achievement.

We shall await the verdict.

Squad: Elliot Taylor; Reece Bradbury, Jared Rydquist, Harvey Judd; Alex Hobart, Jordie Burke, Joel Carta, Jack Dowle, Euan Ford; Sam Grouse; James Parker; Lewis Halford, Sam Ashton, Harrison Norton, Jag Dhaliwal

Goal Scorers: Joel Carta

Mansfield Town 0 Oadby Owls 1 (AET) - 15th March 2014 (Major Cup QF)


The home of Mansfield Town who as compared to Pelican Colts, don’t serve the best Bacon Baps in the MJPL – But they have a well drilled team who with their visitors served up a thoroughly entertaining match – even better than the previous round as two very well matched teams fought for the appetising prospect of a semi-final encounter with Highfield Rangers.

The early exchanges were all Mansfield as they pressed to open the scoring however our defence of Harvey, Reece, Harrison and Jag worked together to snuff out all attacks and then allow our Midfield of Jack, Jordie, Niam and Alex to begin building a platform to launch assaults on the Mansfield goal.

To complete the formation JP and Sam were leading the line and the impressive Elliott was in between the posts.

No clear cut opportunities were created in the first half by either side but we more than matched the physical commitment of Mansfield whilst not getting the rub of the decisions from the officials. Half time arrived goalless.

The Oadby team were unchanged for the start of the second half. Downhill now with the wind behind and almost immediately we create a chance but the ball wouldn’t fall soon enough for Jack to volley in the area. Big clearance from Elliott – Keeper saves – JP closes down smartly and flicks on for Sam just offside. Harrison gets a knock and is replaced by Jared at the back. Free kick to Mansfield which is fired over the bar. And then we create the closest of opportunities following good work by Sam, Jack shoots at goal but agonisingly hits the post! Back at us down the middle – defended. Sub Jag off Joel on 3 at the back – Another sub Alex off for Alfie.

The game is to and fro as both teams seek an opening goal – Jared gets in a nice header to release JP – Corner to us. The delivery is too close to their keeper and the next moment it’s in Elliott’s hands! Back at them then a melee in our box, Jordie clears but the referee stops the attack building as a Mansfield player is down with a head injury – Fair enough I say but funny that they have a another head injury moments later when we break clear again!

One more opportunity from Jack as Jordie finds him with a nice ball but the finish is over the bar and the Referee blows for full time and it’s still goalless.

Ten minutes each way extra time to be played. Sub – Niam off Christian on and back to 4 at the back – Immediately Mansfield carve an opening down the middle and Elliott keeps us in it with a fine save – Those Mansfield chaps must hate seeing this keeper!

More collective defending form our boys keep the score level at the break and we now have 10 minutes to sort the game or penalties beckon.

The final 10 minutes of this match had Oadby completely in the ascendancy as the boys pressed for the winner. Great play from Joel over the top for Sam who did all the hard work with an excellent first touch but lifted his finish over the bar. Mansfield attack back but we clear up the right hand side and from the resulting long throw from Jared, Jordie flicks on finds Alfie lurking in the box and he sweeps his volley into the goal – ONE NIL – The crowd go wild!

Mansfield react in search of an equaliser but Elliott pulls off one final excellent save.

And that was pretty much that – An excellent game between two well matched sides – Aggressive football but no nastiness – GOOD GAME – Time for old rivals Highfields in the semi-finals.

Squad: Elliot Taylor; Jag Dhaliwal, Reece Bradbury, Harrison Norton, Harvey Judd; Alex Hobart, Jordie Burke, Niam Morar, Jack Dowle; Sam Grouse; James Parker; Jared Rydquist, Joel Carta, Lewis Halford, Christian Farrar

Goal Scorers: Lewis 'Alfie' Halford

Pelican Colts 0 Oadby Owls 4 - 8th March 2014 (League)

A visit to the home of Pelican Colts in Nottingham who serve the best Bacon Baps in the MJPL – YUM YUM!

But to the football and a thoroughly entertaining match – The scoreline flattered the away side and the long list of bookings certainly was not representative of the game that I witnessed.

Pelican got the game underway and within minutes Elliott was called upon to save smartly with his feet as a certain goal for Pelican beckoned.

The next chance also fell to Pelican as Eliiott calmly plucked the ball from under his crossbar. With the resulting long clearance the ball was flicked on for Alfie to run into the Pelican Box and slot home – The Goal Machine continues and we lead 1-0.

The goal released some pressure from our boys and we began to take control of the Midfield with strong contributions from Sam, Jordie, Joel, Jack, Will and Niam – Often covering when the defence went walkabout. Better football as Jack crosses from the left side but no advance. Sam is finding good positions wide and firing the ball into the opposition box – Just need someone to get on the end of it. Jared gets a tackle in but can’t dispossess the Pelican forward – Back at them Harvey up the line finding Jack – Corner Keeper flaps to clear, the ball lands at Sam Astons feet, he turns inside and fires low into the corner to extend our lead – 2-0. Half Time Bacon Baps beckon as Al Parkers Alarm sounds .

The second half saw Harvey substituted, Will Newton on and Jack Dowle moved to Left Back. Bradie is getting an extended run at Right Back and makes the most of his time pressing forward and heading goalwards – Save by the keeper. Pelican start stringing a few passes together and should be congratulated for playing football against a superior Oadby Team – A few personnel changes have weakened them but the football when they manage is pleasant on the eye. Unfortunately for them Oadby are matching all physical challenges and generally coming out on top in all departments – The Midfield still dropping deep as the defence continue pressing forward chasing the ball at every opportunity. Bradie's extended run comes to an end as he is replaced by Christian at Right Back.

Good strength on the line from James Parker protecting the ball helps win a free kick – Sam Grouse steps up and fires home a lovely free kick to make to 3-0. Even the Ref gives him a High Five!

Pelican come back at us and create a GREAT move splitting our defence and allowing the forward to chip Elliott – Over the bar....................JUST!

15mins to go and Jared is substituted for Harvey who slots into Central Defence – Time for some discipline across the back 4 thinks this Reporter. James Parker battles in the middle of the park and finds Sam Ashton on the edge of the Pelican Box from where he fires home off the underside of the crossbar – 4-0 – Game over!

Some silly stuff followed for a few mins as frustrations overspilled and the Referee took the opportunity to fill his Yellow Card with names – The paperwork should keep him busy!

Al Parkers Alarm sounds and Full Time is called – A satisfactory if somewhat disjointed performance with too many players choosing the selfish option rather than keeping it simple working together – Work to do before the next Play Off Match.


Goal Scorers: Lewis Halford, Sam Ashton (2) and Sam Grouse

Oadby Owls 2 Birmingham City FITC 0 - 1st March 2014 (Major Cup 1st Round)

And so to the Play-Offs as we welcome Birmingham City FITC to Caterpillar!

With the pitch freshly rolled, and fair weather aplenty, both teams had an opportunity to entertain – Question was would they?

With both teams relatively well matched this was never going to be a classic and the early exchanges were as tight as we had anticipated with a strong battle in Midfield for dominance against a physical Birmingham side. Jordie led by example with a typically aggressive performance as Oadby were able to carve out the first opportunity on goal. An excellent move up the left flank saw James Parker pass the ball to Euan and he threaded wide into the penalty box for Sam Grouse to fire goalwards. The Birmingham keeper pulled off a great save to deny Sam and a corner resulted. Flicked on by Sam, the overhead from Jordie went wide but this spate of play brought more from our boys and in truth they began to look the more likely to winners – Still work to do mind!

Nice footwork from JP on the sideline saw him beat his opposite number with ease and we pressed for the opening goal. Better movement and cross field passing opened up the Birmingham defence but we couldn’t create another clear cut opportunity. Our defence were standing firm whenever threatened and Reece provided excellent cover when called upon.

Flowing subs from our Manager, so that everyone could play their part and then it happened – The turning point of the game as Birmingham attacked and penetrated our defence – A ball in from the right allowed the visitors striker an unchallenged header on goal and with a point blank save Elliott kept us at 0-0. Half Time quickly followed.

The second half saw Harrison replaced by Jared for his debut and the defence remain as a 4. Soon after the boys were awarded a penalty as a Birmingham player handled in the area and Joel calmly slotted home to take the lead 1-0.

With tails up the boys pressed to increase their lead whilst containing the attacking forays from Birmingham. The Midfield battle continued with Sam Grouse ensuring no player had time or space to dwell on the ball and Niam finding his best form once more following his time out. A corner to Birmingham saw Elliott punch clear setting Sam free to clip a nice ball for Sam Ashton – can’t quite get there.

Much better distribution from Elliott this week as we build from the back at times and retain the ball rather than kicking it away. The boys attack often from the back as the new boy Jared goes on a mazy run. Christian is replaced by Jags as we retain the defensive line of 4 throughout.

Immediately Jags gets offensive and we seem to be attacking more. Corner to us, Reece gets a header on target – Keeper saves and clears – Jared goes on another run and gets fouled for his troubles – Free Kick Harvey finds the side netting.

And then, James Parker picks the ball and jinks through half a dozen opposition players  breaking into the box and firing goalwards – Birmingham keeper saves.

Corner to us, Niam takes low towards the near post and Joel flicks neatly into the Birmingham net to make the game comfortable at 2-0.

5 mins to go and the Birmingham boys want to go down fighting – A bit of wrestling but nothing more and the final chance of the game falls to Euan with a free kick on the edge of the penalty area – High wide and handsome.



Goal Scorers: Joel Carta (2)

Mansfield Town 0 Oadby Owls 0 - 22nd February 2014 (League)


In our last MJPL fixture before the play-off draw Owls were looking to continue their recent good form in order to gain the most favourable draw. Conditions were once again weather affected but thankfully we only had a strong wind to contend with as the playing surface was un-expectedly firm considering the recent heavy rain.

Having only lost once all season Mansfield would no doubt prove difficult to beat and thus we expected a tough match where chances would be few and far between. Both sides started brightly although the standard of football suffered as the players battled to keep the ball under close control against the strong gusty wind. The first early chance for Oadby fell to Sam Grouse who was first to react to a long clearance from Elliot Taylor – despite getting through on goal his fierce shot went narrowly wide when perhaps the keeper should have been tested. Shortly afterwards a neat combination in midfield between Niam and Jordie released James Parker but again the final shot went agonisingly wide. Despite a period of pressure from Mansfield the Owls defence looked relatively strong limiting the attackers to just a few long range efforts easily dealt with by the commanding Elliott Taylor.

The game ebbed and flowed without producing any clear cut chances for either side and we went into the break honours even at 0 – 0.

Both sides shared a number of corners at the start of the second half but neither side was able to capitalise on their advanced positions and the score remained locked at 0 – 0. Mansfield then created the first obvious clear chance when inexplicably the centre forward chose to square the ball with the entire goal at his mercy, thankfully the pass was poor and Harvey Judd was able to clear the danger. Another Mansfield attack resulting in a corner saw Elliott pull off the save of the game beating away a point blank effort when a goal looked certain.

Despite both sides pushing hard for the winner it started to look increasingly like a draw was the only outcome, that was until Sam Ashton got on the end of another fine free kick from Harvey Judd to bundle the ball into the net. For a moment we thought we had snatched a win but the referee adjudged that the ball had been handled earlier in the move and the goal was cancelled out. Tough luck for us but in the end a draw was probably the fairest result all round.

A tight match between two good teams – well done lads!


Goal Scorers: N/A

Birmingham City FITC 1 Oadby Owls 2 - 15th February 2014 (League)

You know it isn’t going to be a great day when over half your squad struggle to find the ground and the driving rain and swirling wind do little to help the boys create an entertaining game.


Anyway, as I recall our keeper pulled off a couple of excellent saves to keep us in the game and approaching half time Sam Grouse hooked a long range effort into the top corner to ensure we were in front at half time 1-0.

The second half became comfortable as Euan fired home to make it 2-0 and that was about that. A late consolation goal for our hosts meant we finished 2-1 victors – Bring on the play-offs!


Goal Scorers: Sam Grouse and Euan Ford

Oadby Owls 3 Bustleholme (West Midlands) 2 - 8th February 2014 (League)

Alex grabs fully deserved late winner!

As the poor weather continues to reduce our playing time it is ever more important that we complete our matches and so with the pitch passed fit the boys took to the field.

The conditions proved troublesome at times but as the saying goes – It was the same for both teams – Wet, Windy and slippy underfoot.

The early exchanges were shaded by our boys but we couldn’t find the finish that some of our attacks deserved and then it came - following an excellent challenge just inside our half from the combative Jordie, Will played a lovely through ball for Sam Ashton burst wide in the penalty box and slot home to make it 1 nil – It seemed that the floodgates might open but that was a wrong thought!

Bustleholme then resorted to a long ball from their keeper down the centre and with a couple of missed challenges, The Bustleholme forward finished sharply to cancel our lead.

Soon after, Bustleholme played the ball back into our box from a free kick and took the lead 2-1 as we failed to clear our lines.

Not a lot of action as we struggled to get back on level terms – Harvey steps up to a free kick from the right side and clips the crossbar –Just a little more and we would be level. Still a few minutes later Harvey takes a free kick from the left side and although our forwards couldn’t connect, the Bustleholme defender sliced a clearance into their net – Level at 2-2 and halftime beckoned.

The 2nd half started with a tactical change as our Manager wanted to make us more offensive and press for the win which will propel us towards the playoffs. The conditions were not conducive to my taking notes but I do recall we deserved to go in front and it was only a matter of minutes before full time when Alex Hobart skipped free of his marker and fired home instinctively to seal the game for the Owls 3-2.

Not a pleasant day for watching football and my apologies for the truncated nature of this report.

Player of the Day: Harvey Judd

Goals Scorers: Sam Ashton, Own Goal and Alex Hobart

Oadby Owls 3 Burton Colts 3 - 18th January 2014 (League)


So Saturday came and we welcomed Burton Albion FC to Coombe Park, the spiritual home of Oadby Owls whilst other parts of Leicestershire are drying out! The pitch was certainly slippery but with no standing water the Ref gave his seal of approval and we got the game underway. 

Following the enforced retirement of Josh Ashman, Euan Ford claimed the No 7 shirt and so now we have his vacant No 2 shirt available – No doubt there will be many stepping forwards. 

Special mention must also be made to the ladies, Bambi Ford, Amy Hobart and Lois Hobart for stepping into Tonies shoes and managing the catering – Best cup of Tea all day! 

But back to the action :- The teams were well matched and the early exchanges were shaded by Oadby but a couple of mistakes allowed  Burton to have shots on our goal – It’s fair to say that Josh Hallam single handedly kept us in the game with a string of fine saves whilst our forwards prodded and probed with Alfie, Euan, Reece and Harvey all having chances to score. 

And then we made the breakthrough – After a pressing move we won a corner which Niam took and Euan rose to score with a fine header that Josh Ashman would’ve been proud of – GOAL  1 – Nil 

The goal spurred the boys on and all the action was in the Burton half until a simple long ball from Burton split our Central Defence unit and they scored – 1-1 This time Josh had no chance.  As indeed he didn’t a few minutes later when Burton deployed the same tactic and went 2-1 up. 

Time for 3 at the back as Harrison is replaced by Jags. Joel plays a defence solitting ball for Alfie but the score remains 2-1. Burton hit back with another ball through the middle but we defend our lines and half time is called at 2-1 Burton. 

Half time subs see Bradie on at left back for Rhys Dowds and Sam Ashton on for our new Number 7.  The game opened up as the boys pressed for an equaliser. James almost found a finish and at times we failed to pick the best option but our attacking had purpose albeit we couldn’t convert our chances. 

Point blank save by Josh as Burton continue to build pressure and now our defenders are clearing lines too. And then it happened – a long ball into our box wasn’t cleared cleanly and the Burton forward finished to make it 3-1 – Doom and Gloom on the sidelines now! 

Again the boys are spurred on and we are rewarded with a lucky break as Sam Ashton causes confusion in the Burton box and we peg them back to 3-2 with an own goal – We’ll take it! 

Straight from the re-start Sam chases the back passes, intercepts and slots calmly to equalise at 3-3 Hurrah – The crowd go wild as we begin to believe................... 

More pressure from our boys and certainly it looks as if we are the only likely winners but we still need that elusive goal. Unfortunately we can’t get the goal that our offensive pressure deserved and the game fizzled to a 3-3 draw – Suppose we’d have taken that at the start of the day!

Well done all involved.


Goal Scorers: Euan Ford and Sam Ashton (2)

Oadby Owls 0 Rostance Edwards 3 - 11th January 2014 (League)


A bright and sunny morning greeted the teams as they arrived at Judgemeadow. Although firm on the top a lot of moisture lay under the surface of the pitch which provided less than ideal conditions for fast flowing football.

After the disruption and fixture cancellations due to Christmas and the wet weather the Owls looked a little sluggish in the early exchanges and Rostance controlled the early pace of the game. As the first half progressed Oadby began to find a little bit of rhythm which saw them start to produce some half chances but Rostance also found their feet resulting in most of the play being contained in the middle third for long periods. Rostance produced the first clear cut chance following a neat move through midfield which saw the centre forward gain half a yard and send a crunching shot goal bound, luckily Josh was equal to it producing a fine one handed save low to his left. Owls then produced a fine move of their own sending Alex bombing down the right, his cross found Alfie inside the box but the resulting shot went wide. Rostance then forced another fine save from Josh, this time smothering well at the feet of the left winger to prevent a certain goal.

The thought of going a goal behind seemed to spur Owls on, a great move through the midfield allowed Joel to send Alex free on the right side of the 18 yard box and as he was shaping to shoot a last ditch tackle managed to force the ball out for a corner. Rostance then came forward themselves breaking down the left wing, a cross come shot from the left winger was met by a looping header over Josh and he was unable to get enough on the ball to push it over the bar. Sam Ashton then linked well with James who slipped inside the last defender to produce a stinging shot that went narrowly wide. Rostance then doubled their advantage when a fine ball from midfield found the right winger in space, his fine control and shot off the under-side of the bar gave Josh no chance and Owls found themselves 0-2 behind. Just before half time Alfie finally managed to beat the Rostance keeper only to see his shot cleared by a covering defender after the wet ground took all the pace of the shot. HT: Oadby Owls 0 Rostance Edwards 2

In the first few minutes of the second period Owls pressure down the right forced a weak clearance from the Rostance defence which was collected and sent back with venom by Jordie, unfortunately a defender was on hand to deflect the shot against the side netting and Oadby had to settle for a corner.  Oadby then squandered two of the best chances of the match: Joel Carta twice put James in on goal but unusually James radar was out of kilter as both efforts went wide without troubling the Rostance keeper. To compound our woes Rostance then benefited from a large slice of luck when the Oadby defence played the ball against each other providing the perfect through ball for the centre forward who gratefully accepted his fortune to put his side 0-3 in front.

Despite a good deal of pressure in the remaining minutes Owls were unable to create enough goal scoring chances to effect the result and the Rostance held firm for a clean sheet a deserved victory. FT: Oadby Owls 0 Rostance Edwards 3


Goal Scorers: N/A

Mickleover Sports (Derby) 0 Oadby Owls 3 - 7th December 2013 (League)

Josh Hallam Saves the Day!

A bright and sunny morning greeted us on arrival at Mickelover Sports Club, probably one of the nicest facilities we have played at so far this season. There would be no excuses for a poor display from either side on a well maintained and flat pitch.

MIckelover started the stronger forcing an early corner which almost resulted in the game’s opening goal when the Mickelover centre back rose unmarked at the back post only to put his header wide of the target. Un-detered MIckelover continued to press this time down the left wing but Harrison made a well-timed tackle to force the ball away for a throw when the attack looked dangerous. Indeed it was Mickelover that forced the game’s first real save following a well struck long range shot which Josh Hallam saved well low to his right when the ball looked like sneaking inside the post.

Owls finally mounted their first meaningful attack which almost resulted in the opening score, Alfie Halford found himself free in the eighteen yard box and his shot beat the keeper only to be cleared off the line by a Mickelover defender. Shortly afterwards a good combination in midfield between Jordie and Euan once again saw Alfie in on goal, his long range effort was well saved by the MIckelover keeper. Mickelover fought back sending their number 14 through one-on-one with Josh but Josh was again equal to the challenge making a fine save with his feet. MIckelover still enjoying the lion’s share of procession looked  the most likely to break the deadlocked forcing another fine fingertip save from Josh and a clearance off the line by Jordie before the half time break.

 Half Time: Mickelover 0  Oadby 0

Owls came out refreshed after the half time interval and looked stronger and more purposeful than in the first half, Mickelover were forced to defend rather than attack at will and as a result the opening exchanges were equally balanced. With the sides so evenly matched it was going to take something special to break the stalemate and this moment of individual skill was provided by Euan Ford. After being awarded a free kick on the edge of the Mickelover box Euan placed the ball took a few steps back and “Ronaldo like” sent a dipping shot in-off the roof of the net.

This spurred owls on and not long after came goal number two, this time Euan was provider sending a perfectly weighted through ball to James Parker who cleverly rounded the keeper to finish off a sweet move. An impressive win was secured when Jordie took a quick throw to release Sam Ashton   down the right, he held off a strong challenge from the Mickelover centre half before squaring for Alfie to tap in. Full Time: Mickelover 0 Oadby 3

It has to be said that the 0 – 3 score line did not really reflect how tight this game was and if Josh Hallam had not been on top form this game could have been very different. All credit to Mickelover for contributing to a really good match and one that Owls were perhaps a little lucky to win in such convincing style in the end. A little bit of quality goes a long way!

Player of the Day: Josh Hallam and Euan Ford

Goals Scorers: Euan, James and Alfie

Oadby Owls 2 Rushall Olympic 1 - 30th November 2013 (League)


November draws to a close as we welcome our visitors from Rushall Olympic to Caterpillar as we seek to get our winning formula back. But please remember a special day 17th December!

We started brightly moving the ball up the right flank and creating a shooting chance for new acquisition Joel – Keeper spilled but no forward was on the spot to pressure. Much Midfield gusto followed and Joel showed good balance and awareness as he played in Sam almost setting him free.

Rushall back at us as we don’t clear our lines – Nice effort from our visitors wide. Quickly followed by another effort, this time on target, excellently saved by Tino. Corner dealt with.

Oadby were marginally in the ascendancy as we forge forwards Sam takes the ball into the Penalty box and is tripped – He steps up and slots home to make it a deserved 1-nil .

Playing 3 at the back our wide Midfielders are having a more defensive day with little opportunity to attack but when they can they do. Good strength from Euan as he helps the defence. Rhys D chips the ball up the left flank for Harvey to run on beat a few players and cross. Keeper collects – Need the forwards to pressure. Rushall  attack – corner – wide. Joel now plays the ball up the left flank for Harvey to run on and cross – no outcome – Jags plays in Jordie who shoots wide and brings the half time whistle at 1- nil Oadby – Time for Tea!

Half Time substitutions saw Rhys Robinson on for Rhys Dowds and Harvey switching to Left Back. Free Kick to Oadby on halfway, Sam presses and wins a corner. He takes and Harry can’t quite make the most of his header. Rushall attack and our defenders clear off the line. Time for a couple of bookings then Jags waltzes through the middle of the park. Rushall back at us – Good  clearance Harrison. Great play James Parker and Jags working together and winning the ball. Harrison gets injured – Rhys Dowds back on and Harvey switches to Centre Back. Then all of a sudden one missed clearance and Rushall are level 1-1.

Time to roll those sleeves up boys – And they did Rhys R to Jags – a burst of speed like Jack Whilshire onto Joel who plays in Sam – GOAL!!!!  2-1

Couple more bookings, one sending off for Rushall and that was just about that.

Job done – Back to winning ways and time to see if the boys can ‘kick on’ for the next few games. Well played all of you!


Goal Scorers: Sam (2)

Knowle Juniors 1 Oadby Owls 1 - 23rd November 2013 (League)


We arrived only to find that the club key man was late on parade, as a result the kick-off was delayed until 11:00 am, not ideal preparation for either side.

Oadby started brightly forcing an early corner from which Joel went close with a header. A second corner, again expertly delivered by Sam Grouse was almost met by Jordie racing into the box unmarked but he narrowly missed connecting and the ball was scrambled away from danger. Sam then had a chance of his own arriving on the end of a low cross from Will only to see his well struck shot blocked by the centre half. From the resulting corner Owls once again looked threatening but as before Knowle were eventually able to clear their lines.

Oadby continued to have the lion’s share of possession with Sam, will and Joel going close, a great seven pass move was almost finished off by James Parker as the final cross ran agonisingly across his toes. Knowle then combined well through the middle and sent their striker in one-on-one with Josh, thankfully Josh saw the danger a rushed out to save well at the strikers feet. Knowle pressed again and an elusive run from the Knowle 14 saw him upended by Josh Ashman, the referee adjudged the foul to be inside the box and awarded a penalty to the home side which was duly converted. Oadby were then denied a penalty when the referee decided a corner was the only reward after a Knowle defender had clearly stuck out an arm to deflect a goal bound shot wide of the post. HT: Knowle Juniors 1 Oadby Owls 0

Oadby engaged another gear in the second half as they went in search of the equaliser, now combining well through midfield and releasing the wingers at will. Oadby earned a number of corners and from one of these James Parker was able to force the ball home when Knowle failed to clear. The early second half goal gave Oadby the upper hand and they continued to go forward at every opportunity. Unfortunately the almost dominate pressure lacked composure at times particularly in the final third and therefore very few clear cut chances were created.

Knowle gave us a scare towards the end but the fierce drive from close in was well saved by Josh to keep the honours even. In the end a draw was probably a fair result for both sides but with a little bit more craft up front we could have taken maximum points. FT: Knowle Juniors 1 Oadby Owls 1


Goal Scorers: James

Tipton Town 4 Oadby Owls 1 - 16th November 2013 (League)

A long way to Tipton and a cup of tea would’ve been nice but unfortunately Jill Ashman was in one of her more refusing moods and wouldn’t nip to the local Tea Shop so we were dry for a couple of hours. Julian ran the line faultlessly and you can read on for the bit I did. Supporters were somewhat thin on the ground but were bolstered later on as Euan managed to overcome his transport issues to arrive ready for action with his driver in tow.

Surprisingly, given that so many were late getting to the ground, the boys started the brighter of the two sides and  within the 1st 15 mins took a deserved lead as Sam chased down a ball into the Tipton box forcing the keeper to rush his clearance. Perfectly placed to fire in from 25 yards was James Parker. Control and a long shot – GOAL 1- Nil ! Good start and time to push on and make our pressure pay.

Unfortunately, this spurred Tipton to fight back and the game settled into an entertaining game but unfortunately the boys couldn’t find the finish that their excellent interplay deserved. And then very much against the run of play Tipton scored to make it 1-1 – To be fair it was a well taken goal but more than that it seemed to knock our boys out of their stride. Not able to convert our chances and defensively keeping the Tipton forwards at bay,  it looked like a 1-1 Halftime scoreline  beckoned – Tipton had other ideas as we conceded to go in for a cup of tea 2-1 down.

The second half brought more pressure on our goal and Tino was called to arms on a number of occasions – Tipton were quicker to the ball across many areas of the pitch and it was only a matter of time before we conceded – Unfortunately 2 goals in relatively quick succession ended the potential for us to get a result.

Full Time 4-1 Tipton – After the game our Manager decided to accept full responsibility for the result but really the boys need to examine their individual and collective contributions. At least the morning wasn’t completely wasted as we now know Paul Grouse is 50 on 17th December – Get your cards ready!!!


Goal Scorers: James

Oadby Owls 2 Stourbridge 3 - 2nd November 2013 (League)

Poor display compounded by serious injury to Niam 

A colder than expected morning at Caterpillar was the setting as Oadby welcomed the visitors from Stourbridge.


The game started brightly for Oadby with the strike partnership of Alex and JP working well and they were obviously playing for each other which was good to see. Within the first few minutes JP drove on in to the box to chip the keeper only to see his effort hit the bar. Josh Ashman and Robbo couldn’t convert the follow up but the signs were positive. Then Alex received the ball, nice turn and a great pass through the defence to JP to again chip the keeper, this time to see his effort nestle in the net. 1-0, well played.


Stourbridge started to press Oadby, resulting in a corner, solid defending was needed. Then bad news, proper bad news, Nemo gets upended to stop him driving through the midfield again and lands very heavily on his shoulder. He is obviously in trouble and has to received treatment on the sideline from a Paramedic. He’s subsequently taken to hospital where later we find out he has a broken collar bone. Obviously our best wishes go out to him. Get well soon Nemo...the lads need you.


Oadby did have a couple of chances with good work from Alex down the left but resultant crosses no-one could find a second goal. It appeared the lads had half an eye on their team-mate (understandable) and the game losses its shape, Stourbridge came back in to it, shot over the bar; hitting the bar from a freekick. The signs were there.


Jordie did well down the right, once more no one on the end of a good cross. JP battled again to win the ball back, as did Robbo and Reece Dowds. Another good break before half time with JP trying to repay the favour, but argh those bobbles on the pitch!!

HT 1-0 and I think just about deservedly so.


Second half it was the visitors that started the brighter; early shot just wide. Euan and Alex combine but the shot is comfortably saved. Then a free kick conceded on the edge of the area, ball in and Stourbridge equalise. 1-1.


Josh Ashman ball in to the box, but Euan couldn’t connect. Alex little flick for a Robbo shot. End to end stuff now; silly free kick that requires Josh to save; Chris has to do some covering as Stourbridge are now right back into the game. Great tackle on the touch line from Josh Ashman, to JP to Alex to shoot just wide, good pressure...good game! The lads look like they believe they can win this.


25 mins gone and a free kick taken, which is converted by a touch from Philip for his first Oadby goal. 2-1. Surely one winner now?!

Didn’t last long as Oadby let Stourbridge walk through, a simple ball forward should have been cleared and Stourbridge took advantage. 2-2, and now it could go either way!


Good combinations up front again with last ditched defending from Stourbridge to keep them in it. Indirect free kick to Oadby as the eagle eyed referee (who had a pretty good game) spots the goalkeeper handle the ball outside the area. A chip to Josh Ashman who heads over.


And then on 32 mins a corner comes in that’s only half cleared, crossed back in to be headed home for Stourbridge’s winner 2-3. Humm, another goal conceded from a set piece!

Oadby never gave up in the final minutes; all looked very deflated when they came off the pitch but were involved in a very entertaining game of football which with a little more fortune on the day, they could have won.

Player of the Day: James Parker

Goals Scorers: James Parker and Philip Bilson

Highfield Rangers 3 Oadby Owls 1 - 12th October 2013 (League)

Rangers prove to be Owls nemesis again

At last Tonie cried – An away game and no catering as we were welcomed by our long term rivals Highfield Rangers. This was always going to be a tough encounter and so it proved as the boys took to the field.

Oadby started the more brightly and created an opening almost immediately as Jordie and James combined to play in Kuda – finish just wide. Another quick break followed with Kuda releasing Euan but he couldn’t find a finish either. And then on 8 mins Jordie found Kuda who played a great ball into James Parker in the penalty box and then the supporters were as mesmerised as the Highfields Defenders as James swayed one way and then the other finally drilling a low shot past the Highfields keeper – Gooooooooooooal 1 – Nil

Clearly rattled Highfields regrouped and came back at us but the boys stood firm defending well in all areas and winning their personal battles. This had the making of a great game of football as the two sides were evenly matched. Oadby worked both flanks – Harvey on the left side more offensive pressing high whenever the opportunity arose whilst Ashman on the right flank more defensive helping Christian thwart the Highfields attacks up his side. Harrison and Rhys Dowds were in control of their areas and Josh Hallam in goal displayed his usual composure saving well whenever called upon.

Highfields began to build pressure on our goal and broke through our ranks to equalise. Undeterred the game continued with both sides contributing to an entertaining match – If anything Oadby deserved to be in front and will rue missed goal scoring opportunities. And then it happened – a Highfields forward broke free and Josh Hallam on the edge of his penalty box got a foot in to divert the ball – From where I was standing it was a great defensive tackle – all he could do in the circumstances to make a clean save. From where the Referee was, he gave a penalty – Football is all about opinions and my opinion is that it was never a penalty. Highfields scored to make it 2-1, which it remained until half time.

In the second half our boys didn’t let their heads drop and we had an excellent debut performance from Phillip at right back. Unfortunately Highfields went on to score a third goal which effectively killed the game and as a spectacle it was over. The game ended as a 3-1 defeat for Oadby.

Let’s look forward to the next match.

Squad: Josh Hallam; Christian Farrar, Harrison Norton, Rhys Dowds; Josh Ashman, Jordie Burke, Niam Morar, Euan Ford, Harvey Judd; Kuda Muskwe, James Parker; Philip Bilson, Reece Bradbury, Sergio Dhillon, Alex Hobart

Goal Scorers: James Parker

Oadby Owls 0 Bilbrook Juniors 0 - 5th October 2013 (League)

So yet again we are drawn at home. Thus time against fellow 100%ers Bilbrook Juniors so something had to give this weekend!

Not the usual bright start from our boys would be a fair assessment however, 5 mins in and they got into their stride and matched the physicality of our visitors. The 1st half bought plenty of good strong challenges and our midfielders never looked like being overrun. We pressed on both flanks and took the game to our visitors. With both wide midfielders  taking the attacking options and pressing forwards our defence had more time and space to play their natural games. Harrison was strong in the middle of the back 3 often clearing long and Josh was seldom called upon to make a save.

Here’s a bit of the action: - Nice flowing move up the left flank as Sam plays the ball wide for Harvey to chase and win a corner. Sam takes long, Harrison rises like a salmon and heads goal wards – The ball ends up in the back  on the net but is ruled out as it touched a hand on the way in. More attacking on the opposite flank sees Sam cross for Harvey to head but his effort hits the post and we’re still o-o. Rhys Dowds gets on the move and we attack again but no end product. Time for our visitors to attack – Ends high and wide without troubling Josh. Back at them Rhys D plays into James but he can’t find a finish – We need to seek alternate options for the final pass. We’re on the offensive – Best form of defence!  Nice move from Sergio as we constantly seek to find our wide players but we can’t find the finish that our dominance deserves.

With 5 mins to go Jordie gets on the move leading the charge in his normal fashion but still we can’t break down Bilbrook final line and so half time comes with the game at stalemate when we really ought to be ahead.

The second half began in fine fashion with Kuda winning a free kick outside the penalty area, Harvey takes and our forwards don’t make enough of the opportunity – With the quality of delivery we have from our free kicks across all areas of the pitch we need to score more goals – Time to practice together boys!

Al l Oadby now as Kuda surges into the Bilbrook penalty area and wins a penalty. He steps up and the Bilbrook keeper gets down smartly to save. They break we defend and the Bilbrook keeper allows his delight at saving the penalty to over flow! We attack again with Sam on the charge but no finish. Rhys Robinson gets on the move and we surge up the left flank. Into the box and how we don’t finish is somewhat difficult to believe – The Bilbrook goal is living a charmed life!

After all our attacking we had to expect Bilbrook to come back at us and they did – Josh Hallam pulled off a great one handed save and with the rest of his defence working together we continue to clear our lines. Bilbrook resorted to high long efforts and Josh needed to be on his toes to keep the ball out as it dropped dangerously close to his line – No problem for our No 1!

And really that was about it as the game was brought to a close at 0-0 – I imagine there will be teams who buckle under the physicality of our visitors – Nice to see our boys stand their ground – On balance a game we should’ve won but we do remain unbeaten – Well Done players!

Player of the Day: Sam Grouse

Goals Scorers: N/A

Oadby Owls 3 North Birmingham Celtic Greens 1 - 28th September 2013 (League)

Oadby labor to Victory!

Another bright sunshine filled Autumnal morning welcomed our visitors North Birmingham Celtics to Caterpillar as the boys set out to continue our 100% record and retain top spot in the MJPL.

Without a shadow of doubt the pre match coffee discussion was the most entertaining of recent times covering various topics – No Politics but TV Channels, Health and Delusional tendencies were the order of the day. However, wishing to protect the contributors (you know who you are!) let’s get straight to the action!

Running the line Paul Robinson – 1st time at Caterpillar!

The Owls started well without imposing themselves fully. Our usual speed of passing and movement was lacking in the early exchanges and the game was quite scrappy but Oadby were always in control, the defence snuffing out any threat from Birmingham and the Midfield imposing themselves on their counterparts.

Within a few minutes Oadby won a free kick just inside the Birmingham half. Harvey stepped up and fired deep into the Birmingham box – Long it sailed and just as we thought it was too long and a wasted opportunity, the ball slipped through the keepers arms and we were one goal to the good – GREAT strike!

With Birmingham on the back foot now, it was pretty much all Oadby as we sought to put the game out of sight. Unfortunately a combination of poor finishing and a failure to find the final quality pass meant the half seemed destined to finish at 1 nil. Here’s a bit of the action in more detail :-Crossfield move Kuda to Jordie – lovely through ball splitting the defence just too strong for the willing Sam. Reece in the middle of midfield plays wide to Jordie, again a defence splitting ball but Sam was forced too wide to find the finish – Good effort none the less. More action in the middle as Recce gets a valuable foot in to break up a Birmingham attack ball out wide and back in for a Reece effort high and wide. Ashman working his side gets in on the act, Jordie plays another through ball – same outcome but we are on the offensive.

Birmingham attack and the defence snuff out the danger, Christian has time and space and makes the most of it – Harrison is clearing his lines whenever and Tino is seldom called to arms.

Sub : Alex on for the injured Christian. We start moving the ball with more conviction but can’t find the finish our football deserves. Harvey plays a lovely ball for Jordie to run onto (bit like Jordie has been playing all morning) and with the goal at his mercy he knocks it over the posts – Should consider using your head next time (Dad said on the sideline and Mum just about agreed!)

More action in the middle of the park as Niam exerts his strength and physicality on the game. Rhys Robinson is tracking his players and attacking at every opportunity. Rhys combines with Harvey as we build up the left flank. Harvey breaks and feeds Kuda who bursts into the box and slides the ball under the Birmingham keeper – Soft finish to be faie but they all count and we’re 2-nil up as the Referee brings the half to a close.

The Second Half brought a much more impressive period of play from our visitors and Tino was called upon to make some save – All calmly executed and our goal remained intact but the Birmingham forwards were skipping though our defensive lines. Good work from Alex and Christian snuff out another attack. We break, Sam heads on, Kuda fires high and wide. Ashman replaces Harvey, Harrison switches to left back and the versatile Josh Ashman slots seamlessly into the centre of the back three.

Corner to Oadby. Sam takes Harry heads over. We play the ball out wide to Alex, he crosses and their keeper saves. Corner – Sam takes and the ball rolls nicely for Niam to strike on target – GREAT strike and nicely saved by the Birmingham keeper.

And then we learn that if we move the ball the game is simple after all – Kuda is set free on the left, fires into the box low and Sam finishes smartly – 3-Nil !

Birmingham attack and Tino makes a fantastic save – Corner comes in and Tino punches clear – Good work! More pressure from Birmingham in our penalty area as their Number Four glides past our defenders and shoots across goal- Tino gets a hand to it but the shot is strong and so we find ourselves 3-1 up – Just as we were thinking out loud that we hadn’t conceded a goal in the league so far!!

That was pretty much the end of the action as the Ref blows for full time – 100% Record intact and we remain top of the League – Job Done! 

Squad: Tino Bandawa; Christian Farrar, Harrison Norton, Harvey Judd; Josh Ashman, Jordie Burke, Reece Bradbury, Niam Morar, Rhys Robinson; Kuda Muskwe, Sam Grouse; Alex Hobart

Player of the Day: No real stand out performance today

Goals Scorers: Harvey, Kuda and Sam

Oadby Owls 6 Kenilworth Wardens 0 - 21st September 2013 (League)

Owls go top of the league with comfortable victory

Back to back home games saw us welcome Kenilworth Wardens to our Saturday home at Caterpliiar AND that means potential for back to back catering frustrations if people forget to read their emails – Please help our Dinner Ladies with an early response and if you need an explanation phone Tonie!!!

Anyway enough of that here’s to the football match – Starting line up Tino, Bradie, Reece, Rhys D, Rhys R, James Parker, Sergio, Alex, Jordie, Sam Grouse and Kuda. Warming the bench Harvey and Christian. Julian running the line.

Bit of a scrappy start from the early exchanges  as neither team imposed themselves - Kenilworth have some talented individuals but could not match the collective team ethic that the Owls displayed coupled with some fine individual performances.

We fashioned a couple of half chances – JP playing a lovely through ball for Kuda to run onto and shoot – saved by the keeper for a corner. Kenilworth attack but Tino continues where he left off in his last match and collects safely, releasing Sam to swiftly turn defence into attack.

And then a long ball through the middle splits the Kenilworth defence and holds up on the edge of the Kenilworth penalty area – It’s a race between Kuda and their keeper......................Kuda wins and heads into the open goal to make it 1-nil – we’re off!

Bradie knocks long and high – out for a corner – Good take, Jordie heads wide. More pressure from Oadby wins free kicks but Kenilworth break and Tino saves smartly with his feet. James plays it long but gives Sam too much ground to make up – Still good pressure on the Kenilworth keeper. More attacking from Oadby now as Sam takes, turns and shoots. Jordie and Sergio are winning their tussels in the middle of the park and we are looking comfortable. The defensive line are in control with Reece Bradbury in commanding form and Rhys D looking danderous each time he surges forwards – Just need to score another goal!

Sub Time :- Rhys Dowds off for Harvey.

Fantastic ball from Jordie splits the defence, Sam controls excellently, rounds the advancing keeper and finishes into an open net – 2-nil!

Bit of pressure from our visitors culminated in a long controlled clearance from Harvey – Snap shot Rhys Robinson, keeper gets down low and saves.

Sub Bradie off Christian on – Jordie and Rhys Robinson combine and break into the Kenilworth box finding Alex who hits an instinctive shot near post to beat the keeper – GOAL 3-Nil

Almost immediately followed up by another attack on goal – Corner and under pressure a Kenilworth defender heads into his own net – GOAL 4-Nil AND Half Time

The Half Time discussion centered  around Simon Hobart needing to refer the last goal to the dubious goals panel as he felt Alex had scored – Referred – Decision – Own Goal!

With the game comfortable our Manager moved a few positions around and we lost a bit of structure but each time the boys play out of position they will improve as footballers. It didn’t take too long to adjust and another flowing move was finished by Sam Grouse making it 5-nil .

Back into our stride Rhys D, Sam and Sergio combine but Sergio shoots wide. Long ball – Kenilworth keeper watches the ball and tips it over. Harvey goes on a run is fouled and takes the resulting free kick but the keeper gets in the way. Free kick to Kenilworth – Tino collects and delivers long – Alex fires low but their keeper gets down low and saves. Sergio sprays the ball wide to Kuda – Corner.

Good defensive work from Christian sets us attacking again and we win a corner – The ball falls to Sam Grouse and he nips in and finished to make it 6-nil and bags his second consecutive hat trick – We’ve found our new Goal Machine!!!

An excellent move up the left flank follows Harvey / Rhys R / Harvey cross for Kuda to head just wide. Bit scrappy once more as a few challenges go unpunished by the referee and that pretty much was the last of the action except a couple of bookings which will count against our chances in the fair play awards but then again 6-nil is a reasonable result – Well Done boys!

Squad: Tino Bandawa; Bradie Perkins, Reece Bradbury, Rhys Dowds; Alex Hobart, Jordie Burke, Sergio Dhillon, James Parker, Rhys Robinson; Kuda Muskwe, Sam Grouse; Harvey Judd, Christian Farrar

Goal Scorers: Kuda Muskwe, Sam Grouse (3), Alex Hobart and Own Goal

Oadby Owls 4 Beaumont Town 0 - 14th September 2013 (League)

Treble Grouse leaves Beaumont on the rocks

An early encounter with last season’s league points winners, and the team we defeated in the play-off final raised expectations that this would be a tough and tense affair. With the squad depleted by injury Owls would have to defy the odds to get a result from this game. 

Both teams started well passing the ball around as would be expected from probably two of the best sides in the division, neither side really gaining any advantage as most of the early exchanges were concentrated in the midfield areas. Despite a number of the lads playing out of position our defensive line looked strong and well organised. The midfield and forwards looked threatening without really finding the spark needed to open up a resolute Beaumont defence. 

As Oadby’s confidence grew they started to dominate the midfield battle and force their way forward with increasing regularity: Kuda, James and Sam Grouse all fashioned half chances but the clinical finish required to break the deadlock somehow eluded us. 

Oadby continued to force free kicks and corners fired in with increasing accuracy by Rhys Dowds and Harvey Judd following fine work from Alex, James, Kuda and Sam but either the final ball or good defending from Beaumont kept the score level at 0 – 0. 

Half Time: Oadby 0  Beaumont 0

Beaumont started the second half the brighter winning two corners in rapid succession but Josh Hallam commanded his box well making some fine catches under pressure. Then owls sprang to life Alex sent Sam Grouse free down the centre giving him an advantage over the last defender, Sam controlled well a sped toward the area, a last ditch challenge sent Sam tumbling and the referee had no choice but to award a free kick on the edge of the box and issue marching orders to the Beaumont centre back. From the resultant free kick Sam beat the wall and keeper only to see his well placed shot come back off the post, however the danger was not clear and when the loose ball broke Sam Grouse planted a perfect shot wide of the despairing keeper to put us in front. Oadby 1 Beaumont 0. 

From this point Oadby were well in control and attacked at will down both flanks, Harvey, Rhys Dowds and Rhys Robinson providing cross after cross and forcing corner after corner. Eventually the Beaumont defence could not hold out any longer, again Rhys Dowds sent over a near perfect cross and Kuda rose tall to send a bullet header into the top left hand corner. 

Now 2 – 0 up and taking complete control of the match Oadby continued to pile the pressure on and looked increasingly likely to increase their lead – This time Harvey was the provider for another fine header from Kuda but this time his diving header scrapped the top of the bar with the keeper beaten. Bradie finds Kuda down the right wing his precise running cross finds Sam in space, Sam speeds past the last defender and finished with aplomb in the bottom right corner. Oadby 3 Beaumont 0. 

To cap a fine all round performance and earn him man-of-the-match Sam Grouse completed a fine hat-trick to make the final score 4 – 0.

Message well and truly sent to the rest of the league that they will have to do something special to take the title away from the Owls in this form – Well done lads keep it up.

Squad: Josh Hallam; Bradie Perkins, Reece Bradbury, Rhys Dowds; Alex Hobart, Jordie Burke, Niam Morar, James Parker, Harvey Judd; Kuda Muskwe, Sam Grouse; Rhys Robinson, Christian Farrar

Goal Scorers: Sam Grouse (3) and Kuda Muskwe 

Coton Green 0 Oadby Owls 2 - 7th September 2013 (League)

Champion Owls start new MJPL season with a win on the road

Nice facilities and a warm welcome from League newcomers Coton Green FC got the 1st MJPL  Match of the New Season underway.

With a depleted squad to choose from the Starting Line Up picked itself and so as the bell rang, captain Jordie led his troops onto the pitch for pre match line up and hand shakes all round.

Josh Hallam in goal, Back Three,  Rhys Dowds, Reece Bradbury, Christian Farrah :- Midfield Maestros Alex Hobart on the right flank, Sergio and Jordie in the middle and Josh Ashman on the left flank:- And our trio of strikers Kuda, JP and Sam. Warming the bench Harvey.

The Owls got the game underway and were immediately into their stride with what can only be described as wonderful flowing football – Pretty on the eye and EFFECTIVE – All it lacked was a clinical finish.

All Oadby attacking but when called upon our defence stood firm and repelled any Coton Green offence. We’re not testing the CG keeper but it’s only a matter of time before we do.

Coton Green break down our left flank – Nice interception Christian and we’re back at them. Alex is playing a disciplined role on the right flank working well with the defence whilst Ashman on the other side is the more offensive and the flowing movement is coming from him, James, Kuda and Sam. Jordie and Sergio have the middle of the park under control, Josh is distributing the ball cleanly and the defence and playing the ball on the floor linking with the midfiled -We’re looking good and just need a goal!

From one of these moves Sergio is found on the edge of the box and he fires goal wards – Good save CG Keeper who pushes it out for a corner. More penalty box action but no finish. The newly shorn Ashman to Sergio who has a shot on goal – Coton Green keeper is in fine form today – it’ll take a special finish to beat him.

Ashman cuts in from his flank and curls a shot into the top corner – Coton Green keeper launches and saves AGAIN! It’s all Oadby now but we can’t beat the final line of defence and then it happens. Rhys Dowds wins a free kick on halfway. He takes and knocks a lovely ball into the box clearing the CG defenders and the ball falls to Kuda who strikes cleanly into the bottom corner – 1-nil we’re off!

Blossom makes a substitution : Ashman off Harvey on in his place and following another flowing move, with his first touch Harvey has a shot on goal saved by the CG Keeper. More attacking Sam and the CG keeper collide and we win a corner – Near post header from Harvey just wide. Reece gets caught with a late unpunished challenge from behind and has to be replaced by Ashman in the centre of the back 3. He slots in immediately.

Coton Green break down our right side and they shoot on goal – Josh saves. Jordie and Sergio continue the battle for control in the middle. Kuda almost gets another goal but the post gets in the way. CG attack again up the right, Alex is back covering like a train, Ashman leads the charge clear. HALF TIME.

Met up with Mr and Mrs Grouse, switched pitch sides for a different view and bumped into Simon Hobart, the newly divorced and exceedingly happy Jill Ashman, Martin Hallam and linesman Al Parker all engaging our Referee for the day ,Tom Weiman, in conversation. Kerk had gone for a cup of tea so the Supporters remain a strong and committed bunch – Just what the boys deserve.

The second half started with the boys again impressive passing, moving, attacking and controlling the game. Corner after corner flowed but we can’t find the finish we need to put the game in a safe place.

Coton Green break, their forward can only run with the ball as his passing options are offside, Rhys tracks back and makes an excellent challenge to win the ball and thwart the attack. Sam is through on goal, takes a cheeky touch with the outside of his heel but is off balance so his finish lacks power and the keeper saves. Coton Green shoot on our goal – Josh saves cleanly low down . Long through ball from Sergio, 1st time finish from Kuda just wide.

Sergio plays the ball cross field to Sam out wide on the flank – He controls and plays a lovely ball into the path of James Parker. Nice movement and James fires into the top corner out of the reach of the impressive Coton Green keeper – Great finish 2 – nil !

Substitution Alex on Christian off Harvey to right back. We attack, Kuda fires wide. They attack, Josh saves. Excellent long clearance from Josh gives Kuda another chance, their keeper saves. Another strike from Kuda, another save! Excellent curling effort from Alex who is by now across on the left flank – just over thebar.

Sub The impressive Rhys Dowds off, Christian on and Harvey across to left back. More attacking, crossfield from Ashman to JP just wide of the post.

20 seconds left on the clock, Coton Green break thought the centre and with the ball holding up Josh has to make a save just outside the penalty box. Free Kick to Coton Green on the edge of the box – Good job we’re 2 up but the defence do their job and Tom Weiman calls this entertaining match to an end – Good game all round and a satisfactory start to the Season. 

Squad: Josh Hallam; Christian Farrar, Reece Bradbury, Rhys Dowds; Alex Hobart, Jordie Burke, Sergio Dhillon, James Parker, Josh Ashman; Kuda Muskwe, Sam Grouse; Harvey Judd

Goal Scorers: Kuda Muskwe and James Parker

Wisbech St Mary Summer Cup - 31st August 2013

Oadby looking forward to new season after Wisbech tournament win

Group match 1: Won 2-0 (Sam, Niam) v Salhouse Rovers, Norfolk

Group match 2: Won 1-0 (Kuda) v Powerleague, Cambs

Group match 3: Drew 1-1 (Sam) v Bury Town, Suffolk

Group match 4: Won 2-0 (Sam, Kuda) v Yaxley Whites, Cambs

Group match 5: Drew 0-0 v Cambridge Celts

Semi final: Drew 0-0 AET v Pelican Colts, Nottingham. Won 3-1 on Pens (Kuda, Sam, Rhys D)

Final: Drew 0-0 AET v Barking, Greater London. Won 2-1 on Pens (Jordie, Harvey)

Squad: Josh Hallam, Harvey Judd, Sam Grouse, Jordie Burke, Niam Morar, Josh Ashman, James Parker, Kuda Muskwe, Christian Farrar, Rhys Dowds, Alex Hobart, Munashe

St. John's Junior FC Tournament (Tamworth) - 24th August 2013

Owls have to settle for second place in round robin tournamet

Match 1: Won 4-0 (Kuda 2, Sam, Sergio) v Bulkington Sports, Warwicks

Match 2: Won 2-0 (Kuda, Sam) v Gillway Boys, Tamworth

Match 3: Lost 0-2 v Alvis Colts, Coventry

Match 4: Drew 1-1 (Sam) v Rushall Olympic, West Midlands

Match 5: Won 8-1 (James 2, Kuda 3, Josh A, Euan, Sergio) v OC United, West Midlands

Squad: Josh Hallam, Euan Ford, Sam Grouse, Niam Morar, Josh Ashman, Sergio Dhillon, James Parker, Kuda Muskwe, Rhys Robinson, Christian Farrar, Rhys Dowds, Reece Bradbury 

Oadby Owls Tournament - 18th August 2013

Hosts bow out at quarter final stage

Group match 1: Drew 1-1 (Kuda) v Dudley Town, West Midlands

Group match 2: Won 4-0 (Sam, Niam, James, Kuda) v Hinckley United

Group match 3: Drew 1-1 (Sam) v Allexton NP

Group match 4: Won 3-0 (Euan, ?, ?) v Woodside Wanderers, Shropshire

Quarter final: Lost 0-1 v Knowle Juniors, West Midlands

Squad: Tino Bandawa, Euan Ford, Harvey Judd, Sam Grouse, Jordie Burke, Niam Morar, Josh Ashman, Sergio Dhillon, James Parker, Kuda Muskwe, Will Newton, Rhys Robinson, Christian Farrar, Rhys Dowds, Alex Hobart, Reece Bradbury

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

Mar: Midland Junior Premier League Major Cup Quarter-Finalists

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

May: Wisbech St Mary Tournament Winners

May: Leicestershire County Cup Finalists

 Jun: Phoenix United (Birmingham) Tournament Finalists


Under 15's 2012/13

Jul: Welland Valley Tournament Winners

Aug: Wisbech St Mary Tournament Finalists

Aug: Barrowby (Lincs) Tournament Winners

Sep to Mar: Midland Junior Premier League (Saturday) 3rd Place P 19, W 14, D 1, L 4, GF 62, GA 36, Pts 29

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

Apr: Leicestershire County Cup Finalists 

May: Midland Junior Premier League Major Cup Winners

May: Leicester & District Sunday Juniors League Cup Winners

May: Camber Sands Whitsun Tournament Runners Up

Under 16's 2013/14

Aug: Wisbech St Mary Tournament Winners